Political News Analysis: A New Project Exploring the Sentiment Behind Mainstream Media News Coverage

Two weeks ago, I started a new project intended to estimate how negative – or positive – political news reporting is from major media outlets. To accomplish this, I’m performing a daily sentiment analysis on news articles scraped from, at the moment, two sources: CNN’s politics RSS feed and Fox News’ politics RSS feed.

You can check out the results as the come in each day by clicking on the “Political News Analysis” tab at the top of the blog or by clicking on the link in the sidebar.

So far, as of March 19, 2017, my analysis suggests that both CNN and Fox News generally use more negative words than positive words in their political news coverage. Positive words include, for example, terms like “support,” “good,” and “well,” and negative words include, for example, terms like “allegations,” “concerns,” and “fears.” Read more “Political News Analysis: A New Project Exploring the Sentiment Behind Mainstream Media News Coverage”

7 ± 2: Facebook, Depression, and Obama’s Call to End “Conversion Therapies”

This is 7 ± 2, my weekly roundup of psychological science in the news. Below are some of the most popular stories featuring psychological research from the past 7 ± 2 days.

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7 ± 2: Psychological Testing for Pilots, the Efficacy of Anxiety Meds, and How Google Distorts Perceptions of Intelligence

This is 7 ± 2, my weekly psychological science roundup. Below are 7 ± 2 stories from the past 7 ± 2 days featuring the latest in psychological science.

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