Media

Bill Maher Lashes out at the Press: Toughen up, Stop Covering Crap, Take one for the Team

by Egberto Willies – A national press with similarly lousy credibility as Trump is one that is ineffective. Bill Maher uses actual examples of their screw ups to point out what they should do in this excerpted video clip. Now more than ever we need a robust and assertive press. It is the time that the media gets back to the basics but most importantly grow spines to confront our political bully. “Now that polls show that the public finds the news media less trustworthy than Donald Trump,” Bill Maher said. “They have to fight to get their reputation back. And there are encouraging signs that that fight has been joined.” Maher then pointed out that the New York Times called out Trump’s untruths by name, lies. Chuck Todd, Scot Pelley, and George Stephanopoulos slammed Trump spokespersons when they came on the air with their alternative facts. “We are going to need...

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Milo Yiannopoulos’ Fall From a Hateful Summit

by Sam Fulwood III – Until recently, I’d never heard of Milo Yiannopoulos. How I wish that blissful ignorance had remained intact. Over the past several years, Yiannopoulos has developed a fanatic following among a minority of Americans who’ve embraced his nasty bleating on Breitbart. Had he been confined exclusively to Breitbart, I might not have ever become aware of him. Alas, he crossed my path over the weekend, turning up like a lightening bug smashing into my social media windshield. The bombastic provocateur accepted a headline speaking gig at the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. That didn’t sit too well with some of Yiannopoulos’ critics, of which I’ve learned there are legions. He seems to enjoy attracting controversy as a means to burnish his reputation and line his pocket. Yiannopoulos is an unlikely hero for the conservative political action group; he’s an openly gay man who...

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Chickensht Trump Blows Off White House Correspondents Dinner: Paging Alec Baldwin

by News Corpse – Donald Trump has been fighting a bloody “War on the Media” for months now. His recent escalations included calling the “fake news” media the “enemy of the American people.”  Shortly thereafter his press secretary, Sean Spicer, banned several news organizations from a White House briefing. The animosity from Trump gets more intense by the hour. In his latest assault Gen. Trump has just announced that he will not be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 29. The WHCD is an annual affair that is held to raise funds for scholarships. But apparently Trump’s anti-media obsession overrules any interest in helping a charity. The truth is more likely that Trump is afraid of having a close encounter with the “enemy.” He has never been particularly good at laughing at himself. That’s a personality flaw that’s common among narcissists. So rather than fraternize with the media he...

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The Manchurian President

by NEAL GABLER – A classic Hollywood political thriller may tell us more about what’s happening in America than any history book. As the Trump presidency unravels, unraveling the country along with it, there is no real political antecedent, no lessons from American history on which to draw and provide guidance. We are in entirely uncharted waters. But there is an antecedent in our popular culture that provides a prism through which to view the contemporary calamity, especially the alleged collusion between Trump’s henchmen and Russian intelligence to deny Hillary Clinton the presidency. I am not the first observer who has noted the relevance of the movie The Manchurian Candidate. But the relevance is more than skin or celluloid deep. It goes to the very heart of this bizarre and frightening political moment. First, the fact that this implausibly plotted Hollywood thriller could now be applied, not altogether implausibly, to a...

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Dan Rather: This is an Emergency—and a Moment of Judgement for Everyone Who Remains Silent

by Leslie Salzillo – If you’ve been following news this week, there’s no doubt you’ve read/heard about the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon made a dangerous and odious threat against the media. This was followed by Donald Trump echoing the same message while barring some reputable, truth-seeking news groups including The New York Times from a White House briefing, an unprecedented act against the media, the freedom of the press, and the nation’s First Amendment. The legendary newsman Dan Rather took to social media to share his straight-shooting views, experience and wisdom regarding the latest derelictions from the White House. Here is his Facebook post in full.  The time for normalizing, dissembling, and explaining away Donald Trump has long since passed. The barring of respected journalistic outlets from the White House briefing is so far beyond the norms and traditions that have governed this republic for generations, that they must be seen as a real and present threat to our democracy....

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Media Bites Back: Newspaper Threatens Lawsuit for GOP Senator Calling Them “Fake News”

by SemDem – “Fake News” is a very real thing. It is the publication of hoaxes, propaganda, and disinformation purporting to be real news with the deliberate intent to mislead. Many fake news websites originate from Russia, Macedonia, and Romania. What it is NOT is an editorial from a respected, established newspaper entitled “Better open records”, which supports a bill to give journalists better access to government records. The Daily Sentinel, which is the local newspaper for Grand Junction, CO, urged moving forward with the bill and called on State Senator Ray Scott to quit delaying the bill and bring it up for a vote.  Their exact words were: “We call on our own Sen. Scott to announce a new committee hearing date and move this bill forward.” This is how Ray Scott responded: On Twitter, he said: We have our own fake news in Grand Junction… On Facebook, he said: The very liberal...

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Apple CEO Wants Schools to Help Fix the World’s Fake News Problem

by Lauren C. Williams – In Telegraph interview, Tim Cook said battling fake news needs to be “ingrained in the schools” because “it’s killing people’s minds.” For Apple CEO Tim Cook, fake news isn’t just a social media phenomenon, it’s a societal problem that needs to be addressed in every corner of our culture, starting with the education system. “It has to be ingrained in the schools, it has to be ingrained in the public,” Cook told the UK’s Telegraph in an exclusive interview. “There has to be a massive campaign.” The rise of fake news is a “short-term thing” that people don’t want, Cook said, emphasizing that a problem which is “killing people’s minds” can only be solved by educating children who will then push their parents to act. “It’s almost as if a new course is required for the modern kid, for the digital kid,” he said. “In some ways...

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Intel Community to Trump: “Now we go nuclear. He will die in jail.”

by Frank Vyan Walton – In the last two days the Drumpfter Fire that is currently raging in the White House seems to have hit a flashpoint with the sudden resignation of NSA Advisor Michael Flynn and then the revelation by the New York Times that several members of the Trump campaign were in regular contact with Russian Intelligence during the election. WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials. American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign...

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In a Brutal Interview, Kellyanne Conway Struggles to Defend Trump and Flynn on Russia Scandal

by Jen Hayden – Speaking with Matt Lauer on The Today Show, master deflector Kellyanne Conway struggled to get through an interview about why Donald Trump didn’t fire Michael Flynn the moment the Justice Department informed the president that Michael Flynn had not been truthful about his comments to the Russian ambassador in December. In fact, that Flynn had been actively undermining President Obama as he levied new sanctions against Russia for their role in the U.S. elections. You know things are bad when Kellyanne Conway struggles to come up with a coherent defense of Trump’s actions. Watch as Conway gets backed into a corner and can’t seem to muster the energy to punch her way out. Video and full transcript are below: LAUER: Yesterday afternoon on MSNBC, you said that Michael Flynn “enjoyed the full confidence of the president.” Sean Spicer later said the president was evaluating the situation. And then Michael Flynn...

