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The News

Senate confirms Jim Bridenstine as NASA administrator

April 19, 2018

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator, seven and a half months after his initial nomination to the role by President Donald Trump. Bridenstine, a former Navy pilot, will be the first elected official to be appointed head of the space agency. Fifty Republicans […]

Engines like failed one on Southwest plane to require inspection after certain number of flights, FAA says

April 19, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday it would require inspections of some CFM56-7B engines, like the one that failed on Tuesday’s Southwest Airlines flight, killing one passenger. Engines with more than a certain number of flights would require ultrasonic inspection of fan blades, and any blades that fail inspection would require replacement. Authorities said […]

April 19, 2018

No criminal charges in Prince’s death, prosecutors say

On Thursday, prosecutors said they would not file criminal charges involving the death of the musician Prince. The artist, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was found dead on April 21, 2016, in Paisley Park, his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57 years old. Mark Metz, a prosecutor for the Minnesota Carver County […]

April 19, 2018

Michael Cohen withdraws lawsuits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS over Steele dossier

On Wednesday, lawyers for Michael Cohen, one of President Donald Trump’s attorneys, withdrew a defamation lawsuit against media company BuzzFeed and political research firm Fusion GPS over a dossier BuzzFeed published last year. Cohen’s attorney, David Schwartz, said that “given the events that have unfolded, and the time, attention and resources needed to prosecute these […]

The Numbers

See how the articles rate in spin, slant and logic when held against objective standards.

April 18, 2018

The Shinzo Abe coverage: How spin keeps readers uninformed

Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said that it would be a “good time” for current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step down at the end of the current parliamentary session on June 20. “When the current Diet term ends, that would be a good time for Abe to resign. No third term for him […]

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April 16, 2018

Four outlets. Four countries. Four different slants on the Syria strikes.

Over the weekend, several nations issued statements on the attacks carried out by the U.S., U.K. and France in response to the Syrian government’s alleged chemical attack in Douma. U.S., British and French leaders spoke by phone, saying the attack had been a “success.” Canada, Germany, Israel and Turkey expressed support for the action. Russia […]

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The Media

See how each news outlet performs against objective standards.

The slanted coverage of Apu and ‘The Simpsons’

The Simpsons character Apu could be a starting point for constructive conversation about freedom of speech and prejudice. These are important, complex issues, and how we deal with them will have lasting effects on society. The media could be an arbiter of that debate, and could help encourage nuanced, rational discussions. But much of this […]

9 spin words that imply bad behavior

News reports can affect people’s perceptions when they’re not aware of it. One way they do so is by using words that imply misbehavior, dishonesty or an avoidance of the truth, without directly stating that a transgression took place. If readers aren’t aware of these implications, the news may alter how they perceive people before […]

How the media misrepresented Tony Robbins’ comments on #MeToo

When actor Matt Damon made critical remarks about #MeToo, media outlets called them “tone-deaf” and “stupid.” Literary critic Daphne Merkin wrote an op-ed saying women had “misgivings” about the movement, and commentators called it an “ill-conceived attempt at provocation,” among other things. And when French actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other women signed a critical […]