Twitter account that amplified Covington Catholic D.C. march video appears linked to California teacher. Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports.
The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Jan. 24, 2019, 12:08 AM GMT By Brandy Zadrozny After an anonymous Twitter account amplified a viral video of high school boys in Make America Great Again hats and a Native American elder, there was an immediate outcry on social media. But it appears that the account, @2020fight, was run not by a foreign operative trying to fan America’s political divisions but rather by a woman who described herself as a San Francisco Bay Area teacher and advocated liberal causes — and, to all appearances, did not expect to find herself at the center of a media firestorm.
The account, which had over 41,000 followers, was run by a woman who identified herself as “Talia” and used a fake profile photo, belonging to a Brazilian blogger and model. Questions soon emerged about the account. Netflix Blocks Show in Saudi Arabia Critical of Saudi Prince. Eu.usatoday. WASHINGTON – Retired four-star Admiral William McRaven – the leader of the operation that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden – fired back after President Donald Trump dismissed him as a "Hillary Clinton fan" and an "Obama-backer" in a Fox News interview that aired Sunday.
Chuck Todd: It’s Time for the Press to Fight Back. Much of the current hand-wringing about this rise in press bashing and delegitimization has been focused on the president, who—as every reporter in America sadly knows—has declared the press the “enemy of the people.”
But, like much else in the Trump era, Donald Trump didn’t start this fire; he’s only spread it to a potentially more dangerous place. The modern campaign against the American press corps has its roots in the Nixon era. President Richard Nixon’s angry foot soldiers continued his fight against the media even after he left office. Second Fox News reporter leaves amid objections to network. Another on-air reporter is leaving Fox News over frustrations with the direction and tone of the network, the second in the last three weeks to defect for those reasons.
Adam Housley, a Los Angeles-based reporter who joined Fox in 2001, felt there was diminished opportunity at the network for reporters and disapproved of tenor of its on-air discussion, according to two former Fox News employees with knowledge of his situation. Story Continued Below Housley believed that as the network’s focus on Trump has grown — and the number of talking-head panels during news shows proliferated — it had become difficult to get hard reporting on air, according to one of those former employees.
“He’s not doing the type of journalism he wants to be doing,” the former employee said. Mayor de Blasio: Fox News divides, creates hatred. Sandy Hook Parents Hit Alex Jones With Defamation Lawsuits. Sandy Hook Parents Hit Alex Jones With Defamation Lawsuits. Sandy Hook father Leonard Pozner on death threats: ‘I never imagined I’d have to fight for my child’s legacy’ Noah Pozner was reluctant to go to school that day.
A mischievous little boy, who had celebrated his sixth birthday three weeks earlier, he stayed in bed too long and dragged his feet getting ready. “I said to him: ‘Come on, Noah, we gotta get moving,” his father, Leonard (also known as Lenny) recalls, having thought about the morning of 14 December 2012 so often he can almost talk about it mechanically. But the drive was fun: Noah, his twin sister, Arielle, and older sister, Sophia, listened to Gangnam Style, one of Noah’s favourite songs. Noah always sat in the back seat and Leonard tickled his ankle as he drove along. At school, Noah jumped out, his backpack in one hand, his jacket in the other. Noah was the youngest victim of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, murdered about half an hour after his father dropped him off.
“I want the world to see what they did to my baby,” she said at the time. Did Fake News On Facebook Help Elect President Trump? Here's What We Know. Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday.
Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pool/Getty Images Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday. Why I left Fox News. An ad for “Fox and Friends” outside the Fox News Channel studio in New York.
(Drew Angerer/Getty Images) 'Washington Post' Says It Foiled Apparent Sting By James O'Keefe's Activist Group. The Washington Post published video of reporter Stephanie McCrummen (left) speaking to Jaime Phillips, who claimed to be a source for a story about embattled politician Roy Moore.
Days later, members of the paper's staff watched Phillips walk into the offices of activist James O'Keefe's Project Veritas organization. The Myth of the Spitting Antiwar Protester - NYTimes.com. Dear Trump Supporters: Fox News & the Conservative Media are Lying to You (Video) Lawsuit Alleges Fox News And Trump Supporter Created Fake News Story. Mary Rich, the mother of slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, speaks at a press conference on Aug. 1, 2016.
UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it. A University of Washington professor started studying social networks to help people respond to disasters.
But she got dragged down a rabbit hole of twitter-boosted conspiracy theories, and ended up mapping our political moment. It started with the Boston marathon bombing, four years ago. University of Washington professor Kate Starbird was sifting through thousands of tweets sent in the aftermath and noticed something strange. Too strange for a university professor to take seriously. “There was a significant volume of social-media traffic that blamed the Navy SEALs for the bombing,” Starbird told me the other day in her office. Same thing after the mass shooting that killed nine at Umpqua Community College in Oregon: a burst of social-media activity calling the massacre a fake, a stage play by “crisis actors” for political purposes. FBI-led investigative team examines role of conservative news sites in Russia campaign. Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.
Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said. The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives. Report Confirms Fox News’ Napolitano Repeated Russian Media For His British Intelligence Conspiracy Theory. The New York Times has confirmed that Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano sourced his false allegation that former President Barack Obama asked British intelligence to spy on President Donald Trump to a discredited former CIA analyst.
This analyst, Larry C. How Facebook, fake news and friends are warping your memory. Clockwise from top left: G. Tomasevic/Reuters; A. Hussein/Getty; D. Berehulak/NYT/Redux/eyevine; Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty; J. Pitts/Afropean; D. Bernie Sanders' Campaign Faced A Fake News Tsunami. Where Did It Come From? The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump The Election Is In Plain Sight. Fake news is 'killing people's minds', says Apple boss Tim Cook.
Fake news is “killing people’s minds”, Tim Cook, the head of Apple, has said. The technology boss said firms such as his own needed to create tools that would help stem the spread of falsehoods, without impinging on freedom of speech. Cook also called for governments to lead information campaigns to crack down on fake news in an interview with a British national newspaper. The scourge of falsehoods in mainstream political discourse came to the fore during recent campaigns, during which supporters of each side were accused of promoting misinformation for political gain. “We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth,” Cook told the Daily Telegraph. Spicer Attacks CNN's Multi-Sourced Corroboration Of Dossier On Trump-Russia Ties As "Fake News" A CNN report that multiple US intelligence and law enforcement officials had independently corroborated “some” of the details in the dossier on President Trump’s connections to Russia was dismissed by White House press secretary Sean Spicer as “fake news” who then insisted CNN instead cover good news for the administration.
The White House has repeatedly used fake news to support their political agenda, in addition to his family and campaign surrogates’ documented consumption of fake news. The Trump White House has repeatedly attacked unfavorable news coverage and news outlets, especially CNN, as “fake news;” the president even insisted that “any negative polls are fake news.” Trump’s team has also threatened CNN reporters for doing their jobs and previously banned members of the administration from appearing on the network. Trump Says Media Fail To Report Terrorist Attacks; White House Promises List. President Trump, in another broadside against the news media, on Monday accused "the dishonest press" of failing to report terrorist attacks.
Speaking to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, the headquarters of the U.S. The White House Is Using A Fake News Lie To Baselessly Discredit Anti-Trump Protests. The complete list of all 33 false things Donald Trump has said as president so far. U.S. Uncut. Are Trump Supporters Too Dumb To Know They’re Dumb? Science Says “Probably” The Psychological Quirk That Explains Why You Love Donald Trump. Many commentators have argued that Donald Trump’s dominance in the GOP presidential race can be largely explained by ignorance; his candidacy, after all, is most popular among Republican voters without college degrees. Google Quietly Removes “Fake News” Language From Its Advertising Policy. Websites Peddling Fake News Still Using Google Ads Nearly A Month After Google Announced Ban. Psychological 'vaccine' could help immunize public against 'fake news' on climate change. In medicine, vaccinating against a virus involves exposing a body to a weakened version of the threat, enough to build a tolerance.
Social psychologists believe that a similar logic can be applied to help "inoculate" the public against misinformation, including the damaging influence of 'fake news' websites propagating myths about climate change. A new study compared reactions to a well-known climate change fact with those to a popular misinformation campaign. Worst of the worst: 12 moments of right-wing horror and absurdity from 2016. President-elect Donald Trump had the most perfect New Year’s tweet. And by “perfect” we mean perfectly awful. Say what you will, the man has an uncanny ability to compress his entire sick personality into a mere 140 characters.