US Senate passes GOP tax reform bill on Saturday | The Knife Media
The U.S. Senate passed its version of a Republican-authored tax reform bill at 1:36 a.m. Saturday by a vote of 51-49. All Republican senators voted for the 479-page “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” with the exception of Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) who voted against the bill. The House passed its version of the bill on Nov. 16 by a vote of 227-205; it had been introduced there on Nov. 2.
The bill now goes to a conference committee to negotiate a compromise with the House bill before it is sent to the president for his signature. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said on his website, “Now we will move quickly to a conference committee so we can get a final bill to President Trump’s desk.”
Trump denies that White House plans to remove Tillerson as secretary of state | The Knife Media
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that reports that Rex Tillerson would be fired as Secretary of State were “fake news.” On Thursday, The New York Times reported that anonymous senior administration officials had said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had formulated a plan to remove Tillerson as the secretary, possibly in December or January. The plan supposedly was to have Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo take over Tillerson’s current role, and have Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) take Pompeo’s at the CIA.
Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon: “The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon – FAKE NEWS! He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!”
The previous day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “there are no personnel announcements at this time.” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Thursday that Kelly had called the department to say the “rumors are not true.”
Fox News reported the CIA said it had no comment when asked about Kelly’s supposed plan involving Pompeo. A spokeswoman for Cotton said he’s focused on “serving Arkansans in the Senate.” Nauert said she’s been told Tillerson remains “committed” to doing his job.
Before becoming secretary of state, Tillerson worked for Exxon Mobil for 41 years, most recently as its CEO from 2006 to 2016. He had never previously served in government or the military. As secretary of state, Tillerson has proposed to Congress that it decrease the State Department’s budget, from almost $55 billion for fiscal year 2017 to $37.6 billion for fiscal year 2018.
Tillerson said in an interview in October that he has a “very open” and “candid” relationship with Trump. The secretary is scheduled to travel to Europe next week.
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How the NYT and Post covered Bannon’s resignation | The Knife Media
New York City sued big oil companies. We’ve got questions. | The Knife Media
New York City sues five oil companies alleging contributions to climate change
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Trump reportedly uses vulgarity when referencing African nations during immigration meeting
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Hawaii sends false missile alert; FCC says error is ‘unacceptable’
Beauty retailers might stop distorting data. Should the media too? | The Knife Media
On Monday, the U.S. health care and retail company CVS announced it will include a “Beauty Mark” watermark in its imagery, indicating an image has not been digitally altered.
DACA is polarizing. Media coverage doesn’t have to be.
US Justice Department to appeal DACA ruling
Should the media have greater freedoms than the US president? | The Knife Media
In a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) criticized President Donald Trump’s comments about U.S. media. Last year, Trump said the press is the “enemy of the people.” Flake said the president uses “words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies.”
Hundreds of thousands protested in the Women’s March. Now let’s talk measurement. | The Knife Media
(The Knife Media) As Women’s March protests continued for a second day, much of the news coverage portrayed them positively and suggested they were successful. To determine whether something is successful, one must measure it against a standard, and this is something you won’t necessarily find in the outlets we analyzed. Here are a few techniques four outlets used to portray the events in a positive way.
Is social media harming democracy? That’s NOT what Facebook said. | The Knife Media
The government shutdown: How media fueled the blame game | The Knife Media
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Trump at the World Economic Forum: How objective was the coverage? | The Knife Media
How subtle spin can affect your impression of the Russia investigation | The Knife Media
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How state-run media outlets bias the news | The Knife Media
Eric Weinstein’s Four Quadrant Model | The Knife Media
(The Knife Media) In our analysis of journalist Cathy Newman’s interviewwith Jordan Peterson, we showed how Newman and subsequent media coverage portrayed the University of Toronto professor as a misogynist for his stance on subjects like the gender pay gap. In addition to conducting a full Knife analysis and rating the coverage (which we discuss in more detail here), we also used the Four Quadrant Model developed by Eric Weinstein, mathematician and managing director of Thiel Capital. We found the model insightful and spoke in depth with Weinstein about it. He explained how it can be applied to demonstrate the problems not only with the Peterson coverage, but with many other examples of media misrepresentation.
Cathy Newman’s interview with Jordan Peterson: How civil discourse is at risk | The Knife Media
Question any aspect of Black Lives Matter, and you’re called a racist. Disagree with opening borders to immigration, and you’re labeled a xenophobe. Question the #MeToo movement, and you must be a misogynist.
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How to make Paul Ryan’s tweet look like an embarrassment | The Knife Media
(The Knife Media) Paul Ryan on Saturday tweeted about a woman whose pay increased by $1.50 per week due to the recent tax cuts. He later deleted the tweet. Was it the best endorsement of the tax bill’s benefits? Probably not. But it also probably wasn’t grounds for public humiliation, which is effectively what three of the four outlets we analyzed did.
Worried about the stock market? The media may have something to do with that. | The Knife Media
(The Knife Media) “It was the scariest day on Wall Street in years.” That’s how CNN, one of the four news outlets we analyzed, opened its article on Monday’s decline in the Dow Jones. Notice how CNN’s description creates a powerful impression while providing no data about what happened that day. That’s what spin can do.
Recipe for drama: How the media sensationalized Trump’s comments | The Knife Media
(The Knife Media) On Tuesday, President Trump said he’d support a government shutdown if there weren’t changes to immigration law (read our Raw Data here). The comments themselves were dramatic and unconventional, and important for the public to know. But the media made them even more sensational.