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British former MP Ken Livingstone announces resignation from Labour party

May 22, 2018

Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London and British Member of Parliament (MP), announced Monday he would resign from the Labour party, saying “ongoing issues” regarding his 2016 suspension from the party were a “distraction” from the party’s goals. Livingstone was suspended and under investigation for “anti-Semitism” over a comment he made that Adolf Hitler was […]

Maduro wins second term in Venezuela’s presidential elections

May 21, 2018

Venezuelan incumbent President Nicolás Maduro won a second six-year term in the country’s election on Sunday. He received 5.8 million votes, approximately 68 percent of the popular vote, with 92 percent of voting centers reporting their results, according to Venezuela’s electoral commission. Voter turnout was 46 percent, lower than the approximately 80 percent turnout during […]

Hawaiian volcanic lava enters ocean creating hazardous gas

May 21, 2018

Volcanic lava on Hawaii’s Big Island reached the Pacific Ocean over the weekend, creating a hazardous white plume containing hydrochloric acid and fine particles of glass. The lava flow entered the ocean on the island’s southern coast on Saturday night, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), after the Kilauea volcano began erupting two and […]

US-China tariffs ‘on hold,’ Mnuchin says

May 21, 2018

On Sunday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. and China have put tariffs “on hold,” and that the two countries had agreed on a “framework” to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China. Prior to this agreement, the U.S. had considered applying $50 to $150 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, and China […]

Trump says he will ‘demand’ DOJ investigate whether FBI ‘infiltrated or surveilled’ Trump campaign

May 21, 2018

On Sunday, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he would officially ask the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether the “FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled” the Trump campaign for political reasons during the 2016 presidential election. He questioned whether “any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration.” He […]

NYT vs Fox: How they covered the confirmations of Haspel and Brennan

May 18, 2018

Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA director On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the CIA. Six Democrats voted in favor and two Republicans voted against her confirmation. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was not present for the vote due to health reasons. The Senate Intelligence Committee recommended Haspel’s […]

110 killed in Boeing 737 crash after take off in Cuba (Update)

May 18, 2018

On Friday, 110 people were killed in a crash of a Boeing 737 airplane after it took off from the Jose Marti airport serving Havana, Cuba. Three female survivors are being treated at the General Calixto García University Hospital, Cuban newspaper Granma reported. Witnesses reported smoke and fire from the crash site, where rescue workers […]

Trump nominates Robert Wilkie to head VA

May 18, 2018

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would be nominating Robert Wilkie as head of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). Wilkie has been acting VA Secretary since March. In announcing Wilkie’s nomination, Trump said he “has done an incredible job at the VA.” Wilkie, 55, has also been the Under Secretary of Defense for […]

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

May 18, 2018

A look at the spin in the recent North Korea coverage

North Korea’s vice foreign minister said Wednesday that the U.S. must stop requiring the North to have “unilateral nuclear abandonment” in advance of talks between North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled for next month. North Korean state news outlet KCNA published the statement from the minister, Kim Gye Gwan, […]

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May 17, 2018

How the media is covering Gaza

Sixty Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces along the Gaza border on Monday, the largest number of deaths in one day since 2014. As with any reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it’s a difficult story to report with objectivity and balance. Many outlets reported the basic facts of the violence in a data-based and accurate […]

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May 16, 2018

Did The Gap cave in to China’s demands?

American clothing retailer Gap Inc. apologized to China on Tuesday for selling T-shirts with an “incorrect” map of China on them. The T-shirts showed a map that did not include Taiwan, Southern Tibet and islands in the South China Sea that China claims. Gap said it “respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.” Read […]

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The Media

See how each news outlet performs against objective standards.

How to spot a hit piece: The case of Jordan Peterson

We’ve shown in previous analyses that the media’s coverage of Jordan Peterson has been biased. But articles about him this week in Mic and The Guardian illustrate a distinct case of dishonorable journalism. What do we mean by dishonorable? Broadly, this is when a news outlet reports disparaging and unsubstantiated opinions about a person, but […]

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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