Law & Justice

October 17, 2017

What’s hiding behind the bias in the Tom Marino coverage

On Monday, President Donald Trump held a Q&A in the White House Rose Garden, in which he discussed issues including opioid abuse in the U.S., the 2016 Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, and the nomination of Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Last week, […]

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 26, 2017

Same FBI crime stats, two opposing stories.

On Monday, the FBI released its annual report, titled “Crime in the United States,” which showed a 3.4 percent increase in the national violent crime rate and a 2.0 percent decrease in the national property crime rate in 2016 compared to the previous year. The report is a “statistical compilation of offense, arrest, and police […]

September 21, 2017

Is California at ‘war’ with the president?

On Wednesday, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit in San Diego against the federal government, alleging President Trump’s proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border violates federal environmental protection laws and the U.S. Constitution. The suit, which includes the California Coastal Commission as a plaintiff, alleges construction would involve an improver waiver of […]

September 17, 2017

The protests in Washington: When there’s no drama, add some

Multiple protests took place in the National Mall federal park in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. They included a “Juggalo” protest and concert, the “Mother of All Rallies,” a “White Supremacists Out of Washington!” march and a rally demanding action in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The “Juggalos” are fans of the rap band “Insane […]

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 […]

September 14, 2017

The Charlottesville resolution and the role of media in violence

On Wednesday, U.S. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump “looks forward” to signing resolution S.J.Res.49, which was adopted by Congress and condemns the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12. The legislation was introduced as a joint resolution and was unanimously passed by the Senate on Monday and the House of […]

September 9, 2017

The biased coverage of DeVos and campus sexual assault

On Thursday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced plans to issue new guidelines for addressing sexual misconduct on college campuses, saying “the current approach isn’t working.” DeVos said the new guidelines would apply to the enforcement of Title IX, legislation that prohibits gender discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. She did not say […]