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August 22, 2017

Trump’s address on Afghanistan, slanted.

On Monday night, U.S. President Donald Trump gave a nationally televised address that described what he called a “path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia.” Trump spoke for 25 minutes to an estimated 2,000 troops at Fort Myer, Virginia. He said he had come to three conclusions regarding Afghanistan: The U.S. “must seek an honorable […]

August 21, 2017

Think the NYT and Fox covered Bannon differently? Yes and no.

On Friday, Stephen K. Bannon, left his position as White House chief strategist. He had submitted his letter of resignation on Aug. 7, and then he and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “mutually agreed” that Friday “would be Steve’s last day,” according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “We are grateful […]

August 18, 2017

What we’re not considering in the Confederate monument debate

On Thursday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about the removal of Confederate monuments in several U.S. cities, saying that he was, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.” “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it,” […]

August 18, 2017

A guide to Confederate monuments by state

In the U.S., there are at least 718 monuments and statues, 109 public schools, 80 cities or counties, 10 U.S. military bases, and nine state holidays representing or honoring the Confederacy or its leaders, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). While some states have laws or ordinances prohibiting the removal of such monuments, […]

August 16, 2017

The news changed, but the spin on North Korea didn’t

On Tuesday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un had reviewed plans to fire four missiles towards the island of Guam, a U.S. territory, and did not give orders to fire, saying he would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees.” […]

August 14, 2017

Charlottesville protests: How blame strengthens the chain of violence

A woman was killed and 19 people were injured, five critically, in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters. The group was protesting a scheduled rally promoted as “Unite the Right,” which opposed the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. An additional 15 […]

August 9, 2017

Chicago’s suit against the DOJ: When spin supplants data

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions commented on a federal lawsuit filed against him by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The suit, filed on Aug. 7, asks the court to stop the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from enforcing a new immigration policy requiring cities to comply with certain conditions in order to receive federal […]

August 7, 2017

Opposing assumptions in the coverage of Israel’s plan to close Al Jazeera

Israel announced plans to close news outlet Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem offices, revoke its journalists’ press credentials, and take its Arabic and English channels off the air. Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara made the announcement about the Qatari state-funded network on Sunday, saying, “We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to […]