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Questions tagged [media]

Questions related 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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Looking at the bias involved with the Mainstream Media? Conflict of Interest? [closed]

So, it's no secret that Trump has vilified much of the mainstream media and created an us vs them type dynamic with him and his supporters and media organizations such as CNN, MSNBC, WP, etc. Many ...
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What are the rules, laws, and procedures to approve and remove press members from white house press conferences?

In November 2018, an event in American politics involved a certain reporter for CNN, Jim Acosta, having his press credentials revoked by the White House, thereby barring his access to the White House ...
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How does the UK deal with freedom of the press?

Information relevant to matters under valid law-enforcement investigation or national-security matters may have valid reasons to be treated carefully by a government. Unregulated details, such as ...
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Has the abolishment of the FCC fairness doctrine led to political polarization in the US?

From after World War II the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforced as policy (fairness doctrine), which required broadcasters to discuss controversial matters of public interest and give ...
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Did any or many conservative news outlets report on the new IPCC climate change report today? [closed]

I read stories today about the International Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, releasing their conclusions of a three-year-long report. It states that by 2030 we will have reached their set safety ...
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Does Trump incite more news articles than Obama, Bush, or Clinton did?

I have the feeling that Donald Trump has received as much news coverage throughout his mandate, as Clinton did at the height of his controversies, continually, since he was sworn in on 17th of January ...
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What is the vetting process for source materials for an investigative report or book?

Bob Woodward's new book, Fear: Trump in the White House is dominating the news this week. Woodward always seems to get an immense amount of inside access to administration officials, and he is a ...
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What is the significance of this “sanctimonious humbugs” cartoon which appeared in today's Guardian?

The Guardian is a moderate left-of-centre quality newspaper, of similar editorial policy to the New York Times, and Le Monde. What is the significance of today's cartoon by Steve Bell? https://www....
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Which form of censorship is more harmful: through suppression vs. through flooding? [closed]

Yuval Noah Harari in one of his books argues about the a newer form of censorship: In the past, censorship worked by blocking the flow of information. In the 21st century, censorship works by ...
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How is the impact of analytics steering user newsfeed measured on a national basis in the US?

Technology is a double edged sword: its implementation and usage determines outcomes, be it good, bad and ugly. That being said, the rise of the analytic algorithms to select news content for an ...
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Why does there seem to be a lack of conservative comedy and comedy-news compared to liberal?

In the United States there are a number of liberal comedians which emphasis their liberal status in their comedy, and in particular a wealth of liberal comedy focusing on recent event's/news. To name ...
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Is there some kind of conglomerate (“family”) which runs the majority of the US media sources?

One thing I have noticed while comparing our "Russian" news to the ones in the US is that both countries can be biased on certain events (while some don't get media attention if its not profitable). ...
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Which media organizations use “catch and kill”?

It has been reported that the National Enquirer bought the exclusive rights to a story, not to report on it, but instead so that the facts do not become public: [This] highlights a tactic called "...
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Were Nancy Pelosi's claims ever called treasonous?

In 2009 Nancy Pelosi claimed that CIA lied to Congress about its use of water boarding. She was the Speaker of the House of Representatives at the time. CIA countered her claim and argued that she ...
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Is the “Our opponents hate America” meme new?

Every so often I come across claims by conservatives that liberals or "the left" are not merely misguided but actively "hate" America and are maliciously acting to destroy it. Some examples (found by ...
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Why does the BBC claim that there is 'no clear winner' in England's local elections?

In the latest local elections in May, Labour won 2,350 seats (up 77), the Conservatives 1,332 (down 33). There were other parties involved, but these are the main two. The BBC has an article (2018-05-...
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Why did North Korea not broadcast internally an historical event such as Kim-Moon meeting? [closed]

According to Washington Post, Kim-Moon meeting was a historical event: In 2016, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to strike the residence of South Korea's president with missiles, ...
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Are there any media channels (TV, radio, online newspaper) that encourage Neutral Point of View usage?

From Wikipedia I found out about the Neutral Point of View. This article argues about its implementation by Wikipedia: Greenstein and Zhu’s findings also suggest that while Wikipedia’s collection ...
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Has the UK government prevented any requested visits of Yulia Skripal? [closed]

When you are in hospital, if your medical condition permits, you have a right to have visitors if you wish. She has issued a statement and has reportedly phoned relatives in Russia. Have any media ...
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Trump and the US Media Overton Window

Have there been any studies that provide qualitative or quantitative information about how the Trump presidency has shifted the Overtone Window in the US mainstream media? Likewise, has there been ...
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Does the US government fund the media?

The major news outlets in the United States are all considered private, ABC News CBS News CNN Fox News Channel MSNBC NBC News But there are lots of reports of the government spending millions on ...
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How many people in the US watch RT programming regularly?

RT is the focus of much public debate - about its content mostly. But what about its reach? That is, how many people the US watch RT programs regularly (over all media - TV, the RT website, YouTube, ...
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Why does the media workforce lean liberal or democrat

There is some evidence that the mainstream news media workforce leans liberal, or at least towards democratic party candidates. There are many examples. One from the 2008 general election: The ...
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Why shouldn't BBC have to register as a foreign agent?

