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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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AT&T/Time Warner: The Case Against Monster Bell

by CRAIG AARON – An opponent of the mega-merger wonders if the political will to oppose it will survive Election Day. After AT&T announced its plans last Saturday to take over Time Warner in a multi-bazillion-dollar merger, a strange thing happened. Well, a bunch of strange things. First, Donald Trump unexpectedly blasted the merger, saying it was “a deal we will not approve in my administration because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.” Then journalists started asking hard questions about a media merger on national television, a rare sight. “Less concentration, I think, is generally helpful, especially in the media,” vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine told Meet the Press. (Hillary Clinton later weighed in, calling for “a very thorough analysis.”) Unless you’re a Time Warner shareholder, C-suite senior executive, or an AT&T lobbyist, this merger would be a disaster. Even Wall Street analysts — who often...

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Megyn Kelly said Trump Might be a ‘Sexual Predator.’ Newt Gingrich Melts Down (VIDEO)

by Judd Legum – ‘You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy.’ There are two weeks to go until Election Day and tensions are flaring on Fox News. In an interview with Newt Gingrich, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly suggested that Donald Trump might be a “sexual predator.” She based this on things he’s said (“We saw on that tape Trump himself saying he likes to grab women by the genitals and kiss them against their will”) and the many women who have came forward alleging Trump has sexually assaulted them. Gingrich, one of Trump’s most prominent supporters, become livid. “You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy,” Gingrich, who has been married three times, told Kelly. “I’m not fascinated by sex,” Kelly replied, “but I am fascinated by the protection of women and what we are getting in the oval office.” Things went downhill...

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Trump Explains Why the First Amendment has ‘Too Much Protection’ for Free Speech

by Judd Legum – ‘Our press is allowed to say whatever they want.’ If Donald Trump is president, he’d like to make some changes to the First Amendment. In an interview with WFOR, CBS’ Miami affiliate, Trump was asked if he believes the First Amendment provides “too much protection.” Trump answered in the affirmative, saying he’d like to change the laws to make it easier to sue media companies. Trump lamented that, under current law, “our press is allowed to say whatever they want.” He recommended moving to a system like in England where someone who sues a media company has “a good chance of winning.” Trump has recently threatened to sue the New York Times and the numerous women who say he has sexually assaulted them. Trump is right that he would have a better chance of prevailing under English law where an allegedly defamatory statement is presumed to be false....

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The New Yorker’s Excellent Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton

by Dartagnan – As endorsements go, this one is hardly unexpected. The New Yorker  has provided some of the most insightful coverage of this election, including the single most important piece of analysis written thus far (IMO). On November 8th, barring some astonishment, the people of the United States will, after two hundred and forty years, send a woman to the White House. The election of Hillary Clinton is an event that we will welcome for its immense historical importance, and greet with indescribable relief. It will be especially gratifying to have a woman as commander-in-chief after such a sickeningly sexist and racist campaign, one that exposed so starkly how far our society has to go. The vileness of her opponent’s rhetoric and his record has been so widely aired that we can only hope she will be able to use her office and her impressive resolve to battle prejudice wherever...

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The Crusade Against Press Freedom

by JOHN FEFFER – The latest attacks on journalists and news organizations by corrupt populists are contributing to a global rollback of fundamental rights. Imagine that Donald Trump wins the presidency. Then, as he has done throughout his career, he goes after his enemies. He purges the Republican Party of everyone who refused to support him. He initiates criminal proceedings against Hillary Clinton. And he shuts down The New York Times and The Washington Post. It sounds like an unlikely scenario. Even if he does somehow manage to pull his campaign out of hospice to win in November, Trump wouldn’t be able to just close the leading newspapers in the United States, however much he might despise the liberal media. But that’s exactly what’s happening elsewhere in the world. In Hungary, Viktor Orban’s government this week pulled some strings behind the scenes that led to the shuttering of the leading daily...

