A single weekend showcases the Trump presidency’s highs and lows

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Yet the week ended with an extraordinary national security development — a daring and dangerous raid approved by Trump and carried out by teams of elite US troops. Here’s the banner headline in Monday’s NYT: “It was the most significant announcement of the death of a terror leader since President Barack Obama revealed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by US Navy Seals in a dramatic late night address in May 2011,” CNN’s Zachary Cohen wrote. And Trump claimed al-Baghdadi’s death was a bigger deal than bin Laden’s assassination, though most experts disagreed. He clearly …

The pundit class continues to misunderstand Bernie Sanders and it shows | Nathan Robinson

Sanders returns again and again to issues that matter to ordinary people: healthcare, student debt and climate change issues which are not a priority for the mainstream media A new unofficial Bernie Sanders ad, made by a fan, has documented the various ways in which media organizations have subtly fudged the numbers to make Bernie seem less successful than he is, and there is still a narrative that his campaign is failing even as it hauls in all over the country. Even as he shatters fundraising records there will be Sydney Ember, a former financial analyst for an investment bank, the source of Bernies appeal must be mystifying. Thats because Sanders returns again and again to issues that are of …

SmartNews latest news discovery feature shows articles from across the political spectrum

Even before the 2016 election, political polarization was increasing, with Americans so entrenched in the news sources they rely on that the Pew Research Center said “liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds.” Now SmartNews, the news aggregation app that recently hit unicorn funding status, wants to give users a way to step out of their bubbles with a feature called News From All Sides. News From All Sides is an option located under the politics tab in SmartNews’ app. A slider at the bottom allows users to see articles about a specific news event sorted into five groups, ranging from most liberal to most conservative. Now available for new users in the United States, the feature will gradually roll out …

Guy Lists 8 Global Problems You Dont See In Front Pages And It Goes Viral

Did you know that almost all of the media that the average American consumes – including 24-hour news stations, newspapers, publishing houses, Internet utilities, and even video game developers – are threat to democracy and innovation,” whilst at the same time giving the average person an “illusion of choice” where there is actually very little. These corporations are under no obligation to report impartially and present consumers with the truth – they often promote what best suits their own aims and agendas. “With the country’s widest disseminators of news, commentary, and ideas firmly entrenched among a small number of the world’s wealthiest corporations, it may not be surprising that their news and commentary is limited to an unrepresentative, narrow spectrum …

How does Twitter chatter warp our thinking about what’s popular and important?

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Donie’s big picture point We hear almost every week now about Facebook removing sets of pages and accounts that were deceptive and disguised. Often these pages have been active for years, with hundreds of thousands of followers. It makes you wonder, how much of the discourse of the past decade — so much of it dictated by what is “trending” or what people are talking about online — has been shaped by inauthentic accounts? Like a police drug bust photo op… The Information’s Nick Wingfield adds: “It is devilishly difficult for Facebook to root out this kind …