North Korea

May 14, 2017

How the media helps escalate the North Korean ‘threat’

North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test on Sunday, U.S., Japanese, Russian and South Korean officials reported. The missile was launched from the city of Kusong in the northwest of the country, U.S. officials reported. The Japanese Defense Ministry reported the missile was in the air for 30 minutes, and reached an altitude of 1,240 […]

May 11, 2017

How your perception of an anti-missile system can change based on what you read

South Korea’s recently-elected President Moon Jae-in held his first phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday. Xi reportedly called to congratulate Moon on winning his country’s presidential election, the results of which were announced Wednesday. During the 40-minute call, the two discussed a “broad range of bilateral issues, including the Korean Peninsula and […]

May 2, 2017

Spin and slant in the coverage of Trump and North Korea

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump gave an interview to Bloomberg News in the Oval Office in which he talked about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying, “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it.” Press secretary Sean Spicer later stated, […]

May 1, 2017

Breaking down the logic, or illogic, of the coverage of Trump and Duterte

U.S. President Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House, during a phone call between the leaders on Saturday. A White House statement described the interaction as a “friendly conversation.” It confirmed that “President Trump also invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the US-Philippines alliance,” […]

April 20, 2017

Jumping to conclusions: the USS Carl Vinson incident

On Thursday, Pentagon officials announced the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its support ships were heading towards the Sea of Japan after completing joint exercises with the Australian navy in the Indian Ocean. The Pentagon added the vessel was expected to arrive at its destination next week. Rear Admiral James Kilby, commander of the […]