March 19, 2018

The slanted coverage of McCabe’s dismissal

Sessions fires McCabe from FBI; Mueller has McCabe memos on Trump, Comey meetings, AP says On Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, less than two days before he was planning to retire. Sessions said he fired McCabe based on a Justice Department (DOJ) report alleging he made an […]

March 17, 2018

The dramatic and myopic coverage of the Theranos settlement

SEC charges Theranos and CEO Elizabeth Holmes with fraud The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges of fraud against health technology company Theranos and its CEO Elizabeth Holmes on Wednesday. According to the SEC’s indictment, the company raised $700 million from investors between 2013 and 2015 “while deceiving investors by making it appear as […]

March 17, 2018

Top 10 spin words in the news this week

The word “bloodbath” appeared repeatedly in the news this week, and in different contexts. We examined three instances of the word for this week’s top 10 list, as well as the use of the phrase “porn star” in the Stormy Daniels case. Other phrases we looked at include “Tillersoned,” “broke the Internet” and “unhappier than […]

March 16, 2018

Russian granted asylum in UK is found dead in London home

Nikolai Glushkov, 68, a Russian who had been granted political asylum in the U.K., was found dead on Monday night in his London home, according to a post on Facebook by Damian Kudryavtsev, a board member of a Russian newspaper, citing “common friends” they shared. The Metropolitan Police said, “whilst we believe we know the […]

March 16, 2018

Protests in Slovakia continue after prime minister resigns

Around 65,000 people protested in Slovakia’s capital city of Bratislava on Friday, calling for early elections under the slogan “For a Decent Slovakia.” The day before, Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned, following three weeks of protests over the death of the journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. Kuciak had been investigating potential corruption […]

March 16, 2018

US helicopter crashes in Iraq, killing all 7 onboard

All seven service members on board a U.S. helicopter died on Thursday when it crashed in western Iraq, according to the Department of Defense (DoD). The department said in a statement that the crash “does not appear to be a result of enemy activity,” and is being investigated.   The DoD said the HH-60 Pave […]

March 16, 2018

Rep. Louise Slaughter, 88, dies in hospital

Democratic U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, 88, died in the hospital on Friday after an injury at home last week, according to a statement by her chief of staff, Liam Fitzsimmons. He said Slaughter had fallen and was being treated for a concussion at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and that she died “surrounded […]

March 16, 2018

How National Geographic misrepresented itself

Most people would agree that it’s good to acknowledge past faults and try to correct them. Throughout history, acts of racism have been particularly damaging to entire populations, and it’s important to proactively seek to prevent such acts from happening again. So, when National Geographic editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg wrote in an editorial this week that […]