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Flynn

Flynn Drama Has All The Intrigue Of A Russian Spy Thriller

If the late, great Donald Westlake had written spy thrillers instead of crime capers, they’d read a lot like the opening weeks of the Trump administration. Flynn’s not the first, and he’ll surely be far from the last, to learn that Trump’s insistence upon personal loyalty is a one-way street.

February 15, 2017
This Week In Crazy

The 2016 Election Emboldened Dangerous ‘Citizen Journalist’ Vigilantes

Partisan activists who pose as “citizen journalists” have no stake in getting it right. They are not beholden to editors or to upholding any publication’s reputation. With minimal name recognition and a clearly political agenda, these operatives do have an incentive to get media and public attention by any means.

December 26, 2016

Alex Jones Deletes Video Urging Fans To Personally “Investigate” Pizzagate

After an Alex Jones listener attempted to “self-investigate” Pizzagate and ended up firing his gun inside the restaurant — and subsequent media coverage — Jones deleted the damning YouTube video.

December 17, 2016
Alex Jones, Pizzagate

Conspiracist Alex Jones Tries To Scrub Pizzagate Content From Infowars

While Jones has been attempting to distance himself from his clear promotions of pizzagate, his own content — scrubbed or otherwise — proves that he can’t run away from it.

December 14, 2016
Alex Jones instigates mass psychotic episodes like Comet Ping Pong conspiracy for profit

Comet Conspiracy: Mass Delusion Is Nothing New (But Still Lucrative)

Just last summer, Alex Jones provoked a panic in rural Texas with fevered allegations that the real purpose of U.S. Army maneuvers there was to install secret armies of ISIS fighters in underground tunnels. He’s also persuaded thousands that the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut was a “false flag” hoax aimed at confiscating their guns. Anybody believing that shouldn’t be allowed to walk off-leash in a city park, much less to buy an AR-15.

December 13, 2016
Flynn

On Twitter, Flynn Follows Racists, Conspiracists, And Islamophobes

Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, follows Twitter accounts with profiles promoting white supremacy, anti-Muslim conspiracies, unsubstantiated claims about President Obama’s birthplace, and conspiracies involving Comet Ping Pong, a fake news story about a child sex ring operating from a Washington, D.C. pizzeria.

December 12, 2016
Fake News, Facebook

What Makes People Fall For Fake News?

We can’t distinguish between real news and fake news because we don’t even question the credibility of the source of news when we are online. Why would we, when we think of ourselves or our friends as the source?

December 12, 2016
Dr Strangelove - Paranoid period

Paranoia Is On The Rise In American Politics

It seems we are in the throes of another of those periods when the “paranoid style in American politics,” as the historian Richard Hofstadter put it in a groundbreaking essay, is ascendant. No nefarious act, no multilayered conspiracy, is too bizarre, too complex or too ridiculous for some to believe.

December 9, 2016
Fake news

5 People Close To Trump Who Have Propagated Fake News

Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people who have helped propagate fake new including two of his sons, his former campaign manager, his pick for national security adviser, and the adviser’s son, who was involved in the transition until recently.

December 9, 2016
Clinton fake news

Hillary Clinton: ‘Fake News A Threat To U.S. Democracy’

“It’s now clear that so-called ‘fake news’ can have real-world consequences. This isn’t about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days, to do their jobs, contribute to their communities,” Clinton said.

December 8, 2016