Rethink the News

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  • On policy, Trump favors one side of red-blue divide

    From tax reform to offshore drilling, the president is focused on his base. But in times of deepening partisan polarization, it may not be an effective model for long-term success.

  • Amid public skepticism, Europe’s reformers try to seize moment

    After a year of challenges from the populist far-right, supporters of the European project see a moment. But if centrists such as French President Emmanuel Macron don't deliver on promised social reforms, one expert warns that 2018 could be "the last hurrah of mainstream politics."

  • For Mexico, shift from transit point to asylum destination adds burden

    Some US lawmakers are calling for Mexico to be designated a "safe third country" for refugees. Called "refugee offshoring," the growing practice is in line with the Trump administration’s goal of taking a stricter stance on whom it allows into the country. But with 26,000 people having disappeared over the past decade in Mexico, it also raises a fundamental question: What makes a country “safe”? 

  • On island off Senegal, slavery heritage site comes with cost

    It's a common problem for tourist destinations, with an uncommon twist. Residents of Senegal's Gorée Island struggle economically, despite its designation as a place of "outstanding universal value" and the ferryloads of visitors coming to tour the House of Slaves – a memorial to the transatlantic slave trade that historians now say did not figure prominently in it.

  • What one test shows about depth and persistence of stereotypes

    Implicit bias is difficult to uproot because it is, well, implicit. One solution, experts say, is to build systems that eliminate the possibility of implicit bias before it has a chance to sneak into decisions.

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We think it is time to rethink the news.

News is essential. It is the fuel for a thriving democracy. It takes us to places and introduces us to people we never imagined. It defends our rights and values.

Over the Monitor’s 108-year history, we’ve built a legacy of high-quality, distinctive journalism because we recognize that news is more than facts. It’s the story of how we are each trying to make our homes, communities, and nations better. What matters are the values and ideals that drive us, not just the who, what, when, and where of the news.

When we understand that, we understand the world, and one another, better.

The Monitor gives readers that deeper insight by offering this approach to readers:

We challenge conventional thinking. As forces from politics to social media try to break us into competing tribes – political, racial, or economic – together we’ll rethink the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

We listen to you. We need you to hold us accountable – to keep us honest and grounded. To inspire us with what inspires you. Together, we can build a community of people who ask more from news.

We will change how you see news. News must be accurate and trustworthy, but facts alone can miss the whole story – the story of us. We are much better than much of today’s news portrays us to be. We will have the courage to look into both the best and the worst in us – and not to blame, but to demand better.

Journalism can be a force for good – for inspiration and progress. But only if we all make it so.

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