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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Making news into theatre meaning? [closed]

What is the meaning of this? I am currently studying Canadian and world issues and in one question, it is asking for the meaning of this and an example, please help, I really do not know what does ''...
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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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Missile interceptor failure [closed]

Missiles fired from a U.S. Navy ship intercepted an airborne target in a successful ballistic-missile defense test off the coast of Hawaii (Aug. 29). Is it possible that the mass media doesn't know ...
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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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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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How exactly is the White House enforcing audio-only briefings?

Today, like many days in the past few weeks, the White House Press Briefing with Sean Spicer was audio-only, i.e. no cameras allowed. My question is, how is this camera ban enforced? Does Spicer ask ...
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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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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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Why do the BBC and the Guardian report different figures for the UK local elections?

Both the Guardian and the BBC show the same number of seats won for the council elections on the 4th of May, but give different figures for the change from the previous election. For example, the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 Donald Trump continue the fight against the mass media? [closed]

After reading this article, I wondered why is Donald Trump fighting the media? Isn't this a war that he cannot win? media's force - informally, the media is considered the fourth power in a state ...
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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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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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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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What does this comparison between Steven Mnuchin and Forrest Gump mean?

As reported by Politico, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) in a statement late Tuesday: “Steve Mnuchin is the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis — he managed to participate in all the worst ...
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Did Trump use social media successfully to gain votes?

Quoting How did Trump win? Here are 24 theories He won because of Facebook and its inability or unwillingness to crack down on fake news Via New York Magazine: The social network and others ...
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The accuracy of real time election result reporting

By googling, I discovered that Edison Research has a near monopoly on providing real time election results to the media. Here is their website: http://www.edisonresearch.com/election-polling/. They ...
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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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What is the “Bangladesh Rule”?

I came across this comment in a news blog today: This reminds me of one of my dad’s old journalism dicta: The Bangladesh Rule. This rule states that the further away from a news event the reporting ...
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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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Where do news outlets and Google get their election & primary results?

I suspect from the states' Websites - I know California has one.
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News aggregate service based on reasonable importance [closed]

I'm looking for a news site that gives a reasonable representation of the actual important events going on in the world as a whole. All of my current news sources, even relatively respectable ones ...
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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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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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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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How are news made in western mainstream media? [closed]

I was wondering how news are made in the mainstream media like BBC, EuroNews, Fox, CNN etc. Who decides what event makes it to be reported? Recently, I read an article , which stated that in 1983, 90%...
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Former US vice presidents criticizing incumbents

There seems to be an unwritten rule in modern US politics that former presidents generally stay out of politics, and in particular refrain from publicly criticizing the incumbent. Former Vice ...
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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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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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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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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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How could the Ukrainian rebels get SAMs?

I know this counts as geopolitics(or maybe skeptics), but The US and Svobda have claimed that Malaysia flight MH17 was shot down by rebels. After reading This question in Travel Stack Exchange, I now ...
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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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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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In the U.S., is there evidence to suggest that the average voter is better informed than in the past?

In the U.S., is there evidence to suggest that the average voter is better informed than in the past? I ask because, while there may be more information available, that not necessarily translate in ...
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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 ...