October 13, 2017

Trump’s order on healthcare: How word choice contributes to bias

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that calls for changes to three areas of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The order aims to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), increase the maximum time limit of short-term insurance plans (STLDI), and widen the use of health reimbursement arrangements […]

October 12, 2017

Swaying public opinion on NAFTA before negotiations have concluded

A new round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations started on Wednesday. U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials are meeting near Washington to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 agreement. It is the fourth round of such negotiations since President Donald Trump took office. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would seek […]

October 3, 2017

Responses to Las Vegas: The effects of media bias on critical thinking

On Monday at the daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke about Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas, in which 58 people were killed and over 500 injured by a single shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Sanders said there was an ongoing investigation and that Paddock’s motive had not been determined. She said […]

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 25, 2017

The importance of honor: Trump, sports and the media

President Donald Trump suggested at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday that NFL players who “disrespect” the American flag should be fired, and on Saturday he tweeted that players “should stand for the National Anthem.” Also on Saturday, he said on Twitter that Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors was not invited […]