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, […]

July 3, 2017

A ship, an island and drama in the news about South China Sea

On Sunday a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Stethem, passed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island in the South China Sea, according to an unnamed U.S. defense official. China currently occupies the island and claims it has historic rights to the territory. The island is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. Under international law, […]

June 28, 2017

Two ways the media dramatizes the SCOTUS ruling on Trump’s executive order

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to allow President Donald Trump’s administration to enforce a limited version of its March executive order titled, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.” The order, which has been referred to as a “travel ban,” outlined terms for temporarily preventing citizens of six […]

June 23, 2017

The slanted coverage of Trump’s tweets on Comey

On Thursday, President Donald Trump sent two tweets saying he does not possess recordings of conversations between himself and former FBI Director, James B. Comey. Trump’s remarks were within a June 23 deadline set by the House Intelligence Committee, which is conducting an investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The […]

June 18, 2017

Holes in the script: Coverage of the US sanctions on Cuba

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he was changing the U.S.’ policy on Cuba. He introduced the changes in a speech at the Manuel Artime Theater, in the Miami neighborhood of Little Havana, prior to signing a six-page presidential directive that put the policy in place. Trump said, “Effective immediately, I am canceling the […]

June 14, 2017

The Sessions testimony: Does declining to comment imply guilt?

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s election campaign. Sessions, who was a campaign adviser for Trump, said he did not take part in “any collusion” with Russian officials during the campaign. At his confirmation hearing in […]

June 13, 2017

Dishonor in the media’s coverage of Trump’s cabinet meeting

President Donald Trump held his first full cabinet meeting on Monday in the Cabinet Room of the White House. At the beginning of the encounter, Trump stated that the meeting would include a report from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis on combatting the Islamic State group; an update from […]

June 8, 2017

A scientific look at distortion in the coverage of Comey’s testimony

On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified at the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between Russian officials and President Trump’s election campaign. Comey discussed his role in the FBI investigation into the same matter and his interactions with Trump, elaborating on written testimony that was published Wednesday. The hearing, broadcast live […]