Algorithms monitor marketplace of ideas

By Fu Tao and William A. Babcock Algorithms are pervasive in our daily lives. Every action we accomplish online could not be achieved without them. As evidence, simply quickly thumb through New York Times articles from this year and you will easily find coverage on how algorithms are designed to complete tasks that had not…

The view from China

By Lu Fan Chinese media think that U.S. and South Korean media are inaccurately framing relations between China and North Korea as China acting as big brother to the North. This inaccurate framing results in an expectation that China will take an important role in controlling North Korea’s nuclear program. It’s called “China’s responsibility theory.”…

First Amendment expert calls Post-Dispatch editorial on protests ‘irresponsible’ and imprecise

Publisher’s note:  Gregory Magarian, one of the nation’s leading First Amendment experts and a professor at Washington University Law School, criticized the Sunday Post-Dispatch editorial for irresponsibly lumping together violent and non-violent protests.  He sent this letter to the Post-Dispatch Editorial Editor Tod Robberson after the editorial criticized actions of protesters following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley. Magarian…

The view from Taiwan

by Wen-Hung Hsieh and Shu-Ling Wu The end of WWII led to the split of many regions in Asia. Today, the division between North and South Korea and the complexity of the situation between China and Taiwan remain two of the most pressing issues perplexing countless Asia experts. And with North Korea’s nuclear detonation in…

This isn’t funny

Opinion by William H. Freivogel My nephew, a lawyer, said recently that President Trump is hilarious. The press falls right into Trump’s trap by taking him too seriously, he said. A few days later, my tennis partner, another lawyer, said the same thing. The press takes Trump’s tweets too literally, he said. Rich Lowry, editor…

No, Mr. President

by William H. Freivogel Opinion No, Mr. President, it isn’t true that journalists “don’t like our country.” Our job is to hold our country and our president to the values of freedom, equality and diversity that make America special. No, it isn’t true journalists are “liars” and “sick people” who write “fake news” and stir…