Politics

July 28, 2017

The spin, slant and logic of Donald Trump’s tweets

We’re doing something different this time. Instead of analyzing the news, we’re analyzing one key source of U.S. news: Donald Trump’s tweets. Not only does the president have about 34.7 million followers, his tweets influence the news cycle and are sometimes used as a platform for announcing new policy. A seemingly uncurated expression of his […]

July 27, 2017

The not so objective coverage of the Senate healthcare vote

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 51-50 to begin debate on legislation to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as “Obamacare”). Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote. At the time of Tuesday’s vote, there were a number of different proposals that the Senate could debate, including: A repeal and replacement […]

July 26, 2017

Bias, blame and blind spots: Al-Aqsa mosque and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israel’s Security Cabinet announced Tuesday it had decided to remove metal detectors from entrances to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem. A statement from the Israeli government said the decision had been made on “the recommendation of all the security bodies,” and that the detectors would be replaced with “advanced” surveillance technology. The metal detectors, […]

July 25, 2017

Why is Trump tweeting about Sessions? Here’s what the slant says.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump sent three tweets referencing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Hillary Clinton, and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ)  investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign team is being investigated for alleged coordination with Russian officials. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had been a campaign […]

July 24, 2017

Kushner at the Senate: How one word can change how you view the Russia case

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, spoke on Monday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The committee is investigating alleged Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 U.S. election, which Russia denies, and whether Trump campaign officials may have coordinated with Russia to do so. Prior to the closed-door session, Kushner publicly released […]

July 23, 2017

The Russia sanctions story: What happened to North Korea and Iran?

U.S. House leaders from both parties announced Saturday they had agreed on the draft of a bill that would impose sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill this Tuesday, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office. The bill would allow the U.S. to […]

July 21, 2017

Where implications fail: Trump, Mueller and the media

The New York Times and Washington Post reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s legal team is investigating whether members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team have conflicts of interest. The newspapers cited “three people with knowledge” of the matter in their reports. On May 17, the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller, a former […]

July 19, 2017

Disguising opinion as fact in the coverage of France’s military chief

The head of France’s armed forces, General Pierre De Villiers, resigned on Wednesday, and President Emmanuel Macron appointed General Francois Lecointre to replace him. De Villiers released a statement saying, “In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection […]

July 17, 2017

Drama and one-sided reporting in the coverage of Trump’s tweets

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted six times on Sunday between about 6:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. EDT while in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the U.S. Women’s Open was being held at the Trump National Golf Club: 6:35 a.m.: “HillaryClinton (sic) can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son […]