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Hungary criminalizes ‘facilitating’ illegal immigration

June 21, 2018

Hungary’s parliament passed laws on Wednesday that make it illegal to aid undocumented immigrants. The bills, referred to as “Stop Soros” measures, specify sentences of up to one year in prison for “facilitating” illegal immigration. Non-governmental organization (NGO) workers could be jailed under the new law if an NGO helps or campaigns for asylum seekers, […]

Trump signs executive order to detain alien families together

June 20, 2018

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to detain “alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.” The order, titled “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,” called for the adjudication of cases involving detained illegal immigrant families to be prioritized, and for government agencies to make facilities available […]

Taliban kills 30 Afghan soldiers, captures military base in western Afghanistan

June 20, 2018

On Wednesday, the Taliban attacked two government security posts and captured a military base in Afghanistan’s Badghis province. The provincial government said 30 Afghan soldiers and 15 Taliban fighters were killed in conflicts on Wednesday. The Taliban had announced a three-day ceasefire with the government for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The ceasefire ended […]

Canadian Senate votes to legalize recreational cannabis

June 20, 2018

Canada’s Senate passed a bill 52-29 on Tuesday to legalize recreational cannabis. Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, was passed by the House of Commons, Canada’s lower parliamentary house, last November. Sale of marijuana to people under 18 years of age will be illegal under the act. A legal cannabis market could be set […]

A brief rundown of gerrymandering

June 20, 2018

The Supreme Court recently ruled on two partisan “gerrymandering” cases. As noted in our full analysis, some of the coverage didn’t provide much contextual information about gerrymandering itself. So if the media coverage left you with questions, we’ll fill in some of the gaps here. What is gerrymandering? Gerrymandering is the act of dividing an […]

US announces withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

June 19, 2018

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that the U.S. would withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Haley said the council showed bias against Israel and granted membership to other countries that she alleged had committed human rights violations. Haley issued her statement at the State Department, alongside Secretary of State […]

Explosion in London train station leaves five injured

June 19, 2018

London police reported an explosion at the Southgate train station in north London on Tuesday. At least five people were injured. Three were treated at the scene with minor injuries and two were taken to a nearby hospital, according to a London ambulance service spokesperson. Scotland Yard said officers at the station were trying to […]

France, Germany announce jet program, eurozone budget

June 19, 2018

France and Germany announced plans on Tuesday to develop new combat fighter jets. The French defense ministry said France would take the lead in developing the new aircraft, which would replace France’s Dassault Aviation Rafales and Germany’s Eurofighters. Development on the project is scheduled to begin before the end of year, France’s defense ministry said. […]

Pentagon suspends upcoming military exercise with South Korea

June 19, 2018

Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White announced Monday that the U.S. would suspend military exercises with South Korea that were planned for August. “Consistent with President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to North Korea and in concert with South Korea, the United States military has suspended all planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian, this August’s defensive war game,” […]

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June 18, 2018

Political news is often distorted. What about World Cup coverage?

World Cup Sunday results: Mexico beats Germany 1-0; Brazil, Switzerland draw 1-1; Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0 On Sunday, Mexico beat Germany 1-0 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Mexico’s Hirving Lozano scored the goal in the 35th minute of the game. Mexico has never won a World Cup and Germany is […]

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June 15, 2018

The OIG’s report on the Clinton email investigation: A lesson in slant

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

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June 14, 2018

Italy and France exchanged comments about migration. Then the media added its own drama.

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

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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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