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August 19, 2017

Barcelona attacks: The impact of spin in depicting human tragedy

Three separate vehicle attacks took place in and near Barcelona, Spain, between Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning, killing 14 people and injuring more than 100. Police said they have arrested four people – three Moroccan citizens and one Spaniard – of ages ranging between 21 and 34. A search is underway for another suspect. […]

July 19, 2017

Disguising opinion as fact in the coverage of France’s military chief

The head of France’s armed forces, General Pierre De Villiers, resigned on Wednesday, and President Emmanuel Macron appointed General Francois Lecointre to replace him. De Villiers released a statement saying, “In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection […]

July 7, 2017

Trump and Putin’s meeting: A guide to the added drama

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two presidents were in Hamburg, Germany, to attend the G20 Summit with other world leaders on Friday and Saturday. The leaders reached a “defined agreement” on a ceasefire in Syria, according to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who attended the  two-hour, […]

July 5, 2017

The run-up to the G20: Distracting from the news event

U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among the world leaders planning to meet for the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, from July 7 to July 8. A total of 6,500 participants are expected to attend the summit. The […]

June 30, 2017

Germany’s same-sex marriage vote: Details the media is missing

Germany’s Parliament, or Bundestag, voted Friday to allow same-sex couples to marry and jointly adopt children. In the snap election, members of Parliament voted 393-226 for legalizing “marriage for everybody,” with four abstentions. Since 2001, same-sex couples in the country could legally enter a civil partnership without full marital rights, including the right to jointly […]

June 26, 2017

A lack of balance in the coverage of the Tory-DUP deal

On Monday, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) signed an agreement to support the Conservative Party’s minority government. The U.K. government said it would provide at least 1 billion pounds in additional funding to Northern Ireland in return. U.K. politics In an election held on June 8, the Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Theresa […]

June 9, 2017

With or without drama: How spin shaped the UK election coverage

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Friday that she would form a minority government following Thursday’s parliamentary election. According to May, her Conservative party and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist party would together form a 328-seat majority in the 650-member House of Commons. According to media outlets, final projections of the election results showed that […]