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Questions related to the political impact the media has (may it be an independent media outlet, or the mainstream media), or the general consensus the media has on a political topic.

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How do Western democracies justify censorship of foreign media outlets?

One of the features of a democracy is freedom of speech and media, but in the last few months Russian media outlets were closed and blocked online. Such censorship happened for example in the EU and ...
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Why does the FCC place no limitations on who can produce news shows? [closed]

For example Gregg Re, who is in charge of producing Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News, has no background in journalism. He seems to have been briefly a lawyer in New York before quitting and joining ...
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From when & where is Kevin McCarthy quoted as saying "...there's two people I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump."?

The April 28, 2022 Lincoln Project video Laughing includes an audio clip of someone quoting the current US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as follows: "There's... there's two people, I ...
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What is the reason for blocking Russian duma Youtube channel?

According to BBC News the Russian duma's YouTube channel was blocked. What is the reason for that given that this would potentially mean that YouTube will be banned in Russia and the alternative ...
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Have retired top US military officials become substantially more outspoken and cited on political issues in the last decade?

Reading Politico's April 04, 2022 How two dozen retired generals are trying to stop an overhaul of the Marines and re-reading my own comment: Retired yet notable military figures have recently ...
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How can Ukraine's invasion end for the Russian media and how do they justify the possible scenarios? [closed]

After writing my first question I realized that I can ask another question so to have a good summary of the Russian positions in the media on the ways the invasion of Ukraine can end. How does Russian ...
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Where can I find videos of russian tv shows covering the russian invasion of Ukraine?

I was watching a tv show in my country on the matter and they showed some footages of the russian tv shows, if I remember well one of them was called "60 minutes". The focus was on the ...
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Will there be any televised first-round presidential debates in France during the "equal airtime" period that starts on 28 March 2022?

The rule in France in 2022 is that the media must treat verified candidates for the presidency "equitably" until 28 March, and from then on it must treat them "equally". So before ...
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Does TASS have a disclosed direct line with the Kremlin?

It's been disclosed that RT has a direct line with the Kremlin. When Time magazine's Moscow correspondent Simon Shuster visited RT Editor-in-Chief Margareta Simonyan in her office in 2015, he noticed ...
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Why is Reuters considered as an independent and unbiased political news source?

Reuters is very often used and quoted in parliamentary hearings, google updates and different news outlets. Many people say that this is because of the "independent " nature of reporting of ...
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How do international news agencies make their maps of Russia's military progress in Ukraine and where do they get their data?

Over the last few weeks most major international news agencies have used maps to show the progress of the Russian military in Ukraine, showing large regions in red presumably denoting Russian ...
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Which countries have blocked access to rt.com?

We know that the EU countries have blocked access to rt.com, and some people in India have also reported that they can no longer get to it. But not all western countries have blocked it. Does anyone ...
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If Russia plans to demilitarize Ukraine, does that mean (e.g.) they plan to take over or dismantle the Kharkiv tank factory (and design bureau)?

Ukraine has inherited (from Soviet times) the Morozov design bureau and the Malyshev (tank) factory, both located in Kharkiv. These have been responsible for a non-trivial amount of armored vehicles, ...
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Has Google removed RT.com from web searches (in the EU)? [closed]

If I search (from an EU IP) seemingly for anything on Google with the site:rt.com restriction, I get no results, but funny pages like "476 results removed". Did Google announce removing RT ...
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How will Russians get reliable information? [closed]

Wikipedia: Article 29(5) of the Constitution of Russia states, "The freedom of the mass media shall be guaranteed. Censorship shall be prohibited." New York Times, March 4, 2022: Russia ...
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How is the EU ban on Russian media (eg RT) implemented legally?

As a part of the war of Russia on Ukraine, European Union has imposed a sanction to block media associated with Russian government within the union. How is this implemented in terms of legal decrees ...
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How is RT biased regarding Ukraine war?

RT and Sputnik are being banned in the EU, so I guess the question is now moot. I will ask it to be closed Disclaimer: I am French and only have a fleeting interest in what is happening in Ukraine (...
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Putin orders troops to eastern Ukraine? [closed]

NBC says: Putin orders troops to eastern Ukraine, drawing condemnation at emergency U.N. meeting, but I don't see how they got the information. Swissinfo says: Russian military will only enter Ukraine'...
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Why should nations that stand to benefit from climate change have to contribute to the fight against it?

Based on this article, this article and this article, global warming could benefit some countries in the world. The first article (withdrawn later as pointed out by LShaver) says the warming of ...
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Apart from RT DE, are any other German language state-funded broadcasters active in Germany?

Germany has banned RT DE (the German language edition of the international Russian state-funded broadcaster formerly knows as Russia Today). The official reason is that RT has no permit (and has not ...
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Why does Germany ban RT but not France24 or Voice of America?

Germany has banned RT, apparently because it is considered to be not independent of the Russian government (Die Medienkommission sieht die Staatsferne nicht gewährleistet), which funds it directly. ...
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The influence of the "24-hour news cycle" on politics - how useful is this concept?

Many in politics refer to the "24-hour news cycle", but what does it mean? It doesn't mean that reporting of and commentary on fast-changing (or not so fast-changing) political events goes ...
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How to Look for Evidence Supporting/Rejecting the Claims in a News Article? [closed]

In most documents that give instructions on how to discern facts from misinformation, they highlight the importance of looking for evidence in reliable and balanced references that support/reject ...
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Has political reporting in the US shifted towards using more graphical violent imagery in headlines in the past decade? Has this been quantified?

Politico: White House lights up Manchin after he crushes Biden's megabill CNN: Meadows slams McCarthy and suggests Trump should be elected speaker if Republicans win House FOX News: Sanders slams ...
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What are the dates of the "real" press conferences given by President Biden?

