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The News

Mueller investigation indicts 13 Russian nationals, 3 entities for alleged US election interference

February 17, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Department of Justice announced on Friday. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, “The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the United States, with the stated goal of spreading distrust […]

3 omissions that suggest guilt in the court of public opinion

February 16, 2018

When publishing news about criminal allegations, the media sometimes fails to represent both sides of a story. It might seem like a careless oversight, but the effects are damaging. Many times outlets disproportionately weigh the accuser’s argument. When the accused’s response is omitted, they often don’t stand a chance in the court of public opinion […]

February 15, 2018

Trump addresses the public after shooting at Florida school

President Donald Trump responded to Wednesday’s shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 students and teachers, saying that the nation is “praying for the victims and their families.” Speaking from the White House on Thursday, Trump told “America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared” that they “are never […]

February 15, 2018

US Senate votes against four immigration proposals

The U.S. Senate voted against four immigration proposals on Thursday afternoon. The votes followed a week of negotiations on four immigration issues: citizenship for undocumented immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, funding for a U.S.-Mexican border wall and security, the diversity visa lottery system, and family-based immigration. An immigration proposal […]

February 15, 2018

Ethiopian prime minister resigns

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced on Thursday he would step down, citing ongoing “unrest and political crisis” in the country. He said he would also resign as the chairman of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). “Unrest and political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of […]

The Numbers

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

February 14, 2018

The Senate intel briefing: Same news, different stories

National intelligence leaders testified before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday during its annual open hearing on “worldwide threats.” Among those who spoke at the hearing were Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers. The meeting, which lasted approximately […]

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February 14, 2018

Canada: Missing perspectives in the coverage of the Colten Boushie trial

The family of Colten Boushie, a 22-year old man who was fatally shot in August 2016, was scheduled to meet with Canadian cabinet members in Ottawa, following the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, 56, who shot Boushie. After the verdict, Boushie’s family members said they “saw no justice.” Rallies protesting the verdict and calling for legal […]

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February 12, 2018

Unspinning the media’s coverage of Kim Jong Un’s sister at the Olympics

On Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong attended the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games in South Korea. During the ceremony Kim shook hands with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. She also delivered an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit North Korea at the “earliest date possible.” Read […]

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The Media

See how each news outlet performs against objective standards.

How biased news harms democracy

It only takes reading two headlines about the State of the Union address to recognize that our news media missed a valuable lesson. This morning, CNN’s main headline was “The state of our disunion,” placed above a picture of the president. Last night, The New York Times’ headline was about “remarkable turmoil and concern.” Let’s […]

Cathy Newman’s interview with Jordan Peterson: How civil discourse is at risk

Question any aspect of Black Lives Matter, and you’re called a racist. Disagree with opening borders to immigration, and you’re labeled a xenophobe. Question the #MeToo movement, and you must be a misogynist. The media often makes these sorts of generalizations. What’s the problem? They’re based on flawed reasoning, and they tend to misrepresent people’s […]

Eric Weinstein’s Four Quadrant Model

In our analysis of journalist Cathy Newman’s interview with Jordan Peterson, we showed how Newman and subsequent media coverage portrayed the University of Toronto professor as a misogynist for his stance on subjects like the gender pay gap. In addition to conducting a full Knife analysis and rating the coverage (which we discuss in more detail […]