August 14, 2017

Charlottesville protests: How blame strengthens the chain of violence

A woman was killed and 19 people were injured, five critically, in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters. The group was protesting a scheduled rally promoted as “Unite the Right,” which opposed the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. An additional 15 […]

August 11, 2017

Slant 101: North Korea’s plan to fire missiles near Guam

On Thursday, state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported details of a North Korean plan to fire missiles into waters near Guam. If the provisional plan is carried out, North Korea would launch four locally produced Hwasong-12 missiles, which would travel 2,086 miles in 17 minutes and 45 seconds, according to the report. The missiles […]

August 4, 2017

Slow news day? Rehash old news about Congress and add some spin.

The U.S. Congress recessed for the summer on Thursday. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives will reopen on September 5, after Labor Day. The Senate is scheduled to hold some pro-forma sessions in August and early September, The Washington Post reported. During the past legislative session, Congress approved, among other measures: A bill […]

August 1, 2017

The spin, slant and logic of Trump’s tweets on immigration

Since announcing his candidacy for president, U.S. President Donald Trump has sent 98 tweets using the word “immigration” or “immigrant.”1 We analyzed all of them for their spin, slant, logic and accuracy, and found many distortions. Some of them oversimplify what’s essentially a complex, multi-pronged issue that many countries—not just the U.S.—struggle to balance. Here are our spin, slant and logic ratings […]

July 28, 2017

The Russia sanctions: Bias here, there and everywhere

On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement announcing that, in response to sanctions approved by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Russia would place restrictions on American facilities and diplomatic staff in Russia. In its statement, the ministry said the sanctions on Russia proposed by the U.S. Senate “violat[e] the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic […]

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 […]