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
“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
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
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
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.
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
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
“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
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
Despite promoting Trump’s claims about “fake news,” Fox News fell for a fake Navy SEAL
Source: Fox News’ Trump-loving Navy SEAL is a total fraud – Salon.com
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
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
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)
Eric Bolling on Trump falsely claiming a robbery was a terror attack: “What was the big deal?”
Source: Eric Bolling on Trump falsely claiming a robbery was a terror attack: “What was the big deal?”
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
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 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
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’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
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
Bill O’Reilly, one of Fox News’ main personalities, just deliberately misled millions of viewers.
Source: Bill O’Reilly just hosted a fake Swedish ‘advisor’ to scaremonger about refugees
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The interview that emerged on the internet of practicing Catholic Milo …
Source: Should Bannon Resign? He and Milo Fake-Newsed Hillary as Pedophile
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
After getting thoroughly debunked, Fox News has finally taken back a fake news report claiming widespread fraud among food stamp users.
Source: Fox News just admitted its segment on food stamp fraud was 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”
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)
Current False Accusations Of Paid Protesters Don’t Match Up With Tea Party Adoration
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
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
Alan Austin has a few tactics to help us win the oncoming war against #fakenews and #posttruth.
Source: Battlelines are now drawn in the war against transparency and truth
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’
A Jewish family had to flee a Pennsylvania county after Fox News and Breitbart reported untrue stories that they had shut down a school Christmas play. Centerville Elementary School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania canceled their annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this year primarily because the production requires 20 hours of classroom time to […]
Source: Jewish Family Flees County After Fox News Falsely Blames Them For Canceling Christmas Play
Earlier this morning I heard a rather strange interview with ACL head, Lyle Shelton, where he was suggesting that the police announcement that the explosion outside the Australian Christian Lobby office wasn’t motivated by politics or religion was “just a belief”. There was no way the police could know what motivated the perpetrator because they’d…
Source: Liberal Accuses ABC of “False News” On Adani While Christensen Causes The Liberals Damage By Threatening To Stay – » The Australian Independent Media Network
For decades, the media have been dominated by manufactured reports. This skillful manipulation of information erased the lines between fact and opinion and gave rise to the demagogue who will sit in the Oval Office.
Source: Chris Hedges: ‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New – Chris Hedges – Truthdig
Saturday 17 December 2016 1 Tony Abbott must be having the greatest dummy spit of all time. Now he is on about employment, or should I say the illusion that there are so many jobs that people are choosing to just not work. The last time I looked it up there were 19 applicants for…
Source: Day to Day Politics: Who gives a shit? Not Tony. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
By S. Shyam Sundar | (The Conversation) | – – In recent weeks, the amount of online fake news that …
Source: Why do we fall for fake news? | Informed Comment
Some right-wing media figures and outlets are attempting to twist and confuse the term “fake news” — a specific phenomenon in which information is clearly and demonstrably fabricated, then packaged and distributed to appear as a legitimate source of news — to attack outlets they disagree with. By redefining fake news in their own terms an
Source: Right-Wing Media Are Using The Term “Fake News” To Attack Credible News Sources