US Politics in Trump era Public date: 19.09.2019 21:40:40

Publisher: The Intercept

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10 Sep 2019

Koch Data Mining Sent Anti-Immigrant Ads to Targeted Voters

Last year, when many GOP candidates across the country turned to vicious anti-immigrant advertisements to turn out voters in the midterm elections, some turned to i360, Koch’s state-of-the-art data analytics company. The company is one of the several appendages of the Koch political machine — one that includes a suite of voter outreach organization, lobbying, and campaign messaging tools.
Last year, when many GOP candidates across the country turned to vicious anti-immigrant advertisements to turn out...
26 Jul 2019

Inside Liberty University’s ‘culture of fear’: How Jerry Falwell Jr. silences students and professors who reject his pro-Trump politics.

By 2016, Liberty’s efforts to limit free expression were already well-established. (“The big victory was finding a way to tame the faculty,” Falwell told the New York Times last year for a story about privileging Liberty’s financial growth over its academics.) But the school’s methods became even more aggressive after Falwell endorsed Donald Trump early that year, according to multiple current and former faculty members.
By 2016, Liberty’s efforts to limit free expression were already well-established. (“The big victory was finding a...
10 Jun 2019

Is Heshmat Alavi, Writer on Iran, a Fake Run By MEK Opposition?

In 2018, President Donald Trump was seeking to jettison the landmark nuclear deal that his predecessor had signed with Iran in 2015, and he was looking for ways to win over a skeptical press. In response, the White House passed along an article published in Forbes by a writer named Heshmat Alavi. There’s a problem, though: Heshmat Alavi appears not to exist. Alavi’s persona is a propaganda operation run by the Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq, which is known by the initials MEK, two sources told The Intercept.
In 2018, President Donald Trump was seeking to jettison the landmark nuclear deal that his predecessor had signed with...
6 Mar 2019

The Making of the Fox News White House

In January, during the longest government shutdown in America’s history, President Donald Trump rode in a motorcade through Hidalgo County, Texas, eventually stopping on a grassy bluff overlooking the Rio Grande. The White House wanted to dramatize what Trump was portraying as a national emergency: the need to build a wall along the Mexican border. The presence of armored vehicles, bales of confiscated marijuana, and federal agents in flak jackets underscored the message.
In January, during the longest government shutdown in America’s history, President Donald Trump rode in a motorcade...

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17 Dec 2018

Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African-Americans on Social Media

The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of activity on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its posts on Facebook, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target...

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20 Sep 2018

Paul Ryan’s Super PAC Is Flooding Congressional Races with Misinformation About Democrats

With voters sour on President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress, Republican lawmakers are facing daunting odds in the upcoming midterm elections — and they’re fighting back with misinformation. In a recent glaring example, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Super PAC tied to House Speaker Paul Ryan, is hoping to turn the tide in an Illinois congressional race with a patently dishonest ad attacking a Democratic challenger.
With voters sour on President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress, Republican lawmakers are facing...
29 Aug 2018

Trump’s economic adviser: ‘We’re taking a look’ at whether Google searches should be regulated

The Trump administration on Tuesday said it would explore regulating Google — an effort that would challenge protections around free speech online — in response to the president’s allegations that the tech giant manipulates its search results to prominently display negative stories about him and other Republicans.
The Trump administration on Tuesday said it would explore regulating Google — an effort that would challenge...

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1 Aug 2018

Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference

The social network said in a blog that it had identified 17 suspect profiles on Facebook and seven Instagram accounts. It said that there were more than 9,500 Facebook posts created by the accounts and one piece of content on Instagram. In total more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the pages involved, it added.
The social network said in a blog that it had identified 17 suspect profiles on Facebook and seven Instagram accounts....
4 Jul 2018

Imran Awan: Congressional IT staffer reaches plea deal that debunks conspiracy theories about illegal information access

Federal prosecutors concluded an 18-month investigation into a former  congressional technology staffer on Tuesday by publicly debunking allegations — promoted by conservative media and President Trump — suggesting he was a Pakistani operative who stole government secrets with cover from House Democrats.
Federal prosecutors concluded an 18-month investigation into a former  congressional technology staffer...
6 Apr 2018

Former Trump aide approved ‘black ops’ to help Ukraine president

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort  authorised a secret media operation on behalf of Ukraine’s former president featuring “black ops”, “placed” articles in the Wall Street Journal and US websites and anonymous briefings against Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort  authorised a secret media operation on behalf...

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31 Mar 2018

Media Giant Sinclair Hired Reporter From Russian Propaganda Outlet RT Who Produced ‘Must-Run’ ‘Deep State’ Segment

The United States' largest owner of television stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group, mandated that its outlets run a segment on the  so-called deep state that was produced by a former reporter for the Russian propaganda outlet RT, according to a new report. 
The United States' largest owner of television stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group, mandated that its outlets...

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21 Mar 2018

Trump Hacked the Media Right Before Our Eyes

Among older white Americans, the core demographic where first the primaries and then the general election were decided, television still far outstrips the internet as the most important source of news. And indeed, the three economists noted, for all the talk about Breitbart’s influence and Russian meddling and dark web advertising, Trump only improved on Mitt Romney’s showing among Americans who don’t use the internet, and he “actually lost support among internet-using voters.”
Among older white Americans, the core demographic where first the primaries and then the general election were decided,...

