October 12, 2017

Swaying public opinion on NAFTA before negotiations have concluded

A new round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations started on Wednesday. U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials are meeting near Washington to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 agreement. It is the fourth round of such negotiations since President Donald Trump took office. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would seek […]

October 6, 2017

Filling in the gaps in the coverage of Sessions’ gender identity policy

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote in a memo that the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Title VII clause, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, “encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) memo, delivered to […]

September 29, 2017

How media takes sides in the Supreme Court case on union dues

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear a case in its upcoming session on mandatory union fees for public employees. In the Illinois case, Janus vs. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), the court will determine whether state government employees who are not union members can still be […]

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 16, 2017

Equifax and data privacy: How the media could empower consumers

On Thursday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it was investigating a data breach at credit bureau Equifax. The company announced on Sept. 7 that it had been hacked earlier this year and that the personal data of 143 million U.S. consumers may have been stolen. That data included Social Security numbers, birthdays, address […]

September 16, 2017

How you can protect your data

It may not be possible to guarantee that your information is completely protected, but there are measures you can take to lessen the possibility of theft, and to prevent any potential theft from negatively affecting your financial standing. According to studies conducted by the Pew Research center, about 64 percent of U.S. residents have experienced […]

August 31, 2017

Uber is totally dysfunctional. Oh, wait. That’s slant.

Dara Khosrowshahi, who was selected as ride-sharing company Uber’s new CEO, spoke publicly about the decision on Tuesday, saying he’d accepted the position but that the contract wasn’t yet finalized. Khosrowshahi, who is currently CEO of online travel company Expedia Inc., gave an interview to The Wall Street Journal from Expedia’s headquarters outside Seattle. He […]

August 7, 2017

Opposing assumptions in the coverage of Israel’s plan to close Al Jazeera

Israel announced plans to close news outlet Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem offices, revoke its journalists’ press credentials, and take its Arabic and English channels off the air. Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara made the announcement about the Qatari state-funded network on Sunday, saying, “We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to […]

August 2, 2017

The US may investigate China on trade. Why? The news doesn’t say.

On Tuesday, news outlets cited anonymous sources saying the U.S. government may open an investigation into China’s trade practices. The White House has not officially commented on these reports. The investigation would be carried out by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. It may […]

June 25, 2017

Missing information in the coverage of the sanctions on Qatar

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain suspended diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar, alleging the small Gulf country engaged with “terrorist and sectarian” groups, according to a Saudi statement reported by Time. On June 22, Qatar received a list from these countries detailing 13 demands and a 10-day […]