Trust in the media plummets

Jessica Himelfarb is wary of the state of the news media. She said in a recent interview at American University that amidst the publicity of fake news, she doesn’t trust the media to give her accurate information and inform her fully about what’s going on. “It’s brought to the awareness of everyone the pervasiveness of…

Americans weigh in on Trump…so far

If Gary Bochner could go back in time, he’d do November differently. Bochner, 58, who voted for Donald Trump says that he would vote for another candidate. Bochner says that seeing that President Trump has not done any of the things he promised and has even made enemies with many world leaders, he is rethinking…

Fake news gets real attention at Newseum lecture

Fake news is a real problem. On Wednesday, Jessi Hollis McCarthy held a workshop at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. where she educated young students and aspiring journalists how to detect, process, and understand fake news. McCarthy said fake news is often used as a “political tool,” and it’s also published for entertainment and advertising…

Teenagers still struggle with Islamophobia

Ayesha Paracha, a 15-year-old Muslim from Virginia, wasn’t alive on September 11, 2001, but still feels its effects. “While driving, my mom covers her head with a scarf and has been flipped off multiple times,” said Paracha, 15, of Purcellville, Virginia. Many Muslims experience this on a daily basis. Anti-Muslim hate crimes have occurred throughout…

White nationalists’ behavior impacts D.C. residents

Members of the diverse community in northwest D.C. experience the effects of the president Trump’s rhetoric. They noticed an increase in tension regarding current politics after the 2016 election cycle. Over the last two years, Donald Trump and alt-right movement have brought white nationalism to the mainstream American audience, research shows. New Nationalism is the…

Third party candidates polling highest since 1996

Third party candidates run for the presidency of the United States every four years. They never win, and likely won’t this year, but a leading polling group on politics found this election cycle has allowed a small breakthrough for third party candidates–they’re polling higher than they have in 20 years–with many American voters unsatisfied with…

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What year was the Declaration of Independence signed? Spoiler alert: 1776.

Even though someone may be a U.S. citizen, that doesn’t always mean they know the complete history of their country. Some residents and visitors to Washington, D.C. had a tough time answering questions from the citizenship test given to immigrants. When asked why we celebrate July Fourth Ricky Monroe, 55, said, “Was there a war…

Some District residents think Trump’s run “hilarious”

Businessman and reality show host Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican presidential bid stirred strong emotions among District residents who, two weeks after his announcement, found a Trump White House unlikely. “I think it’s stupid,” said American University student Emily Smith, 19. “I honestly just think he’s running for the publicity of it.” Trump, 69, announced his…