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Danziger

Danziger: News From Nowhere

October 21, 2017
President

#EndorseThis: ‘President Show’ Trump Calls Press “Worst Hate Group Of Them All”

In deep-character as “the second president of the Confederate States of America,” President Show host Anthony Atamanuik addressed the violence in Charlottesville. Challenged by a “reporter” about his coziness with white supremacists, Atamanuik-as-Trump denounced “the worst hate group of them all: the press.”

August 25, 2017
melodrama

Trump’s War On The Press: A Poorly-Scripted Melodrama

This president hasn’t got the self-discipline to lead a coup, and the great majority of his followers are far too comfortable watching the televised spectacle in their recliner chairs to take to the streets. Only a steadily shrinking minority believes the president’s “witch hunt” rhetoric, and not very strongly. As I say, it’s poorly-scripted melodrama.

August 9, 2017
Meyers

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Explains The Hypocrisy Of Trump’s ‘Working Vacation’

Late Night host Seth Meyers on Monday took “A Closer Look” at President Trump’s 17-day “working” vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

August 8, 2017
Google fact-check to answer fake news

New Google Fact-Check Tool Pushes Back Against Fake News Worldwide

As Google has come under fire for perpetuating the spread of baseless, harmful stories (like Holocaust denial articles and racist rants, among other problematic search results), the new Google fact-check tool appears to be the social network’s attempt to navigate that line of information ethics.

April 10, 2017
koppel tells hannity

#EndorseThis: Ted Koppel Tells Hannity Why He Is ‘Bad For America’

Listen as award-winning newsman Ted Koppel tells Hannity, the Fox News disinformer, exactly why his nightly dose of fake news is “bad for America.”

March 27, 2017
Sean Spicer, White House, Lies

White House Delegitimizes Anything That Gets In The Way Of Its Propaganda

The press. Government employees. Non-partisan government agencies helmed by Republicans. All of them are now being portrayed by the administration as unworthy of the public trust, because they put out information damaging to the president.

March 11, 2017
Kellyanne Conway, Alternative Facts

Trump’s Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway Returns From Exile

Being silenced by the White House must have been devastating. We are left to wonder if, deprived of video contact with Mika Brzezinski and Jake Tapper, Kellyanne suffered clinical symptoms of withdrawal.

February 28, 2017
Putin

Russian Government Launches Western ‘Fake News’ Tracker

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the page from its official website, featuring five reports from U.S. and British media. The publications are dramatically shown on the site, stamped with red text “Fake” above a Russian language disclaimer stating: “This material contains data, not corresponding to the truth.”

February 23, 2017
Trump

President Trump’s Chaotic And Bizarre First Month Is Unprecedented

Presidential historians and veteran Washington correspondents say President Donald Trump’s first month in office — which has been marred by numerous scandals and vicious attacks on the press — is more “chaotic” and “bizarre” than any administration’s first month in history.

February 23, 2017
sater

Follow The Money To Uncover Trump’s Deep Ties To Russia

Consider what one is tempted to call President Trump’s downright “Clintonian” non-denial denial during his recent press conference: “I own nothing in Russia, I have no loans in Russia, I don’t have any deals in Russia.” The president denying this well-documented fact is the rough equivalent of Bill Clinton denying he’d ever met Monica Lewinsky.

February 22, 2017
Trump, Media

Trump Has The Media Crying All The Way To The Bank

Trump may bash the traditional media to please his base of die-hards, but the anti-Trump base is a lot bigger — and it’s growing. It’s also affluent. And one way to resist is to buy what Trump condemns. Legacy media are biting back, and that, it turns out, is good both for the news and for business.

February 21, 2017
Sweden, Trump

Swedish Paper Lists ‘Everything’ That Happened Friday

In a tongue-in-cheek article published Sunday, a Swedish newspaper ran through a series of the worst problems it could find Friday in the country. More serious stories cited by the article, now published in English on the paper’s website, included a man dying in hospital after a workplace accident, and police chasing a suspect for allegedly driving under the influence.

February 20, 2017
FEC

A Professor’s Lesson: ‘American Democracy Is Now Confronting An Abyss’

In a sobering interview, Yale history professor Tim Snyder recently suggested that American democracy has less than a year to live. Is it really possible that the Madisonian republic, founded in 1789 and renewed in 1865, is about to die? Yes, says Michael J. Glennon, professor of international law at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.