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Melania Trump Reveals Plan to Leverage Presidency to Ink ‘Multi-Million Dollar’ Endorsement Deals

by Judd Legum – The admission came in a defamation lawsuit the First Lady filed against the Daily Mail. In a lawsuit filed Monday, First Lady Melania Trump revealed her intention to leverage the presidency to ink new “licensing, branding, and endorsement” deals worth many millions of dollars. In the filing, Melania Trump’s lawyer described the position of First Lady as a “once-in-a-lifetime” money making opportunity. She told the court she intended to pursue deals in “apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care, and fragrance.” These kind of endorsement deals would be especially lucrative while Melania Trump is First Lady and thus “one of the most photographed women in the world.” Melania Trump v. Mail Media Inc, Supreme Court of The State of New York. Filed 2/6/17 The First Lady’s lawsuit is against the Daily Mail, which published a story repeating allegations in a Slovenian magazine that Melania Trump once worked...

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Trump’s List of ‘Unreported’ Terror Attacks is Out, and it’s Absurd

by Rika Christensen – On Monday, Trump said to a crowd at MacDill Air Force Base that the “very dishonest media” wasn’t reporting on the terror attacks that are happening all across Europe all the time. Later on, the media pressed Sean Spicer on that topic while aboard Air Force One, and Spicer’s response was to say that they’d provide a list “later on.” Well, that list is out, and surprise surprise, it’s completely ridiculous. Since Trump’s comments focused on Europe and, by extension, the U.S., the following lists are focused there, despite many, many other attacks happening around the world. Perhaps one of the most ridiculous things about the White House’s list of attacks is that it includes high-profile attacks that were covered for days on end, such as the 2015 attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and the fateful attack at a Paris club in November. It also includes...

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Trump Shrugs off Putin’s Killings: ‘You Think our Country’s so Innocent?’

by Jessica Goldstein – To Russia, with love. In a taped interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly that aired Sunday before the Super Bowl, President Donald Trump said he has “respect” for Vladimir Putin, the Voldemort doppelgänger and alleged saboteur of our fair nation’s election. Lest Putin let such a fine compliment go to his head, Trump quickly followed up this declaration — “I do respect him” — by saying, “Well, I respect a lot of people.” Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States: He respects Putin, but thinks civil rights hero John Lewis is “all talk and no action.” Trump went on to say that it would be “better to get along with Russia than not,” and that “if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world — that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea.” O’Reilly said,...

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Epic: “When some Dr. Dude tries to school you in health care systems and you are having none of it…”

by Magnifico – Dr. Jennifer Gunter, an OB/GYN and pain physician, who blogs on health matters, posted an epic response to, as she puts it: “when some Dr. Dude tries to school you in health care systems and you are having none of it”. Jennifer Gunter @DrJenGunter When some Dr. Dude tries to school you in health care systems and you are having none of it 12:26 AM – 2 Feb 2017 Commenting on her blog post questioning why Dr. Harold Bornstein failed to disclose his patient Donald Trump is taking medications, specifically Propecia, Dr. Terry Clark whined about her “negativity” toward Trump: 2 thoughts on “Why did Trump’s doctor fail to disclose Trump was taking Propecia before the election?” Jen, Is there ANYTHING about Trump that you like or are you going to complain and bitch for the next 4 years? Just curious. Your negativity is nauseating! Maybe you would be more comfortable...

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The Canadian Prime Minister’s Office Schools Fox News

by Laurel Raymond – “These tweets by Fox News dishonour the memory of the six victims.” It took over a day — and a direct complaint from the Canadian Prime Minister’s office — for Fox News to delete a tweet that incorrectly identified the attacker in the Quebec Mosque shooting as someone “of Moroccan origin.” “These tweets by Fox News dishonour the memory of the six victims and their families by spreading misinformation, playing identity politics, and perpetuating fear and division within our communities,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Director of Communications Kate Purchase wrote in an email to Fox. Purchase posted the entirety of her email to Twitter. The police had initially arrested two suspects in the attack, in which a gunman entered a mosque on Sunday and opened fire on worshipers from behind. The shooter killed six and wounded another nineteen. One of the suspects, Alexandre Bissonnette, is a 27-year-old French Canadian, the...

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FOX News Quickly Reports on Moroccan Muslim ‘Suspect’ in Mosque Shooting—it was a White Nationalist

by Walter Einenkel – When a suspect or suspects were originally being reported as having been captured by Canadian police, Fox News quickly went to work doing what they do best—lying and being hateful. Fox News  ✔@FoxNews Suspect in Quebec mosque terror attack was of Moroccan origin, reports show http://fxn.ws/2k9is8W  12:31 PM – 30 Jan 2017 This was based on early reports confusing the person who called the police with the person murdering Muslims in was Muslim and from Morocco. This turned into reports that there were two suspects, the Muslim from Morocco, and a white nationalist. Sean Spicer did what Fox News does. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer exploited the attack to justify President Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. “It’s a terrible reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the President is taking steps to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to our nation’s safety...

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How the Last “Voter Fraud” Investigation Took Down GOP Atty-Gen Alberto Gonzales. NYT “Must-read.”

by FischFry – A few days ago, I wrote a diary about the announcement of the investigation of so-called “voter fraud.” I was responding to some well-voiced concerns that the ‘investigation’ would lead to unprecedented voter suppression. My thesis was that I thought it was more likely that this would blow up in the GOP’s face — or, at most, end in a dull thud. That diary disappeared quickly with little comment. I won’t steer you there (really I won’t, but the link is here) but I do want you to check out a new piece in The New York Times, that reviews the “U.S. Attorney Firings” scandal, which recalls the last time a GOP President demanded an investigation into what were bogus voting fraud reports. In an Op-Ed piece — Voting Fraud Inquiry? The Investigators Got Burned Last Time — Michael Waldman traces the history of this hunt for voting unicorns. W’s first A-G, John Ashcroft,...

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Orwell’s “1984” Now No. 1 Bestseller After Trump Team Coins Term ‘Alternative Facts’

by: Jack Burns / The Free Thought Project – After Trump’s Senior advisor used the term “alternative facts,” the world responded by buying 1984 books to research ‘newspeak’. When it comes to presidential inaugurations, size matters, particularly to the Trump administration. Obama’s was bigger than Trump’s, at least in the number of attendees who were physically present on Capitol Hill for the festivities. The firestorm of controversy began between the administration’s press secretary Sean Spicer and members of the mainstream media as they clashed over published reports indicating Trump’s inauguration was poorly attended. But it’s how Trump’s advisor and former campaign chair Kellyanne Conway reacted to the controversy that has the news and social media abuzz today with references to George Orwell’s famous work entitled “1984.” In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday, Conway was asked to comment on one of Spicer’s fallacious claims, the most controversial of which was...

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Dan Rather Launches Gutsy Newsgroup to Counter Fake News & Alternative Facts

by Leslie Salzillo – American journalist and esteemed news anchor Dan Rather announced a new social media page in the midst of January’s flying fake news and alternative facts — which seem to be saturating the nation’s headlines and conversations. The Facebook news page is called  “News and Guts” and if it’s anything like Rather’s posts, it’s going to be hammering down on the new administration. In a recent post, Rather states: Journalism, real journalism, deep-digging reporting without fear or favor, is as important now, if not more so, than any time I can remember.  Over the past year, Dan Rather has built a Facebook following of over a million. It’s a place where he shares his political commentary along with spotlighting news stories from various sources. He says during weeks like in early January when confirmation hearings were coming in fast and furious, there is only so much that he can do on one page and there are far more articles that deserve attention and great reporters he’d like to spotlight. I got into...

