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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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 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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Investigative power government to media & private investigative agencies

A particular state in India faces public opinion of alleged corruption in working together with Police in commission of crime in film industry and widespread indifference to illegal drug trafficking. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Major cases of mainstream media creating (substantial) political or personal damage getting a story wrong due to premature publication [closed]

Someone recently claimed that regulations on press releases and press coverage are well founded, because the media too often prematurely publish information in a way that hurts a nation or individuals....
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Iranian retaliation and UA plane crash: What has been the predominant reaction of the Iranians? [closed]

What do the Iranian people mostly think about the recent Ukrainian plane crash in Tehran? Do they believe in the Iranian interpretation of a technical error or do they believe the Western states ...
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Has Nunes won any defamation lawsuits against media organisations?

WaPo reported that Nunes recently sued CNN for $435 million dollars due to an article about his involvement in the Biden investigation as related by Lev Parnas. Also In March, Nunes filed a $250 ...
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Communicating the Nord Stream 2 sanctions

The US has moved to sanction companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which transports gas directly from Russia to Germany. At a glance over German and European news, the US public ...
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Is the Bernie blackout real?

In a recent interview (youtube from 2:30) with The Hill, Bernie Sanders' campaign manager Nina Turner claimed there is a Bernie Blackout. That is, that the media coverage of the Democratic ...
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Scaramucci Interviews on TV

Does anyone know why Scaramucci, who is a businessman, is invited for interviews on TV for political discussions?
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Why are Trump's handwritten notes being focused on in the news?

The news articles appear to focus strongly on those notes that say "I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO" and the like. I appear to be missing the relevance of this, since the news seems to be focusing on the fact ...
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Why does the media continue to hide the identity of the Trump-Ukraine whistle blower when they have already been outed?

Setting aside usually polarised US politics, the situation (at least for an outsider like me) looks quite bizarre. The identity of the whistle blower has been common knowledge among anyone who ...
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Broadcast delay of Presidential informal press encounters

President Trump seems to have largely replaced the formal press Q&A by the press secretary with informal Q&A sessions as he is leaving the White House. Although, the press has the ability to ...
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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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Does Fox News have a history of being skeptical of climate change science?

Does Fox News have a history of being skeptical of or minimizing the effects of global warming? If yes, does this reflect the Republican view of the phenomenon or is it specific to Fox News?
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Vladimir Bukovsky and western media companies [closed]

Vladimir Bukovsky, a Russian dissident who spent 12 years in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, and labor camps before his expulsion from the Soviet Union in 1976, died this past Sunday. In this article ...
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Does US foreign policy also try to use media outlets as “soft power” in the Eastern Europe?

AT&T has just sold the broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises to the Czech Republic’s wealthiest man, Petr Kellner. CME also include several TV stations in Romania, the most prominent ...
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Did Hillary Clinton call Tulsi Gabbard a “Russian asset”?

In a recent podcast, Hillary Clinton stated: "They are also going to do third party again. I'm not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the ...
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Why there are no major political movements worried about asteroid/comet impact?

While generally risk of mass extinction is being considered as political subject and even served as source of a catchy name for one controversial political movements, the same can not be said about ...
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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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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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Does Al Arabiya have a presence in the US? And if so, was there any effort to list them a a foreign agent?

Related to my question on Al Jazeera, does its UAE-based competitor Al Arabiya have a presence in the US? And if it does, have there been any efforts, e.g. Congressional opinions on having them ...
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Has the DOJ taken any steps to list Al Jazeera as a foreign agent?

News this summer was that group of US Senators was pushing the DOJ to list Al Jazeera as ‘foreign agent’ (or probably force them to list themselves as such under FARA). In a letter to the justice ...
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Is there systematic self-censorship of images of violence in U.S. media?

The media have an effect on the direction of politics through the intensity and frequency of their coverage. Likewise omissions, self-censorship, and neglect have effects. The internet has an image ...
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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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Does Greta Thunberg acts alone, only with her family? [closed]

Recently, we all heard Greta's emotional speech about climate and world problems. I was a bit surprised, how that small girl could climb so high - into UN tribune. Then I opened Wikipedia, but didn't ...
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Is Treason the right term to describe making a secret deal with a foreign government for personal gains?

As a casual German observer following the news, I wonder about the language used in the news. I gather that the current situation is that a whistle-blower from an important intelligence position has ...
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What are politicians saying when they greet each other in front of cameras

In the news, when politicians appear in front of the media, you can often see their mouths move but their voices are not recorded. This can happen before they have to give a statement or when they ...
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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 ...
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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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Non-politically flavoured source for US news [closed]

[Below refers to getting news on US [esp US domestic] politics] I am a foreigner who has followed CNN on TV for probably the last 30 years, and on-line maybe 20, and until the US turmoil that started ...