Tag: Fake News

Ann Coulter went on Fox News and called for migrants to be shot. Here’s the headline Fox went with.

Murdoch Media Fox News and Alternative Facts (ODT)

During the show, Coulter argued that U.S. soldiers “can shoot invaders,” adding that if they couldn’t shoot them in the United States they could “go one yard into Mexico.” When host Jeanine Pirro pushed back, stating, “Ann, we can’t invade Mexico. … We certainly can’t cross the border to shoot them up over there,” Coulter responded, “Reagan invaded Grenada, and Grenada was far less of a threat to Americans.” She also stated that even if judges would try to prevent Trump from allowing soldiers to shoot at migrants or invade Mexico, “that’s not a reason not to try it.”

To summarize: Coulter called for shooting migrants or invading Mexico, and Fox News thought the best description for those comments was “Coulter urges Trump to follow through on tough border talk.”

Ann Coulter went on Fox News and called for migrants to be shot. Here’s the headline Fox went with.

MSNBC’s First Look highlights how Fox News exploited the migrant caravan in the lead-up to the midterms, then immediately forgot about it

Ayman Mohyeldin: “While Fox News spent more than 33 hours discussing the caravan through Election Day, the network didn’t focus on it at all the day after the midterms, and it has spend less than five minutes on the subject the day after that”

Source: MSNBC’s First Look highlights how Fox News exploited the migrant caravan in the lead-up to the midterms, then immediately forgot about it

Man taken into custody as US enters fifth day of bomb scares

Rita Katz, director of SITE Intelligence Group, said a review of social media pages didn’t indicate affiliation with far-right extremist organisations but show “an intense support” for Trump as well as Islamophobic sentiments and the promotion of conspiracy theories
Cesar Sayoc jnr.

Shortly after the arrest, Trump called the suspected mail bombs “terrorising acts” and praised law enforcement officers.

“We will prosecute them, him, her, whoever it may be, to the fullest extent of the law,” he said at a White House event. “We must never allow political violence to take root in America and I’m committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it and stop it now.”

However, just before Sayoc was taken into custody, Trump posted a tweet that seemed to question the timing and veracity of the bomb scares.

via Man taken into custody as US enters fifth day of bomb scares

NSW 100 per cent in drought: minister

Andrew Bolt’s denial was obvious in his editorial stating ” this is normal Australia” “The Big Lie” was his “Big Wet” half a graphic story which is just ” Big BS”. Climate Change is real generations of farmers know it’s real. Bolt’s ignorance his denial and we have seen more rain than ever been seen before. He showed a graphic that ignored the reality of two states. (ODT)

The entire state of NSW has been declared in drought after a drier-than-expected June and July.

According to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, 61 per cent of NSW is either in drought or intense drought, while nearly 39 per cent is drought affected.

“The forecast suggests an increase of drier than normal conditions for the next three months across the majority of NSW.”

Mr Blair assured farmers and the community that the government would “stand with them through this challenging time and continue to make sure we have the right support available”.

 NSW 100 per cent in drought: minister

The NSW government has announced more than $1 billion in drought relief measures, which include transport subsidies, waivers on farming costs, further bolstering the Farm Innovation Fund, animal welfare measures and mental health support, the statement said.

 

‘Fake News’ is Everywhere — 20+ Times Government & Media Got Caught Brainwashing Us

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According to Israeli born Professor Edward Said, “no country and no lobby” has been as effective at spreading media propaganda and “misinformation” in the United States better than the government of Israel.[67] Naturally, as the field of media and journalism have branched out into the internet, so too has their capabilities to manipulate public opinion.

Back in 2009, the Israeli government announced plans to employ citizens in the dissemination of online propaganda.[68] In 2012, the Electronic Intifada broke a similar story about leaked documents claiming that Israeli students were offered an alluring $2,000 a month, to work from home for just several hours a week of online propaganda. And in 2013, the government setup a University scholarship program for students willing to peddle their agenda.

Alon Liel, former director-general of the Israeli foreign ministry went on record expressing his outrage, by calling it “quite disgusting… University students should be educated to think freely. When you buy the mind of a student, he becomes a puppet of the Israeli government grant… You can give a grant to do social work or teach but not to do propaganda on controversial issues for the government.”[69]

via ‘Fake News’ is Everywhere — 20+ Times Government & Media Got Caught Brainwashing Us

Fox News FAIL: Graphic Claims Entire US Defense Budget Goes To NATO | Crooks and Liars

Fox News FAIL: Graphic Claims Entire US Defense Budget Goes To NATO

When your as dumb as Trump who cares about truth your making Billions for Murdoch. Will Fox and News Corp merge? What does that mean for SKY and Foxtel and Murdoch’s Aussie holdings? (ODT)

Fox News on Thursday falsely suggested that the entire U.S. defense budget is paid to NATO.