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Trump Tries To Stick It To Press With Inaugural Photo, Totally Misses One Yuuge Problem

by Rika Christensen – As of Tuesday morning, it seemed that Trump was still obsessed with the size of his inaugural audience. He’s so intent on proving that his crowds were enormous—big enough to serve as evidence of his total, utter and complete awesomeness—that he’s planning to post a panoramic photo of the inauguration in the press halls of the White House, and he tweeted it out with a thank-you to the photographer. Ordinarily, that would just be another facepalm-worthy tweet. However, given his fixation on crowd sizes (penis sizes? Maybe both), we can probably safely assume that he’s putting these photos in the press halls as a giant “told you so” to the press that so shamefully refused to report the truth about his crowds. Based on that, one would also assume he’d want the photo to be as accurate as possible, so as to avoid any potential embarrassment....

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Trump’s Two-Step Strategy To Take Over the Truth

by Robert Reich – Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming days and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press – finding the truth, reporting it, and holding Trump accountable for his lies. But Trump’s strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press in the public’s mind – seeking to convince the public that the press is engaged in a conspiracy against him. And he wants to use his tweets, rallies, and videos to make himself the only credible source of public information about what is happening and what he’s doing. It is the two-step strategy of despots. And it’s already started. It was officially launched the first full day of the Trump administration. Step 1: Disparage the press and lie about them: At a televised speech at the CIA, Trump declared himself to be in a “running war” with the news media, and described...

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Dan Rather Goes Viral: The Media Must End GOP Interviews—Unless Republican Lawmakers can Answer THIS

by Leslie Salzillo – Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. –Dan Rather, January 22, 2017 Continuing to be incredibly outspoken while garnering a combined social media following of millions, legendary journalist Dan Rather challenges the “Orwellian” phrase “alternative facts,” as defined by Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway this past weekend — as if Trump’s administration gets to make its own facts. In a Facebook post that now has gone viral with close to half a million likes, Rather encourages every reporter to ask one question whenever speaking to or interviewing GOP lawmakers, and then not let up without a satisfactory answer — or simply end the interview. These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.  When you have a spokesperson...

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UpFront Special: Welcome to the Trump Era (VIDEO)

We debate what a Trump presidency means for the world, and Katrina vanden Heuvel reflects on Obama’s global impact.  Donald Trump is the new president of the United States. What will that mean for the US and for the rest of the world? In this UpFront special, we looked at what the US and the world can expect from President Trump. And in an interview with The Nation editor and publisher, Katrina vanden Heuvel, we examine the foreign policy legacy President Barack Obama will leave for Trump. President Trump: What now for the world? Donald Trump’s win left some concerned about the future of the US, and the world. But what can we expect from a Trump presidency? In a special recorded in November 2016, Robert Hormats, David Cay Johnston, Naomi Wolf and Hamid Dabashi debated the future of Trump’s administration. “The real question before us now is: Does...

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In First of Many, ACLU FOIA Request Seeks Information About Trump’s Conflicts of Interests

by Brett Max Kaufman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Center for Democracy – During the Trump administration, our country faces an unprecedented constellation of threats to the regular oversight processes that keep the powers that be in check. Faced with attacks on journalists critical of the president as perpetrators of “fake news,” an era of one-party rule threatening healthy competition between the branches of government, the constant subversion of democratic and ethical norms, and more, the ACLU and the citizenry will unfortunately have many opportunities to provide a public check to keep our government honest. Well, we just couldn’t wait: on Thursday, we filed our first Freedom of Information Act request of the Trump Era, seeking documents relating President Trump’s actual or potential conflicts of interest relating to his business and family connections. Since the election, it has become clear that during the Trump administration the public’s relentless focus on government transparency...

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Donald Trump Will Throw A Hissy Fit After Reading George Will’s Review Of His Inaugural Address

by Stephen D Foster Jr – Donald Trump thinks his inaugural address was the best ever. George Will emphatically disagrees. As it became clear that Trump would be the Republican nominee last year, the longtime conservative columnist left the Republican Party in disgust. Trump, of course, lashed out by calling Will “overrated.” But Will fired back by nailing Trump’s lack of intelligence. And after Will’s review of Trump’s speech, it looks like it’s only a matter of time before Trump lashes out again. Trump delivered his inaugural address on Friday as a pathetic crowd watched and cheered after every word he uttered. Trump lied repeatedly and made promises he won’t keep while portraying America as an apocalyptic wasteland where poverty and crime reign and the military is crippled. It was a divisive and negative speech that ignores all the progress America made over the last eight years after a devastating recession...

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The New York Times had the Trump-Russia Story in Early Fall and were too Timid to Publish

by kat68 – As a former Washington-based journalist, I have always had it in…just a bit…for the New York Times. They are lordly and pompous with the anachronistic adherence to style and titles (Mr. and Mrs,), their longtime and ridiculous refusal to go to color and revamp their old-fashioned design, and, most of all, their awful Iraq War coverage, and subsequent lame attempts to cover their well-heeled Ivy League-educated, access-obsessed asses. I will admit the NYT is often capable of amazing journalism. But they are a proud—overly proud—and tend not to advance stories they don’t break themselves.  So when Mother Jones’  David Corn broke the story of the former MI6 officer with a thick dossier on Trump’s nefarious dealings with Russia in late October,  I was dismayed, but not surprised that the NYT immediately stifled him with an Oct. 31 story entitled “Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Trump.” Here is the lede from...

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Spicer Turns Press Conference into Infomercial for Trump’s Hotel

by Aaron Rupar – Profiting off the presidency before he’s sworn in. During a pre-inauguration news conference on Thursday, Sean Spicer, President-elect Donald Trump’s soon-to-be press secretary, dismissed concerns his boss is using the power of the presidency to promote his Washington, D.C. hotel and thereby line his pockets. With regard to Trump’s decision to dine at the hotel’s restaurant on Wednesday night — Trump also reportedly plans to eat there Thursday — Spicer said, “I think that’s pretty smart.” “I think the idea that he’s going to his own hotel shouldn’t be a shocker,” Spicer continued. “It’s a beautiful place, it’s somewhere that he’s very proud of and I think it’s symbolic of the kind of government that he’s going to run.” Spicer went on to encourage people to check out the place for themselves. “It’s an absolutely stunning hotel. I encourage you to go there if you haven’t been by,” he said. But even...

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Trump Prepares to Lock Press out of the White House

by Mark Sumner – The White House may be the “people’s house,” but as of January 20, one group of people will be excluded. Following his shout-fest with a CNN reporter rude enough to ask a question at his first-in-six-month press conference, Donald Trump is preparing to cap his war with the news by eliminating the White House press room. According to three senior officials on the transition team, a plan to evict the press corps from the White House is under serious consideration by the incoming Trump Administration. If the plan goes through, one of the officials said, the media will be removed from the cozy confines of the White House press room, where it has worked for several decades. Members of the press will be relocated to the White House Conference Center—near Lafayette Square—or to a space in the Old Executive Office Building, next door to the White House. And why...

