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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 […]

June 23, 2017

The slanted coverage of Trump’s tweets on Comey

On Thursday, President Donald Trump sent two tweets saying he does not possess recordings of conversations between himself and former FBI Director, James B. Comey. Trump’s remarks were within a June 23 deadline set by the House Intelligence Committee, which is conducting an investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The […]

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 […]

June 8, 2017

A scientific look at distortion in the coverage of Comey’s testimony

On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified at the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between Russian officials and President Trump’s election campaign. Comey discussed his role in the FBI investigation into the same matter and his interactions with Trump, elaborating on written testimony that was published Wednesday. The hearing, broadcast live […]

June 2, 2017

Putin meets the press: 3 simple ways to identify slant

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with senior editors of international news outlets at an economic forum in St. Petersburg on Thursday. During the meeting, which took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace and lasted around 90 minutes, he discussed U.S. President Donald Trump, global security and hacking, as well as Russia’s economy and international sanctions against […]

May 28, 2017

A question left unasked: Jared Kushner and the ‘secure line’

The Washington Post reported on Friday that, according to unnamed officials briefed on intelligence reports, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed in December that Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak set up a secure communications channel between then-President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team and the Russian government. Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law, was a private citizen at […]

May 26, 2017

A simple formula to spot distortion in the news of Gianforte’s win

On Thursday, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte won a special election for the state’s House of Representatives seat, which was left vacant when President Donald Trump appointed Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior. With 96 percent of votes counted, Gianforte led 51 to 43 percent against Democrat Rob Quist. On Wednesday night, before the polls […]