How Napoleon went from ‘cannibal’ to ‘Majesty’ in 20 days

Alexandre Dumas' famous anecdote about Fake News in the 1800s has a surprising twist.

  • Unfazed by his first defeat, Napoleon swept back into power in 1815, going from exile to emperor within a single month.
  • Parisian newspapers scrambled to adapt: at the start of that month, Napoleon was a 'cannibal'; at the end, 'His Majesty'.
  • For the first time ever, this map illustrates the spatial dimension of that shift – but the anecdote, made famous by Dumas, has a twist.
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This chart will tell you how biased your favorite news source is

Ad Fontes Media wants to educate readers on where to find reliable sources of news and lessen the heat from the political flame wars.

  • Polarized, unreliable news can be dangerous during turbulent times, such as the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Ad Fontes' Media Bias Chart maps out the biases and reliability of legacy and alternative news organizations.
  • Political bias is one of many we must be wary of when judging the quality of the news we consume.
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We can improve politics in America. Here’s how.

Here's how to have a healthier relationship with politics.

  • "[T]he single healthiest thing most of us can do for our relationship with politics and for politics would be to deemphasize our connection to national politics and reemphasize our connection to state and local politics," says Ezra Klein.
  • The media has become overwhelmingly nationalized. To improve your relationship with politics, and to improve politics in general, be intentional about your informational ecosystem.
  • Klein recommends reconstructing your news diet so it doesn't overwhelmingly feature national politics, rather sign up for local newsletters, subscribe to your local paper, and get involved in community politics rather than yelling at cable TV or lashing out on Twitter.
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Black News Channel to air 24-7 content 'by' and 'for' African Americans

It's the first American news channel to focus on African-American experiences.

Black News Channel
  • The channel aims to fill a "void" in mainstream media by telling stories and covering issues that matter to African Americans, according to the channel's website.
  • BNC will feature all-black on-air talent, and it aims to be nonpartisan.
  • Some have questioned how African Americans will respond to the channel, which launched Feb. 10.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson: How the 24/7 news cycle compromises science

The race to be first in science journalism is hurting science.

  • Journalists writing about science have become more science fluent over the past 20 years, but the need to be first and the practice of giving equal exposure to opposing views regardless of scientific evidence (e.g. climate change) has been detrimental to the public's understanding of the facts.
  • Reporting on science from the "frontier" doesn't provide the full picture because it doesn't give scientists time to verify and re-verify the results of experiments.
  • Journalists have more power than scientists when it comes to disseminating information, so it's their inherent responsibility to get the facts right.
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