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‘Ominous’: Trump Hotel in DC Bans Journalists During Inauguration Week

by Andrea Germanos – Politico reports that the hotel, which sits on fedeal property, has banned press. The Trump International Hotel in Washington has banned the press from its premises for inauguration week, Politico reports Wednesday. Politico reporter Daniel Lippman was prevented from entering the property on Wednesday after being stopped and identifying himself as a journalist. Lippman writes that hotel’s director of sales and marketing Patricia Tang sent an email stating: “Media is not allowed in this week in respect of the privacy of our guests.” The hotel is on federal property—it’s owned by the General Services Administration. Trump and his three adult children, Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr., hold a 60-year lease on it, a link to which Lippman includes in his story. It states that barring “a risk to public safety,” the tenant cannot close access, and that time restrictions would need approval of the landlord. In addition,...

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U.S. Press Corps Breaks Silence, Drops Major Bombshell In Scathing Open Letter To Trump

by Vera – The way President-elect Donald Trump has treated the press during his presidential campaign, only to get far worse after winning the election, is nothing but terrifying. Trump has not only ditched press pools and created distrust for the media, but he has issued threats to punish or silence reporters for doing their jobs and holding him accountable. Trump has never sounded more like a dictator, and quite frankly we should all be very worried about what he’s going to do once he gets into the White House. Fortunately, the press is fighting back. Editor in chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review Kyle Pope has just written an open letter to Trump on behalf of the U.S. Press Corps, and it’s a strong message to Trump that things aren’t going to go the way he wants them to go. Pope wrote: “In these final days before your...

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Fewer Americans Plan to Watch Inauguration this Year than in 2009

by ABIGAIL GEIGER – About half of Americans (46%) say they plan to watch as Donald Trump takes the presidential oath of office on Friday, while 51% say they do not intend to watch the inauguration. Interest in Trump’s inaugural is lower than for Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, when two-thirds of Americans (67%) said they were planning to watch. It is also lower than for Bill Clinton’s first inaugural in 1993, when 57% said they intended to watch. (The question was not asked when George W. Bush took office in 2001.) There is a wide partisan gap over plans to watch the inauguration, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, conducted Jan. 4-9 among 1,502 adults. About seven-in-ten Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (69%) say they will watch the event, compared with just 30% of Democrats and Democratic leaners. Despite their overall support for the president-elect and his plans, Republicans are...

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Chinese State Media Is Literally Laughing At American Embarrassment Trump

by Stephen D Foster Jr – Donald Trump has turned America into an international laughingstock and he hasn’t even taken office yet. For weeks, Trump has been antagonizing China by speaking with the leader of Taiwan, which goes against decades of precedent, and has questioned the One-China policy. Both actions have put a strain on America’s relationship with the most populous nation on Earth. Clearly, Donald Trump intends to keep taking aim at our largest trading partner, imperiling both our foreign policy and the world economy at a time when Americans are prospering under the economic successes of President Obama. Well, China is now laughing at Trump for being a national embarrassment. CNN’s John Berman pointed out that an editorial by state-run Global Times of China mocked Trump. “Trump’s thinking about China is becoming increasingly clear: He wants China to make huge economic and trade concessions to the U.S. To achieve that,...

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Netanyahu’s Media Scandal: Who Bribed Whom? (VIDEOS)

by Jonathan Cook – The smell of scandal has swirled around the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for years. But only now is the smell starting to turn to a stench, say analysts. Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, have long been known for cultivating close relations with Israel’s leading business families. Those ties, many Israelis assumed, explained why the famously parsimonious couple managed to indulge such expensive tastes. Past investigations have looked into first-class transatlantic flights and stays at top hotels, but foundered on a lack of evidence that the Netanyahus had traded the high life for favours. Until recently, most of the Israeli public had been amused, rather than outraged, by stories of astronomical bills at the prime minister’s residence for wine, ice-cream and hairstyling. But the latest revelations have the potential to be far more damaging. This week one Israeli commentator suggested Netanyahu’s conduct risked being compared to the...

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Dan Rather Tributes President Obama

by Leslie Salzillo – Most Americans are familiar with the legendary investigative reporter Dan Rather. Over the past year, Rather has again emerged to become one of America’s most admired and respected beacons of journalism and truth. In a recent Facebook post, Rather commends the Farewell Address by a man who  deserves great praise and who will be solemnly missed as he leaves Oval Office next week: President Barrack Obama. On January 10, 2016, Dan Rather starts off with a quote: He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. – Hamlet Whatever you think of the presidency of Barack Obama, and I know there are many who think of him as one of our greatest presidents and others with a distinctly differing opinion, I think we can all safely say he was unlike any man who has ever occupied the office of President of the United States. And I cannot imagine anyone quite like him in the future. ...

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Trump Dodges Question about Whether his Campaign Colluded with Russia

by Aaron Rupar – He quite simply ignored the question. Buried in the middle of CNN’s report about an intelligence dossier that says Russia has “compromising personal and financial information” about President-elect Donald Trump is an explosive bit that alleges collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. CNN writes that the dossier, which is unverified but reportedly regarded as credible by the CIA, includes “allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.” This news comes on the heels of Trump repeatedly denigrating the U.S. intelligence community in an apparent attempt to downplay agencies’ consensus conclusion that Russia was behind cyberattacks intended to manipulate the presidential election in his favor. The dossier’s allegations about collusion are consistent with comments made days after the presidential election by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency...

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Welcome to the Vortex

by TODD GITLIN – It’s time to wade into the swamp — or alternate universe — of right-wing media to really understand the twisted “truths” they report. I spent most of 2016 doing my duty as citizen, writer and educator aghast at the favors done for the unprincipled, incoherent, vicious, dangerous ignoramus Donald Trump by the business known as “the media,” formerly known as “the press” — an enterprise accorded privileges by the US Constitution on the quaint 18th-century belief that if the people are informed, they will make better judgments than if they are less so. Detailing the incomprehensions, incapacities, failures, inadequacies and airbrushings over the course of many months was not, for me, a feel-good exercise, but I judged it preferable to sitting at home griping, ranting and snarling to my family and friends while my mind exploded in the knowledge that the rudder was coming off the ship...

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Krugman Finds His New Voice, Going After An Incompetent Media

by pollwatcher – When we ask ourselves how did we lose in Nov., why is the country so divided, or why are Trump supporters just so damn stupid, one thing seems to jump out, media incompetence!  From the outright propaganda media like FOX and right wing radio, to the false equivalency, balanced, cowardly reporting of the main stream media, the 4th estate is complicit in helping to build a vast uninformed electorate that can’t tell a fact from a lie. My favorite target to point out the complicity in this dumbing down of the electorate is CNN.  During the election you could tune in to CNN and watch a “balanced” panel have a food fight over numerous issues.  Of course the Trump surrogates would simply lie their butts off over every issue, and the other panelists were suppose to expose a lie in real time.  Now CNN knew fully well that...

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“Green is Gold” is the Feel Good Marijuana Movie You’ve Been Waiting For (TRAILER)

by C.M. WATTS – Ready for the next great marijuana film? Because these clips from the recently released movie, Green is Gold, are bound to tug on your heart strings. Green is Gold is an award-winning, heartwarming movie following a 13-year-old boy as he moves in with his older brother after his father’s incarceration. But his older brother’s occupation of growing marijuana leads the two down a tangled path of brotherhood, family and learning how to get buy in this world. Writer, directed and star Ryon Baxter presents a different look at those active in the marijuana industry of the prohibition era. With each clip – including the TWB exclusive below – viewer can see each characters reactions to what most would consider seemingly “normal” life events. However, from their past and current experiences, the world or marijuana teaches them so much more. Green is Gold Learn more at...

