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The News

Italy’s High Court rejects request to release migrant rescue boat

April 24, 2018

Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation rejected a request from non-governmental German group Jugend Rettet to release its migrant rescue ship. Prosecutors alleged the group cooperated with human smugglers, and requested a pre-emptive seizure of the boat, the Iuventa, in August 2017 to prevent the alleged crimes from continuing. Prosecutors said that boat was seized because […]

Pompeo approved by Senate Foreign Relations Committee

April 24, 2018

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday to give Mike Pompeo a favorable recommendation to become Secretary of State, advancing his nomination to the full Senate. One Democrat and 10 Republicans voted in favor of Pompeo; nine Democrats voted against his nomination. The full senate may vote on Pompeo’s nomination later this week, The Guardian […]

April 24, 2018

Senate VA Committee postpones Jackson’s confirmation hearing

The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has indefinitely postponed a confirmation hearing for U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson’s nomination as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday. According to AP, two aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity described “inappropriate behavior” by Jackson, who is […]

April 24, 2018

Mexico’s presidential candidates take part in debate

Mexico’s five presidential candidates participated in the first of three scheduled debates on Sunday. The candidates are: Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 64, of the MORENA party (National Regeneration Movement); Ricardo Anaya, 39, head of a coalition representing the National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD); José Antonio Meade, 49, of […]

The Numbers

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

April 21, 2018

Bridenstine’s NASA confirmation: Same facts, different slant.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator, seven and a half months after his initial nomination to the role by President Donald Trump. Bridenstine, a former Navy pilot, will be the first elected official to be appointed head of the space agency. Fifty Republicans […]

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April 20, 2018

Pompeo and Kim Jong Un: How the media spun the ‘political spin’

President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in preparation for a planned meeting between Trump and Kim. Trump’s confirmation followed news reports about the meeting on Tuesday. The president nominated Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, after Tillerson’s resignation was […]

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April 19, 2018

The media coverage of the Alex Jones-Sandy Hook lawsuits

On Monday, three parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting filed two defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones, a radio host and owner of the Infowars website. Jones has suggested that parents of Sandy Hook shooting victims were actors, and has said media coverage of some mass shootings was “totally staged.” […]

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The Media

See how each news outlet performs against objective standards.

The slanted coverage of Apu and ‘The Simpsons’

The Simpsons character Apu could be a starting point for constructive conversation about freedom of speech and prejudice. These are important, complex issues, and how we deal with them will have lasting effects on society. The media could be an arbiter of that debate, and could help encourage nuanced, rational discussions. But much of this […]

9 spin words that imply bad behavior

News reports can affect people’s perceptions when they’re not aware of it. One way they do so is by using words that imply misbehavior, dishonesty or an avoidance of the truth, without directly stating that a transgression took place. If readers aren’t aware of these implications, the news may alter how they perceive people before […]

How the media misrepresented Tony Robbins’ comments on #MeToo

When actor Matt Damon made critical remarks about #MeToo, media outlets called them “tone-deaf” and “stupid.” Literary critic Daphne Merkin wrote an op-ed saying women had “misgivings” about the movement, and commentators called it an “ill-conceived attempt at provocation,” among other things. And when French actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other women signed a critical […]