Unrestricted access to information is vital to a vibrant democracy.But if this information is inaccurate, biased or falsified, the fundamental freedom of informed choice is denied.
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In a complex media environment, it's become incredibly difficult for the neutral press to point out Donald Trump's lies without having that information discounted as partisan bias.
It was a vintage year for women's visibility, but that's not necessarily a good thing.
One Republican member of the Electoral College has said he will not cast his vote for Donald Trump on December 19.
The Electoral College has survived 227 years and, arguably, has never truly been needed. Now would be a good time to use it.
Hillary beaten by anti-feminism?
Clinton was fighting a deep-rooted misogynist sentiment which goes back decades.
What if this was our choice on Election Day?
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In this year's election, the system of majority voting didn't allow voters to express their opinions adequately. If they had, the choice would have been between Kasich and Sanders.
By sustained rhetorical attacks on women and minorities, Donald Trump absolved white working-class shame.
Donald Trump employed a ‘choreography of shame’ that diminished everybody – except white working-class men.
Unlike Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump did not give a subculture a corporate, establishment sheen by appropriating it.
If news pundits had been paying closer attention to memes, they may have been less shocked by the result of the 2016 US presidential election.
Michelle Obama with elementary school students in Washington on Oct. 6, 2015.
Michelle Obama placed motherhood at the center of her role as first lady – a decision not all women applauded.
The grave of women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony is covered with ‘I Voted’ stickers.
Clinton won women by 12 points and lost men by 12 -- creating a 24-point 'gender gap.' While that's the largest gender gap in history, the record shows that female voters were always different.
A portrait of US President-elect Donald Trump guards a residential backyard in Iowa, complete with lights and security cameras.
The better-to-do and the established of civil and political society have become complacent and deaf to 'those at the bottom'. The working class has gone over to the right-wing populists.
Ostraka from classical Athens nominating the persons of Kallias and Megakles.
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For the first time in recent memory the possibility of imprisoning political rivals has entered the political discourse of a modern western election. But ostracism is an ancient democratic tradition that offers an alternative approach.
Donald Trump simultaneously ran against his own party but was supported overwhelmingly by Republican voters.
Donald Trump’s election will affect Australia profoundly – including in the comfort it gives to those who oppose progressive policies in the name of fighting 'political correctness'.
Did we hold Clinton to an unreasonably high standard?
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A sinister Hillary Clinton dominated conservative media, but also appeared in mainstream journalism. Why?
Where does a divided country go from here?
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Why is the country witnessing so much division and violence?
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Women have always had to fight gender rules in order to gain power.
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Trump must now find a way to mitigate national anxieties in the wake of millions of dollars of TV and radio ads that played on voters' fear and anger.
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine at the Democratic National Convention 2016.
Here are three key areas the Democratic Party must reform if they're to fix fundamental problems revealed by the shock election result.
Trump’s demagoguery had the effect not only of humiliating reason in the face of extreme emotion and prejudice, but also of taking people into cloud cuckoo land.
Trump's demagoguery took political discourse in America to a place where it lost contact with reality.
Supporters of presidential candidate Al Gore protest during George W. Bush’s inauguration in January 2001. Gore won the popular vote but lost to Bush in the Electoral College.
With two of the past five presidential election winners losing the popular vote, it's hard to justify the continuation of the Electoral College.