October 4, 2017

How subtle spin can make US-Cuban relations seem more dramatic

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from Washington, ordering them to leave within seven days. U.S. State Department officials said it was a reciprocal measure that ensures “equitable staffing levels” at each country’s embassy after the U.S. withdrew embassy staff from Cuba last week. Last Friday, the U.S. reduced its embassy […]

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 25, 2017

The logic of what leaders say

When we analyzed the media coverage of Trump and the NFL over the weekend, we noticed a number of quotes that had questionable reasoning. When outlets quote leaders and other sources, and those quotes have flawed logic, it can influence how readers interpret the facts. For this analysis, we selected four separate stories—some recent, some […]

September 23, 2017

Understanding Myanmar and the Rohingya

The recent news from Myanmar has been tragic. More than 1,000 people have reportedly died and over 420,000 people, 240,000 of them estimated to be children, have left their homes in Rakhine state since late August. This did not happen in a vacuum; the events of the past decades, even centuries, have brought Myanmar to […]

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 18, 2017

Is the UN General Assembly only about Trump?

The United Nations General Assembly will begin its general debate in New York City on Tuesday morning, opening with Secretary-General António Guterres’ annual report at 9:00 am ET. Guterres’ speech will be followed by addresses from 34 world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump’s first speech to the United Nations. The general debate of the 72nd session of […]