In an on-screen graphic titled “U.S. Contributions To NATO in 2018,” Fox News claimed that $706.1 billion was paid to the military alliance.

In fact, $706.1 billion represents the entire defense budget, which is the largest in U.S. history.

via Fox News FAIL: Graphic Claims Entire US Defense Budget Goes To NATO | Crooks and Liars

Benjamin Netanyahu is a fake supporter of democracy | +972 Magazine

Why aren’t Iranian Jews flocking to Israel? Why don’t we hear of those in Morocco? Why don’t we hear more about the Jewish opposition in Israel they throw rocks too but don’t get shot. (ODT)

Netanyahu’s support for Iranian dissidents is unabashedly cynical. It stems from short-term Realpolitik, by which democracy and freedom are worthy goals as long as they serve his political interests. The prime minister has no qualms about calling for democracy in Iran, Israel’s sworn enemy, while allying himself with some of the Middle East’s worst human rights violators. What else could explain his support for protests in Iran, his unease about democracy in the Arab world, and his hostility toward opposition at home by both citizens and non-citizens alike?

via Benjamin Netanyahu is a fake supporter of democracy | +972 Magazine

Press gives Israel pretext to attack Gaza | The Electronic Intifada

Australian Press needs inclusion here as well just read Andrew Bolt’s cooentaries but even more the lack of commentary on Israel. We can imagine just how much attention kites and balloons would get at International arms shows when they are portrayed by Israel’s IDF as deadly. Israel is no doubt copying them to sell commercially. (ODT)

Journalists in Britain and Ireland often refer to the summer months as the “silly season.” Little of consequence is happening, the media apparently decide, so we can treat trivia as newsworthy.

I’m not sure if hot weather is to blame but much recent coverage of Gaza is quite silly. Perspective has been discarded as kites and balloons have been depicted as major threats.

These are “weapons that are designed to kill,” according to an Israeli military spokesperson quoted in a Financial Times feature. Fixated on these high-flying incendiary devices, the feature omitted a pertinent fact: nobody has actually been killed by them.

Silly reporting of this nature serves Israel well. An aggressive state that has committed a number of massacres this year alone is cast as a victim.

Intentionally or not, the press is offering pretexts for Israel to launch another major offensive against Gaza. Any such attack would then be presented as an act of retaliation – or even of self-defense.

While every form of Palestinian resistance gets maligned, Israel’s weapons industry is treated with the greatest imaginable respect.

Dozens of Israeli firms took part in a Paris fair earlier this month. Eurosatory – as the event is called – was jointly organized by France’s defense ministry and arms lobby.

via Press gives Israel pretext to attack Gaza | The Electronic Intifada

It’s not about privatising the ABC, it’s about destroying it

THE ABC EARNS around $100 million a year from its commercial activities (mainly ABC shops). Its annual operating budget is more than a billion dollars.

The organisation would not exist without the triennial funding provided by taxpayers (not by Treasurer Scott Morrison, who this week ludicrously claimed that he funded the ABC). You can’t privatise a business that doesn’t make a profit. So let’s call the demand from last weekend’s Liberal Party conference for what it really is; effectively a proposal to close the ABC and sell off its assets, the prime of which would be its broadcast spectrum.

But even that is hardly practical, or likely. Ironically, while the ABC haters with their ideological objections to public broadcasting would like to see it happen, there would be little or no appetite from the commercial television sector for starters.

via It’s not about privatising the ABC, it’s about destroying it

Fox News used images of Eagles players praying to suggest they kneeled during the national anthem

Murdoch Media Shameless in it’s use of Fake News to support Trump (ODT)

After President Donald Trump falsely implied that players of the Philadelphia Eagles protested during the national anthem, Fox News aired a segment that furthered Trump’s lie.

via Fox News used images of Eagles players praying to suggest they kneeled during the national anthem

Trump says women in migrant caravan ‘raped at levels never seen before’, despite lack of evidence for claim | The Independent

The president had ditched his prepared remarks to open a meeting on tax reform in West Virginia to address the immigration issue. “And remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened. Everybody said, ‘Oh, he was so tough.’ And I used the word ‘rape.’ And yesterday it came out where, this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before. They don’t want to mention that,” he said.

While the distinct absence of evidence for the suggestion does not rule out the possibility that there are incidents of rape taking place within the caravan, Mr Trump’s claim that there were reports that “came out” “yesterday” does not check out in a survey of media reports.

via Trump says women in migrant caravan ‘raped at levels never seen before’, despite lack of evidence for claim | The Independent

John Oliver Takes Aim At Sinclair Broadcasting Group | Crooks and Liars

John Oliver Takes Aim At Sinclair Broadcasting Group

“Sinclair took their game to a new level.That statement is creepy enough, but when you see just how many local stations were forced to read it and you watch them together, as many have been doing online in the last couple of days, you begin to realize the true effect of Sinclair’s reach and power,” he said.

He aired the clip of Sinclair bobbleheads repeating the same message, via Deadspin.

“Yeah. Nothing says ‘we value independent media’ like dozens of reporters forced to repeat the same message over and over again like members of a brainwashed cult,” Oliver said.

via John Oliver Takes Aim At Sinclair Broadcasting Group | Crooks and Liars

Israeli Snipers Murder 17, wound dozens of Trapped Refugee Protesters at Gaza Border | Informed Comment

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US press is reporting that those killed died in “clashes,” they appear all to have been on the Gaza side of the line of control and never actually to have encountered any Israelis. There was no “clash.” Shooting down innocent unarmed people on their own land is typically termed “murder.”

via Israeli Snipers Murder 17, wound dozens of Trapped Refugee Protesters at Gaza Border | Informed Comment

AEMO says AGL plans more than enough to replace Liddell : RenewEconomy

 

 

The Australian Energy Market Operator has endorsed AGL Energy’s plans to replace the soon-to-be-closed Liddell coal plant in New South Wales, saying that they are more than enough to meet the potential shortfall created by the closure.

In a report to the federal Coalition, which had lambasted AGL over its Liddell closure plans and had attempted to force it to keep it open a further five years, AEMO says the closure will leave a shortfall of around 850MW of dispatchable capacity.

But AEMO says AGL’s plans for renewables, storage, demand management and gas generation – should they be delivered in full by AGL, or by another party – would deliver at least 1,000MW of new dispatchable capacity.

“In its entirety, all three stages of AGL’s plan would deliver sufficient dispatchable resources to fill the identified 850MW resource gap,” AEMO writes in its letter to federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg.

via AEMO says AGL plans more than enough to replace Liddell : RenewEconomy

New report confirms abortion is safe. Fox News immediately claimed the opposite.

The inaccurate notion that abortion is an unsafe or “risky” medical procedure was put to rest this month, with the release of a new report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States. But as usual, Fox News didn’t let facts stand in the way of a sensationalist segment attacking abortion as unsafe.

via New report confirms abortion is safe. Fox News immediately claimed the opposite.

Cambridge Analytica as the Matrix: Information Dominance and the Next Level of Fake News | Informed Comment

Cambridge Analytica as the Matrix: Information Dominance and the Next Level of Fake News

The Matrix.

The way this works is that say you know that someone is an unemployed auto worker and you make up phony internet placards misrepresenting Bill and Hillary Clinton as anti-labor.

And you set it up so that once the person clicks on one such piece of propaganda, they are presented with several more links of the same ilk. And then so are all their Facebook friends. So you create a Matrix world in which auto workers should give Trump a chance because the Democratic Establishment has failed them (which, even if the second part of this proposition is true, is a non sequitur). And you set it up so that that is what people in Detroit and Flint and Ypsilanti are talking about with one another, on line and off line, what they are liking on Facebook, what they are sharing on their timeline.

And then Trump wins Michigan.

AP notes that Chris Wylie, a Cambridge Analytica co-founder, told NBC, “This is based on an idea called ‘informational dominance,’ which is the idea that if you can capture every channel of information around a person and then inject content around them, you can change their perception of what’s actually happening.” He called it “fake news to the next level.”

via Cambridge Analytica as the Matrix: Information Dominance and the Next Level of Fake News | Informed Comment

Cash for trash and the Joyce affair: System trust bites the dust

 

Australia’s key institutions – government, business and not-for-profit organisations – are among the least trusted in the world. Our trust in the media is now the second lowest in the world, behind only Turkey, at 31 per cent.

via Cash for trash and the Joyce affair: System trust bites the dust

Australian media joins fight against Rebel Wilson’s record defamation payout

“That aspect of the court’s decision has significant consequences for all media,” Goss added.

