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 12, 2017

How to make a Clinton interview look good…or bad

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton gave her first television interview since the presidential election, prior to the release of her new memoir scheduled for Tuesday. In Clinton’s book, titled “What Happened,” she describes what she was “thinking and feeling” during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and election, which she lost to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump. Clinton’s […]

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 […]

August 24, 2017

Trump vs. the media: Who can stop the war?

Prior to Trump’s rally in Arizona, media outlets reported that he might criticize Sen. Jeff Flake in his speech, and they speculated with sensationalism about how this might affect the race and his relations with GOP lawmakers. Was this responsible reporting? Here are a couple examples: “Arizona’s Republican Senate primary is turning ugly fast — […]

July 31, 2017

Venezuela’s election: Is the spin really necessary?

Venezuelans voted on Sunday to allow President Nicolas Maduro to create a new legislative body called a “Constituent Assembly,” or “la constituyente,” which will have the power to rewrite the country’s constitution. Voters were asked to elect 545 members for the assembly from a list of 6,000 candidates. The election did not give Venezuelans an […]

July 12, 2017

The pitfalls of opinion-based reporting in the voter data story

On Monday, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asked the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to “hold on submitting any data,” according to court filings. On June 28, the commission had requested each state submit “publicly-available voter data” by July 14, including names, addresses, dates of birth, party registrations, partial Social […]

July 11, 2017

Sorting out the slanted coverage of Trump Jr.’s meeting

Donald Trump Jr., elder son of U.S. President Donald Trump, said in a statement released Sunday that he met with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, when his father was running for the presidency, at Trump Tower in New York City. Trump Jr. said he had met with an individual after an acquaintance said she […]

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 […]