QAnon Is More Important Than You Think. If you were an adherent, no one would be able to tell.
You would look like any other American. You could be a mother, picking leftovers off your toddler’s plate. You could be the young man in headphones across the street. You could be a bookkeeper, a dentist, a grandmother icing cupcakes in her kitchen. You may well have an affiliation with an evangelical church. You know all this because you believe in Q. To hear more feature stories, get the Audm iPhone app. The origins of QAnon are recent, but even so, separating myth from reality can be hard. Comet happens to be the place where, on a Sunday afternoon two years earlier, my then-baby daughter tried her first-ever sip of water.
That day, people noticed Welch right away. Welch had traveled to Washington because of a conspiracy theory known, now famously, as Pizzagate, which claimed that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of Comet Ping Pong. Pizzagate seemed to fade. Read: The lasting trauma of Alex Jones’s lies. Capitol Riot pone el foco en la extrema derecha global 'de mentalidad apocalíptica' BERLIN — When insurrectionists stormed the Capitol in Washington this month, far-right extremists across the Atlantic cheered.
Jürgen Elsässer, the editor of Germany’s most prominent far-right magazine, was watching live from his couch. “We were following it like a soccer match,” he said. Four months earlier, Mr. Elsässer had attended a march in Berlin, where a breakaway mob of far-right protesters tried — and failed — to force their way into the building that houses Germany’s Parliament. The parallel was not lost on him. “The fact that they actually made it inside raised hopes that there is a plan,” he said. What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol. How Open Source Experts Identified the US Capitol Rioters. Jake Angeli, known as the “QAnon Shaman,” at the US Capitol riots on January 6.
Image: Shutterstock / Johnny Silvercloud At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, journalists at investigative nonprofit Bellingcat began sharing urgent messages — like “let’s start pulling video now” — on their Slack channel as they saw TV images of rioters and Trump supporters breaching the US Capitol building. At his home in Toronto, senior investigator Giancarlo Fiorella entered key words and protest event Twitter lists into TweetDeck on one computer screen, and divided two other screens on his desk for TV news and social media livestreams.
Meanwhile, half a dozen research colleagues elsewhere, like Charlotte Godart, Aric Toler, and Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins, began their own, separate searches in Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms for posts and videos from the scene. Rioters embraced symbolism as they stormed the Capitol. Experts explai. Newsmax tries to poach Fox bookers. Newsmax is working to pull ahead of conservative rival Fox News, trying to lure away its vital booking agents with promises of higher salaries, two people who have been contacted by Newsmax tell me.
Why it matters: The battle to serve as the venue of choice for conservative viewers has intensified as President Trump has chastised Fox for declaring Joe Biden the election winner and Newsmax has pandered to his believers. Newsmax TV scores a ratings win over Fox News for the first time ever. The win, fueled by conservative viewers who are disappointed by the election results, happened Monday evening.
In the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic prized by advertisers, "Greg Kelly Reports" on Newsmax out-rated "The Story with Martha MacCallum" on Fox. The margin was narrow — Kelly averaged 229,000 viewers in the demo and MacCallum averaged 203,000 — but it is still a milestone in the cable news industry. Trump Calls Fox News 'Virtually Unwatchable,' Points Followers to OANN and Newsmax. President Donald Trump called Fox News "virtually unwatchable" on Saturday, and pointed his followers to instead watch conservative media outlets One America News Network (OANN) and Newsmax.
"@FoxNews daytime is virtually unwatchable, especially during the weekends. Watch@OANN ,@newsmax, or almost anything else. You won't have to suffer through endless interviews with Democrats, and even worse! " Newsmax leads cable's charge to out-Fox Fox News. A new class of conservative outlets and networks is racing to capture the attention of disgruntled Trump voters, who feel abandoned by traditional news companies and censored by social media.
Why it matters: Fox News, for years, has been criticized for polarizing coverage. Now, there’s a race unfolding among several conservative outlets who don’t think Fox is pro-Trump enough. In the days after the election, conservative favorites like Breitbart, Drudge Report and Real Clear Politics began to lose traffic share to Newsmax and Gateway Pundit, according to data from web analytics company SimilarWeb. Tucker Carlson Says His Fox News Show is 'Not Going Anywhere' As Trump Continues His Assault on the Network. Fox News host Tucker Carlson debunked rumors that his program would be moving to another news network on Monday.
Carlson was apparently addressing a social media post that circulated over the weekend, implying that Carlson was leaving Fox News for conservative media outlet Newsmax. President Donald Trump has recently encouraged his supporters to watch networks such as Newsmax and One America News (OAN) that appear to be more sympathetic to Trump's message. Million MAGA March violence: What I saw after five years photographing Donald Trump rallies. Photographer Zach D Roberts has been chronicling Donald Trump’s rallies from the beginning.
