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December 15, 2017

FCC votes 3-2 to repeal 2015 ‘net neutrality’ rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 on Thursday to repeal its 2015 rule that internet access be classified, for regulation purposes, like a utility. The three Republicans on the commission voted for the repeal, the two Democrats against. The Office of Management and Budget must formally approve the repeal before it takes effect. […]

December 15, 2017

Kentucky lawmaker kills himself after sexual misconduct allegations

Kentucky Republican state representative Dan Johnson committed suicide on Wednesday by shooting himself in the head, according to the local sheriff. Two days prior, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR) published a report saying a 21-year-old woman alleged that Johnson had molested her in 2013, when she was 17. Johnson denied the allegation that […]

December 14, 2017

Top 5 errors in the media this week

Many of us rely on the news media to stay informed about the world. What happens when outlets make mistakes? They can misinform us and they can also further media bias. That can polarize news coverage and take us further away from objective facts.     Our Top 5 list this week includes inaccuracies and […]

December 14, 2017

Moore vs. Jones: How objective was the Alabama election coverage?

Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama Senate election Doug Jones won the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama on Tuesday night against Republican candidate Roy Moore. Jones, 63, is the first Democratic senator to be elected in Alabama in 25 years. His win narrows the Republicans’ majority in the Senate to 51-49. Alabama’s secretary […]

December 14, 2017

Is Facebook really ‘ripping apart’ society?

Former Facebook executive speaks about social media’s effect on society On Monday, The Verge published comments from a talk that former Facebook vice president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya gave at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in November. Palihapitiya, who worked at Facebook from 2007 to 2011, said he believes social media and other […]

December 14, 2017

Jones, Trump and lawmakers comment on Alabama special election

Doug Jones won the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama on Tuesday night against Republican candidate Roy Moore. Jones, 63, is the first Democratic senator to be elected in Alabama in 25 years. His win narrows the Republicans’ majority in the Senate to 51-49. Alabama’s secretary of state is scheduled to certify the election results on […]