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Fox News Commentator says Weinstein Allegations Should Close the Company. What About Ailes?

by Emily Q. Hazzard – This is a risky idea for Fox News to explore: they’re under federal investigation for a related reason. Gregg Jarrett, Fox News anchor and commentator, wrote in a Friday column for the site that the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the steps the company took to settle with his accusers should result in the company closing. Gregg Jarrett  ✔@GreggJarrett My new column on Weinstein. Time to close the doors on the company! –Gregghttp://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/10/13/gregg-jarrett-weinsteins-illegal-contract-should-force-his-company-to-close.html … 4:37 PM – Oct 13, 2017 Gregg Jarrett: Weinstein’s illegal contract should force his company to close The Weinstein Company should immediately shut-down its operations and permanently close its doors. foxnews.com  “The Weinstein Company should immediately shut-down its operations and permanently close its doors,” he wrote. Jarrett’s claim hinges on Weinstein’s contract with The Weinstein Company, and what other employees at Weinstein’s company knew about the alleged abuse and whether management practice...

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Citing Dictatorial Tendencies, Critics Slam Trump for ‘Madcap Threat’ Aimed at NBC

by Julia Conley – While the president can’t take away the network’s ability to operate, former FCC commissioner calls ongoing attempts to intimidate journalists “chilling”. Free speech advocates and journalists spoke out against President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the news media on Wednesday after he suggested a “challenge” of NBC’s license. Michael Copps, the former FCC commissioner who now serves as special advisor to the grassroots organization Common Cause, noted that while Trump isn’t legally able to carry out his threats, his attempts to intimidate the press are deeply disconcerting: This madcap threat, if pursued, would be blatant and unacceptable intervention in the decisions of an independent agency. The law does not countenance such interference. President Trump might be happier as emperor, but I think the American people would strip him of his clothes on this issue. Additionally, it’s not just NBC stations that will find this threat chilling, but also smaller...

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Ellsberg, In Upcoming Book, Warns of Nuclear Dangers in the Era of Trump

by Greg Mitchell – As the Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons receives Nobel Peace Prize, author Greg Mitchell reviews a new book reflecting on the history of nuclear weapons and the growing threat posed by them today. For most people, Daniel Ellsberg is known mainly for — or only for — the Pentagon Papers he leaked in 1971. And that’s plenty. It set in motion a landmark First Amendment case and led to shifts in public opinion that helped quicken the US withdrawal from Vietnam and the end to that war. Ellsberg was back in the public eye recently in relation to the epic 10-part PBS series on Vietnam, which included a lengthy segment on the Pentagon Papers — but his absence from the series as an interview subject drew criticism. Coming up: a movie drama on the Papers directed by Steven Spielberg. But, for me, the name Ellsberg does not immediately...

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Google to Use Balloons for Puerto Rico Phone Service

Alphabet Inc is sending high-altitude balloons to provide phone service to island devastated by Hurricane Maria. Alphabet Inc, the company that controls Google, is sending special balloons to Puerto Rico to help restore phone service after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria last month. The US Federal Communications Commission said it had approved the company’s application to provide the emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has struggled to regain communications services. The FCC said on Friday that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service, while wireless communications company are deploying temporary sites. Alphabet, which announced its Project Loon in 2013 to use solar-powered, high-altitude balloons to provide internet service in remote regions, said in an FCC filing it was working to “support licensed mobile carriers’ restoration of limited communications capability” in Puerto Rico. Earlier on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced...

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Expose on Breitbart Proves the ‘alt-right’ is Just a Euphemism for White Supremacists

by Luke Barnes – Email between Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopolous, and his sources show how Breitbart thrived on pushing a racist agenda. The far-right website Breitbart has spent a good portion of the last few months trying to distance itself from racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic causes. In the wake of the violent white supremacist and Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Steve Bannon went on 60 Minutes to disavow the ultra-racist groups. Bannon, a former top adviser to President Donald Trump and former Breitbart CEO, returned to the site after leaving the White House in August. “They are absolutely awful,” he said. “There’s no room in American politics for that, there’s no room in American society for that.” Breitbart has repeatedly claimed that it is merely representing a populist, grassroots conservative movement that helped get Trump elected, and is not a platform for white nationalists. “We think there’s a lot of disenfranchised people out there...