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Dan Rather Takes on Wall Street Journal Regarding Trump Treatment: ‘A Lie, is a Lie, is a Lie’

by Jen Hayden – Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker was a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press over the weekend and during a discussion about how to cover Donald Trump moving forward, the subject of politicians, like Trump, flat-out lying came up and Gerard Baker gave a stunning answer, cautioning against using the word “lie.” Read the remarkable exchange: CHUCK TODD:  The issue of facts. We don’t — people always say, “You’ve got to fact check, you’ve got to fact check.” There isn’t an agreement on what the facts are. And this is yet another challenge for you and everybody here. Do you feel comfortable saying so and so lied? You know, if somebody says just an outright falsehood, do you say the word, “lie”? Is that important to start putting in reporting, or not?  GERARD BAKER:  You know it’s a good — I’d be careful about using the word,...

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Editor of Nation’s Second-Biggest Newspaper says He Will not Report Trump Lies, Even if He Lies

by Laurel Raymond – “I think you run the risk that you look like you are, like you’re not being objective.” Since President-elect Donald Trump won the election, he has continued his campaign habit of making inconsistent, unverifiable, or even just obviously false statements. The American public is left to rely on the media to learn the truth and make sense of his proclamations. That’s exactly what the media is supposed to do with any politician—when the President lies, it is the press’ obligation to tell the public. But it’s doubly important with a politician like Trump, whose entire political career has often been punctuated by flagrant lies. But when Trump lies, the Wall Street Journal—the second largest paper by circulation in the country—will not call it a lie, according to the its editor-in-chief Gerard Baker. “I’d be careful about using the word, ‘lie.’ ‘Lie’ implies much more than just saying...

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The Media We Need in 2017 (VIDEOS)

by Rachel Shabi – Post-truth is a symptom not the disease, while we need a media that challenges rather normalises the far-right. On December 20, in a piece both depressingly necessary and emblematic of the year, Britain’s Channel 4 news released a fact-check. It assessed claims by a writer for the Russian state media channel Russia Today. As terrible reports of injured and dead civilians, many of them children, poured out of besieged and bombarded Aleppo, this writer suggested in a speech to the United Nations that western journalists were “compromised” and that the same bleeding children were being recycled in different reports. Channel 4 ran through factors explaining why it was “beyond reasonable doubt” that the pictures in dispute were in fact credible, adding: “… the simpler explanation is the more likely one: children really are being orphaned in Syria, or left wounded and distressed …” This is the bit that...

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Damning Investigation Finds Trump’s Philanthropy Largely a “Facade”

by Lauren McCauley – One of the Trump Foundation’s most consistent causes was Donald Trump himself. President-elect Donald Trump continues to boast about his charitable giving, but those claims were cast into further doubt on Thursday after a damning Washington Post investigation into his philanthropy concluded that it is, for the most part, a “facade.” Despite claims of tens of millions of dollars donated to charitable causes, the months-long investigation by Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold was only able to verify “$7.8 million in charitable giving from Trump’s own pocket since the early 1980s,” and none since 2009. Fahrenthold acknowledges that, because the president-elect has refused to release his tax records, it is impossible to know for certain. Nonetheless, the reporter contacted “420-plus charities with some connection to Trump,” finding “only one personal gift from Trump between 2008 and the spring of this year”—a less than $10,000 donation in 2009 to the...

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The End of Journalism or a New Beginning?

by KATHY KIELY – At the grassroots, some journalists are trying to answer fake news with the real thing, but they need help If our first fake news election turns out to mark the end of democracy as we know it, I think I can pretty precisely date when the end began. More than 20 years ago, I and a bunch of other Washington journalists were packed into a classroom at American University for a weeklong boot camp designed to teach us about computers and this new-fangled thing that was just beginning to be called the internet. One of the guest speakers, a self-described “technology guru” for the then-fledgling Clinton administration gleefully informed us that we were all dinosaurs. Politicians like his boss, he said, would be able to use the internet to deliver their messages directly to the people, unfiltered by the media. How ironic, then, that those very tools...

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Fake News and the New McCarthyism

by John Buell – One of the most potent worries about the coming Trump presidency is concern about free speech. Trump’s willingness to tolerate or even encourage violence against nonviolent critics of his agenda and personnel choices is alarming. The Washington Post recently carried a chilling cautionary tale about the fate of a young woman who challenged Trump’s record on women’s issues. Parallels with banana republic dictators tacitly encouraging or at least tolerating paramilitary forces seem not far- fetched. Though it is easy for the Washington Post to call attention to and criticize Trump’s incitement to violence, the Post now practices its own more subtle efforts to police speech. Behind the façade of a concern about fake news, the Post featured an article by Craig Timberg that cited—without challenge—an anonymous website, PropOrNot, listing numerous other sites purported to be purveyors of fake news. As Max Blumenthal reported for AlterNet, “the anonymous...

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Saddam Hussein Was Not ‘Worth Removing From Power’: Ex-CIA Agent

by Nadia Prupis – New memoir details institutional failings that led to catastrophic invasion of Iraq and rise of Islamic State. A former CIA analyst who personally interrogated Saddam Hussein said the U.S. “got it so wrong” on the invasion of Iraq and should have left the now-deceased leader in power. In an excerpt from a memoir about his time with the agency, Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein, former analyst John Nixon—who was the first officer to question Hussein after his capture in December 2003—writes that the Ba’athist president was not “worth removing from power,” and that the decision to do so needs to be viewed in the context of what came next: the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS). Nixon writes: Today, a decade following Saddam’s execution, with ISIS’s black flags still unfurled over sections of Iraq, we need to ask ourselves some provocative questions. One of...

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Dear Washington Journalists: Access is Dead. Get Used to it

by Kerry Eleveld – Donald Trump hasn’t given a press conference since July 27, 2016. He’s routinely ditched his traveling press corps for things as important as his first post-election meeting with President Obama to sneaking out of Trump Tower for a swanky dinner (apparently Trump Grill didn’t cut the mustard). And this week Reince Priebus stirred things up when he suggested the daily White House press briefing was one of those “traditions” that is being re-evaluated. There’s no mystery to what’s going to happen under Trump’s administration when it comes to the press. Access is dead. Journalists will have to reorient and, frankly, it might lead to some better reporting. No longer burdened by the nagging question of whether running a certain story might put them in exile, Washington journalists can simply report what needs to be reported. A journalism professor on MSNBC this week (didn’t catch his name) said something...

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NYT Opinion Piece on Trump Presidency. Is Our Democracy in Danger?

by First Amendment – Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, professors of government at Harvard University, layout their take of the upcoming Trump presidency in stark terms. Please read the entire piece at the link below. They say we have an authoritarian President-elect and they compare this type of presidency with their studies of democracies breaking down in Europe and Latin America. While they think our institutions will most likely help us muddle through a Donald Trump presidency, they are less sure our democracy can survive an authoritarian presidency that leads into a crisis like war. They close by saying: “We must be vigilant. The warning signs are real.” Very sobering. Trump is a real threat. We must be one and we must fight together against this potential threat against our democracy. www.nytimes.com/… The clearest warning sign is the ascent of anti-democratic politicians into mainstream politics. Drawing on a close study of democracy’s demise in 1930s Europe, the eminent political scientist Juan J. Linz designed...

