Media coverage of Muslims, Chelsea Manning, news diets and advertisers’ concerns

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  • Secret government report contradicts US position on Chelsea Manning leaks: they caused no real harm. In the seven years since WikiLeaks published the largest leak of classified documents in history, the federal government has said they caused enormous damage to national security. But a secret, 107-page report, prepared by a Department of Defense task force and newly obtained by BuzzFeed News, tells a starkly different story: It says the disclosures were largely insignificant and did not cause any real harm to US interests.
  • Media coverage of Muslims and refugee policy contributes to negative public opinion of Muslims. In an analysis of the major newscasts of three outlets — CBS, Fox, and NBC — Meighan Stone, former president of the Malala Fund, finds that during a two-year period from 2015–2017, there was not a single month where positive stories about Muslims outnumbered negative stories. War and terrorist activities were the major focus of news reports, with ISIS serving as protagonist 75 percent of the time, while positive coverage, such as human interest stories or those depicting Muslims as productive members of society, were overlooked. In reports where Muslims were the focus, only 3 percent of the voices heard were those of Muslims, while Trump spoke on their behalf 21 percent of the time. Stories about refugees were also negative in tone.
  • Monitoring online conversations in UK revealed a serious problem with the sharing of misleading campaign information. First Draft outlined five different types of problematic content: Misleading headlines in mainstream newspapers; Exaggeration and misinformation by the hyper-partisan press; Hyper-partisan websites attacking the mainstream media; Official political party pages bending the facts; False rumours that got traction before being flagged as false by us or others.

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