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How Russia’s Fake Social Media Accounts Propelled Donald Trump

by Casey Michel – Here are some of the fake accounts, misleading memes, and real events that helped propel Trump. Part 1 of a series. More than a month after Facebook and Twitter announced they had identified hundreds of fake accounts and thousands of ads secretly run by Russian state agents, the American public is still largely in the dark as to what the ads and accounts contained, what messages they pushed, or even how they framed policy debates and viewed presidential candidates. We know, for instance, that these fake Russian accounts offered $100,000 to Facebook for approximately 3,000 ads — and potentially thousands more — while specifically targeting swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin. When Facebook revealed the ad sales to congressional investigators (after dismissing concerns in the lead-up to the election), Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said these accounts were but “the tip of the iceberg.” We also know that Facebook, which says 10 million users viewed these Russian ads, has...

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The World is Baffled by U.S. Gun Laws

by D. Parvaz – We take a look at global media response to the Sunday night massacre. After a mass shooting in Las Vegas left at least 58 dead and 500 people injured, most U.S. media focused on the usual stories: a cycle of shock, blame, and healing. The rest of the world, however, largely marveled at what on earth is wrong with Americans. Why are there so many mass shootings in a country that’s not mired in civil war? Why are people allowed to buy semi-automatic weapons? And how does law enforcement in the United States decide when a mass shooting is the act of a “lone wolf” (as shooter Stephen Paddock has been described) or emblematic of a larger problem? Almost all major international news outlets had a running list of the worst mass shootings in the United States — some going back to 1966 — but The New Zealand Herald...

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Will the Media Continue its Gullibility and its Dereliction of Duty?

by Egberto Willies – Donald Trump played the media for fools during the Republican primaries, throughout the general election, and even before he decided to run for anything. We cannot forget that the birther movement was given legs by a media incapable of policing itself against the fallacies emanating from celebrities. For what specifically are Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, or other empty vessels newsworthy? The traditional mainstream media are content to cover idiocy, lunacy, and silliness. It’s in that light that they are covering Donald Trump’s latest distraction. Former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest during the national anthem while the NFL employed him is old news. But Donald Trump needed a red, white, and blue issue with racial connotations to excite his base. Most importantly, he needed an explosive new issue to change the conversation from a failing Trump administration to a subject that should not be controversial. The traditional mainstream media were...

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George Clooney Bursts the ‘Hollywood Elite’ Bubble BS and Trump’s ‘Gold Toilet’ Hypocrisy

by News Corpse –   The Daily Beast just published an extensive interview of George Clooney. While the article is part of the rollout for his new film “Suberbicon,” it covered a variety of other subjects. Not surprisingly, many of them were about politics and politicians. Clooney was asked about the 2016 presidential campaign and the flaws in Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. He talked about race and the overt bigotry embedded in Donald Trump’s campaign. The incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, came up, along with the Confederate flag controversy. When asked whether Trump was emboldening white nationalists, Clooney responded without mincing words: “Well, think about it this way: if I was President of the United States and David Duke is praising me and the white nationalists were talking about how I was on their side, the first thing I would do is I would come out and say, ‘Fuck these guys. Anyone who believes this is not...

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Judge Rules Black Lives Matter Cannot be Sued by Police Officer and Fox News is not Happy About it

by Kelly Macias – The widespread anger and outrage this week incited by Donald Trump’s comments on the NFL protests has once again shown how hypocritical and racist so many Americans are. Americans, Republicans in particular, are all for free speech but when black people exercise it, it sends some of them into a violent frenzy.  It doesn’t matter who is doing the protesting, whether its black athletes or ordinary black citizens—they find any excuse to paint black protest as a danger to safety and democracy. This is especially true if violence occurs at a protest. Recently, a police officer in Baton Rouge tried to sue Black Lives Matter for injuries he sustained during a protest against police brutality in July 2016.  Along with suing DeRay Mckesson, an activist who attended the rally, the officer claimed that Black Lives Matter and Mckesson were responsible for inciting the violence that caused him harm. On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that the officer cannot sue...