The first and primary consequence don’t defame people without verified comment which judges regard as being “loose with the facts”(OD)

via Australian media joins fight against Rebel Wilson’s record defamation payout

Teen gang deportation plan a ‘death sentence’, Sudanese leaders warn

Community leader Richard Deng (right) wants the Turnbull government to stop playing politics.

 

Ever since the Cronulla riots, the conservatives in the Liberal Party have insisted on using and targeting ethnic minorities for political purposes. The Muslim Lebanese in Sydney and then the most obvious black Africans in Melbourne. Andrew Bolt proved just how confused these conservatives were. Totally confused they were calling Islanders Africans Christians Muslims all for the purpose of a political narrative a reality and pattern that didn’t exist. Facts ignored by MSM are being fed to a misinformed public as if they were a trend rather than a series of individual events and are being treated as if teenagers, kids as young as 13 and 14 are reigniting the gangs that walked the streets during the infamous drug wars in Melbourne. We have always had youth crime but it wasn’t always reported. We have always had kids running amok and it existed not just among migrants or the working class. Wake up Australia our Politicians and media are running a con and it’s a highly racist one all for the purpose of  diminishing and manipulating our democracy. Fearmongering of the Howard and Abbott kind is not new to the city the world regards as the most livable. How is it we have to suffer the pall of neo-conservative extreme right wing politicians and a lazy MSM media that gives them voice (Old Dog Thought)“While law and order have been a longstanding problem for the Andrews Government, the majority of perpetrators are Australian adults, and the overall rate of youth crime has been gradually declining over the past decade.”

via Teen gang deportation plan a ‘death sentence’, Sudanese leaders warn

Las Vegas shooting: How 4Chan, far-right trolls named the wrong man

algorithms that, increasingly, have come to define a person’s public-facing identities.Share on FacebookShare on TwitterThis anonymous 4Chan poster, citing Alex Jones Infowar, claims without basis, that the Las Vegas shooter was involved in …This anonymous 4Chan poster, citing Alex Jones Infowar, claims without basis, that the Las Vegas shooter was involved in a Far Left organisation. Photo: Supplied

Source: Las Vegas shooting: How 4Chan, far-right trolls named the wrong man

With Bannon back in charge, Breitbart unleashes fury at Trump for Afghanistan speech

It’s officially on. Breitbart News, with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon back in charge, is ripping mad at US President Donald Trump after Monday’s Afghanistan speech foreshadowed an increase in ground troops.

Source: With Bannon back in charge, Breitbart unleashes fury at Trump for Afghanistan speech

Donald Trump has a fake Time Magazine cover on display in his golf clubs – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Time Magazine asks the Trump organisation to take down any framed copies of a fake cover featuring Donald Trump, which have been prominently displayed in the US President’s golf clubs.

Source: Donald Trump has a fake Time Magazine cover on display in his golf clubs – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

After Being Accused Of Sexual Harassment By A Conservative, Hannity Blames ‘Liberal Fascists’ | Crooks and Liars

Memo to Sean Hannity: The Fox News employees pushed out of Fox News were sexually-assaulting conservatives, accused by conservatives and eventually ousted by conservative Rupert Murdoch.

Source: After Being Accused Of Sexual Harassment By A Conservative, Hannity Blames ‘Liberal Fascists’ | Crooks and Liars

Muslim MP Anne Aly falsely accused of refusing to lay wreath on Anzac Day

Australia’s first female Muslim federal MP Anne Aly has fallen victim to fake news after an unsubstantiated story about her “refusal” to lay a wreath on Anzac Day appeared on a Facebook post.

Source: Muslim MP Anne Aly falsely accused of refusing to lay wreath on Anzac Day

Fox Business Host Allows Industry CEO To Continue Denying The Real Reason For Coal’s Decline

Fox Business host Stuart Varney allowed a coal mining company CEO who previously said President Donald Trump couldn’t bring back coal jobs to walk back those comments, while Varney himself pushed the myth that environmental protections are to blame for the loss of jobs in the coal industry.A March 27 article in The Guardian reported that

Source: Fox Business Host Allows Industry CEO To Continue Denying The Real Reason For Coal’s Decline

Fox News said Donald Trump spent the weekend ‘working at the White House.’ He was at his golf club

The alert from Fox News went out at 5.30pm Sunday. It wasn’t long until it was proven untrue.

