media

Is Climate Change Responsible for This Season's Wildfires?

The recent HBO miniseries Chernobyl captured a key moment in which human protagonists are confronted by the scale of a disaster. During this unprecedented man-made incident in 1986, nuclear...
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media

Are the Police Systemically Racist?

From Jacob Blake, to George Floyd, to Breonna Taylor, 2020 has seen immense pressure to re-examine how the police interact with society. The oft-cited statistic that Black individuals are several...
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news

Deciphering the News About the U.S. Postal Service

Though you may have experienced shortages or delays in mail recently, you’ve probably also seen more articles about the mail than you know what to do with. From Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s ...
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Coronavirus

Was the Media Biased in its Coverage of Covid-19 Outbreaks in Red and Blue States?

A new Gallup/Knight Foundation poll shows that 73% of Americans think that bias in media coverage is a major problem. Indeed, a Bloomberg Opinion piece in early July lamented that California just...
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Coronavirus

Back to School: The Search for Consensus on When and How to Reopen

Perhaps one of the biggest points of contention in recent weeks has been the debate over whether and how schools should reopen this coming fall. On the surface, political quibbling has made the...
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What Will Covid-19’s Environmental Impact Be?

Before Covid-19 took the spotlight on the international stage (as measured by volume of news coverage), climate change, climate impacts, and climate-related protests garnered heavy discussion. How...
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Media Coverage

Reforming the Police: Where the Left and Right Agree and Disagree

Americans believe the time has come for police reform. In the wake of the George Floyd protests, support for measures to reform the police has surged. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll shows...
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Coronavirus

Did Lockdowns Work? Where the Left and Right Agree and Disagree

As much as Covid-19 has been a health pandemic, it has also been a pandemic of disagreement, particularly when it comes to lockdowns, in terms of both their effectiveness at stopping the spread of...
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Phillip Meylan

Phillip is a writer, editor, and researcher. Before completing his MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2019, he worked as an editor and content strategist for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. When he’s not working, you can find him playing soccer, hiking, or cooking.
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31 min read
media - Sep 9, 2020

Are the Police Systemically Racist?

From Jacob Blake, to George Floyd, to Breonna Taylor, 2020 has seen immense pressure to re-examine how the police interact with society. The oft-cited statistic that Black individuals are several times more likely to be shot...
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27 min read
news - Sep 1, 2020

Deciphering the News About the U.S. Postal Service

Though you may have experienced shortages or delays in mail recently, you’ve probably also seen more articles about the mail than you know what to do with. From Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s recent hearings, to long-running...
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6 min read
Coronavirus - Aug 12, 2020

Was the Media Biased in its Coverage of Covid-19 Outbreaks in Red and Blue States?

A new Gallup/Knight Foundation poll shows that 73% of Americans think that bias in media coverage is a major problem. Indeed, a Bloomberg Opinion piece in early July lamented that California just wasn’t being criticized in the...
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23 min read
Coronavirus - Jul 23, 2020

Back to School: The Search for Consensus on When and How to Reopen

Perhaps one of the biggest points of contention in recent weeks has been the debate over whether and how schools should reopen this coming fall. On the surface, political quibbling has made the issue appear as partisan as the...
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9 min read

What Will Covid-19’s Environmental Impact Be?

Before Covid-19 took the spotlight on the international stage (as measured by volume of news coverage), climate change, climate impacts, and climate-related protests garnered heavy discussion. How has the pandemic impacted...
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10 min read
Media Coverage - Jul 1, 2020

Reforming the Police: Where the Left and Right Agree and Disagree

Americans believe the time has come for police reform. In the wake of the George Floyd protests, support for measures to reform the police has surged. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll shows overwhelming support for many changes: 
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10 min read
Coronavirus - Jun 22, 2020

Did Lockdowns Work? Where the Left and Right Agree and Disagree

As much as Covid-19 has been a health pandemic, it has also been a pandemic of disagreement, particularly when it comes to lockdowns, in terms of both their effectiveness at stopping the spread of the virus and their relative...
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19 min read
Credibility - Jun 15, 2020

Women Journalists Are the Most Credible Voices on Covid-19

By Phillip Meylan and Lucina Di Meco On more than one occasion, The Factual has uncovered data on the U.S. media ecosystem that suggests that women journalists make up a disproportionately high number of the most credible...
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11 min read
Media Bias - Jun 8, 2020

Protest or Riot: How Headlines Skew Perspectives

Since the killing of George Floyd on May 25 by police in Minneapolis, the country has erupted in waves of protest and police action. News coverage has followed every step, but where you get your news likely has an impact on...
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