February 20, 2017
Immigrants, United States

If You Love The United States, Thank An Immigrant

It’s a commonplace to say immigrants built this nation. They settled the prairies and dug the canals and laid the rails and mined the coal and worked in the steel mills and factories and slaughterhouses that made America rich. They continue to contribute a great deal at all levels of the economy. We can continue to enjoy this benefit, while clearing up the murk that is American immigration policy.

February 20, 2017
Mideast refugees arriving in Sweden

Sweden Mocks Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ On Fictional Refugee Incident

“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter. Other Swedes mocked Trump by posting pictures of reindeer, meatballs, and people assembling IKEA furniture.

February 19, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

5 Unreal Moments From Trump’s Bizarre Press Conference

President Trump’s bizarre press conference on Thursday, which saw the president openly berate the White House press corps and suggest an African American reporter was friends with the Congressional Black Caucus, likely did little to assuage fears about Trump’s erratic behavior. It was, in a word, a mess.

February 17, 2017
Flynn

Flynn Scandal Shatters Trump’s ‘Alternative Fact’ Cocoon

Presidents from both parties have always enjoyed partisan cheerleaders in the press who will defend an administration from attacks and enthusiastically support its agenda. But what the Trump team is trying to assemble is something else entirely. It’s trying to build its own self-sustaining, hermetically sealed information bubble so that Trump, his aides, and his supporters don’t have to acknowledge everyday facts.

February 16, 2017
Stephen Miller, Trump Surrogates, Lie

Trump’s Team Of TV Surrogates Constantly Lie

This current crisis of confidence is about an entire White House philosophy of dishonesty driven by Trump himself. And that certainly includes Trump TV surrogates such as Spicer and Miller, who are quickly amassing resumes built around pushing daily falsehoods. If news producers are avoiding Conway, they should also be pondering the worth of hosting Spicer and Miller.

February 14, 2017
Climate Change

The Only Way To Understand Climate Change In A Post-Truth World

Science is the most useful tool we have to adapt to climate change and avoid its worst outcomes. But it requires critical thinking and a big-picture perspective to ensure we consider all available evidence. With so many people scrolling through social media feeds for news rather than reading entire articles, facts and clarity can become elusive. It’s up to us all—media and consumers alike—to dig deeper for the full story.

February 12, 2017
Gaslighting

The White House Is Gaslighting The Media (And The Entire Country)

Donald Trump lies and reporters fact-check him, then he and his team spin the lies to blame the “biased” and “dishonest” media. Trump’s team wants to create a world where no one knows what to believe, where facts and reality are irrelevant, and all that matters is what Trump says matters.

February 12, 2017
Gorsuch and Trump

Trump Falsely Claims That Supreme Court Pick’s Criticism Is ‘Fake News’

Gorsuch’s remarks describing Trump’s attacks on the judiciary as “demoralizing” and “disheartening” were first disclosed on Wednesday by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal. Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist hired by the White House to guide Gorsuch’s nomination through the U.S. Senate, also said that the judge had made the comments to Blumenthal.

February 9, 2017
Conway

Conway’s Bowling Green Massacre Claim Wasn’t An ‘Honest Mistake’

The good news is Conway’s awkward “massacre” fabrication was quickly and aggressively debunked, and her reputation may have suffered a long-term hit. The disturbing downside: The Conway incident isn’t a random, dismissible incident. As the Trump White House has proven repeatedly, making things up is becoming the rule, not the exception.

February 8, 2017
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

Trump’s Embarrassingly Bogus Claims About ‘Underreported’ Terror Attacks

In its relentless effort to delegitimize the press, the Trump administration issued long list of lies about terrorism attacks that supposedly went underreported. The list is a horror show, one so embarrassingly rife with misspellings and falsehoods that it reads like a term paper thrown together at the last second by a 10th grader recovering from a nightlong binge of Minecraft.

February 8, 2017
Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway Throws Gutter Ball, Massacres Facts

Take the bogus Bowling Green massacre story, with the underlying wailing about how the evil, evil press didn’t report that Obama banned Muslims from Iraq afterward. The horrifying question: Is Conway just a liar, or is she so uninformed that she doesn’t know everything she said was untrue?

February 7, 2017