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 […]

August 4, 2017

Slow news day? Rehash old news about Congress and add some spin.

The U.S. Congress recessed for the summer on Thursday. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives will reopen on September 5, after Labor Day. The Senate is scheduled to hold some pro-forma sessions in August and early September, The Washington Post reported. During the past legislative session, Congress approved, among other measures: A bill […]

August 2, 2017

The US may investigate China on trade. Why? The news doesn’t say.

On Tuesday, news outlets cited anonymous sources saying the U.S. government may open an investigation into China’s trade practices. The White House has not officially commented on these reports. The investigation would be carried out by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. It may […]

August 1, 2017

The spin, slant and logic of Trump’s tweets on immigration

Since announcing his candidacy for president, U.S. President Donald Trump has sent 98 tweets using the word “immigration” or “immigrant.”1 We analyzed all of them for their spin, slant, logic and accuracy, and found many distortions. Some of them oversimplify what’s essentially a complex, multi-pronged issue that many countries—not just the U.S.—struggle to balance. Here are our spin, slant and logic ratings […]

July 31, 2017

Venezuela’s election: Is the spin really necessary?

Venezuelans voted on Sunday to allow President Nicolas Maduro to create a new legislative body called a “Constituent Assembly,” or “la constituyente,” which will have the power to rewrite the country’s constitution. Voters were asked to elect 545 members for the assembly from a list of 6,000 candidates. The election did not give Venezuelans an […]

July 28, 2017

The Russia sanctions: Bias here, there and everywhere

On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement announcing that, in response to sanctions approved by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Russia would place restrictions on American facilities and diplomatic staff in Russia. In its statement, the ministry said the sanctions on Russia proposed by the U.S. Senate “violat[e] the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic […]