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Fake partisan news makes Facebook millions

Facebook Allowed Questionable Ads In German Election Despite Warnings

On Sept. 15, nine days before the elections in Germany, the Green party complained to Facebook about a popular series of attack ads deriding its stances on gender-neutral bathrooms, electric cars and other topics.

October 19, 2017

Network And Cable News Ignore Rohingya Plight In Primetime

The Myanmar government’s military forces are conducting ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population — an ethnic and religious minority in Myanmar — through systematic violence and expulsion.

October 19, 2017

New Fox Primetime Lineup Taking Bannon’s Side In GOP War

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, whose prime-time Fox News program debuts in two weeks, will headline a kickoff event tonight for Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward’s insurgent primary campaign against Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a critic of President Donald Trump.

October 18, 2017

Former ‘Apprentice’ Star Subpoenas Trump Campaign

A former Apprentice contestant who alleges Donald Trump groped her has subpoenaed his campaign team for documents about “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.” Summer Zervos said Trump had attempted to kiss and touch her in 2007, making her accusation public in October 2016. Trump called the allegations a lie, which led Zervos to file a defamation lawsuit against Trump.

October 16, 2017
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Hustler Publisher Offers $10 Million For Dirt On Trump

Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $10 million Sunday for dirt to help remove from office US President Donald Trump, in a full page ad in the Washington Post. “I do not expect any of Trump’s billionaire cronies to rat him out, but I am confident that there are many people in the know for whom $10 million is a lot of money,” he said in the ad.

October 16, 2017
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Major Media Companies Profiting From ‘Trump Bump’

Donald Trump took his penchant for calling news outlets and their reports “fake news” one step further on Wednesday when he called for NBC’s license to be challenged after NBC published a story saying Trump called for a “tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.” Though NBC and networks may be worried right now, in reality, they’ve profited since Trump’s campaign began.

October 16, 2017
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Is Facebook Blocking Access To Data For Reporters Seeking To Probe Russian Infiltration In 2016 Election?

The mystery is deepening over how much Facebook knows about Russian use of the social media platform to inject content and messaging intended to influence voters during the 2016 presidential election.

October 16, 2017
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Harvey Weinstein Expelled By Oscars Academy: Statement

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled Harvey Weinstein, it said on Saturday, amid mounting sexual harassment, assault and rape accusations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul. An emergency meeting of its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority,” it said in a statement.

October 15, 2017

Our Free Press Endured Worse Than Trump — And Triumphed

Now we live in a time when the 45th president insults and threatens the press as his daily bread. The press has taken his verbal abuse on the chin. On Donald Trump’s first full day in office, he called the press his “enemy” at the CIA. In a Nixonian move, Trump just tweeted that NBC’s license might be revoked for a report on enlarging the nuclear arsenal. Yet Nixon hated the press privately. Trump is poisoning the public well of ink and airwaves.

October 15, 2017

Trump Owns Fake Renoir That He Insists Is Real

Biographer Tim O’Brien told Vanity Fair an amazing anecdote about how President Donald Trump owns a Renoir print and straight-up refuses to acknowledge it’s not the original painting. O’Brien spotted the print on Trump’s plane and asked him if it was an original, apparently to see if he’d lie.

October 15, 2017

Where Is Disney’s Outrage About Pat Robertson?

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month, which killed 59 people and left more than 500 injured, televangelist Pat Robertson blamed the massacre on Americans’ disrespect for Donald Trump.

October 14, 2017
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Fox News Anchor Compares Trump To Nixon

President Trump may be treated well on the opinion shows at Fox News, but news anchor Shep Smith is holding nothing back about the president’s similarities to President Richard Nixon. A scandal involving journalists toppled Nixon’s presidency, and Smith believes Trump may be next.

October 13, 2017
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Biggest Fake News Sources: Breitbart, Fox, Limbaugh

Fox News was confirmed as the favorite news source for people who believe that “Hillary Clinton was involved in a DNC staffer’s death” (48%); “Barack Obama faked his birth certificate” (63%); and “the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax” (47%). In contrast, people whose favorite outlets were the New York Times, Washington Post and NPR were least likely to believe those thoroughly debunked claims.

