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TL;DR I have been as bi-partisan as possible. President Trump is attempting to discredit the media as they attempt to expose aspects of his administration they find worthy of journalism. Some may be driven by editorial bias however the majority are reporting genuine news-worthy stories, often using direct statements and quotes from the Trump administration ...


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Because of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (emphasis mine) ...


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Because there is only one Fox News and there are multiple competitors. Overall, CNN and MSNBC together are watched more than Fox (source). But they split the liberal viewership. So if they get 34% and 21% of overall viewership and Fox gets 45%, Fox is the most watched single network even as it is a minority of the overall market. If someone started a ...


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Fox news viewers are quite elderly, average age of 68 as of 2017. Older people consume news and media primarily through their TV and newspapers. Younger people more through their PC and smartphones (source). With younger people moving away from TV, that means a larger proportion of the TV watching audience will be elderly and elderly people tend to be more ...


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The relevant US law is the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which covers agents who act "at the order, request, or under the direction or control" of a foreign power. Therefore, institutional and editorial independence is the key. If the UK Prime Minister tells (say) an employee of MI6 or the Foreign Office to do something, that person is required to ...


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I wouldn't necessarily say that the mainstream media is ignoring Zelensky's statement. (NY Times, Washington Post analysis, Fox News). However, he made the statement at the end of September, and it's now almost the end of October, so it's "old news". Unless something new happens to re-reference it, it's unlikely to still be covered by anyone. That said, ...


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Mistaken identity It's not clear that the person named by RealClearInvestigations is the actual whistleblower. According to mediabiasfactcheck.com, that website has mixed factual reporting and has frequently run "emotionally loaded headlines" of which they give a few examples. Given the uncertainty as to whether this is the actual whistleblower, it'...


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A liberal/conservative divide happens between sparsely-populated rural areas and dense urban ones, with the rural settings more likely to be conservative, and the urban ones more likely to be liberal. I won't get into the reasons why that is, but given that mass media has historically required a large number of people with a wide variety of talents that tend ...


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While the presumption is that most of the stories are disliked rather than false, note that some of the stories have been false. The New York Times reported that there was a pattern of communications between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials. The FBI told the White House that they have not found that. Yes, we only know this from the White ...


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Apart from the legality, your assumptions are wrong. You assume that there is a thing that can objectively be called "fake news", and that it comprises of stories containing false facts which can be disproven by fact-checking. This is not the definition of "fake news" that Trump is using. Looking through his Twitter feed, we can see that he describes ...


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Given how Zelensky was willing to agree with everything that Trump was saying in that conversation, it shouldn't be too surprising that Zelenskiy agreeing with Trump in public too doesn't seem terribly genuine. Zelensky was fawning to Trump to such an extent that EU decided to comment: According to the White House’s rough transcript of the call, Trump said ...


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The scenario of an asteroid impact destroying life on Earth as we know it was actually a topic which got quite a lot of media attention in the late 90s. Disaster movies like Armageddon or Deep Impact reflect that sentiment. The reason why this hysteria died down in the past years is because politics did actually take actions to assess the threat of ...


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The origins of the "identifying" of the whistle-blower come not from any actual fact or confirmation, but from speculation from a right-wing agenda site that bases the speculation upon similar characteristics matching between this person and the description of the whistle-blower. The obvious problem with the identification is that it has not been factually ...


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Dennis Miller is an openly conservative comedian. He had several television shows, although most have been short-lived since he came out as a conservative after 9/11. His radio show lasted until 2015. Miller is probably the most political, but there are other conservative/Republican comedians. Ranker.com has a list. Rush Limbaugh also includes ...


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Max Rissuto from DFRLab has analysed this in an article published on March 17th which tests the media bias claims made by Republican politicians including GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy, who tweeted that "Democrats are trying to score political points by calling Republicans racist" and that the "media called it 'Chinese coronavirus' for weeks". While ...


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At least in Italy, this appears to be in part a response to pressure from newspapers and their readers. On March 11th, the director of la Repubblica newspaper Carlo Verdelli published (in Italian) an article asking for newsagents to be included in the list of essential services, saying that "The list is missing a service that is more fundamental now than ...


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To me, it's like accusing someone of pressuring someone else and the person supposedly being pressured says they are not being pressured You seem to be missing the whole point of pressuring someone: to make them do what you want them to do. If someone is being held hostage, do you believe them if they say they're not being held hostage? Of course not. The ...


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A perspective from the United Kingdom. Since 1990, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has regularly broadcast Have I Got News For You. They ridicule everybody, but as far as politicians are concerned, their more successful guests are more likely to be Conservative than Labour. The Conservative politicians are simply perceived to be more funny, in ...


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Because when these results are projected into a nationwide swing, Labour and Conservatives come out suggesting that Labour has a small lead. However there is normally a swing away from the party of Government in mid-term elections, and a swing back towards the government party for the general. Projecting these result forward to the next general election ...


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The entertainment and media industry is incredibly liberal because the people that work there are incredibly liberal. Take a look at the chart below, taken from here. In the end of the day, you cannot reasonably expect a very biased group of people to produce a neutral content. This also explains why there are few prominent conservative leaning figures in ...


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There are a few possibilities. Here they are, in descending order of probability: First, he might have asked someone else to write the article. The Russian government certainly does have advisors who can do that. The president tells them what they want to say, perhaps supplies a few notes and sketches, and the advisor writes it, then submits it to the ...


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Because, contrary to popular but wholly opinionated answer that was already posted: Americans don't necessarily consider CNN and especially NYT as universally "credible". A majority of Americans believe news organizations are too critical of President Trump, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday. 51% of Americans said ...


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Yes, they did make fun of Judaism alone from time to time, but not nearly as much as Christianity. A good example of what you could find in it (translation: title "circumcise all males the eighth following their birth"; commentator: "why do we not wait for him to be old enough to understand?"; rabbi: "we have to enjoy our superiority while we still have it!")...


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There's no standardized way but there are a few well established ones. And note that there are two hidden questions in your question. The first is: whether a piece of news is factual? The other one is: whether it's being spun as something it's not? For the factual bit, a proxy is whether the piece of news got picked up by a well established news outlet. ...


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In the U.S. Constitution, Article 3 Section 3 reads: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. and in federal law ...


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What the note says, how it is written, and specifically, that the Ukrainian president's name is misspelled in the note tell us a lot about the thought processes of Donald Trump in making his statement. The note itself shows us what Trump thought most important in what he said. The notes say so much, less about what Trump said or Sondland testified — ...


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Some ads are protected but John Oliver's isn't In the US there is a federal law that requires TV stations and other mass media networks to give equal opportunity to all candidates running for an office. If the station airs an ad for one candidate it must give all other candidates running for the same office an opportunity to advertise. If any licensee ...


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Putin is a competent English speaker, yet he does not appear to be a confident speaker, it is a third language for him. His second language is German. As a KGB operative, he lived and worked in Dresden, Germany for five years. He rarely uses English, for example he will talk to a journalist in English in a relaxed chat. But he switches to Russian for the ...


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Professor Mariusz Wołos, of the Pedagogical University of Krakow, has conducted an interview with the Polish Press Agency about this very issue. He claims not only that Putin didn't write the article, but that it was written by a group of researchers, and that he would feel confident guessing the identity of one of the researchers in particular. The ...


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The underlying political theory behind the First Amendment protection of the media mentioned in the other answer is that the governments and courts cannot be trusted to determine what is and is not true outside of the context of commercial speech where there is substantial regulation of untrue claims. It is basically an epistomological position that ...


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