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Facebook’s Russian Ads May Just be the Tip of the Iceberg

by Luke Barnes – The three thousand ads seem like a suspiciously small number. After previously saying it was “crazy” to suggest Facebook helped Donald Trump become president, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that the social media giant will hand over 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congress to help with their investigation into the Kremlin’s election interference. “I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” he said in a public Facebook post. “While the amount of problematic content we’ve found so far remains relatively small, any attempted interference is a serious issue.” Zuckerberg added that Facebook would continue to investigate the actions of other additional groups that may have tried to influence the election, including those in other former Soviet states. But the 470 fake accounts, and the 3,000 ads purchased for $100,000 seem like strangely small numbers for a social media site that has two billion monthly users and where three million businesses actively...

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If You Haven’t Seen Dan Rather on Trump and the NFL Protests Yet, You Really Should

by xaxnar – It’s going viral, the Facebook post Dan Rather put up about Trump and the protests being carried out in the NFL and elsewhere. It’s one of the most damning dissections of what Trump is doing that I’ve seen. Here’s the post in its entirety: It’s football Sunday, and I have a pit in my stomach, and a sickening sense of deja vu. Who knows what the day will bring? I do know the source of my disquiet. It is the stench of bigotry as a demagogue stirs the potent cauldron of racial division. I want to say, this is so unnecessary. We have so many other things we should be worrying about. But of course now this is real, and it must be called out. This is an age when no one can be neutral. To remain silent in the face of race-baiting is to be complicit. And I have...

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Lyin’ Sean Spicer’s ‘lack of credibility’ Gets Him Rejected by All 5 Major News Networks

by News Corpse – In August Donald Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer (Fibby Spice), was advised that his services would no longer be required. He was fired after only six months of loyal lying for the President. At first glance, Spicer seemed to be the perfect person for the job. On his first day at work he assembled the Washington press corps to berate them for telling the truth about the dismal attendance at Trump’s inauguration. And it was all downhill from there. The White House has jettisoned a record number of top staffers in its short tenure. They include his chief of staff Reince Priebus, national security advisor Michael Flynn, and communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Some of Trump’s castoffs have already found new employment with right-wing media outlets like Breitbart News and the Sinclair Broadcast Group. But Spicer is having a rough go of it in his post-Trump career. NBC News...

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Saudi Embassy May Have Funded 9/11 ‘dry run’: Report

New York Post reports FBI evidence in a lawsuit alleges Saudi Arabia’s US embassy may have funded test run for Sept 11. New evidence in a 9/11 lawsuit against the government of Saudi Arabia alleges the kingdom’s embassy in Washington, DC may have funded a test run for the deadly attacks in 2001, according to a US newspaper report. The evidence was submitted as part of a class action lawsuit against the government of Saudi Arabia, the New York Post reported on Saturday. It alleges the embassy paid for two Saudi nationals to fly from Phoenix to Washington two years before planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and slammed into a field in Pennsylvania as part of a “dry run” for the attacks. Saudi Arabia has always denied any involvement in September 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The victims’ lawyers, however, have said the evidence suggests...

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Your Worst Fears About Fox News are Confirmed by New Study

by Julia Conley – Everyone knows the news outlet serves as a virtual propaganda tool, but new research shows just how effective they are at it. Fox News Channel has been recognized since its inception in 1996, when it was established by Republican operative Roger Ailes, as a right-leaning news source. But a new study published in the American Economic Review shows just how influential the channel is when it comes to changing viewers’ minds, causing them to shift to the right on political issues—and even influencing election outcomes in ways that the outlet’s more liberal counterparts don’t. Researchers at Emory and Stanford universities found that watching only three minutes of Fox News coverage per week would make Democratic and centrist voters one percent more likely to vote Republican in the 2008 election. According to the study, this means that if Fox News hadn’t existed in 2004, George W. Bush would have captured nearly four fewer percentage points, making John...