And he was there last weekend for one of their last gasps during Trump’s presidency, the Million MAGA March in Washington, where he documented a now-familiar sight: Violent far-right groups like the Proud Boys mingling interchangeably with rank-and-file Trump supporters, intent on instigating the protesters and counter-protesters as much as possible. Roberts kept his nerve for five years. His photos have appeared in both right- and left-leaning publications, which is good, he told me, because it makes himself easier to pass himself off as “neutral” when covering groups like the Proud Boys, Patriot Front, and the Boogaloo movement. Will Twitter Ban Trump? Twitter has been making up policy as it goes along, because it has had to.
It has been more transparent this year about its decisions than it was in years prior, because demands for accountability have finally reached an unignorable pitch, but we can still only speculate about much of its decision-making process. For this story, I asked Twitter a series of questions that it did not answer. It would not tell me whether there had been any discussion of disabling accounts—such as those of Trump’s sons, who are not elected officials—that have been tweeting election misinformation for a week, racking up warning labels and driving a conspiracy theory that has already become violent.
It would not tell me whether, if Trump were to immediately announce, as he has hinted, a run for the presidency in 2024, this would qualify him as a current political candidate and entitle him to exemption protection once again. But we’ve had four years to see what the effects of not banning him are. Trump eyes starting his own digital media empire to take on Fox News. President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network, sources tell Axios.
The state of play: Some Trump advisers think Fox News made a mistake with an early call (seconded by AP) of President-elect Biden's win in Arizona. That enraged Trump, and gave him something tangible to use in his attacks on the network. "He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it," said a source with detailed knowledge of Trump's intentions. With loyal viewers and longtime dominance, Fox Corp. "We love competition. Study Considers a Link Between QAnon and Polling Errors. Polls in several key states underestimated the breadth of support for President Trump before the Nov. 3 election, just as they did in 2016. But why? Early results from a study by researchers at the University of Southern California indicate that pollsters may not have captured support for Mr. Trump among followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory that has spread widely on Twitter and other social networks in recent months.
The researchers identified a strong statistical correlation between state polls that underestimated Mr. Deep State, Deep Church: How QAnon and Trumpism Have Infected the Catholic Church - Type Investigations. Viganò’s June Trump letter had also entwined his message with the convoluted worldview of QAnon, the conspiracy theory turned mass delusion. At its heart QAnon is rooted not just in centuries-old anti-Semitic slurs like blood libel but similar anti-Catholic claims as well.
Last fall a believer allegedly attacked an Arizona church with a crowbar, ranting that the Catholic Church supports human trafficking; the year before that, QAnon followers helped a fabricated quote—Pope Francis saying America must be ruled by a world government “for their own good”—go viral. Yet days after Viganò’s letter to Trump, a Q drop linked it approvingly, and two subsequent messages reposted its entire text. “The mere fact that Q links to the LifeSiteNews posting of Viganò’s letter to Trump means that many thousands of QAnon adherents will read the letter and absorb it into their twisted mythology,” Lafferty wrote at Where Peter Is. How The Epoch Times Created a Giant Influence Machine. In a statement, The Epoch Times said it had “no business relationship” with America Daily. Many of the Facebook pages operated by The Epoch Times and its affiliates followed a similar trajectory. They began by posting viral videos and uplifting news articles aggregated from other sites.
They grew quickly, sometimes adding hundreds of thousands of followers a week. Then, they were used to steer people to buy Epoch Times subscriptions and promote more partisan content. Several of the pages gained significant followings “seemingly overnight,” said Renee DiResta, a disinformation researcher with the Stanford Internet Observatory. Inside the Right-Wing Media Echo Chamber’s Smear of NBC’s Kristen Welker. Tell the truth about Rush Limbaugh - PRESS RUN. A quick pre-election pitch. If you’ve been enjoying PRESS RUN since its launch in February, or have just recently become a reader, please consider subscribing for $6 a month. This newsletter is only possible because of the support of readers like you who are backing a new kind of independent journalism. Stay healthy. Be kind. Subscribe to PRESS RUN Rush Limbaugh’s jarring announcement that he suffers from terminal lung cancer and may soon have to end his long-running political radio talk show, sparked nationwide news coverage this week.
