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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In the US, is there a documentable difference in musical genre preference between Democrats and Republicans?

As far as I know, political parties favour some music genres more than others to sell their outlook and policies. Or at least I never heard classical music or death metal being used. Which music ...
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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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Are people more likely to seek out news sources they agree with?

Anecdotal evidence certainly suggests that people are more comfortable hearing politically controversial information from sources they already agree with. Such is the business model of MSNBC on the ...
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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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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 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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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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Is it common in democratic world for political parties to own newspapers and TV channels?

In Poland, the biggest opposition party directly owns newspaper, TV channel, and indirectly donate money to few others media. I don't think it is common situation in democratic world, is it? I could ...
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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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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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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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How objectively do Western and Eastern media report about the current Ukraine crisis?

I'm sure this is not an easy question, but one that I feel is important. Since the start of the Ukraine crisis with the Crimean crisis, I've often often heart people from Russia saying things about ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Are the US presidential debates pre-taped?

Just before the beginning of the third presidential debate, the moderator reminded the audience they needed to keep quiet during the event, and said they would be starting things momentarily "at 3:00."...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is infowars a credible source for political news? [closed]

As a source for news, how credible is infowars? If you think it is not credible, can you please provide an example which illustrates it being untrustworthy (i.e. provide a claim made by alex jones ...
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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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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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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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What legally constitutes character assassination in the US?

Recent examples: the GQ interview with Phil Robertson, that got him fired from A&E's Duck Dynasty, or the George Zimmerman 911 call that was edited, and that edit made him appear racist. ...
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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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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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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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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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Quantification of media interest in particular political subjects

I know there is a field of quantitative political science, but I am wondering if there are any commercial or quasi-commercial (amateur) efforts to just tally up how many articles or notices are ...
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Protecting a democracy from an influential few

According to some opinions I have read, the recent referendum in the UK was won by a small number of men in politics and media, who immediately after the result disowned some of the major claims and ...
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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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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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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 ...