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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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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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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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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Why would the BBC risk damaging their reputation by releasing a fake mining discovery video? [closed]

This is a borderline question. I decided to ask in the politics forum because media outlets are nowadays an integral part of the political system. In this video some people are shown holding some ...
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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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Is there any regulation meant to limit coverage of mass shootings? Are any politicians pushing for such ideas?

The recent mass shootings in the United States were widely covered by the media. It isn't a new observation that the extensive coverage of such events aid in the popularization of the killer and also ...
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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 who emphasize their liberal status in their comedy, and in particular a wealth of liberal comedy focusing on recent events/news. To name a ...
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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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Has the freedom of speech been compromised in the US? [duplicate]

Freedom of speech is defined as: The right to express any opinion in public without censorship or restraint by the government, protected in the United States as a right under the First Amendment to ...
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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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Why is President Trump making such a big deal about fake news, and specifically targeting reputable organizations like The New York Times and CNN?

The Trump administration has been targeting reputable news organizations like The Times and CNN, calling them "fake news". What is this administration trying to accomplish here?
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Has Tucker Carlson identified with distributist thinkers?

In a recent monologue Tucker Carlson sparked a serious discussion among conservatives about the degree to which capitalism is good for America. He said things like What kind of country do you want to ...
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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 ...
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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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Think tanks and newspapers that are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance?

What think tanks are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance? What newspapers (possibly French) are read by the voters/supporters of En Marche and Renaissance?
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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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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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Why can one still buy newspapers during lockdown?

In the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown, at least in France and in Italy newsagents are in the list of first-necessity stores that remain open. "To go buy a newspaper" is a legitimate reason to leave ...
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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 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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How common is it for the UK Government to publish official rebuttals of media claims?

Today, the Cabinet Office published a press release entitled Response to FT article and Twitter thread by Peter Foster. It begins: An article in FT Weekend on 18 April 2020, ‘Muddled thinking ...
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Is the President of the United States obliged to answer questions in press conferences?

Each time I see a press conference where President Trump is there, the reporters ask questions and he always answers them. Is he forced to do so by any law or something, or does the President just ...
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How do the conservative media commentators skeptical of Covid-19 explain [away] the freezer truck rows in NYC?

It's been reported that a certain part of the conservative media in the US is highly skeptical of the Covid-19 death figures, suggesting they are probably overcounted e.g. Fox News’s Brit Hume, who ...
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What powers does Ofcom have?

I was reading this article on the Culture Secretary calling for Ofcom to take action against the London Live TV station. Yesterday, April 8th, the station broadcast an interview with David Icke, the ...
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How much of the US media referred to the COVID-19 as the “Wuhan Virus” until it received an official designation from the WHO?

It has been claimed in a fairly upvoted answer here (which is why this not a notable-enough claim for Skeptics SE) that For a fun exercise, put a news organization into google's search along with "...
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How can Italy make the statement that 651 died on March 21 at 5:30 PM of the same day? [closed]

Can anyone explain to me how Italy was able to announce 651 COVID-19 deaths at 5:30 PM local time? How does the toll work? Isn't a "daily death toll" supposed to be from midnight to midnight? Best ...
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In Australia, do Rupert Murdoch's publications deny anthropogenic climate change?

In Australia, do networks and publications owned by Rupert Murdoch, generally deny or down play the impacts of human actions on climate change? If so, what are some major cases where they advocated ...
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Is there a summary of Johnson's government plans to defund the BBC (assuming this is correct)?

According to CNN Johnson's government announced plans that pave the way to removing the BBC's public funding model. Johnson's government has been locking horns with the BBC virtually since he came ...
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Is there a standardised way to check fake news?

So many fact check reporters are out there. Most of them are biased. Worse, some themselves post fake news (Like Altnews.in; interestingly, they are IFCN qualified). Is there a standardized way to ...