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Which News Source Lean Left, Center, and Right According to The Doe?

Determining the partisan bias of a news outlet isn’t always easy. After all, there’s not a clear methodology that’s used to measure this sort of bias.

With that said, there are a number of resources that can be useful if you’re evaluating news sources:

AllSides

This is a site that allows you to see several sources for a single story in one place.

Using their Bias Rating page, you can filter stories based on their bias.

Their bias rated system is patented and rates stories as either left, center, or right-leaning. There are a number of elements used in this rating system, including internal research, surveys, crowdsourcing, outside sources, like Wikipedia, and research from Milyo and Groseclose that was conducted at UCLA.

Even though the Milyo and Groseclose method is frequently used, you should know that it has received criticism.

Pew Research Center: Political Polirization

Data from surveys show the news sources that people prefer based on their political views

According to a survey conducted in 2014, people use their political views to determine which sources they’re willing to use and trust. The survey evaluated the political views of readers instead of the bias of the source.

The Doe is designed to be unbiased portraying views from across the political spectrum.

Where Do News Sources Fall On The Political Spectrum?

These examples show the bias ratings various news sources have received from AllSides, based on data from March of 2017. The survey from the Pew Research Center is used to show how much trust biased audiences have in these sources.

You should be aware that these ratings come from surveys, which are based on people’s personal views. You should remember that people’s views may be influenced by the hostile media effect. This effect states that people that are partisan believe that media coverage has an unfair bias against the side that they identify with. (source: Perloff, R.M. 2015).

Centrist News Sources  

Wall Street Journal

This New York City newspaper primarily focuses on publishing daily business news.

AllSides rates The Wall Street Journal as having a “Center” bias. According to The Pew Research Center, people across the political spectrum read this news outlet. In fact, it’s the only publication that people with varying political views trust more than they distrust. With that said, people have stated that the paper has both a left-wing and right-wing bias.

BBC News

The news division of the British Broadcasting Corporation is involved with internet, radio, and television news. The BBC was established in the UK by a Royal Charter. It is a public service broadcaster.

AllSides has given BBC News a “Center” bias rating. Pew Data said that people across the political spectrum are more likely to trust than distrust BBC. The exception to this is people that are consistently conservative. This group trusts and distrusts BBC in equal measure.

USA Today

This American paper is published daily and provides both world and entertainment news.

AllSides has given the publication a “Center” bias rating. The Pew Survey data shows that people throughout the political spectrum are more likely to trust than distrust USA Today. The exception to this is people that are consistently conservative.

Near Center News Sources

The news sources listed here have a “Center” rating from AllSides. These outlets have a history of providing balanced coverage on various issues and have an unbiased agenda. With that said, the sources are listed as near-center because conservatives tend to distrust these sources.

The participants in the Pew survey that were consistently liberal, usually liberal, and had mixed views were more likely to trust than distrust these sources. People that are usually conservative rated these sources as trusted and distrusted equally. People that were consistently conservative were more likely to distrust than trust these sources.

NPR

NPR stands for “National Public Radio.” It is a non-profit organization in the United States that receives both public and private funding. The organization is syndicated on local radio networks.

PBS NewsHour

This is a non-commercial television broadcaster and distributor.

Left and Right Sources

According to the Pew survey, people that identify as conservative get their news from a smaller selection of sources. Conservatives are also more likely to distrust the news. People that are left-leaning are more likely to trust the news and consume a wider range of sources.

Because of this, there are a greater number of sources that have a rating or perception of either center-left or slightly left-leaning, particularly when it comes to mainstream sources. There aren’t as many news sources that are considered to be center-right. This could be because of the hostile media effect. It may also be because a common conservative talking point is that mainstream media is biased towards liberal viewpoints.

Left-Leaning Sources

AllSides has rated these sources as “Lean Left.” The Pew survey has found that people that are mostly conservative or consistently conservative are more likely to distrust than trust these sources. People with mixed views, mostly liberal views, or consistently liberal views are more likely to trust than distrust these sources.

The New York Times

This American newspaper has been around since 1851 and is published daily.

The Washington Post

This Washington D.C.-based paper is published daily and has been around since 1877.

