WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS?

It’s an election year, and leaving all politics aside, the use of opinion polls is already in full swing by all parties involved. Polling performance in recent years has called the accuracy of polls into question. Was the sample size big enough? Did the questions lead to predictable answers? Who is actually willing to answer […]

BIAS IN THE MEDIA?…SAY IT ISN’T SO

If you read a story and it sounds just too good to be true — either good or bad — open  up another window and look for the same topic from a different outlet. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Amanda Cronkhite, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of National Security and Strategy, to discuss the reality of […]

ARE MADURO’S ACTIONS EMPOWERING OTHER WOULD-BE DICTATORS IN LATIN AMERICA?

Observers figure that if the US, Mexico, or Brazil are unwilling to intervene in [Venezuela], they are presumably even less likely to care about dictatorships in countries with fewer resources The extraconstitutional power grab may have domino effects for other caudillos who want to retain power on the continent, despite unhappy populaces. The international community’s […]

WHY DOES THE MEDIA COVER STORIES IN SOME COUNTRIES … BUT NOT OTHERS?

If Moldova is never in the news, I doubt policy makers are ever really thinking about Moldova If you were a news editor, which story would you run first — a moderate earthquake in Italy or a larger earthquake in Sri Lanka? In the U.S., the Italian earthquake would be more likely due to the […]

ROLES (AND PERILS) OF BEING A WATCHDOG: THE PRESS AND GOVERNMENT

The relationship is complex because journalists and politicians depend on each other A free and independent media is a hallmark of freedom and provides an important check against government power. Meanwhile, government leaders are invested in pursuing their agenda. This brings about natural tensions between political objectives and the objective truth, and therefore between governments […]