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NRA Now Spending More Against Clinton than Even the Biggest Pro-Trump Super PACs

by Hunter – Republican money groups may be shying away from the seemingly doomed Trump campaign, but America’s most well-financed militia group is going all-in and then some. National Rifle Association committees making independent campaign expenditures to oppose Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have spent more than $14 million on the race, surpassing the spending of the most active pro-Trump Super PAC. As of October 12, the NRA had already spent a record-breaking $21 million attempting to get Trump elected, nearly double the $12 million the group spent in its failed “all in” effort to elect Romney in 2012. The NRA’s move to the top of that pro-Trump money pile comes even as other key Republican groups have all but ceded the election. Two outside groups aligned with Republicans, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Senate Leadership Fund, have begun running television commercials in Senate races implying that Mr. Trump’s defeat...

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NYT Fact-Checked Donald In Real-Time And It Was GLORIOUS

by Conover Kennard – The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Sunday night was bizarre to say the least. Donald lurked behind Clinton onstage, lied and even threatened to jail the Democratic presidential nominee. The debate occurred during Donald’s most recent scandal in which a tape was released showing Trump casually discussing predatory behavior towards women. That issue was brought up during the debate. The lies, though, were abundant. Reporters for The New York Times fact-checked the statements made by Clinton and  Trump during the debate and the results are pretty damning for the GOP presidential nominee. The Times rated the following statement by Trump to be ‘Just flat wrong,’:  ‘Mr. Trump said Mrs. Clinton has never used the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”’ In June, Hillary Clinton broke from President Obama and used the term “radical Islamism” to describe an attack on an Orlando night club. “Whether you...

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Naomi Klein and Glenn Greenwald Tackle Ethics of WikiLeaks’ Podesta Emails

by Nika Knight – ‘There’s debate, even among people who believe in radical transparency, over the proper way to handle information like this.’ A discussion between The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald and author and activist Naomi Klein tackled thorny privacy issues surrounding WikiLeaks’ indiscriminate release of John Podesta’s hacked emails in a 30-minute discussion published by The Intercept late Wednesday. The Intercept has covered the release of thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager in depth, from exploring Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street to examining the Clinton campaign’s inner workings, and Greenwald had previously described the decision to cover the emails as “an easy call.” But Klein wondered whether The Intercept might be betraying some of its core principals—most prominently, its privacy advocacy—by not taking note of the moral issues raised by such indiscriminate email dumps. “Personal emails—and there’s all kinds of personal stuff in these emails—this sort of indiscriminate dump is precisely...

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Trump Used His Foundation to Fund Guerrilla Filmmaker James O’Keefe

by Josh Israel – He funneled at least $10,000 to O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. In Wednesday’s presidential debate, Donald Trump claimed that new videos proved that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had “hired people” and “paid them $1,500” to “be violent, cause fights, do bad things” at Trump rallies. He was referring to videos released this week by conservative activist James O’Keefe that purport to show pro-Clinton activists boasting of their efforts to bait Trump supporters into violent acts. The videos offer no evidence that Clinton or Obama were aware of or behind the alleged dirty tricks. Still, Trump claimed the videos exposed that a violence at a March Chicago rally was a “criminal act” and that it “was now all on tape started by her.” Trump neglected, however, to mention his own connection to the videos, released by James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas tax-exempt group. According to a list of...

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Washington Post Editorial in Response to “the Election is Rigged”

by teacherken – The Washington Post editorial went up online Monday afternoon for tomorrow’s dead tree edition of the paper.  I am going to examine the editorial then offer some commentary of my own. The editorial is titled Trump poses an unprecedented threat to the peaceful transition of power and is written not only in response to the talk about “rigged election” but also Trump’s additional rhetoric about appointing a special prosecutor, that Mrs. Clinton should be in jail. As the editors note in the first paragraph When we hold elections, the losing party acknowledges the legitimacy of the winner, and the winner allows the loser to survive to fight another day. Trump’s inability to accept that he is going to lose and fanning the flame of his supporters clearly undermines the legitimacy of the election, and his threats to his opponent are simply totally outside the bounds of what should...

