March 29, 2017

Trump signs executive order rescinding Obama measures related to climate change

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Energy Independence Executive Order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington. The order rescinds six measures implemented by the Obama administration, some aimed at reducing carbon emissions and others related to the “impacts of climate change.” Among its directives, the order instructs government […]

February 27, 2017

The immigration memos: what the media didn’t report

There are different ways media distorts information, and some are more visible than others. When a newspaper publishes sensational headlines, for example, the dramatic or emotional language can be evident. Or when the panelists on a cable news show adopt a similar point of view, the lack of balance may be obvious. Yet there are […]

February 20, 2017

False news in mainstream media

When 20 fact-checking organizations from around the world wrote a letter in November asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to “start a conversation” about false news, they focused on identifying “fake posts” and “concern about viral hoaxes.” When mainstream news outlets have published articles on the subject of “fake news,” they’ve often reported on misinformation campaigns by political advocacy […]

February 13, 2017

President Trump’s Tweets

For the first time in history, the president of the United States is announcing policy changes, voicing his opinions and responding to criticism on a regular basis through social media. During the past week, Donald Trump sent messages via Twitter an average of six times per day. Since he took office, he has used the […]

January 30, 2017

Trump responds to protests over immigration policies

Over the weekend, people demonstrated in opposition to an executive order President Donald Trump issued on Friday that banned seven nationalities of people from entering the U.S. and suspended a refugee program. Friday’s order applies to people who are from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen, and lasts for 90 days. The order […]

January 30, 2017

Fact-checking Donald Trump

Consider this headline: Without evidence, Trump tells lawmakers 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote (The Washington Post) Now, consider this one: Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers (The New York Times) How are they different? As noted in our Jan. 24 analysis, the first is […]

November 9, 2016

Donald Trump elected president of the United States

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, 70, was elected the 45th president of the United States early Wednesday morning. At the time of reporting, Trump, who was the Republican nominee, had won 276 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win and Democratic candidate and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, 69, had won 218, according […]