July 25, 2017

Why is Trump tweeting about Sessions? Here’s what the slant says.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump sent three tweets referencing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Hillary Clinton, and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ)  investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign team is being investigated for alleged coordination with Russian officials. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had been a campaign […]

July 24, 2017

Kushner at the Senate: How one word can change how you view the Russia case

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, spoke on Monday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The committee is investigating alleged Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 U.S. election, which Russia denies, and whether Trump campaign officials may have coordinated with Russia to do so. Prior to the closed-door session, Kushner publicly released […]

July 23, 2017

The Russia sanctions story: What happened to North Korea and Iran?

U.S. House leaders from both parties announced Saturday they had agreed on the draft of a bill that would impose sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill this Tuesday, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office. The bill would allow the U.S. to […]

July 21, 2017

Where implications fail: Trump, Mueller and the media

The New York Times and Washington Post reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s legal team is investigating whether members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team have conflicts of interest. The newspapers cited “three people with knowledge” of the matter in their reports. On May 17, the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller, a former […]

July 17, 2017

Drama and one-sided reporting in the coverage of Trump’s tweets

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted six times on Sunday between about 6:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. EDT while in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the U.S. Women’s Open was being held at the Trump National Golf Club: 6:35 a.m.: “HillaryClinton (sic) can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son […]

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 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 […]