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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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 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 is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskiy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

People are up in arms about allegations that President Trump's pressured Ukraine to reopening an investigation into Joe Biden. My question is, why are the mainstream media and the people leading ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Have there been any personal attacks on Sondland after his change in testimony on the quid-pro-quo?

The BBC has reported (on Nov 6) that Trump envoy Gordon Sondland revises testimony on Ukraine aid [...] "I now recall speaking individually with Mr Yermak, where I said resumption of US aid ...
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Has the media reevaluated Schiff's statements in light of the fact there was a second whistleblower?

Only a few days ago the Washington Post gave Schiff "four pinocchios" for his statements regarding his early contacts with the whistleblower. Interestingly, this sentence was part of the WaPo ...
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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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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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Did the now closed pro-Saudi think tank Arabia Foundation register as a foreign agent?

The Washington-based pro-Saudi Arabia Foundation think tank closed in the aftermath of the Khashoggi murder. I'm curious however: was the Foundation required to list itself as a foreign agent under ...
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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,...