QAnon Is More Important Than You Think. Exclusive: Logically Investigation Uncovers QAnon Central Hub Hosting Phishing Scams; Direct Ties to Jim Watkins. Investigation by Nick Backovic and Joe Ondrak.Supporting research by Kristina Gildejeva. A Logically Investigation reveals that QAnon communications are being consolidated under the control of Jim Watkins, through US based hosting company VanwaTech.Based in Vancouver, Washington, VanwaTech hosts only a handful of websites unrelated to QAnon, including the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.The connection with Watkins was previously assumed, but our investigation reveals concrete evidence.VanwaTech also hosts several phishing sites posing as UK banks and cellular phone service providers, aiming to defraud customers of money.Since the removal of QMap, VanwaTech’s operators have made a concerted effort to develop the company into a safe haven for the aggregator sites that disseminate the conspiracy material at the heart of QAnon.
QAnon: el Covid-19 y los disturbios impulsan las conspiraciones. The men behind QAnon. For nearly three years, QAnon followers have been feverishly deciphering thousands of cryptic clues and predictions posted online by the shadowy persona of "Q" at the center of a metastasizing movement that experts say is the first far-right extremist conspiracy theory in the modern era to penetrate mainstream American culture and Washington politics.
Elecciones Estados Unidos: La teoría de la conspiración que va camino del Capitolio. Todo es delirante. Surrealista como que Barack Obama, traidor y terrorista, ha pedido asilo en Mónaco. Doloroso como la afirmación de que el chef Anthony Bourdain se suicidó en 2018 cuando supo que le iban a arrestar por pederastia. Descabellado como que la casa de la omnipresente Oprah Winfrey ha sido registrada en busca de niños abusados. Irrisorio como que, en realidad, Tom Hanks no padeció la covid-19, sino que fue detenido en Australia y enviado a Estados Unidos. Triste como el relato de que el senador John McCain no murió de un cáncer cerebral sino que fue ejecutado. Evangelicals are looking for answers online. They’re finding QAnon instead. Trump Emerges as Inspiration for Germany’s Far Right. BERLIN — Just before hundreds of far-right activists recently tried to storm the German Parliament, one of their leaders revved up the crowd by conjuring President Trump.
“Trump is in Berlin!” The woman shouted from a small stage, as if to dedicate the imminent charge to him. Deconstructed: Is QAnon the Future of the Republican Party? What Is QAnon, the Viral Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory? QAnon groups have millions of members on Facebook, documents show. An internal investigation by Facebook has uncovered thousands of groups and pages, with millions of members and followers, that support the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to internal company documents reviewed by NBC News. The investigation’s preliminary results, which were provided to NBC News by a Facebook employee, shed new light on the scope of activity and content from the QAnon community on Facebook, a scale previously undisclosed by Facebook and unreported by the news media, because most of the groups are private.
The top 10 groups identified in the investigation collectively contain more than 1 million members, with totals from more top groups and pages pushing the number of members and followers past 3 million. It is not clear how much overlap there is among the groups. An announcement about Facebook’s ultimate decision is also expected to target members of “militias and other violent social movements,” according to the documents and Facebook employees. Special Report: QAnon in Europe – NewsGuard. By Chine Labbe, Virginia Padovese, Marie Richter and Anna-Sophie Harling. QAnon's 2020 resurgence. The strange realities of 2020 have perfectly played to the kind of fear QAnon thrives on, driving record online interest in the conspiracy theory. QAnon marches toward the halls of Congress. - The Washington Post.
“Trump Is Really Aiming to Take Down Fox”: A Group Associated With Donald Trump Jr. Is Buying a Major Stake in OANN. “Obamagate” Is Niche Programming for Trump Superfans. QAnon Is More Important Than You Think. Baby QAnon Was Just Arrested. Owner of 8chan/8kun helps create QAnon super PAC and is running paid ads for it on his site. QAnon Mom Charged With Kidnapping Her Kids. Dugin, Benoist, De Carvalho, tres ideólogos que hay que conocer. Trump's Encouraging QAnon May Result in Violence—Just ask the FBI. White supremacists and right-wing media defend Trump’s racist attack on four members of Congress. White House summit spotlights new split on tech between traditional conservatives and team Trump - Axios.
The rise of the pro-Trump media machine - Axios. Trump pushes government action against 'terrible bias' at social media summit. White House hosts social media summit with conservative firebrands. White House Hosts Social Media Summit for Pro-Trump Digital Warriors. White House Social Media Summit: Who's Invited—And Who's Not. Trump’s ‘Social Media Summit’: All the President’s Memes. The White House’s social media summit has an ulterior motive. The White House’s social media summit has an ulterior motive. “Somos Q”: el culto a la conspiración salta de internet a las masas durante un mitin de Trump. The Rise of Right-Wing Extremism, and How U.S. Law Enforcement Ignored It. When and how to use 4chan to cover conspiracy theories. Qué es QAnon, la teoría de la conspiración según la cual Trump lucha contra la pedofilia y el "Estado profundo"
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