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A Savvy News Consumer’s Guide: How Not To Get Duped

by ALICIA SHEPARD – A veteran media critic offers tips on where to get those grains of salt you should be consuming with your news feed. Well news fans, to mix metaphors, the ball is now squarely in your court. “Fake news” is everywhere. For instance: Millions voted illegally for Hillary Clinton. Protesters were paid to disrupt Trump rallies. Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump. And one that turned up just days before the election: Clinton was behind the murder-suicide of an FBI agent involved in her private email debacle. That’s just a partial list of “stories.” All unequivocally false. And now, there’s a “fake news” story with real-life consequences: a 28-year-old man fired an assault rifle inside a DC pizzeria recently after reading an outlandish story linking the restaurant and (why not?) Clinton to a child sex-trafficking ring. There is nothing new about “fake news.” What is different today are the...

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Facebook Rolls Out Fake News Labeling Tool Following Backlash

by Lauren C. Williams – A third-party company will fact check stories and outlets. Fake news on Facebook will now come with a warning, thanks to a new feature the company debuted Thursday. Using a third-party verification service, false stories on Facebook will be “flagged” with a red label that reads “disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers.” Users can click the label to learn more about why the information was deemed unreliable. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the tool was in the works, along with better reporting tools, in a statement addressing criticism of earlier comments minimizing the potential effects of fake news. Facebook has been adamant about staying neutral, maintaining the company is not responsible for determining fact from fiction. Instead, the social network has enlisted the help of dedicated fact-checking organizations that have pledged to uphold Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles. Over 40 organizations worldwide have signed on. Users...

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CPJ: Journalist Arrests in 2016 at 30-Year High (VIDEOS)

Mass arrests in various countries have pushed number to 259 so far, says annual census of imprisoned journalists by CPJ. More journalists have been jailed this year by governments around the world than at any time in nearly three decades, according to a media rights watchdog. The report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a nonprofit group that works to defend press freedoms, says a total of 259 journalists have been jailed in 2016, compared with 199 at the same time last year. That is the highest number since the group began keeping detailed records in 1990. The numbers do not include journalists who have disappeared or are held captive by non-state groups. After Turkey and China, Egypt, with 25 journalists incarcerated, is listed in third place by the report – the CPJ’s annual census of imprisoned journalists. This year marked the first time since 2008 that Iran was not among the top five...

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Trump Got Smacked By Newsweek For Putting Money Ahead Of Our Nation’s Best Interests

by Stephen D Foster Jr – Newsweek just published a damning investigative report detailing how Donald Trump is already fundamentally changing American foreign policy to enrich himself, even if it means being a puppet for dictators. Ever since Russia helped him win the election, Trump has refused to sever ties with his company, which builds hotels and resorts around the world. But Trump’s business interests are putting him in the position of being controlled by other nations because every decision he makes could jeopardize his company and the profits it brings in. For instance, Trump is getting awfully cozy with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who is busy slaughtering thousands of his own people in a supposed effort to rid his country of drugs. Governments around the world have condemned the killings. So has the United Nations. But because Trump has a hotel that is nearing completion in the Philippines, he is...

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Trump Spokeswoman says He will Produce The Apprentice in His ‘Spare Time’

by Laurel Raymond – When asked whether the future President would be taking a salary from his side gig, Conway punted. While President, Donald Trump will still be credited as an executive producer on The Celebrity Apprentice, Variety reported on Thursday. According to Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, Trump maintains a “big stake” in the show, financially speaking. As the show returns to NBC, President-Elect Trump stands to profit from its success. Trump is also likely to be paid “in the low five-figures, at minimum” per episode, according to Variety, by though his exact compensation has yet to be determined. His fee will come from MGM, while the show will air on NBC — so as President, Trump will be on the payroll of a show aired on one of the major news networks. Although NBC’s entertainment and news divisions are separate, this still represents a massive, unprecedented conflict. On Friday, however, Trump campaign manager...

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Pentagon Buried Report Finding $125 Billion in Bureaucratic Waste

by Anthony L. Fisher – Rather than face reality, Defense Department wants to continue to peddle the fiction that it is underfunded. The Department of Defense (DoD) learned the hard way to not ask for the truth if you don’t want to hear it. Senior Pentagon officials commissioned a study from the Defense Business Board, titled “Transforming DoD’s Core Business Processes for Revolutionary Change,” which delivered its assessment of the department’s spending in January 2015. The very first words summarizing the report are “We are spending a lot more than we thought.” But the report never saw the light of day, because its staggering finding of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste contradicted the Pentagon’s repeated complaints that the U.S. military was being deprived of necessary financing, according to the Washington Post. The report found that the DoD was employing almost the same amount of people as active duty troops (1.3 million)...

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Texas Elector Makes Powerful Plea to Republican Electors to Reject Donald Trump in NY Times OpEd

by Lefty Coaster – Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump By CHRISTOPHER SUPRUN DALLAS — I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged...

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Why Trump’s War on the Media Matters

by Trevor Thrall – Most presidents distrust the news media. Trump wants to undermine it as an institution. Throughout his presidential campaign Donald Trump complained extensively about biased news coverage, singled out individual journalists for criticism, challenged the very foundations of freedom of the press, and called for loosening of the libel laws. Now as president-elect, Trump’s war on the media continues. At a recent meeting with top television executives, for example, Trump berated the networks for their “outrageous” and “dishonest” coverage and, according to a source, he told CNN chief Jeff Zucker that “everyone at the network is a liar and you should be ashamed.” The same day, rather than holding a press conference where journalists might ask him difficult or uncomfortable questions, Trump instead released a YouTube video updating the public on the White House transition, which he said had proceeded “very smoothly, efficiently, and effectively.” As president, Trump’s mistrust...

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Vote Recount vs the Media Consensus

by Robert C. Koehler – The impatience across much of the media is palpable. Recount? Oh groan. That’s not going to change the election results. The consensus “truth” writhing just below the surface of the mainstream, eyeball-rolling disapproval of Jill Stein’s call for and financing of a presidential vote recount in Wisconsin (and perhaps in Pennsylvania and Michigan) is that the political and media consensus has already established who the next president is. Like it or not. And “election integrity” is apparently set in stone, here in America, the oldest democracy on the planet. We took care of that a long time ago. No matter that touch-screen voting is unverifiable and absurdly vulnerable to hacking and the struggle for power brings out the worst in people. No matter that the Republican Party — the political party that lost the vote but won the election — has a long history of passing...

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The Conservative Group Behind Efforts to Intimidate Professors

by Casey Quinlan – Turning Point USA encourages conservative student activism, but its latest efforts look a lot like harassment. Last week, a conservative group called Turning Point USA published a “Professor Watchlist” that targets academics accused of pushing a “radical agenda.” But the project is part of the group’s much larger effort to organize young conservatives on college campuses. Since its start in 2012, the group has started local chapters at hundreds of universities and high schools across the United States. Founder Charlie Kirk has used the megaphone of social media — he has over 84,000 followers on Twitter — and his regular television appearances as the conservative Millennial to bring attention to his organization and the Professor Watchlist. Although much of the The Turning Point USA website is benign, some of its resources claim affirmative action is unfair and suggest being confrontational with groups seeking safe spaces. The Turning Point USA website provides...

