October 11, 2017

Did Catalonia declare independence? Yes, no, maybe so.

Catalan President Carles Puidgemont and his party signed a declaration of independence on Tuesday, which says, “We call on all states and international organizations to recognize the Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state.” The region then suspended its implementation to allow for negotiations with the central government in Madrid. Puidgemont addressed the regional […]

September 25, 2017

The logic of what leaders say

When we analyzed the media coverage of Trump and the NFL over the weekend, we noticed a number of quotes that had questionable reasoning. When outlets quote leaders and other sources, and those quotes have flawed logic, it can influence how readers interpret the facts. For this analysis, we selected four separate stories—some recent, some […]

September 4, 2017

Was the German debate a ‘duel’ or a ‘duet’? Neither. Here’s why.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz met in their first and only televised debate prior to the country’s general election scheduled for Sept. 24. Sunday’s 97-minute debate in Berlin covered a range of topics, including immigration and refugees, the economy, social justice, Turkey, North Korea and U.S. President Donald […]

September 2, 2017

Are we headed for another Cold War? The slant says so.

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department ordered Russia to close three diplomatic facilities. The move was a response to a July decision by Russia to reduce the number of U.S. diplomatic staff there, which the U.S. called “unwarranted.” The order calls for the closure of the consulate and official residence in San Francisco, a chancery […]

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 […]