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is, as far as I know, a fully government-subsidized British TV channel. Does that not make it an arm of the British government? While some may point to its ...
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Reaction to uncommon combinations of viewpoints in the US political culture [closed]

Triggered by this question which bluntly states what is to be expected from left and right: I noticed that in fact opinions about different political topics seems to be very uniform in both Democratic ...
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US media coverage of Dec. 2017 Israeli attack on Syria [closed]

Why is there no coverage of Dec. 2017 Israeli attack on Syria by the US media (except for UPI, VoA, RFERL, Newburgh Gazette and GKMen), according to Google News 11AM MDT, Dec. 2, 2017: Google News
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Why did the US force Russia Today to register as a foreign agent? How does it benefit the US?

Why did the US force Russia Today to register as a foreign agent? It seems like the US government are shooting themselves in the foot — this gives Russia an excellent excuse to force Voice of America ...
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Can the POTUS take away licenses from news networks?

Donald Trump has recently indicated a willingness to challenge the licenses of "NBC and the Networks". Does he actually have any power to do so himself? If not, can he reasonably influence others who ...
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Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decision/practice, Is this law being violated?

Currently in the US, Kneeling protests during the national anthem at NFL games have caused a tremendous controversy. The President has been highly critical of the players on these teams who choose to ...
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Making news into theatre meaning? [closed]

What is the meaning of this? I am currently studying Canadian and world issues and in one question, it is asking for the meaning of this and an example, please help, I really do not know what does ''...
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Why is North Korean behaviour often described as “provocative”?

The media often uses the word "provocative" to describe North Korean behaviour but if so, what exactly is it that they're trying to provoke? My thinking is that it's the opposite: North Korea don't ...
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Missile interceptor failure [closed]

Missiles fired from a U.S. Navy ship intercepted an airborne target in a successful ballistic-missile defense test off the coast of Hawaii (Aug. 29). Is it possible that the mass media doesn't know ...
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What are the measures that define an “independent media”?

It is a term that is widely used but hardly defined. What are the elements of an independent media?
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How people in the US think about media, especially CNN?

Trump's conflict with the media, especially with CNN, continues... In a tweet, which was retweeted from the official @POTUS account, Trump wrote that: #FraudNewsCNN #FNN Trump also claimed that ...
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How exactly is the White House enforcing audio-only briefings?

Today, like many days in the past few weeks, the White House Press Briefing with Sean Spicer was audio-only, i.e. no cameras allowed. My question is, how is this camera ban enforced? Does Spicer ask ...
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Why is North Korea criticized for having Nuclear Weapons?

There is a lot of media hype that criticizes North Korea for (having?) developing Nuclear Weapons and the international community has roundly condemned them, but why shouldn't they have them? Surely ...
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Is the day of a press release an issue of political strategy?

I was watching Al-Jazeera PM news yesterday, and a bulletin about the "US fresh allegations that Assad was using a crematorium to hide evidence of mass killings" came up. Unfortunately, I cannot ...
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Why do the BBC and the Guardian report different figures for the UK local elections?

Both the Guardian and the BBC show the same number of seats won for the council elections on the 4th of May, but give different figures for the change from the previous election. For example, the ...
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Why won't Donald Trump do something about “fake news”?

Donald Trump continues to smash fake news on rallies and speeches, meanwhile news (whether fake or not, you can decide yourself) are slamming the president with one story after another. I personally ...
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Is Trump’s barring of select media outlets from White House press conferences a violation of the First Amendment?

I asked this question at law.stackexchange.com where it was closed as opinion-based. From the New York Times: [...] Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, barred journalists from The New ...
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Did Charlie Hebdo ever publish any cartoon satirizing Judaism? [closed]

Did Charlie Hebdo ever publish any cartoon satirizing Judaism? If Yes, was there any protest from the Jewish community? If No, why not? What is the reason (they have published enough cartoons ...
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Can a TV station refuse a politically oriented advertisement which does not comply with its editorial line?

John Oliver said in his last Sunday show (12th February) that he paid several TV channels to broadcast an advertisement obviously making fun of Mr Trump (around 21:40, toward the end of the video). ...
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How often do politicians pay extras to act the part of cheering crowds?

The Hollywood Reporter (6/17/15) noted that a politician's campaign paid a crowd of extras $50 a head to cheer him during a campaign event. How often are acting extras employed by politicians in such ...
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Developments leading the Western society to “post truth” / emotions (vs. facts)? [duplicate]

Recent events end elections (U.S.) have shown that people increasingly tend to believe that Perception is reality. In other words, emotions seem to have gained a lot more importance during the ...
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Why does Donald Trump continue the fight against the mass media? [closed]

After reading this article, I wondered why is Donald Trump fighting the media? Isn't this a war that he cannot win? media's force - informally, the media is considered the fourth power in a state ...
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Social media impact on Trump's presidency

It is difficult for me to realise really how much social media content approves or rejects some political party or person. The content is automatically generated and will always fit what the reader ...
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Have US presidential farewell addresses traditionally been broadcast?

I noticed that Barack Obama's farewell address is scheduled to be broadcast on the four main over-the-air networks tonight (plus PBS). I didn't remember farewell addresses particularly, but this Time ...
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Is the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights a reliable source?

All mainstream media rely on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) regarding reports about attrocities being committed against the Syrian population in the ongoing conflict. A search on ...
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What does this comparison between Steven Mnuchin and Forrest Gump mean?

As reported by Politico, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) in a statement late Tuesday: “Steve Mnuchin is the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis — he managed to participate in all the worst ...
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Did Trump use social media successfully to gain votes?

Quoting How did Trump win? Here are 24 theories He won because of Facebook and its inability or unwillingness to crack down on fake news Via New York Magazine: The social network and others ...