October 13, 2017

Trump Threatens NBC’s Broadcast Licenses Following Critical Stories

Substantively, Trump’s threat is fairly empty: NBC and other networks do not hold a license for the network as a whole. Licenses are issued to local stations, of which NBC owns 28. Under deregulatory measures that Republicans successfully pushed over the past generation, challenging a license on the grounds that coverage is unfair or biased would be extremely difficult.

October 12, 2017

Mass Murderers Should Be Deprived Of Fame

On Oct. 1, a 64-year-old Nevada man opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. If you don’t know his name, you can easily find it online, in print or on TV. But you won’t learn it from this column. Notoriety may have been what he was after in methodically plotting the slaughter.

October 12, 2017

Trump Mimics Turkish Despot In Threat To Free Press

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that one of its journalists, Ayla Albayrak, had been convicted of “engaging in terrorist propaganda” by a Turkish court over Albayrak’s reporting in the Journal on a Kurdish separatist party banned in that nation. The move was condemned by the Journal’s editor-in-chief, Gerard Baker, and press freedom advocates.

October 12, 2017
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Trump Interview Confirms Again His Awful Character

Donald Trump sat down with Forbes magazine this week, and as with all of his interviews, it’s a real doozy. Perhaps the only expectation Trump has ever exceeded is that he’d be the worst president in modern history, and each of these remarks reminds us why.

October 11, 2017

Facebook’s Reform Takes A Very Odd Turn In New ‘Partnership’

As Media Matters has documented, Facebook has served as a conduit for the flow of fake news stories to spread. The platform has recently faced scrutiny for having such lax advertisement policies that a Russian company was able to buy political ads during the 2016 election.

October 10, 2017

Free Thinking Army Officer Is Driving The Right Crazy

Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is, by all accounts, a contrarian. He was a free thinker at West Point, a communist in the U.S. Army, a soldier who reads Gramsci, and most tragically, a threat to the peace of mind of Senator Marco Rubio.

October 10, 2017
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Gun Outfit Hired Hannity And Others As Paid Shills

Right-wing radio hosts such as Sean Hannity and Mark Levin have been acting as paid pitch people for a company that promises to help train members on how to use guns to “survive a mass shooting.” Hannity has been especially vocal about the company and used the recent Las Vegas mass shooting to shill for it on his radio program.

October 9, 2017
Steve Bannon, head of the news website Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. Bannon, a conservative flamethrower was referred to by ousted Corey Lewandowski as "a street fighter" like himself. The campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon "the most dangerous political operative in America." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Here’s What You Need To Know About BuzzFeed’s Breitbart Bombshell

Buzzfeed News has obtained and published “an explosive cache of documents” confirming Breitbart as the mouthpiece for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the racist right-wing movement known as the alt-right. Buzzfeed’s entire report on Breitbart management’s courting of neo-Nazis and white supremacists can be found here.

October 8, 2017
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Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Says Republicans In Congress No Longer Believe Trump Is Fit For Presidency

Carl Bernstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose investigative work is considered a catalyst for the resignation of President Richard Nixon, made a startling claim on CNN about how members of today’s GOP-led Congress view President Donald Trump.

October 8, 2017

How Right-Wing Media Are Elevating Conspiracy Theories About The Las Vegas Shooting

The horrid massacre in Las Vegas, NV, in which a shooter killed at least 58 people and injured hundreds, has turned message board users and right-wing internet trolls into do-it-yourself (DIY) sleuths attempting to solve the crime themselves.

October 7, 2017
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VIDEO: How Fox News Is Mainstreaming White Supremacists And Neo-Nazis

Everyone is well aware that Trump has been continually signaling his support to white supremacists since the 2016 presidential campaign. He retweets them, refuses to immediately disavow them, and even defends them. And Fox News is right there to validate him at every turn.

October 7, 2017
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Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein’s Response To Sexual Assault Allegations Against Him Doesn’t Inspire Confidence

For decades, Harvey Weinstein has served as the real-life inspiration for every tyrannical, foul-mouthed, hot-headed fictional movie studio executive. For pretty much just as long, according to a bombshell report from the New York Times, Weinstein has been serial sexually harassing aspiring young actresses who come into his orbit.

October 7, 2017