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26 Jan 2018

The Facts Behind the Weaponized Phrase ‘Chain Migration’

Below is a look at the facts behind recent family/chain immigration patterns. In January 2018, for example, most immigrants sponsored by their United States-citizen siblings could begin to apply for a green card if their priority date was before June 22, 2004, a waiting period of 13.5 years. Those from other “oversubscribed” countries like India, Mexico and the Philippines would have needed to have an even earlier priority date.
Below is a look at the facts behind recent family/chain immigration patterns. In January 2018, for example, most...

Publisher: Vox

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19 Jan 2018

Trump isn’t behind the lowest black unemployment rate in decades

Since Trump first took credit for the lower unemployment rates earlier this month, journalists and economists have noted that he isn’t really the cause of the decline. Unemployment among black Americans has been  declining pretty steadily after coming close to 17 percent in 2011.
Since Trump first took credit for the lower unemployment rates earlier this month, journalists and economists have noted...
17 Jan 2018

No, Trump’s approval among black Americans hasn’t doubled

Trump’s approval among black Americans fell nine points from January to December. Rather than doubling, his approval rating among those Americans was actually more than cut in half, dropping from 15 percent to 6 percent.
Trump’s approval among black Americans fell nine points from January to December. Rather than doubling,...
17 Jan 2018

No, Apple Is Not Creating 20,000 Jobs Because of the Tax Bill

On Wednesday afternoon, Apple posted a press release. The primary purpose of this statement, it seems, was to tell investors exactly how much money the company would have to pay in taxes on the profits it’s now repatriating from overseas. Instead of simply reporting this information, conservative media decided to drop it in the middle of a long missive titled “Apple Accelerates U.S. Investment and Job  Creation.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Apple posted a press release. The primary purpose of this statement, it seems, was to tell...

Publisher: The Intercept

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14 Dec 2017

Trump-Connected Firm Helped Sow Chaos in Kenyan Election, Report Says

Like jeans and pickup trucks before, social media misinformation has become the latest and greatest American export. A new report by Privacy International says  that Harris Media, a Texas-based political communications firm that helped boost the Trump campaign, Benghazi paranoia, and German far-right politicians, found its most recent client in Kenya, where an October presidential election flared into deadly violence.
Like jeans and pickup trucks before, social media misinformation has become the latest and greatest American...

Publisher: ThinkProgress

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14 Oct 2017

This is the pro-Trump propaganda being quietly broadcast on local stations across the country

On an otherwise regular morning in mid-August, viewers in Providence, Rhode Island were treated to a segment called Behind the Headlines with Mark Hyman, which immediately followed the local weather report. Hyman’s segment, which runs daily between a minute and a half and two minutes long, is one of several must-run “news” segments that spread misinformation, echo Trump administration talking points, and function as nationalist and right-wing propaganda.
On an otherwise regular morning in mid-August, viewers in Providence, Rhode Island were treated to a segment called...
7 Oct 2017

The Jared bubble

You can’t say ‘hit job’ in here.”  I was six months into my tenure as the editor of the New York Observer, and I was schooling my publisher, Jared Kushner, on why ordering up a slam of someone who had crossed his family in business didn’t pass the journalistic smell test.
You can’t say ‘hit job’ in here.”  I was six months into my tenure as the...

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3 Oct 2017

Facebook’s Russia-Linked Ads Came in Many Disguises

The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises. There was “Defend the 2nd,” a Facebook page for gun-rights supporters, festooned with firearms and tough rhetoric. There was a rainbow-hued page for gay rights activists, “LGBT United.” There was even a Facebook group for animal lovers with memes of adorable puppies that spread across the site with the help of paid ads.
The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises. There was “Defend...

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8 Sep 2017

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails or the fire hose of stories, true, false and in between, that battered Mrs. Clinton on Russian outlets like RT and Sputnik. Far less splashy, and far more difficult to trace, was Russia’s experimentation on Facebook and Twitter, the American companies that essentially invented the tools of social media and, in this case, did not stop them from being turned into engines of deception and propaganda.
The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic...

Publisher: The Guardian

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29 Aug 2017

Lurid Trump allegations made by Louise Mensch and co-writer came from hoaxer

Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were based on bogus information from a hoaxer who falsely claimed to work in law enforcement. Claude Taylor tweeted fake details of criminal inquiries into Trump that were invented by a source whose claim to work for the New York attorney general was not checked, according to emails seen by the Guardian. The allegations were endorsed as authentic and retweeted by his co-writer Louise Mensch.
Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were...
4 Aug 2017

A Chilling Theory on Trump’s Nonstop Lies

Trump’s chronic duplicity may be pathological, as some experts have suggested. But what else might be going on here? In fact, the 45th president’s stream of lies echoes a contemporary form of Russian propaganda known as the “Firehose of Falsehood.”
Trump’s chronic duplicity may be pathological, as some experts have suggested. But what else might be going on here?...
2 Aug 2017