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Bill Maher Says It Like It Is (VIDEO)

by jk98106 – I didn’t find this here so posting.  This is from Bill Maher’s interview with Fareed Zakaria today. Bill Maher lays it out like it is. “They are living in a fact free bubble” “Bold faced repeated caught on tape lying does not even affect Trump supporters” “It’s the media’s job to point out Trump lies more than anyone we have seen” “If one person says the earth revolves around the sun you don’t give equal time for that” “Hillary is like a black driver in a white neighborhood and the Republicans are the police who keep pulling her over but can’t find anything” “The market will crash if Trump is elected” Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

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Fox News Host Dana Perino Is Done Defending Republicans (VIDEO)

by Stephen D Foster Jr – Fox News host Dana Perino is finally so sick and tired of Republicans supporting Donald Trump despite all of the sexual assault allegations that she will no longer defend them. During Friday’s edition of The Five, host and former George W. Bush press secretary Dana Perino slammed Donald Trump for “talking about all of his accusers” and insulting them instead of focusing on attacking Hillary Clinton. Perino is also furious that Republicans are still defending Trump’s predatory behavior. “The Republicans that are defending this are really irritating me,” she said. “I’ve been like Mount Vesuvius all day.” Perino then specifically named Ben Carson and Jeff Sessions as just two of the many Republicans who remain on board the Trump train despite the Republican nominee’s comments about groping women and the various allegations made against him by multiple women and the many past statements he has...

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Trump’s Threat to the First Amendment

by KATHY KIELY – The National Press Club Institute of Journalism considers the damage the GOP nominee might do. Could Donald Trump blow a hole in the First Amendment? Journalists and freedom of the press experts are sufficiently concerned about the prospect that they held a panel, broadcast on C-SPAN, to consider the question on Wednesday night at the National Press Club in Washington. The consensus: The Republican presidential nominee, who’s currently threatening a libel suit against The New York Times, would have a hard time curtailing the country’s long tradition of robust freedom of expression. But the panelists agreed the ability to fill a few Supreme Court vacancies — an opportunity that, New York Times reporter Adam Liptak noted, the next president is likely to have with the late Antonin Scalia’s post still unfilled and three of the other justices at or approaching 80 — could go a long way...

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Donald Trump Counts on Scamming Others to Make His Money

by Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview – The following is an interview with David Cay Johnston, winner of the George Polk Award for investigative importing. Mark Karlin: We first began to know each other a little after the turn of this century. You were the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times expert on the arcane world of tax law. Before I digress into your current book, what is your reaction to the Times’ revelation of Trump’s 1995 income tax filing? David Cay Johnston: Trump says tax returns tell you nothing, yet from just three summary pages, The New York Times revealed a lot. My Daily Beast and Investopedia columns went much further, revealing how Trump got out of another tax bill (about $360 million) and stuck his investors with the costs. Trump is lying, plain and simple, about his wealth. He knows that people like me could reverse engineer his tax returns...

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Dan Rather Buries Trump In Epic Post-Debate Analysis That Everyone Should See

by Stephen D Foster Jr – This is why we miss Dan Rather at the CBS News desk. At a time when the media often fails to dig deep and ask the hard hitting questions all for the sake of ratings, at least we still can rely on Dan Rather to deliver an analysis that makes people think. After the debate on Sunday night, the legendary newsman delivered a damning criticism of the Republican nominee and warned Americans of the dire consequences of this election. “I am not sure it is possible to truly put into words what we witnessed tonight,” Rather wrote. “This election has long since passed the stage of rationality and reason, the realm of the written page, and into the territory of the heart and spirit, where emotions swirl that we cannot fully distill into coherent sentences and paragraphs. But I will humbly try…” Rather launched...