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Before Denouncing Bannon, the New York Times and Washington Post Partnered With Him

by Aaron Rupar – Both papers struck deals to amplify Bannon’s flawed anti-Clinton research. In the wake of President-elect Donald Trump appointing white nationalist Steve Bannon as his “chief strategist and senior counselor” earlier this month, both the Washington Post and New York Times penned editorials denouncing him. The Post’s editorial board referred to the movement Bannon spearheaded in his role as executive chairman of Breitbart News as “deeply reactionary, rooted in a kind of white chauvinism, with disturbing overtones of anti-Semitism.” And the Times called Bannon’s “toxic ideology” an “ominous sign of what the Trump presidency will actually look like.” But last year, both the Post and Times partnered with Bannon’s Government Accountability Institute (GAI) to disseminate opposition research on Hillary Clinton published in Clinton Cash, a book by Breitbart contributor Peter Schweizer. In April 2015, Politico reported that the “New York Times, The Washington Post and Fox News have...

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The House Science Committee’s Tweets are an Embarrassment to Science

by Laurel Raymond – Climate scientists were quick to fire back to the committee tweeting out Breitbart misinformation. In the era of fake news, it is downright cringe-worthy when an ostensibly reliable source — a House of Representatives committee, for example — tweets out misleading information. In the era of rapidly increasing climate change, it’s also dangerous. That’s what happened on Thursday, when the official, verified House Science Committee account spread an article based on bad science through their Twitter feed. Not only does the article peddle misinformation in order to deny the reality of climate change, but it was published by Breitbart news — which is notorious for its links to white nationalism, misogyny, and antisemitism. The site also has a long history of insistent climate change denial. Sci,Space,&Tech Cmte ✔@HouseScience .@BreitbartNews: Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists http://bit.ly/2gINZNf  2:12 PM – 1 Dec 2016 The article purports to counter NASA’s exhaustive evidence that...

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Trump’s NYT Transcript: Read it, and Weep for our Country

by gloriasb – I urge everyone to take the time to read the entire transcript of Donald Trump’s on-the-record interview with the New York Times. It will make you cringe, grimace and maybe even cry. Some of it has already been quoted many times: We’ve seen excerpts about his not wanting to “hurt” the Clintons, about not seeing The Wall as a top priority, and especially that cringe-inducing, Nixonian assertion that “the law is on my side, the President cannot have a conflict of interest.” Understandably, the mainstream media have focused on statements pertaining to policy . But there is a lot more in the transcript that is not getting the attention it deserves. It’s not as quote-worthy—because it’s not succinct or pithy, or headline-ready. But it’s important to read it, because the parts of the interview that are not being highlighted...

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Journalists Denounce WaPo Fake News Blacklist as Red Scare Redux

by Lauren McCauley – “Basically, everyone who isn’t comfortably within the centrist Hillary Clinton/Jeb Bush spectrum is guilty.” The Washington Post‘s promotion of a new, “McCarthyistic” so-called black list has journalists aghast over what appears to be a red scare redux, as independent news outlets critical of U.S. foreign policy are being smeared as “Russian propaganda.” “Now that we have entered a New Cold War, I suppose it makes sense that we should expect a New McCarthyism,” writes Robert Parry, investigative journalist and editor of Consortium News, which was one of the websites flagged by the anonymous organization PropOrNot as a “Russian propaganda outlet.” Last week, the Washington Post published a feature story citing PropOrNot and other supposed “experts” who allege that “Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery” was behind the rise of “fake news,” which they say spread false information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, fueling the rise of Donald Trump....

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Why Traditional Media Failed so Badly in 2016 Election, and Why They’re Still Failing

by Sher Watts Spooner – The election was horrible, the coverage was worse, and the outcome was unbelievable. Yet here we are, soon after being served up an orange turkey on a Thanksgiving platter, and the traditional media still haven’t learned their lesson. We waded through nonstop screaming coverage of Hillary Clinton’s emails on every channel and every inch of print. Yet there was so little coverage of Donald Trump’s coming conflicts of interest, his fraudulent practices at Trump University, and his pay-to-play dealings with the Trump Foundation that the average voter would react with a shrug and a big, “Huh? Never heard of it.” Media Matters has a rundown of how the news media avoided reporting on Trump’s conflicts of interest before the election. Even now, there are scant stories outside of left-leaning blogs and small mention in traditional media about the obvious ways Trump and the Trump offspring are...

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In An Ugly Election Result, Hate Surges Online

by A.C. Thompson and Ken Schwencke – Has Trump emboldened extremists? Some disquieting early returns. Over the past month, more than 564,000 unique visitors have spent time on the Daily Stormer, a website that takes its name from a Hitler-era German tabloid, “Der Stürmer.” The site bills itself as “America’s #1 Most Trusted Republican News Source” and features headlines like “Jew Billionaires Meet to Overthrow Trump Government,” “Faggots and Jews Whining About Bannon Appointment,” and “Yes, Trump Really Can Make America White Again.” Throughout Donald J. Trump’s ultimately successful run for the presidency, many worried that he had, willfully or recklessly, emboldened racists across the country. On Tuesday, Trump told the New York Times that had not been his intent. “It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why,” Trump told the Times. He said he...

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The NY Times Interview of the Incoherent Orange Gasbag

by annieli – This is so damn sad… after eight years of coherent POTUS comments on policy questions, we get this idiot and some reasoned questions with few follow-up questions if only because of a cowed press wanting to retain their stenographic access to the WH. BAQUET: So, I’d love to hear you talk about how you’re going to manage that group of people who actually may not be the larger group but who have an expectation for you and are angry about the country and its — along racial lines. My first question is, do you feel like you said things that energized them in particular, and how are you going to manage that? TRUMP: I don’t think so, Dean. First of all, I don’t want to energize the group. I’m not looking to energize them. I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group. They, again, I don’t...

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‘Professor Watchlist’ Launched in the Nick of Time

by Thandisizwe Chimurenga – Just in time for Donald Trump’s America comes the Professor Watchlist, launched this week by Turning Point USA. It’s no secret that some of America’s college professors are totally out of line. Everyday I hear stories about professors who attack and target conservatives, promote liberal propaganda, and use their position of power to advance liberal agendas in their classroom. Turning Point USA is saying enough is enough.  It’s time we expose these professors. Today, Turning Point USA is proud to announce the launch of ProfessorWatchList.org, a website dedicated to documenting and exposing professors who discriminate against conservative students and promote anti-American, left wing propaganda in the classroom. Thus saith Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of the org, who is all of 21 years old. Kirk is hailed as a wunderkind of the conservative movement who racks up accolades and cash from the movement wherever he goes.  “Standing behind free markets and limited...

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Dan Rather Sounds the Alarm

by Jen Hayden – Dan Rather is sounding the alarm and we would do well to listen and then take action: Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.  HIstory will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.  When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation’s capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back...

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The Media Claims Climate isn’t a Winning Issue. Polls say Otherwise

by Joe Romm – Politico just linked to a poll that destroys its own argument. NBC election night exit poll. So let’s say you are a centrist media outlet that focuses on the political horse race, rather than, say, policy or stuff that matters to most voters. Let’s say you don’t get the existential nature of the climate change issue, you mainly talk to the political “experts” who also don’t get it, and you want to focus on things that really matter, things with real drama — like post-election infighting among Democrats. In short, you are Politico. Your problem, though, is that in covering the political infighting, you want to make the case that Democrats made a mistake by focusing on climate change. Unfortunately, the polls actually show that climate change is a winning issue. And the head of the ticket, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, didn’t actually focus on climate change in the...