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Fox & Friends Equates 9/11 Memorial With Confederate Monuments (VIDEO)

by Aaron Rupar – “Do you worry 100 years from now someone’s gonna try to take that memorial down?” On Monday morning, Fox & Friends commemorated the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by equating the 9/11 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania to Confederate monuments. During an interview with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, host Brian Kilmeade noted that Zinke joined the show from Shanksville, and asked him, “Do you worry 100 years from now someone’s gonna try to take that memorial down like they’re trying to remake our memorials today?” Zinke didn’t object to the comparison. “Well, I’m one that believes, you know, we should learn from history, and I think our monuments are part of our country’s history,” he said. “We can learn from it. Since we don’t put up statues of Jesus, everyone is gonna fall morally short, and I think reflecting on our history — both good and bad...

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“…we must never stop saying: Donald Trump is a liar.”

by teacherken – It may be obvious to regular readers of this website that those words are accurate.  And yet, we rarely if ever read them in our mainstream newspapers or hear them said in our television viewing either by newscasters, pundits, or even the politicians who have to deal with Trump’s mendacities. In this morning’s New York Times, columnist Charles M. Blow, whose work regularly “trends” on the Times website, takes this on directly in a column titled In Defense of the Truth which begins simply with a short sentence: Once again: Donald Trump is a liar. that statement occasioned by the report on Friday by both the Department of Justice that neither the FBI nor the Department’s National Security Division has any record or evidence to support Trump’s charge via Twitter on March 4 that the Obama administration wiretapped the Trump campaign. The next three, short paragraphs lays out the framework for what Blow...

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The Breakthrough: Behind the Scenes of Hillary Clinton’s Failed Bid for President

by Jessica Huseman – We watched on election night as dejected Hillary Clinton supporters poured out of New York City’s Javits Center, but we didn’t see her campaign team wrestling with how and when to concede. And in the months leading up to that moment, we watched Clinton give long, disjointed speeches, but we didn’t see the internal campaign drama that went into writing them. That’s all in “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” the groundbreaking book from Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes that creates an intimate portrait of a campaign positioned to lose, even though it was favored to win. On The Breakthrough, Allen divulges his process for digging deep into what was, by all accounts, a secretive campaign. He shares his agreement with sources — all spoke on background, and none of their names were used. Hear how he and Parnes gained their trust, kept their confidences and reported...

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Dan Rather: Mueller’s Russia Investigation Has Trump ‘Seized With Fear’ (VIDEO)

by April Hamlin – Legendary journalist Dan Rather says that Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation has Donald Trump “seized with fear.” Speaking to MSNBC on Wednesday, Rather explained that the investigation into Trump’s possible collusion with Russia has Trump scared out of his mind. “Donald Trump is afraid. He’s trying to exude power and strength. He’s afraid of something that Mueller and the prosecutors are going to find out.” “A political hurricane is out there at sea for him, we’ll call it Hurricane Vladimir if you will, the whole Russian thing.” “It’s still pretty far out at sea, but each day … this hurricane, this political hurricane … is building in intensity.” Mueller’s investigation has been steadily picking up steam. It was reported on Wednesday that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is now working with Mueller to take an even deeper look at Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn...

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Fox News Pulled From the Air in Britain Because No One Watched It

by wagatwe – Rupert Murdoch and his sons are giving a gift to the folks of Britain: the Fox News channel will be pulled off the air. The decision comes after the channel struggled to get viewers, according to CNN. “Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K.,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement. “We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K.,” it added. Glad the folks across the pond don’t buy into the Faux News nonsense. Now, how do we get rid of it over here in the States?   Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

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