Questions tagged [media]

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 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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Why is freedom of the press protected by democratic states and how should it help democracy? [closed]

Conventional wisdom holds that the press is a beneficial fourth estate that counterbalances the powers of the government, jurisdiction and legislation. Having felt a certain cognitive dissonance ...
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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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Why did the Trump administration hold a press conference in the parking lot of a landscaping company?

I’m assuming we’re allowed to ask questions for events that happened recently, or in this case, very recent - this past weekend. The picture on the right is clearly Rudy Giuliani, and I’m assuming the ...
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What new data caused Biden to be declared winner by the news?

At around 07.11.2020, 16:30 UTC (one and half hours ago), it seems like many news outlets in the US decided to call the 2020 presidential election for Biden, which prompted celebration, ...
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How is the audience for NBC Town Halls chosen? [closed]

I was just watching NBC's town hall interview with Donald Trump, and was very distracted by a lady sat behind him who kept nodding ferociously whenever he spoke and shook her head whenever he was ...
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Why are Republicans (unlike Democrats) heavily criticized for their flip-flopping regarding the 2016/2020 US supreme court justice nominations?

It's hard to be on the Internet currently without encountering heavy criticism of prominent Republican politicians over Trump nominating a Supreme Court justice so close to the 2020 US election. As ...
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Is it illegal for candidates to pay a journalist to publish fake news?

Say candidate A and candidate B both want to be elected president. Then candidate A pays a journalist to publish an invented story about candidate B. For example where candidate B killed a cat. Then ...
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What would be the impact of imposing a rating system for journalism? [closed]

Background of the problem Suppose, I am a president/prime-minister of a country 'X', and my country has an arch-enemy alongside my country's border who is more wealthy, powerful, populous, and more ...
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Do governments deliberately time unpopular policies or announcements to when the population is distracted?

In a recent Economics Explained video "Emergency PSA - The End of YouTube in Australia" at 0:27 and 5:39, there was a claim that a specific Australian policy may have been timed to be ...
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Has any recent boycott against a media due to fake news channel succeeded?

In 2017 Romania was full of anti-corruption protests and some media channels have been far from journalism deontology when reporting these protests (example: dogs paid by Soros to protest). Some ...
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What powers does POTUS currently have to ban a web service in the USA by presidential order?

It was reported on the 31st July 2020 that Donald Trump wants to ban TikTok in the USA. President Trump on Friday said he plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United ...
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Are there checks and regulations to ensure interview translations on US TV news are accurate?

US television news outlets sometimes: interview people who speak a language other than English, then record a translation over their words. And most people seem to trust that the translations are ...
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Did Putin really write his recent article for The National Interest, written in English, on his own?

I just came across an article by Putin in The National Interest and got quite impressed by his English writing proficiency. As an undergraduate student learning English, I know how much time and ...
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What are the responses to the police assaulting journalists during the 2020 protests in the US?

Countless* members of the press have been targeted and assaulted by the police for covering the current protests in the US. Has president Trump or his administration responded to these attacks? Have ...
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Is there a list of human rights organizations monitoring the current use of force by police in the US?

During the law enforcing in the US, more press attacks happen: DW group shot at Minnesota CNN reporter was arrested Reuters crew hit with rubber bullets According to that obvious excessive use of ...
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Looking for French Media Bias Chart

Can anyone point me to a reliable French Media Bias Chart, please? I am looking for an equivalent of adfontes media bias chart for French media.
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Can these specific American news organizations be respectfully classified as either right- or left-leaning? [closed]

My friend (a foreigner) was trying to get his bearings as to the American media and our politics, and I would like to responsibly (and from a neutral stance) introduce him to our news outlets. However,...
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State media in democratic countries and open technologies

In democratic countries, one of a given State news media's tasks is to inform citizens about important events in manner which is as adequate and objective as possible. Also important economy and ...
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Are major American news organizations in fact self-proclaimed as being left- or right-wing...or is determining that just relegated to public opinion?

If I say a news organization leans left or right, am I the one who's biased or are these news organizations in fact biased? There should be a factual, documented answer to my question--but if the ...
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How does a newspaper maintain its chosen political stance?

Many (most?) major newspapers are associated with some particular socio-political viewpoint. For example, the Guardian is traditionally seen as a left-wing, socially-liberal outlet, whereas The Times ...
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Why has trust in the written press fallen so dramatically in the UK?

According to the new 'Trust in Media' report (requires free registration to view) published at the end of April by the European Broadcasting Union, the UK has the lowest level of net trust in the ...
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How do different outlets count votes in different ways and have diferent margins at different times on election day?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHl2tU40ibs In this Election night coverage (link duly posted above) it is said that different outlets "count in different ways" and that different outlets have ...
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What has led to Poland's rapid fall in the World Press Freedom Index over the last 5 years?

In the last week, the 2020 World Press Freedom Index was published (map of results here). One thing in particular which stood out to me was Poland's ranking of 62nd overall, along with a rough ...