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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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Why does Al Jazeera English have a quite liberal stance on LGBT issues?

I am struggling to understand the discrepancy between the democratic, secular and liberal worldview that is, implicitly or explicitly, presented in Al Jazeera English news coverage, and the actual ...
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Legal restrictions on minority languages in media and the web

The draft law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the national language adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on April 25 obliges all print media to have the Ukrainian version. ...
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How is the audience for Fox News Town Halls chosen?

This question: Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual? asks about the surprisingly positive reception that Sanders' Medicare for All proposal received from the studio ...
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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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How is the BBC allowed to promote commercial products?

I always had the impression that the BBC, at least up to some point in time, was not allowed to promote commercial products in any way. However when viewing the BBC website, I quite often notice ...
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Why is the BBC asked to adopt standards/practices that commercial broadcasters are not?

This is a somewhat UK-centred question. For as long as I can remember, UK governments have placed increasingly tough demands on the BBC. For example, they must ensure that the people on screen and ...
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Has the BBC provided arguments for saying Brexit being cancelled is unlikely?

I have been following Brexit on the BBC website, for example, this article. They have consistently said it's unlikely that Brexit will be cancelled (at times I think they said "very unlikely"), but ...
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Do any democracies besides the UK have a ban on broadcasting parliamentary footage for comedic purposes?

When I first heard this on John Oliver's show, I thought it was a joke, but apparently there is a real ban in the UK on broadcasting parliamentary footage for the purpose of comedy. Do any other ...
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Saudi nuclear reactor “identified” in satellite images

There is a recent spate of news articles, for example, by CBC.ca: Saudi Arabia is about a year away from completing the building of its first nuclear reactor, according to Google satellite images ...
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Why is violence against media not prosecuted in the US? [closed]

Well I noticed today that a person of BBC was violently attacked by someone in the US, obviously there exist heavy imagery from this. So I am wondering: why is this not followed up on by the ...
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Why is Fox News the most viewed news channel in the US? [closed]

Are there any empirical reasons why Fox News receives overwhelmingly high viewership as compared to other news organizations? Sources: TVNewser TheWrap
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What percentage of Obama and Bush's speeches were aired?

Recently, the major over-the-air (OTA) broadcast networks aired a speech by Donald Trump on immigration. Many news organizations and commentators contrasted this to a previous decision, in 2014, to ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ideology in the Media [closed]

It's been quite some time since Edward Henry, a former White House correspondent for CNN, moved to Fox News, which is considered by many to be a conservative network. Does this in any way reflect a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 media influence how voters vote in elections?

Do the mainstream media pander towards the political perspectives of their target audience, or do they attempt to influence their readers' votes towards specific political parties? I am especially ...
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Why is Russia Today largely unsympathetic to Muslims in western countries?

I don't read much Russia Today, but some of its articles aren't very sympathetic to Muslims living in western countries. (There may be better examples, but this article cites Breitbart and is roughly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...