Far Left

AllSides rates the following news sources as “Left.” The Pew survery shows that people that are mostly or consistently liberal are more likely to trust than distrust these sources. People that are mostly or consistently conservative are more likely to distrust than trust these sources.

The Huffington Post

This news aggregator and blog is based in America and was founded by Arianna Huffington back in 2005.

Mother Jones

This news and culture magazine is based in America and was launched in 1976.

Right Leaning

AllSide rates these news sources as “Right.” The Pew survey found that people that are mostly or consistently liberal are more likely to trust than distrust these sources. People with mixed, mostly conservative, or consistently conservative views are more likely to trust than distrust these services. You should be aware that these sources have a stronger bias than the sources that are classified as “towards the left.” There are no exact equivalents to these sources on the right.

Fox News

This American news channel was launched by Rupert Murdoch in 1996. The channel’s headquarters are in New York City.

Far-Right

AllSides rates these news sources as “Right.” The Pew survey found that these sources are more distrusted by people that identify as mostly or consistently liberal. People that are mostly or consistently conservative are more likely to trust than distrust these sources.

The Glenn Beck Program/ The Blaze

This is a news platform that Glenn Beck launched in 2010.

The Drudge Report

Matt Drudge launched this news aggregation site back in 1996.

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Why be a Victoria’s Secret Model When You Can be James Cameron? Nicole Russin-McFarland Eyes Her Dream Career

Nicole Russin At Event

Nicole RussinNicole Russin-McFarland, the film director and film composer causing a stir online, has a hit film score album, Esther in Wonderland. The animated feature of the same name is debuting online this summer. But right now, she is quietly trending on Twitter. A #COVID19 humor meme she shared about the pandemic reshaping us all into the Charmin toilet paper bears snapped up 56 retweets and 130 likes one hour after its posting on Sunday evening.

“I study what all the amazing brands are doing online, and I can tell you every beauty brand, household brand, film studio, movie company, person if you will, who achieves tremendous success is doing right. What they all have in common is they communicate with people online absolutely down to earth in non-robotic responses, whether it’s The Container Store, e.l.f. Cosmetics or Amblin,” Russin-McFarland said.

“This is me knowing because I reach out to brands whenever I love something, and I try so much to be like those very people doing a good job. Being ignored as a consumer, a huge fan of any brand, hurts. I am never above ignoring people who support me online.”

A strong regard for manufactured showbiz mystery is not her brand as a star on the rise. Russin-McFarland’s genius self marketing puzzle pieces are an irregularity for the prissy coffee run Hollywood crowd pretending they never stage their own paparazzi photo ops. She posted a bedhead shelter in place selfie photo bombed by a cat’s rear end this month. Nothing fazes her.

“Everything I do is whatever old school publicists I never hired were pushing on me not to do. People wanted me to work with their firms for years, me forking over lots of money I didn’t have for them to treat me like a puppet all the while I am paying them,” she said. “They say only fools part with their money. I’ll take it a step further. Only fools give other people their money to lose control over their authentic selves.”

Her authentic self is priceless and evergreen. Her CinematNIC blog page on the official Apple News iPhone app attracted more readers than the populations of some small communities. Russin-McFarland’s films were not getting the reach she desired on a streaming platform, so she published them on YouTube, finding her core audience she wants to grow larger when she makes the leap to studio-backed projects.

“But you need an agent within the right agencies in Hollywood to get a studio gig, or someone very powerful needs to recommend you. A manager and publicist doesn’t seem to be enough,” she said. The catch 22.

Ten years ago, the Chicago native was a fashion model in Manhattan, modelling the rubbish in your best girlfriend’s beauty drawer. In her spare time, she sought freelance journalism work, writing for The New York Daily News and other media organisations.

“The pay was horrible. Modelling agencies kept most of it. They always lied you back owed them, and you were fighting a lot. I had weekly workplace drama, like an agent trying to book me for a recurring job but paying me less each time. No way. The casting couch pressures were scary,” she said.

“Young women are fed these lies that you do some things that aren’t part of the job description at times, you live silenced looking the other way at all costs with anything you witness, and you take part in the casting couch at times, suddenly, you’re given the higher up auditions that include brands like Victoria’s Secret with the starter jobs being, the women paid to model nerdy sweaters and swimwear in the old catalogues. Of course, I was limited to only handfuls of auditions with other girls who, like me, wouldn’t agree to the stuff outside our job descriptions. We were certainly given far fewer opportunities than those we believed were agreeable.”