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BUSTED: Donald Trump Screwed Over American Steel Workers By Buying Metal From China Instead

by Stephen D Foster Jr – Donald Trump claims he will “make America great again,” but what he really means is he will continue helping China destroy America. In yet another example of how Trump has screwed over American workers in order to enrich himself and his own family, Newsweek has revealed that the Republican nominee purchased steel and other metals from China to use in the construction of his buildings instead of buying it from American companies. “A Newsweek investigation has found that in at least two of Trump’s last three construction projects, Trump opted to purchase his steel and aluminum from Chinese manufacturers rather than United States corporations based in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin,” Kurt Eichenwald wrote. Eichenwald painstakingly discovered that Trump built his Trump International Hotel Las Vegas by ditching American steel companies in favor of cheaper steel produced by Chinese companies who pay their...

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Chris Wallace Dumbfounded As Chris Christie Calls Trump’s Tax Bombshell ‘A Good Story’

by Rika Christensen – Last night, The New York Times ran a story that’s a potential bombshell for poor, put-upon Donald Trump – he declared a $916 million loss on his taxes in 1995, which means he potentially didn’t pay any income tax for the following 18 years. Today, everyone is buzzing about it on all the TV shows, and Chris Christie takes the cake for most implausible spin to make Trump look good for this. While speaking to Fox host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Christie called this a good story for Trump because it not only highlights all the flaws in the tax code, but it also shows Trump to be the extremely intelligent, honest, dependable, law and order candidate he claims he is. Wallace came back, absolutely stunned by that, and said: “Wait, wait wait… you’re saying it’s a good story for Donald Trump that he failed...

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Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel

by Richard Tofel – In 1733, New York printer John Peter Zenger began publishing the eighth newspaper in the American colonies, and the first willing to venture criticism of the government. The New-York Weekly Journal was the second paper in a city of 10,000 or so people, 1700 of them slaves. As we are reminded in Richard Kluger’s comprehensive new book, “Indelible Ink,” the first full-length account of Zenger’s travails, by 1735, Zenger (and the likely editor of his paper, James Alexander) had so offended Britain’s royal governor of New York and New Jersey, William Cosby, that Cosby brought suit against Zenger for seditious libel—the crime of criticizing the government. Under the law then in effect in Britain and its colonies, truth was not a defense to this charge. The leading legal treatise of the day explained that “since the greater appearance there is of truth in any malicious invective, so...

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Jewish Elders Warn Their Grandchildren: Vote For Hillary, ‘We’ve Seen This Before’ (VIDEO)

by Ryan Denson – This election will ask us to choose one of the following: an overqualified, dignified woman, or a fascist, xenophobic billionaire. The woman, Hillary Clinton, has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights and dignities of all, while the man, Donald Trump, has fought only for himself and his pockets. One group that tends to vote Democrat – but has been leaning a little more towards the right recently – are Jewish people. In 2008, 78 percent of Jewish Americans voted for President Obama, as did 74 percent in 2012. This year is different. Instead of facing off against John McCain or Mitt Romney, the Democrats are facing off against the definition of fascism and xenophobia. And they have a message to their grandchildren: vote for Hillary Clinton. Why? Because they’ve seen this before. In a video titled “A Message From Grandma & Grandpa: We’ve Seen This Before,”...

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What The Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About The Election, And Why It’s Bad For Trump

by Ryan Denson – The mainstream media is having a field day. They are predicting doom and gloom for the Democrats while simultaneously praising Donald Trump for acting “presidential” (apparently, not being racist is now the lowest bar on the list of requirements). In fact, mainstream media is so drunk on its ratings due to Trump that they are effectively calling the election a tie. While multiple polls have Hillary Clinton ahead by five, six or even seven points, cable news networks and print publications are hyping up several polls that have her leading by a dismal 2 points, which are within the margin of error. In their view, the country is “split” and it could be anyone’s race. This notion has certainly frightened Democrats, as it would any person whose preferred candidate looks vulnerable. Nobody likes to lose. But here’s why that’s wrong. It’s no secret that non-white voters prefer...

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