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Generally, most U.S. Presidents do not ensconce their daughter and son-in-law in White House West Wing offices, nor lease and operate a posh hotel bearing their name just a block from the White House, nor refuse to publicly release their tax returns unlike all other previously-elected presidents since the Watergate scandal. Donald J. Trump has flouted many of the ethical mores of past presidents, including even such basics as facts and truth, according to the Washington Post uttering 3,000 false or misleading statements in just his first 16 months in office. All of which makes tracking the Trump administration’s conflicts of interest and other ethics-related issues an excellent adventure for any reporter and news organization. Meanwhile, public trust in government remains near historic lows in the United States.
The Sunlight Foundation has been tracking President Donald Trump's conflicts of interest since he was elected in 2016. The resulting database — nearly 2,000 records long, with well over half of them confirmed and active concerns as of this writing — is free and open to the public. Learn how we assembled the data and how you can put it to use.
From President Donald Trump’s Twitter account to fake news — social media platforms have become a major source of news. This presentation will give journalists the ability to harvest information from the social web in structured and automated ways. Learn how to collect information from Facebook pages and Twitter accounts via scraping and APIs and turn them into spreadsheets