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Partisans disagree on news media’s best, worst traits

Americans are divided in what they consider the most positive and negative attribute of the news media, and much of that divide follows party lines.

Journalism

Ari Fleischer: Press biased 'particularly on social issues'

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer says the press has “an inherent bias towards conflict” and an ideological bias “particularly on social …

Journalism

A news app aims to burst filter bubbles by nudging readers toward a more “balanced” media diet

In their effort to help fix the filter bubble problem, developers of news app Read Across the Aisle took inspiration from an unlikely source: exercise trackers.<p>Designed to help people diversify their news consumption habits, Read Across the Aisle tracks how often users read stories from roughly 20 …

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble

<i>This is the ninth article in a</i> <i>series</i> <i>that reviews news coverage of the 2016 general election, explores how Donald Trump won and why his chances were</i> …

Journalism

TED-Ed

The speed with which information spreads has created the ideal conditions for something called circular reporting:

Stanford study examines fake news and the 2016 presidential election

Fabricated stories favoring Donald Trump were shared 30 million times, but the most widely circulated hoaxes were seen by only a small fraction of …

Journalism

Errors From The Press Are Piling Up In The Opening Weeks Of The Trump Administration

Journalists can’t seem to get their stories straight in the opening weeks of the Trump administration, whether in tweets or in articles where …

On TV, Astonishment and Awe at an Inaugural Like No Other

When the moment arrived, at high noon, even the frenetic world of television news paused to take notice.<p>Gone were the screaming graphics, countdown clocks, and endless crawl of headlines. Why compete with the sheer drama of what was unfolding in real time on screen: the oath of President Donald J. …

Economists explain why newspaper endorsements may matter more this US presidential election

What do The Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Columbus Dispatch have in common?<p>They’ve all broken from their tradition of endorsing Republican nominees and have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.<p>On the same note, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today and The …

Millennials

Post-Election Media Cleansing

By the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign, every form of media communications was under attack. No one escaped. Mainstream media, remote news outposts, noted commentators, and popular sensational blogs were all involved in the wreck. Donald Trump may have instigated it but he couldn't …

Commander-In-Tweet: Trump's Social Media Use And Presidential Media Avoidance

Three days after winning the presidency in 2008, President-elect Barack Obama held a press conference, taking questions from reporters. Three days after winning the presidency in 2016, President-elect Donald Trump turned to Twitter.<p>An unprecedented feature of Donald Trump's successful campaign for …

Social Media
Journalism

Why the Press Is Right to Freak Out Over Trump Sneaking to a Steakhouse

President-elect Donald Trump didn’t inform the media that he was going to a steakhouse with his family on Tuesday. This sparked a backlash from …

Journalism

The Truth About ‘False Balance’

TO anyone who has avoided the debate over “false balance,” apologies for disturbing your bliss. But it’s necessary, because those who haven’t heard this phrase are missing out on one of the more consequential debates to engage the media in years.<p>False balance, sometimes called “false equivalency,” …

Snapchat Lures More Campaign Spending as Candidates Court Young Voters - Bloomberg

Snapchat has no proven track record in election advertising. It shares only limited data about its audience, and caters mainly to a demographic that …

CNN edits 'Crooked' out of Trump tweet on Hillary

In a continuing effort to cast doubt on his presidential opponent's health, Trump called on Clinton to release her full medical records in a tweet …

Bill Clinton

A Lobbyist Wrote the Bill. Will the Tobacco Industry Win Its E-Cigarette Fight?

WASHINGTON — The e-cigarette and cigar industries have enlisted high-profile lobbyists and influential congressional allies in an attempt to stop the Food and Drug Administration from retroactively examining their products for public health risks or banning them from the market.<p>The campaign targets …

Friday Night Document Dumps

If Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre undermined democracy, so do George Bush's Friday Night Document Dumps.<p>Nixon's Watergate-era firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox and the resignations of his attorney general and deputy was viewed as a gross abuse of presidential power.<p>Bush habitually …

Could ballot selfies help save democracy?

Every election for the past few years, Tyler Heald has posted on Facebook a photo of his marked ballot.<p>The posts often prompt conversation about why he was backing certain candidates or ballot initiatives.<p>When he posted his ballot two years ago he got a different response: A family member in law …

Democracy

Great example of the gatekeeper function of the media and how it can influence campaign coverage. #hsgovchat https://t.co/XJm8nkKpiI

Government Agency Spent Millions on Public Relations Campaign to Improve Image

Top officials at the Government National Mortgage Association spent $3.9 million on a public relations campaign designed to create positive images …

Public Relations

Trump and Clinton wreck Facebook friendships

The social network has become the vehicle for 2016 vitriol, and is ruining relationships in the process.<p>Democratic consultant Brent Blackaby’s relationship with his conservative uncle had survived the controversies of the George W. Bush administration and weathered chain emails from his relative …

Donald Trump Bets Big on Online Advertising - Bloomberg

Donald Trump placed a big bet that online advertising will help him defeat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, directing $8.4 million in July …

Why Did Brian Williams Lie?

He’s the one viewers are supposed to trust every night.<p>NBC News anchor Brian Williams deserves the public pillory he’s currently enduring for having peddled a fabricated war story about himself—thereby joining an ignominious line that ranges from the Gipper to Hillary herself. However, Williams’s …

DNC

Silly Obama uses 'selfie stick,' asks 'Can I live?' in new video

President Obama showed his sillier side Thursday by posing with a "selfie stick," sticking out his tongue and playing a rousing game of air ball in a …