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Israel shows reporters documents allegedly taken from Iran

July 16, 2018

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that last week, Israel gave a Times reporter and two other reporters additional information about the document collection detailing Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program, which Israel said it took from Tehran during a raid in January. Iran has said the documents are fraudulent. None of the documents Israel […]

Haiti’s PM, cabinet resign after fuel price protests

July 16, 2018

On Saturday, Haiti’s prime minister and the members of his cabinet resigned after riots over fuel price increases, during which seven people were killed. On July 6, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant’s government announced that the following day prices would increase 38 percent for gasoline, 47 percent for diesel and 51 percent for kerosene. After […]

New York Times reports on Uber COO’s comments on women, minorities

July 16, 2018

On Friday, The New York Times reported on comments made by Barney Harford, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the ride-hailing company Uber, that were allegedly “insensitive” to race and gender. Harford said, “I have been embarrassed to learn that at times I made comments that made people feel uncomfortable, isolated, or unwelcome. Certainly that was […]

Trump meets Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister May during UK visit

July 14, 2018

President Donald Trump met with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for the first time in an official capacity on Friday evening, after arriving in the U.K. on Thursday for a four day state visit. When Trump arrived in the country, he was met by Prime Minister Theresa May at a welcome ceremony, and later met with U.S. […]

130 killed, 150 wounded in 2 separate attacks in Pakistan

July 13, 2018

More than 130 people were killed and more than 150 wounded in two separate bomb attacks in Pakistan on Friday. The attacks took place at separate rallies for different political parties, ahead of general elections later this month. No group has claimed responsibility for either attack. One of the attacks, a suicide bombing in the […]

Fire in Chinese chemical plant kills 19, injures 12

July 13, 2018

A fire in a Chinese chemical production plant killed 19 and injured 12 on Thursday. The injured are in stable condition, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported. Government investigators are investigating the cause of the fire, which is currently unknown. The fire began at about 6:30 p.m. at a plant in Jiangan County in the […]

12 Russians indicted in Mueller investigation, accused of hacking Clinton campaign

July 13, 2018

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Friday that 12 named Russian military officials were indicted on charges related to alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including allegedly hacking into the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and releasing emails. The Russian government denies involvement. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced […]

Top 10 distorted headlines of the week

July 13, 2018

Three of the top 10 distorted headlines this week deal with Trump’s Supreme Court pick, calling the decision “momentous,” saying that it’s “drawing fire,” and claiming the nominee is “from Hell.” Other headlines on the list similarly dramatize Brexit, wildfires and media reports.

At least 200 dead, 21 missing from Japan floods and landslides

July 12, 2018

At least 200 people were dead and 21 were missing in southwestern Japan after rain-induced flooding and landslides last week, according to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said more than 700 homes had been destroyed or damaged, and more than 23,000 had been flooded. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

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See how the articles rate in spin, slant and logic when held against objective standards.

July 12, 2018

Examining the bias in the Hammonds pardons coverage

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump pardoned two Oregon cattle ranchers who had been in prison for setting fire to public land. Dwight Hammond Jr., 76, and his son Steven Hammond, 49, were convicted in 2012 of arson on Harney County land adjacent to their ranch. They were originally sentenced to less than the federally-mandated minimum […]

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July 11, 2018

Boris Johnson resigned. The media had different takes.

Boris Johnson resigned as the British foreign secretary on Monday, saying he could not “in all conscience champion” an agreement reached Friday by the cabinet on the U.K.’s exit from the EU. Two other U.K. members of parliament also resigned from ministerial positions on Sunday, saying they did not support the agreement. U.K. Prime Minister […]

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July 10, 2018

Lessons from the media’s reporting on the Thai cave rescue

The remaining four boys and their soccer coach were rescued from a cave in Thailand on Tuesday, 17 days after they and their other team members became trapped by rising waters in the cave. Authorities transported the boys and their coach to the same hospital as the eight other boys who were rescued on Sunday and Monday. […]

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The Media

See how each news outlet performs against objective standards.

8 subtle spin words that make a big difference

Not all spin words are dramatic and sensational. Some are more discreet, yet they include subjective judgements and assumptions. These subtle spin words affect how people understand the news just as much, if not more so, and they can go unnoticed. This list can help you sharpen your skills at identifying them. #1. Refuse If […]

The media mocking of Kanye West

Let’s start with a disclaimer. The purpose of this analysis is not to defend Kanye West or his recent comments. It’s not to support slavery or suggest African-Americans chose to be enslaved, nor is it to defend Donald Trump or people who choose to support him. Rather, the purpose is to show how ideas can […]

How Breitbart distorts the news

It may be apparent to news consumers that Breitbart News’ coverage often contains bias, opinion, sensationalism and, at times, misleading and disparaging statements. But how exactly does its slant work? Does the way it distorts information differ from how other news outlets distort? To examine this question, The Knife did a special analysis on Breitbart’s […]

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