Law and Justice

July 13, 2017

Brazil in the news: Three ways the media slanted Lula’s conviction

On Wednesday, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was found guilty of corruption and money laundering. He was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. Lula has denied the charges. His lawyer Cristiano Zanin Martins said Lula will appeal the sentence on the grounds that the evidence provided by the defense […]

July 12, 2017

Cutting through the drama before and after Wray’s hearing

Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director, appeared Wednesday for a confirmation hearing before the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. The hearing started at 9:30 a.m. ET. In his prepared statement, Wray reflected on his experience after September 11, 2001 and his time as head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. He said, “If I […]

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 […]

June 28, 2017

Two ways the media dramatizes the SCOTUS ruling on Trump’s executive order

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to allow President Donald Trump’s administration to enforce a limited version of its March executive order titled, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.” The order, which has been referred to as a “travel ban,” outlined terms for temporarily preventing citizens of six […]

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 […]

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 22, 2017

The Senate healthcare bill: Finding the facts amid the drama

On Thursday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a draft of a new healthcare bill. After a briefing of Republican senators at 9:30 a.m. local time, the 142-page “discussion draft” was published online by the Senate Budget Committee. The bill proposes to maintain current subsidies on insurance premiums for low-income Americans. Under current law […]

June 14, 2017

The Sessions testimony: Does declining to comment imply guilt?

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s election campaign. Sessions, who was a campaign adviser for Trump, said he did not take part in “any collusion” with Russian officials during the campaign. At his confirmation hearing in […]

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 […]