Polarizing the network: The most interesting new digital and social media research

Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers? Our friends at Journalist’s Resource, that’s who. JR is a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and they spend their time examining the new academic literature in media, social science, and other fields, summarizing the high points and giving you a point of entry. Here, JR’s managing editor, Denise-Marie Ordway, sums up some of the most interesting papers in digital media and journalism published between August and October. (You can also check out her roundups from the first and second quarters of the year.)

Scholars in the digital media and journalism space have focused a lot of attention on Twitter in recent months, examining how the busy platform influences people’s Continue reading "Polarizing the network: The most interesting new digital and social media research"

Republicans Mike Lee and Tom Cotton Go To War on Twitter: Everything in His Tweet Thread is ‘100% Fake News’

It’s Twitter beef day, apparently. First it was Democrat-elect versus Republican electorate, then it was Axios founder versus Axios critic, and now we have Republican versus Republican, as Senators Mike Lee and Tom Cotton have it out. It all started with a Democrat, actually. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) tweeted and quoted an article from the New York Times regarding the First Step Act, a compromise legislation for reforming prison and sentencing laws in the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the report says, told President Donald Trump that the legislation is unlikely to pass this year. Klobuchar quoted a portion of the article covering Cotton’s objection. “Mr. Cotton, who has been perhaps the loudest critic of the bill’s sentencing changes in the Senate, urged colleagues to slow down the process, saying that the bill’s impact and implications were too expansive to push through without hearings,” it Continue reading "Republicans Mike Lee and Tom Cotton Go To War on Twitter: Everything in His Tweet Thread is ‘100% Fake News’"

GOP Ripped For Attacking Admiral William McRaven: ‘The Depths to Which the GOP Will Sink’ for Trump…

The official Republican Party Twitter account knocked retired Admiral William McRaven, who led the US effort to take out al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden, for being “critical” of President Donald Trump. “Worth noting after recent comments: Retired Adm. William McRaven was reportedly on Hillary Clinton’s short list for Vice President in 2016,” the GOP tweeted. “He’s been critical of President @realDonaldTrump— even dating back to the 2016 campaign. He’s hardly a non-political figure.” The beef between McRaven and Trump began after the former admiral said the president’s attacks against the press are “perhaps the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.” Trump
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Trump Boasts About Midterms in Which GOP Took Heavy Losses: ‘Epic Victory’

President Donald Trump declared the 2018 midterm elections an “epic victory” for the GOP on Twitter today, as he pimped out the two Senate seats earned by Republicans and attacked the media for focusing on Democrats taking the House. “People are not being told that the Republican Party is on track to pick up two seats in the U.S. Senate, and epic victory: 53 to 47,” Trump tweeted this afternoon. He then criticized the presiding media narrative on the midterms, which is that Democrats etched out a win since they took the House: “The Fake News Media only wants to speak of the House, where the Midterm results were better than other sitting Presidents.”

Don Lemon Doubts Trump’s Twitter Tirades Can Be Reined In: ‘He’s a Grown A– Man,’ How Can You Stop Him?

President Donald Trump has become notorious for his ongoing stream of inflammatory Twitter tirades, but CNN’s Don Lemon has no hope that his staffers will ever be able to rein him in. During the start of his broadcast Thursday evening, Lemon caught up with colleague Chris Cuomo and the two discussed the commander in chief’s latest social media attack targeting Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Cuomo appeared stunned by Trump’s post falsely claiming Mueller served the Obama administration for eight years, stating, “I can’t believe that the men and women around this man let him tweet the things that he does when they have to know the minute they look at them, the minute they hear the idea, this is going to hurt us.” “Him saying that Mueller served under Obama for eight years, it’s just not true, and there’s no reason for him to double the amount of time that Continue reading "Don Lemon Doubts Trump’s Twitter Tirades Can Be Reined In: ‘He’s a Grown A– Man,’ How Can You Stop Him?"