October 8, 2017

Now you see it, now you don’t: Data in the Russian protests coverage

On Saturday, protests took place in around 80 Russian towns and cities. Some demonstrators protested against President Vladimir Putin’s potential candidacy in next year’s presidential election, while others protested in favor of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s proposed candidacy. Some protesters carried Russian flags and signs that said, “Putin, go on pension!” and “Putin, retire!” They […]

September 23, 2017

Understanding Myanmar and the Rohingya

The recent news from Myanmar has been tragic. More than 1,000 people have reportedly died and over 420,000 people, 240,000 of them estimated to be children, have left their homes in Rakhine state since late August. This did not happen in a vacuum; the events of the past decades, even centuries, have brought Myanmar to […]

September 20, 2017

How the media deviated from fact-based reporting at the UN

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a speech to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning. In his first speech to the 193-member international body, Trump addressed topics concerning North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and other nations as well as American “sovereignty.”  Below are some highlights from the 41-minute address: North Korea “The […]

September 4, 2017

Does US media distort more?

Our analysis of how the media covered North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test sparked our curiosity. The Korea Herald and The Korea Times earned the highest ratings in our analysis, with 56 and 51 percent respectively, while The New York Times and The Washington Post earned the lowest (36 and 33 percent). The latter are two […]

August 29, 2017

The news on North Korea is spun again. Here’s why it matters.

On Tuesday morning, North Korea launched a ballistic missile that flew over Japan’s Hokkaido island and into the sea off its eastern coast. According to the South Korean military, the missile was fired from near the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, and traveled more than 1,678 miles (2,700 km) with a maximum altitude of around 342 […]

August 17, 2017

The Daily Cut: Trump councils dissolved | Hicks named | Philippines killings | Nigeria bombings | Hawaii crash

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the dissolution of his manufacturing and business advisory councils, the American Manufacturing Council and Strategic and Policy Forum. On Twitter, Trump said, “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” On Wednesday morning, […]

August 16, 2017

The news changed, but the spin on North Korea didn’t

On Tuesday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un had reviewed plans to fire four missiles towards the island of Guam, a U.S. territory, and did not give orders to fire, saying he would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees.” […]