I recently read an article that claimed that President Biden as of the 7th of June 2021 had given only one "real" press conference, where the reporter defines a "real press conference&...
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As a UK resident, why are the comings and goings inside individual American schools reported on National news stations? [closed]

Growing up in the UK in the 90's, we didn't really care whether Bethany got in trouble for wearing her hair long, or Darren got in trouble for wearing a particular t-shirt. Now, however, such trivial ...
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Has the US Department of Justice made an attempt to define what is or isn't journalistic activity? Developing new policy, but to what will it apply?

From Politico's FBI raid on Project Veritas founder’s home sparks questions about press freedom At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month, Garland was asked who qualifies as a journalist ...
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Has Biden held far fewer press interviews than Obama or Trump in an equivalent time period?

According to one CJR article: Biden conducted far fewer interviews during his first months in office than Trump did: nine in his first hundred days, compared with fifty-one for Trump and forty-six ...
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Is the Australian right-wing media giving Biden any credit for AUKUS?

As far as I can tell from my limited sampling, the Murdoch-owned Australia press (e.g. Sky News Australia) is talking about Biden's mental capacity fairly constantly and not in a positive manner. It's ...
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Who are the White House staff member or members that are cutting off the President from taking questions?

Apparently President Biden is routinely cut off and prevented from taking questions from reporters by the White House staff who are never identified in these reports. Most recently this occurred ...
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How did Turkish media change their tune on al-Sisi (allegedly) in lockstep with the new Turkish foreign policy on Egypt?

It's fairly well known that government/AKP-aligned actors have taken an increased share of control of Turkish media, be it directly through acquisitions or through advertisement revenue. I'm curious ...
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What does the AP mean by a "party split" regarding Biden's 'Build Back Better Plan'?

In a recently published article, the Associated Press lead with the headline Biden meets with Democrats as $3.5T plan faces party split. (Multiple other news sources followed.) However, nowhere in ...
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Does the British government have control on what can the BBC broadcast?

Edited Does the British government have control on what can the BBC broadcast?
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Why is the media concerned about the sharia and the treatment of women in Afghanistan, but not in Saudi Arabia?

The media and Western leaders are talking a lot about the treatment of the women in Afghanistan [1, 2, 3] and the country's move towards the Sharia law [4]. They are described as issues raising ...
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The political positions of RT pundits [closed]

I am curious to know how one would characterize the political positions of Russia Today (RT) pundits using a political spectrum. I know the political positions of any one RT pundit may (probably will) ...
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Are late-night network talk show hosts and comedy shows mostly if not uniformly strongly anti-Trump and generally anti-Republican Party these days? [closed]

Note: I'm looking for fact-based answers based on sources, not opinions here. In the recent Stephen Colbert YouTube clip Prominent Republicans Speak Up About Vaccines As Delta Infections Soar the talk-...
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Do someone know book, this page is taken from? [closed]

I've found a screenshot from some(western?) political comic book, but cannot understand what's this: Do someone know the origin and what's this about?
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Is it common to ban foreign ownership of media companies?

Polish channel TVN24 was in the news recently over an attempt to force it to change owners: The draft bill, which was submitted to Parliament on July 7 by a group of PiS lawmakers, would amend ...
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Is there a distinction between fake news and dissent?

I have become increasingly concerned about the idea of "fake news". While I have little sympathy for professional crapmongers who laugh all the way to the bank with their expertly tangled ...
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Is there a political basis to the ways press in different countries report olympic medal tallies? [closed]

Apologies if this is a bit of an odd question. At the time of writing, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are currently underway. Now, I am far from a big sportsperson – but sport to me in many ways seems ...
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Why is the media assuming Iran did actually try to kidnap Masih Alinejad? [closed]

Recently four Iranians were accused of plotting to kidnap activist Masih Alinejad. Since then we've had articles like these in the media: Activist targeted in kidnapping plot says Iran is testing the ...
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Is there any reference which tells media/government of Pakistan or India don't show actual facts whenever there are ceasefire violations on LOC? [closed]

Every time I read any Indian newspaper or online news about ceasefire violation on LOC (Line of Control), I read "Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and Indian troops responded accordingly&...
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In countries without free press, why don't newspapers simply move overseas?

In regions without free press, or where press are under constant threat of arrest, why don't media organisations move their organisation outside the country on which they report? For example, if Hong ...
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Checks and Balances on News Medias

The Biden Administration has called for a new investigation into a possible Wuhan lab leak of the Covid-19 virus. The Trump Administration had made the same claim but was largely dismissed by the news ...
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What prompted the commissioning of Lord Dyson's report

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/dyson-report The BBC has today published the Rt Hon Lord Dyson’s independent investigation into the circumstances around the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, ...
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What is the meaning of "Cancel Culture"?

This expression has getting popular these days. Googling it led to the explanation from Wikipedia that says: Cancel culture (or call-out culture) is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is ...
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Have OANN or Newsmax asked any questions (thus far) at the the press conferences of the Biden White House?

I'm curious if these two organizations (OANN and Newsmax)--both known for being more pro-Trump than even Fox News-- and both still part of the White House press corps as far as I can tell were present ...
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Why do politicians often say that they cannot comment on individual cases?

Often you hear politicians say, "I cannot comment on individual cases". I could understand if it is in court proceedings already so that politicians should avoid influencing the result, but ...
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How can a non-US resident best follow US politics in a balanced well reported manner? [closed]

I hope this is a valid question for this SE. At the heart of politics must be reporting of the political process, and in every country of whatever system, the reporting of politics is seen as very ...
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Do far-right parties get a disproportionate amount of media coverage, and why?

Anecdotally speaking, it feels like the following parties get a disproportionate amount of media coverage (where "disproportionate" merely means large compared to the proportion of the vote ...
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