Source: Fox News said Donald Trump spent the weekend ‘working at the White House.’ He was at his golf club

Breitbart Is Tagging Articles With A Bigoted “Alt-Right” Meme That Attacks Swedish Multiculturalism | Andrew Bolt in Australia reblogs them and calls it work it’s a global loop

Breitbart’s xenophobic “Sweden YES” tag is a dog whistle to the “alt-right,” and the misleading articles marked with the label serve as the foundation for the outlet’s anti-immigrant campaign in both Europe and the United States.In a March 17 interview with NBC News, Breitbart.com’ Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow at

Source: Breitbart Is Tagging Articles With A Bigoted “Alt-Right” Meme That Attacks Swedish Multiculturalism

Wait, Now Fox ‘Cannot Confirm’ What Napolitano Said ON AIR? | Crooks and Liars

Fox News’ Shepard Smith opened his program with a strong rebuke from Fox News on Judge Napolitano’s claims. Because nobody at Fox wants Trump calling them Fake News!

Source: Wait, Now Fox ‘Cannot Confirm’ What Napolitano Said ON AIR? | Crooks and Liars

Trump and Netanyahu: A shared art of exploiting terrorism | +972 Magazine

Trump is using the same framework for understanding terrorism to justify his Muslim ban and immigration policy that Netanyahu and Israel have exploited to justify half a century of occupation. By Naomi Dann Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit with President Trump at the White House this week. It will be a true meeting of minds. Both leaders are bombastic and rely on false claims, fear-mongering, and stereotypes to pursue discriminatory, racist, and violent policies. [tmwinpost] The parallels would be comical if they weren’t so harmful. Just last week, Trump asserted, based on no evidence, that people were bussed…

Source: Trump and Netanyahu: A shared art of exploiting terrorism | +972 Magazine

Taking A Cue From Conservative Media, Trump Consistently Misuses The Term “Fake News”

Conservative media and President Donald Trump have repeatedly misappropriated the term “fake news” to attack journalists and news organizations that publish stories Trump views to be unfavorable to him and his administration. Despite the accusations leveled against these news outlets, they are not putting out “fake news,” which inv

Source: Taking A Cue From Conservative Media, Trump Consistently Misuses The Term “Fake News”

Donald Trump: Five Australian incidents in White House list of under-reported ‘terrorist attacks’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The White House sends journalists a list of terror attacks it believes did not receive adequate attention from Western media — including five incidents in Australia, one of which was determined to be a murder case. That list is an obvious case of fake news being used to boost  what’s a case of “confirmation bias”. Searching for information to prove a conclusion you want drawn is trying to squeeze marshmallows into a money box. It’s purely the Art of the Deal.

Source: Donald Trump: Five Australian incidents in White House list of under-reported ‘terrorist attacks’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

When Right-Wing Media Was In Love With Paid Protesting| Yes fake news has always been Trump

Current False Accusations Of Paid Protesters Don’t Match Up With Tea Party Adoration

This is your brain on fake news: what’s behind the human willingness to swallow “alternative facts” – Salon.com

Obvious BS should set off our internal scam detectors, but it turns out the human brain has a workaround for that

Source: This is your brain on fake news: what’s behind the human willingness to swallow “alternative facts” – Salon.com

The Right Is Building A New Media “Upside Down” To Tell Trump’s Story – BuzzFeed News

Armed with its own set of facts, the right has created a parallel media universe that’s risen all the way with Trump to the White House.

Source: The Right Is Building A New Media “Upside Down” To Tell Trump’s Story – BuzzFeed News

Meet The Mysterious, Facebook-Verified Page Pushing Fake News To Nearly 5 Million Followers

The verified Facebook page for American News (also known as The Patriot Review), with its more than 4.7 million followers, is perhaps the largest page regularly pushing fake news on the social media platform and is emblematic of the problem Facebook must address immediately. It shares dozens of posts each day, often topped with false, clickbait

Source: Meet The Mysterious, Facebook-Verified Page Pushing Fake News To Nearly 5 Million Followers

10 Ways the CIA ‘Russian Hacking’ Story is Left-Wing ‘Fake News’

Breitbart goes big

Despite left-wing “fake news,” there is no evidence from the CIA investigation that Russian hackers actually distorted the voting process.

Source: 10 Ways the CIA ‘Russian Hacking’ Story is Left-Wing ‘Fake News’