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Apple News App Gains '2018 Midterm Elections' Section in the U.S.

Apple has announced a new section in the Apple News app dedicated to providing coverage of the U.S. midterm elections from now through to November.


Apple says the new section is designed to help readers follow the latest on the 2018 Midterm Elections with breaking news, exclusive highlights and analysis from trusted sources curated by Apple News' team of experienced editors.

Special features will include "The Conversation", a collection of opinion columns about hot-button issues from sources they may not already follow, and "On the Ground", which highlights issues that matter to local constituents on the most important races.
"Today more than ever people want information from reliable sources, especially when it comes to making voting decisions," said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. "An election is not just a contest; it should raise conversations and spark national discourse. By presenting quality news from trustworthy sources and curating a diverse range of opinions, Apple News aims to be a responsible steward of those conversations and help readers understand the candidates and the issues."

In addition to presenting coverage from Fox News, Vox, and other publishers, Apple says its News app will offer exclusive features, including:
  • The Washington Post's "Election Now," a dashboard that brings to life important primary races by contextualizing key data like current polling, what pundits are saying and survey data on voter enthusiasm.
  • A weekly briefing from Axios, featuring analysis of the most important developments as the primaries unfold.
  • Politico's "Races to Watch," which looks at a collection of races offering important themes and trends to voters.
The new section is available to readers in the U.S. only, and can be accessed within the News app from a banner across the top of the For You tab, as well as through Top Stories and the Spotlight tab.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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17 months ago
This totally won't have any Bias...

AE
Rating: 42 Votes
17 months ago
Less politics please and more focus on designing solid Operating Systems!
Rating: 31 Votes
17 months ago

Less politics please and more focus on designing solid Operating Systems!


It’s an aggregation feed. Do you think the manpower used on it would make ANY difference on MacOS base code?
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This totally won't have any Bias...

AE


If only this subsection of the specialized news app wasn’t compulsory! :rolleyes:
Rating: 12 Votes
17 months ago
I want the option in Apple news to exclude all political articles. But while they are at it, maybe they could add a new section called “civil discourse” where articles are published without extremist rhetoric where not every topic is about winning and losing for your point of view.
Rating: 12 Votes
17 months ago

This totally won't have any Bias...

AE

I just pulled it up and one of the first articles I saw was from Fox News so...
Rating: 11 Votes
17 months ago

The new section is available to readers in the U.S. only, and can be accessed within the News app

Actually, the entire News app is still US only. You can’t download it in the rest of the world ( at least in France you can’t ) , and all you get is a tiny 4 or 5 headlines ( mostly trash* news collected by some local intern ) in the widget section ( lock screen) of your iOS device.

* i mean, literally, one of the 5 headlines of today is : “ un chat déclenche un incendie et meurt dans les flammes “ which translates as “ a cat provokes a fire and dies in the flames”
I mean, I’m very sorry for the cat, but really ? Is that among the 4 or 5 most pertinent things that happened today in France and worldwide ?
Rating: 9 Votes
17 months ago
Confirmation bias.
People tend to read only the articles/sources that align with their beliefs.

I remember a speaker wisely suggesting that everyone should challenge their thinking by reading/watching news with the opposite political beliefs/bias to their own.. and be able to come up with a rational and rigorous critical appraisal, highlighting valid comment as well as misleading or mistruth.
Rating: 8 Votes
17 months ago

Always vote Democrat.
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Throwing in a bunch of engineers isn't going to automatically make your operating system better. There is an art to OS design that is independent of resources, and largely based on leading talent quality.

No, however perhaps throwing any engineers at all on the Mac, particularly the desktop, would help get a product out inside of a 4 year timespan. Just saying.
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago

This totally won't have any Bias...

AE

Yea, I don’t use it for that reason. AN is curated, and an appropriate question is “by whom?”

I’ll curate my own stories and sources, TYFM.
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago
I'm not even American, but Apple getting involved in politics (and even news) makes me feel uneasy.
Rating: 6 Votes

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