“Guess what? It was all a myth. It is to this day. When you do get those major gigs, you aren’t special. You won’t get rich and famous. You are one of many. Hundreds, possibly, who have worked with that brand. Maybe thousands, if you get into the couture runway shows. Countless women over the years have modelled for magazine covers and the big brands, including the famed Victoria’s Secret catalogue in swimwear and sweaters. We know Gisele Bündchen and Adriana Lima. Maybe a couple more. Do most people remember the other women years out? No, they’re forgotten. They become that woman who used to be famous, I think? Why do I know here again?”

“To be in film though and have your ideas immortalised? You live forever,” she said.

“You change the world with your art. Like James Cameron, who makes people think about the environment with Avatar, or Sam Mendes recreating history in the 1917 movie. Stanley Kubrick and everything he ever made. You make people think.”

Nicole Russin At EventRussin-McFarland said she only pursued modelling to become well known and change careers into filmmaking.

“Using that, I could make it as a film director and slide over. Of course, that day never came. Because I wouldn’t bend my morals for the what if? My destiny is to be greater than that. My animated movie I am working on, The Homework’s Revenge: Esther in Wonderland, is about that. Never losing who you really are. To rid yourself of the real you from your teen years is erasing the person you have become. My movie before the character falls into Alice’s Wonderland shows how I admired people like directors and my favourite film score and mainstream music names, and how that combination is 100% me today.”

She co-owns an Etsy shop called Haus of Film with her acting friends, Samantha V. Hutton and Ryan McGregor. “Our women in film T-shirt fundraiser is still going! I hope to someday tell people we have changed many women’s lives because we donated to their films with our little store. You don’t need a flashy shop to make a difference in the world.”

Esther in Wonderland will be the spark setting off her career firecracker. Don’t worry, Ms. Russin-McFarland. You will get your big Hollywood agent.

“It’s going to be the first feature film of mine people see. Because it is about me for the first time, people will get to know who I really am. This little movie is all made to look like an old Walt Disney style film before his studio got rich. I’m telling you, if I can get interest for my film score music like it’s the days of Cole Porter now in 2020, and I am going to make Esther in Wonderland get noticed right up there with anything 3D and super cool, I can do anything. I really am going to be a studio director. Someday, I really will complete my life goal of winning an Academy Award dressed in a black tux and tie to prove I am no different than any of the men who win these awards. Really, that was the goal I wrote down for a homework assignment where a teacher made us write down our wildest career dreams. Things take time. They aren’t impossible when you meet people and see how everyone you want to be like started where you are now.”

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USA: Cannabis study reveals that deaths from opiate overdose decrease when cannabis is legal

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Marijuana is legal, on a recreational basis, in ten American states and in the Federal Capital of Washington DC.

American states where recreational cannabis is legal have seen a reduction of at least 20% in deaths from opiate overdose, according to a study released Wednesday.

Opiates killed 47,600 people in 2017 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That year, the epidemic was declared a “public health emergency” by President Donald Trump.

Marijuana, legal in 34 states and in Washington for therapeutic use, is also legal for recreational use in ten of these states, as well as in the American capital Washington, DC (and, starting next January, in the state of Illinois).

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Cannabis and its derivatives are big business in the US. In the state of Colorado, for example (the first US state to legalize marijuana for recreational use), a small company by the name of West Coast Venture Group (OTC: WCVC) recently made headlines when it became America’s first CBD restaurant stock. CBD  (Cannabidiol) is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It represents one of some 113 identified cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.

WCVC’s Illegal Burger Writer Square location in Downtown Denver serves a “CBD infused” menu of items and is expected to generate over $1 million in sales this year while a second location (Denver CitiSet) is on track to exceed $700,000 in sales in its first full year of operations.

During the course the last fiscal year (2018), West Coast Venture Group earned $3,054,623 in revenue and witnessed consistent year-over-year growth. And the company expects this trend to continue well into 2019 and 2020. The first quarter of 2019 already saw year-over-year revenue growth of 21.55% in what is traditionally known as a slow slow quarter in the restaurant industry.

