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 […]

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, […]

May 15, 2017

Accusing Syria of mass cremation before there’s conclusive evidence

The U.S. State Department on Monday released commercial satellite photos that it says may indicate the construction of a crematorium-type of facility at Syria’s Saydnaya Military Prison. The photos, taken between 2013 and 2017, allegedly show a discharge stack, a firewall and air intake structures officials say are “consistent with a crematory,” according to The […]