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Drone strike kills Pakistan Taliban leader, Afghanistan says

June 15, 2018

A U.S.-led drone strike killed Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah in  Afghanistan on its border with Pakistan, the Afghan defense ministry announced on Friday. Fazlullah had led the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a separate group from the Afghanistan Taliban, since 2013. “I confirm that Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed in a […]

Judge revokes Manafort’s bail, house arrest

June 15, 2018

On Friday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked Paul Manafort’s bail and house arrest privileges, after he was charged with obstructing justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice last week. He was taken into custody after the judge’s ruling, and awaits two trials in jail. Before the bail ruling, Manafort pleaded not guilty to last week’s charges. […]

USTR announces 25% tariffs on $50B worth of Chinese goods

June 15, 2018

On Friday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a list of Chinese products worth about $50 billion in annual imports that would be subject to 25 percent tariffs. A portion of the tariffs is scheduled to go into effect on July 6. China’s Ministry of Commerce said it would “immediately take tariff […]

OIG report on Clinton investigations: ‘no evidence’ bias affected FBI conclusions; bureau reputation ‘impacted’ by employee conduct

June 15, 2018

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a 500-page report on Thursday that reviewed “various actions” by the FBI and the DOJ ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Regarding the investigation of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State, the […]

Top 10 distorted headlines of the week

June 15, 2018

This list focuses on two stories the media gave ample coverage to this week: the G7 summit in Canada and the Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore. Some outlets used metaphors, disparaging labels and vague terms to describe the events. And, according to this list, attendees at these two meetings “attacked,” “talked trash” and “gave [world leaders] […]

NY Attorney General files lawsuit against Trump Foundation for allegedly violating charity laws

June 14, 2018

On Thursday, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation alleging a “pattern of illegal conduct” that occurred over “more than a decade.” The lawsuit alleges “improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations” by the foundation. A spokesperson […]

UN General Assembly passes resolution against ‘indiscriminate force’ by Israel in Gaza

June 14, 2018

On Wednesday, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution saying it “deplores the use of excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force” by Israel against Palestinian civilians, “particularly in the Gaza strip.” The resolution passed without mentioning Hamas; a U.S. amendment to the resolution that did not pass had proposed “condemning” the group, which rules Gaza. The […]

Trump and Kim meet in Singapore

June 14, 2018

President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore for nearly five hours on Tuesday. After the meeting, the two leaders released a statement saying Trump “committed to provide security guarantees” to North Korea, and Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” Read the […]

Italy summons French ambassador over Macron’s comments on migrant ship entry denial

June 13, 2018

Italy’s foreign ministry summoned the French ambassador on Wednesday in response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments regarding Italy’s denying entry to a rescue ship carrying 629 migrants. Macron had said the day prior that Italy had acted with “cynicism and irresponsibility.” The Italian foreign ministry said Macron’s comments were “unacceptable,” and were “undermining relations […]

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June 14, 2018

A look at the dramatic and biased coverage of the Trump-Kim summit

President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore for nearly five hours on Tuesday. After the meeting, the two leaders released a statement saying Trump “committed to provide security guarantees” to North Korea, and Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” Read the […]

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June 11, 2018

A critical look at implications in the media coverage of an immigrant’s suicide

On Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed Honduran immigrant Marco Antonio Muñoz died last month while in custody at Starr County Jail. Muñoz had been apprehended on May 11 for “attempting illegal entry into the U.S.,” according to a CBP spokesperson. The cause of death was listed as “suicide by self-strangulation and hanging” […]

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The Media

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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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