Governor George Wallace stands defiant in an attempt to block the integration of the University of Alabama, June 11, 1963.
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A demagogue playing the media to legitimise extreme movements and radical right-wing causes? The US has been here before.
It seems that Russian state media is starting to chip away at Trump’s burnished image.
The country's state-run media outlets have been quick to denounce any election meddling talk as anti-Russian hysteria. So what's behind the shift in tone?
The status of facts and their use in politics hasn’t changed as a result of Donald Trump’s election.
In politics, alternative facts exist. And they always have.
Trees burn in the High Park wildfire near Fort Collins, Colorado, June 17, 2012.
Much disaster reporting simply chronicles events, but good journalism digs deeper and examines causes. Stories about Colorado wildfires have raised questions about risk, especially on fire anniversaries.
Marines help the wounded man to an evacuation helicopter near Van Tuong,1965.
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Is there honor in a losing battle? The US military faced this question in Vietnam. Its response would eventually change how the media covered war and how Americans perceive it.
Exxon funded climate scientists while the bulk of its public-facing advertorials argued the science and cause of climate change was uncertain.
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A new study confirms what many already know: Exxon for years sowed uncertainty and doubt about climate change in the public. Should scientists reject certain funding sources?
Are there other ways to get people to engage with climate change?
An experiment in getting people to care about climate change uses slick videos, charismatic scientists and calls to action.
In the wake of Trump’s proposed transgender military ban, new research highlights the potential for entertainment –more than news coverage – to open minds on even the most polarizing issues.
A statue of Henry David Thoreau in front of a replica of his cabin in Concord, Massachusetts.
Thoreau spent his life pursuing the 'hard bottom' of truth. But he confronted a sensationalist newspaper industry that, in many ways, mimicked today's media environment.
It originated as a Reddit post. The president tweeted it. Then all hell broke loose.
The national story of an anonymous Reddit user's post – and the threat to unmask him – raises important questions about the role of online communication in our society.
Is public relations simply a more insidious form of fake news?
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Russia has seized upon loopholes in lobbying laws, hiring PR firms to influence American public opinion and policy in ways that advance Russia's strategic interests.
Donald Trump might not spend much time on social media, but he has an acute understanding of how virality in media works.
There are four key things Donald Trump’s election tells us about the state of journalism today.
Russia’s supposed influence on Donald Trump’s election victory did not reveal anything about American democracy that Russians did not already suspect.
Russian media both hint toward the Russian regime’s prowess in influencing the US election, while simultaneously treating the accusation as baseless Western propaganda.
PBS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
When the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was founded 50 years ago, it was supposed to reflect the nation's disparate voices.
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As the Trump administration settles into office, regulators and lawmakers have big plans for shifting the country's media landscape, with potentially profound effects on the public.
In the rush to compete, news organisations can still make basic errors. They need to remember the lessons of the past.
Twain was an opinionated, prolific commentator on the personalities and political issues of his day.
He probably would have been amused by – and maybe even befriended – Trump the entertainer. Trump the president? Not so much.
START Global Terrorism Database Terrorist Attacks Concentration Intensity Map.
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President Trump has asserted that media coverage of terrorist attacks under-represents their actual extent. Analysis of 50 years of news coverage answers this question, and raises others.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway chat.
How do we determine what is fact? An archaeologist explains how the answer has changed over time and why it matters so much now.
Now, more than ever, the US press must shine a light on the workings of the Trump administration.