Explosive lawsuit alleges Trump reviewed and approved bogus Fox News story on Seth Rich

A defamation lawsuit  filed by longtime Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler against the network alleges that President Trump was directly involved in concocting a fake  story intended to undercut the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian hackers waged cyberattacks against Democratic targets to help him get elected.
A defamation lawsuit  filed by longtime Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler against the network alleges that...
28 Jun 2017

CNN Journalists Resign: Latest Example of Media Recklessness on the Russia Threat

U.S. media outlets have repeatedly been caught publishing exaggerations and falsehoods about Moscow. That behavior is dangerous. CNN let go of 3 prominent reporters. Several factors compound CNN’s embarrassment here. To begin with, CNN’s story was first debunked by an article in Sputnik News, which explained that the investment fund documented several “factual inaccuracies” in the report, and by Breitbart, which cited numerous other factual inaccuracies.
U.S. media outlets have repeatedly been caught publishing exaggerations and falsehoods about Moscow. That behavior is...
28 Jun 2017

White House Threatened Syria While Trump Yawned, Insiders Say

Tillerson secretly warned the Russians, and Kushner and Bannon were consulted before the White House rattled its saber. All this occurred this week as President Donald Trump displayed what two White House officials characterized as relative indifference and passivity towards the subject, instead opting to focus his public and private energies towards fuming at his domestic enemies  in the Democratic Party and the “fake news.”“The president cares more about CNN and the Russia story than [Syria] at the moment,” one official observed.
Tillerson secretly warned the Russians, and Kushner and Bannon were consulted before the White House rattled its saber....
7 Jun 2017

The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. The only problem is that there is no deal. It's fake news. I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them “intended sales.” None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.
Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion...
25 May 2017

How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe

The bureau’s director may have relied on murky intelligence to push aside Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch in 2016. The Russians used fake news to influence Mr. Comey's decision in June to chastise Ms. Clinton and call the investigation completed.
The bureau’s director may have relied on murky intelligence to push aside Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch in 2016....
25 May 2017

Former FBI agent details how Trump and Russia team up to weaponize fake news

In this post, former FBI agent offers specific examples of when Trump and Paul Manafort, diverted attention from questions posed to them to fake news articles propagated by the Russians.
In this post, former FBI agent offers specific examples of when Trump and Paul Manafort, diverted attention from...

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17 May 2017

New fake news dilemma: sites publish real scoops amid mess of false reports

Louise Mensch is among a number of bloggers offering a mix of true and inaccurate stories, forcing readers to discern for truth for themselves. And Mensch’s post was difficult to dismiss outright because she and her co-author, Claude Taylor, had earlier reported a pair of details from the investigations into Trump’s alleged links with Russia that were later confirmed by major mainstream news outlets.
Louise Mensch is among a number of bloggers offering a mix of true and inaccurate stories, forcing readers to discern...
13 May 2017

The real reason Trump canned Jim Comey

Another example of right wing media's fake news stories. They claim that the real reason for firing James Comey was the fact that he refused to investigate leaks by Obama administration, without offering any proof that there is actually something to investigate.
Another example of right wing media's fake news stories. They claim that the real reason for firing James Comey was the...
12 May 2017

FBI disputes press reports: We have ‘adequate resources’ for Russia probe

Here is an example of fake news. The article refutes its own headline at the end of the article. Article later states that McCabe was not sure if Comey had asked for more funds and that the claim that he is not popular is false.
Here is an example of fake news. The article refutes its own headline at the end of the article. Article later states...
10 Dec 2016

A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs

Fake news is not one sided. To say Clinton lost because of fake news is disingenuous. This report gives an example of how media and Hillary Clinton camp spread fake news to discredit wikileaks stories.
Fake news is not one sided. To say Clinton lost because of fake news is disingenuous. This report gives an example of...
15 Aug 2016

Wikileaks Ties Hillary To Pedophile Sex Trafficker

The link here is between an attorney Roy Black, who represented Jeffery Epstein, accused of trafficking under aged girls for sex with himself and powerful friends including Bill Clinton. They fail to mention that he is also a friend of Donald Trump.
The link here is between an attorney Roy Black, who represented Jeffery Epstein, accused of trafficking under aged girls...

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10 Aug 2016

Wikileaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS

The weapons were actually sold to Qatar with the intention to topple Qadafi and fight Assad in Syria. However Hillary denied publicly about the shipment of these weapons. - No WikiLeaks e-mails confirm that Hillary Clinton directly and knowingly "sold weapons to ISIS."
The weapons were actually sold to Qatar with the intention to topple Qadafi and fight Assad in Syria. However Hillary...
4 Aug 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Connection to ISIS Revealed by WikiLeaks, Followed by Media Blackout

This latest revelation from Wikileaks reveals that Hillary Clinton was a director of, and received over $100,000 from, French industrial giant Lafarge, which was recently exposed as secretly sponsoring the Islamic State for profit. Documents obtained by several journalistic investigations reveal that Lafarge has paid taxes to the terror group to operate its cement plant in Syria, and even bought Isis oil for years
This latest revelation from Wikileaks reveals that Hillary Clinton was a director of, and received over $100,000 from,...

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