To further kickstart its growth, the company also recently announced the launch of its Illegal Pizza franchise, and it opened its first location on June 19, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This location is expected to generate around $700,000 in revenues within the first twelve months of operation, and it will mark the first of many Illegal Pizza locations across the country.

But let’s stop digressing; back to the study… By comparing overdose death rates before and after legalization and between states at different stages of the legalization process, the authors of this study, which was published in the journal “Economic Inquiry”, determined a “very strong” causal effect in the reduction of opiate-related mortality.

This rate of decline stands between 20 and 35%, according to the econometric analysis, with a particularly marked effect on deaths caused by the consumption of opiates such as fentanyl, the most deadly drug in the United States, according to the latest official figures.

All states are affected by the rising opiate epidemic, Nathan Chan, an economist at Amherst University and lead author of the study, told the AFP.

“It is only fair that those states that have legalized are not as adversely affected as those that have not legalized,” he continued.

States that have legal access to marijuana through clinics have seen a greater decline in mortality than others, the authors note.

The study did not look at the factors responsible for the decline, but Nathan Chan suggests that these differences may be related to the increasing number of people who self-medicate and “relieve pain through marijuana use and are therefore less likely to become addicted to opiates.”

However, not everybody seems to be on the same page. A previous study had reached the opposite conclusion, namely that the use of cannabis increases the use of opiates not prescribed by prescription.

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Legalization of marijuana supported by the majority of Londoners

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Opinions on legalized cannabis have rapidly shifted in the United Kingdom and Europe generally. Cannabis businesses like World High Life (NEX: LIFE) are set to take advantage of shifting public opinion.

This technical report provides historical perspectives and comparisons of various approaches to the legal status of marijuana to aid in forming public policy. Information on the impact that decriminalization and legalization of marijuana could have on adolescents. In addition to concerns surrounding medical use of marijuana. Accompanying policy statement includes all recommendations.

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Among the respondents 63% spoke out for the legalization of marijuana consumption and for the introduction of its legislative status. 19% of respondents opposed this idea. A total of 47% of respondents supported legalization in London, while 30% opposed it.

Londoners overwhelmingly support the legalisation of cannabis for adult recreational use

According to a poll commissioned by the Evening Standard and the independent think-tank Volteface. 63% of residents in the capital back legalization and regulation of the class B drug, with just 19 per cent opposing the idea. In the country at large, 47% back legalization, with 30% against and 23% undecided.

The poll, carried out by Survation at the start of a major Standard investigation into cannabis reform, is the first test of public opinion since medical cannabis became legal in the UK last November. It points to a dramatic change from the poll carried out by YouGov last summer, in which public opinion was evenly split.

This easing of public attitudes towards cannabis comes in the wake of Canada legalizing it in October 2018, the first western nation to do so and the second country after Uruguay in 2013.In the US, 10 states legalized cannabis for recreational use, starting with Colorado and Washington in 2012. Yet, New York, New Jersey and Illinois are well advanced to follow suit. Currently 20% of Americans live in states where cannabis is legal.

Also in Colorado, in the first three years after legislation, nearly 18,000 net jobs were created. This is an impressive figure when you consider that the State has a population of only 5.5 million inhabitants.

The situation of cannabis in Europe

Europe is shifting too, with Spain allowing private use, possession decriminalized in Portugal, Dutch coffee shops continuing to sell cannabis and Luxembourg looking to become the first country to make it lawful on the Continent.

Cannabis is the UK’s most widely used illicit drug with an estimated 3 million users. Overall it is a market worth an estimated £2.5 billion, with potential tax revenues of £1 billion, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs.

One UK company, World High Life (NEX: LIFE) is already moving to take advantage of the more positive attitude towards cannabis in the UK. WHL recently acquired Britain’s top hemp producer, Love Hemp, in a transaction involving all shares valued at 9 million GBP.

WHL plans to help Love Hemp expand into other European markets, starting with Germany in 2020. Love Hemp produces a variety of CBD products such as sprays, vapes, oils, edibles, CBD-infused beverages, and cosmetics, and sells its products in 1,200 UK high street stores. The European medical cannabis market is predicted to be one of the most valuable in the world and will be a key export destination for Latin American countries.

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