Tag: Fake News

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The Exploding Ants of Borneo

 
Colobopsis explodens. Photo credit: Zookeys / Alexey Kopchinskiy

Yes, you read that headline correctly. And while the claim of something so fantastic begs disbelief, these ants really do exist. However unsettling the idea of their existence might be, I consider even more unsettling the unlikely and downright obtuse path that I took to first read about them. Let me explain.

Like many people, I make New Year’s Resolutions. And like many, I hold to them with varying degrees of success. This year, one resolution that I made was said simply enough: finish all outstanding projects before starting new ones. In practice, to a great extent, this resolution explains my relative absence from this forum.

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Jim Geraghty is back! Today, he and Greg Corombos of Radio America agree that it was time for VA Secretary David Shulkin to leave after months of ethical woes – but also a year of some progress at one of government’s biggest and most important bureaucracies. They also take on the identical script recorded by dozens of anchors at Sinclair stations, noting that the commitment to reporting facts is good but making every station say exactly the same thing looks really bad. And they slam Hillary Clinton for adding the Supreme Court decisions on Citizens United and the Voting Rights Act to her endless excuses for losing in 2016.

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Fake News from the Vatican: The Benedict Letter

 

There has been quite some hubbub this past week over a letter written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It is a sad case of what happens when the truth is withheld. And yet, apparently, even our good friends at the Vatican Secretariat for Communications spread fake news. Sad. Particularly sad when Pope Francis, in his message for the World Day of Social Communications, condemned fake news.

The story is like a turducken, composed of various parts hidden inside one another, that came to see the light of day only through the work of a press seeking the truth. As they say, the cover-up is usually worse than the scandal.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate the lowest number of weekly jobless claims since 1973 as yet another sign the economy is on a serious upswing. They also examine the Republican National Committee’s winners for worst fake news in 2017, with a look at the choices and the RNC being unprepared for the traffic on its website. And they call out MSNBC’s Joy Reid for her vile attack on National Review’s David French and for her later retraction of the smear, which proved she never actually read his article in the first place.

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The Post

 

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shudder at the attempted terrorist attack in New York City but are glad this particular ISIS sympathizer only injured himself. They also slam CNN for not only failing to verify the information from its sources in its supposed Wikileaks bombshell but for failing to be the first to correct its mistakes and then saying its reporters did everything right. And they roll their eyes as leftists get bent out of shape because U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wished CNN’s Jake Tapper, who is Jewish, a Merry Christmas.

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A Discussion About Media Bias with NY Times’ Tina Rosenberg, Co-founder of Solutions Journalism

 

Tina RosenbergTina Rosenberg is the co-founder of Solutions Journalism, which collaborates with 170 news organizations and 10 journalism schools to change the culture of news. We discuss combatting activist journalism, media bias, hypocrisy, the future of journalism, what’s missing in today’s news, and how journalists can allow for a more civil and enlightening conversation.

Tina is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times‘ “Opinionator” section. Her books include Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. She has written for dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic. She is the author most recently, of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.

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The “Lone-Wolf” Narrative

 

You ever notice how most of the major newspapers (and in some cases, former newspapers) seem to always start out reporting a terrorist-related tragedy as a “lone-wolf” attack? I found some interesting stuff. More

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Fistfight Over Boho Exurb Dairy Queen

 

Fox View, IL – A direct-democracy petition to rename the local Dairy Queen caused a fistfight at a local town planning meeting. In Fox View, a freshly-gentrified boho exurb along I-55’s tech corridor, a coalition of intersectional feminists and vegans recently banded together to petition for a name-change to the local Dairy Queen into something more gender-neutral, like “Milky Majesty” or “Dairy Despot.”

“’Queen’ is too gendered, and perpetuates the kyriarchy,” Lori Kribbutz, an intersectionality expert explained. “It perpetuates the idea that women, even very powerful women, such as queens, are merely cutesified objects to be rendered bland and palatable for mass consumption.” Minky Etherson, president of the local chapter of VAMP (Vegans Against Milk Production) added, “It’s also unfair to insinuate that women are the power behind the exploitation of dairy animals, when we all know men historically have been behind dairy-animal exploitation.”

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for squashing the “blue slip” system and expediting the confirmation of judicial appointments. Even though they’re pretty sure President Trump is joking about pulling network licenses in response to “fake news,” they explain why a president should never be threatening the existence of a media outlet over their content. And they cheer Ronan Farrow for his impressive reporting on the extent of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults and harassment, while also blasting NBC for its lame explanation for refusing to run the story months ago.

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Sarah Sanders Creates a Real No-Spin Zone

 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders shut down a White House reporter during a press conference Friday. CNN’s April Ryan tried to force a conversation that Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico was “controversial” — meaning the whiny San Juan mayor made a fuss.

(When Mayor Cruz joined Joy Reid on the “The Rachel Maddow show” Tuesday night, she called Trump’s actions during his visit “terrible and abominable,” and criticized the round table discussion as a “PR 17-minute meeting.”)

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The End of the Cold War Suddenly Feels Hot Again

 

Russian fingerprints seem to be turning up everywhere in the news lately and it is more than concerning. Remember Reagan’s famous speech, “Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” The fall of the Soviet Union came with a crashing sound that echoed throughout the free world. The idea of introducing freedom into a major communist offered so […]

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Pants-on-Fire NBC Walks Back Fake News Completely

 

Well, here we go again. The MSM, so anxious every day to dig up dirt on Trump that they no longer bother with reliable sources, have had to completely back down from a completely Fake News story. It looked like a bombshell, but again, it was “two sources briefed on the evidence” that “included” a certain word:

NBC News dropped what the network hyped as a “potential bombshell” last week. “Manafort Notes From Russian Meet Contain Cryptic Reference to ‘Donations’” the original headline read. The story claimed that Manafort’s notes from the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with White House aide Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer included the word “donations” near a reference to the Republican National Committee.

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Fake News Alert: Secret Service Not Running Out of Money Because of Trump and Family

 

Major news outlets around the country would have you think that the United States Secret Service is running out of money due to President Trump’s frequent travel and large family. From the USA Today:

The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump’s family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast.

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James O’Keefe, Project Veritas: Something Big’s Coming

 

James O'KeefeJames O’Keefe joins Dave Sussman at Whiskey Politics on Ricochet at Freedom Fest to discuss the CNN Scandal, fake news, Project Veritas videos, how notoriety has impacted him personally and the big things on the horizon for his growing organization. (22 min.)

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