July 16, 2017

The Trump Jr. meeting: Premature implications in the news

Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed on Friday that he was at a meeting with Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump’s eldest son, and others at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016. NBC News first reported on the lobbyist’s role at the meeting, without naming him. Later, Akhmetshin confirmed his attendance in an interview with The […]

July 14, 2017

Drama in our healthcare news. Again.

On Thursday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a revised healthcare bill, asking Senate Republicans to vote in favor of a procedural measure that would open the bill up to debate and amendment before going to a final vote next week. The new 172-page draft is a rewrite of the Better Care Reconciliation Act […]

July 13, 2017

Brazil in the news: Three ways the media slanted Lula’s conviction

On Wednesday, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was found guilty of corruption and money laundering. He was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. Lula has denied the charges. His lawyer Cristiano Zanin Martins said Lula will appeal the sentence on the grounds that the evidence provided by the defense […]

July 12, 2017

Cutting through the drama before and after Wray’s hearing

Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director, appeared Wednesday for a confirmation hearing before the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. The hearing started at 9:30 a.m. ET. In his prepared statement, Wray reflected on his experience after September 11, 2001 and his time as head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. He said, “If I […]

July 12, 2017

The pitfalls of opinion-based reporting in the voter data story

On Monday, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asked the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to “hold on submitting any data,” according to court filings. On June 28, the commission had requested each state submit “publicly-available voter data” by July 14, including names, addresses, dates of birth, party registrations, partial Social […]

July 11, 2017

Sorting out the slanted coverage of Trump Jr.’s meeting

Donald Trump Jr., elder son of U.S. President Donald Trump, said in a statement released Sunday that he met with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, when his father was running for the presidency, at Trump Tower in New York City. Trump Jr. said he had met with an individual after an acquaintance said she […]

July 9, 2017

The Syrian ceasefire: Seeking balance in the news

A ceasefire, or “de-escalation agreement” for areas in southwest Syria went into effect Sunday at noon local time (0900 GMT). The agreement, which was negotiated by the U.S., Russia and Jordan, applies to Deraa province, which borders Jordan and Lebanon, and Sweida and Quneitra provinces. The U.K.-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported […]

July 7, 2017

Trump and Putin’s meeting: A guide to the added drama

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two presidents were in Hamburg, Germany, to attend the G20 Summit with other world leaders on Friday and Saturday. The leaders reached a “defined agreement” on a ceasefire in Syria, according to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who attended the  two-hour, […]

July 5, 2017

The run-up to the G20: Distracting from the news event

U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among the world leaders planning to meet for the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, from July 7 to July 8. A total of 6,500 participants are expected to attend the summit. The […]