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White Nationalist ‘Breitbart News’ Vows Lawsuit Against Media for Calling them White Nationalists

by Hunter – The white nationalists at the white nationalist Breitbart “News” website are very put out at the developing media coverage of the actual headlines and articles and odes to the white nationalist “alt-right” that have appeared on their site over the years, and they’re not gonna take it no more. Breitbart News is preparing a lawsuit against a “major media company” over claims that it is a white nationalist website, it said in an exclusive statement to The Hill. “Breitbart News cannot allow such vicious racial lies to go unchallenged, especially by cynical, politically-motivated competitors seeking to diminish its 42 million monthly readers and its number one in the world political Facebook page. Breitbart News rejects racism in all its varied and ugly forms. Always has, always will,” the statement continues. They do not name the “major media company,” suggesting this little endeavor may not have been fully thought out before their...

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Gwen Ifill’s Death Means Losing an Icon Just When We Needed Her Most

by Lauren C. Williams – At a time when race is no longer a subtext of American politics, voices like hers are needed more than ever. Eight years ago, I met Gwen Ifill at a media party just as the 2008 Republican National Convention kicked off in Minneapolis. It seems so fitting in hindsight: Here I was, a cub reporter working on my master’s degree in journalism, getting my first taste of covering national politics during what I thought was the craziest election possible at a time that almost every media expert would agree was an unequivocally historic low for the industry as a whole. (Remember those days?) I had maybe two dozen professional bylines to my name at the time, but somehow I ended up standing in front of Ms. Ifill on a dimly lit rooftop in downtown Minneapolis. I met a lot of media elites that night, but my introduction...

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How the Rest of the World is Reacting to Trump’s Victory

By Aysha Khan, Esther Yu Hsi Lee, and Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani – Hint: it’s pretty much as you’d expect. Donald Trump was elected president on Tuesday night, surprising not just many in the United States, but the rest of the world as well. The media in other countries has provided critical and somber analyses of his victory — and what it means for U.S. democracy. Here’s how the media in 7 other countries are discussing Trump’s victory. CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos/ThinkProgress Canada trolled the United States Tuesday night on Twitter while the election results were still coming in, but the morning after it was official, Canadian media was as shocked as a lot of Americans were. “Politics, America changed forever,” read a piece on the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press. “Fear disguised as hope as the unthinkable happens: Donald J. Trump is president-elect,” read another piece in the Winnipeg Metro. “In the...

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Trump says Twitter, Google, and Facebook are ‘Burying’ Clinton News. They’re not

by Erica Hellerstein – There’s no media conspiracy to suppress coverage of the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s emails. FBI story on Google News website. CREDIT: Screenshot via CNN On Sunday morning, Donald Trump returned to one of his all-time favorite topics: the dishonest media. This time, he implicated Twitter, Facebook and Google in a conspiracy, tweeting that the sites are “burying” FBI director James Comey’s Friday announcement about new emails that may be linked to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Donald J. Trump  ✔@realDonaldTrump Wow, Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton. Very dishonest media! 10:26 AM – 30 Oct 2016 Trump’s claims aren’t new. Indeed, the GOP front-runner has long asserted that mainstream news networks are biased and that the media is part of a broad conspiracy against his candidacy. In the latest iteration on Sunday morning, he simply added...

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Critics Decry Surveillance of Canadian Journalist as Part of ‘Horrifying’ Culture Shift

by Nadia Prupis – “The new powers that the police have to surveil Canadians are absolutely horrifying, they’re basically limitless, there’s very little oversight.” Canadian free speech advocates slammed recent revelations that Montreal police tracked a journalist’s cell phone calls, text messages, and locations in an attempt to identify one of his sources, who was leaking details of an internal police investigation. La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé, the target in the case, called the move “indefensible,” stating in an interview on Monday that the approval of a warrant to spy on a journalist was “incredibly aggressive.” “To me, this was a great pretext to try to investigate a reporter who has done numerous stories in the past that have embarrassed the service,” he said. “This is a big thing in a country like Canada. Police were permitted to spy on a journalist under very, very thin motives on a secondary part...

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What’s Behind the Hillary Hatred Syndrome?

by TODD GITLIN – The Democratic contender has been disrespected like no other presidential nominee in history. Is it an accident that the rest of them were male? While making a case that harsh mainstream media have slimed Hillary Clinton and damaged her reputation — a case with which I largely agree — my colleague Neal Gabler attributes to me the belief that “Clinton’s popularity is a casualty of misogyny.” I’m grateful to him for affording me the opportunity to expand upon the kind of misogyny I mean. And I’m grateful to FBI director James Comey and several Republican members of Congress for bolstering my case with several pointed illustrations of that misogyny. In the piece I wrote on this subject three weeks ago, I did argue that misogyny “has to be a big hunk” of the explanation for the venomous hatred directed at her — the “Hang the Bitch” mentality. It...

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Politico on GOP: “We Are in for a Pretty Long Civil War”

by misterwade – If you need a little something to cheer you up, in light of the Comey shenanigans, check out this piece posted on Politico a couple of days ago. It was published before the Comey letter was reported, but ultimately it will shock me if that issue has much impact on the polls and the actual vote. Just a few little nibbles to pique your interest, such as this: Take, for instance, Republican pollster and commentator Kristen Soltis Anderson. She is in her early 30s and a self-proclaimed fan of the reformicons like Wehner, Yuval Levin, and Ramesh Ponnuru. She feels that, with Trump, the Republican Party has shifted out from under her. “When he said he was a gentleman, that it’s not really sexual assault, that’s been driving me crazy, because people have said that about Republicans for a while,” she said of Trump’s response in the third...

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The Trump Staff is Putting on Their Life Vests, and Heading for the Boats

by Murfster35 – It’s an old mantra in politics. When a political campaign goes down badly, especially a Presidential campaign, the backstabbing and anonymous whining starts as staffers try to prove that they did their job, somebody else screwed up. But usually, this starts on the day after the election, not two weeks before. Gabriel Sherman decided to see if he could get an early start on this little exercise, and boy did he get a start! He has been quietly speaking to insiders, both former and current for weeks now. And while normally speaking anonymously for their own protection, they are opening up. And they’re not sniping at each other, they are very politely laying the blame for the shattered campaign directly at the feet of the Boss. The ARTICLE. set to appear in New York magazine on Monday is available online today. It is a long but satisfying read....

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Snowden: ‘Journalists Are a Threatened Class’ in Era of Mass Surveillance (VIDEO)

by Nika Knight – “Things are pretty bad for our side. For the government’s side, it’s never been easier.” Whistleblower Edward Snowden warned a group of European reporters Wednesday that in the era of mass surveillance, journalists are increasingly a threatened class. In a live-streamed discussion on investigative journalism hosted by Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, Snowden explored the threats to journalists posed by hostile governmental forces and a vast global surveillance network. “Journalists are increasingly a threatened class when we think about the right to privacy,” Snowden said. “Yes, I can give you tips on how to protect your communications, but you are going to be engaging in an arms race that you simply cannot win. You must fight this on the front pages and you must win, if you want to be able to report in the same way that you’ve been able to do in the previous centuries.” Snowden went...

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