September 5, 2017

The DACA repeal: Beware of vague media reports

On Tuesday morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is “being rescinded.” The program began in 2012 under the Obama administration. It has granted 2-year renewable work permits and other benefits, such as participation in the social security program, to approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants — also […]

September 1, 2017

The coverage of Trump’s tax plan: So little news, so much slant.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke in Missouri about his administration’s tax reform plan. He said it was “time to give the American workers the pay raise that they have been looking for,” and referred to a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to deliver tax reform to “hard-working Americans.” The White House has not released an official tax reform […]

August 27, 2017

The blame game: Trump, Congress and the debt ceiling

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that getting approval for the debt ceiling bill was “now a mess” because of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan and the Democrats. The U.S. Congress needs to pass a bill to increase the debt ceiling by Sept. 29 in order to prevent […]

August 24, 2017

Trump vs. the media: Who can stop the war?

Prior to Trump’s rally in Arizona, media outlets reported that he might criticize Sen. Jeff Flake in his speech, and they speculated with sensationalism about how this might affect the race and his relations with GOP lawmakers. Was this responsible reporting? Here are a couple examples: “Arizona’s Republican Senate primary is turning ugly fast — […]

August 21, 2017

Think the NYT and Fox covered Bannon differently? Yes and no.

On Friday, Stephen K. Bannon, left his position as White House chief strategist. He had submitted his letter of resignation on Aug. 7, and then he and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “mutually agreed” that Friday “would be Steve’s last day,” according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “We are grateful […]

August 18, 2017

What we’re not considering in the Confederate monument debate

On Thursday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about the removal of Confederate monuments in several U.S. cities, saying that he was, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.” “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it,” […]

August 18, 2017

A guide to Confederate monuments by state

In the U.S., there are at least 718 monuments and statues, 109 public schools, 80 cities or counties, 10 U.S. military bases, and nine state holidays representing or honoring the Confederacy or its leaders, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). While some states have laws or ordinances prohibiting the removal of such monuments, […]

August 16, 2017

The news changed, but the spin on North Korea didn’t

On Tuesday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un had reviewed plans to fire four missiles towards the island of Guam, a U.S. territory, and did not give orders to fire, saying he would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees.” […]