In the early moments of the American republic, the nation’s sovereignty and security presented no small worry to the founders. In the 1790s, independence was in its fragile infancy, a nascent experiment threatened by the former mother country; and the French Revolution created anxiety those violent passions would spill overseas, inspiring more upheaval in the still roiling republic.
The bullies of America know that Donald Trump has their backs. The bully can even be a race horse, for whom Trump will tweet a defense. Politically correct “MAGA” talk show hosts, people who are known to bully and harass on social media, can count on Trump to cry “censorship” when they are acted against. Naturally, Trump’s passion for free speech only applies to the free speech protections for his own tribe.
Trump's lying tweet forced the New York Times to go on the record with their version of a meeting with Trump which had originally been off the record, in which publisher A.G. Sulzberger warned the President that his rhetoric about journalists and the press was dangerous and would lead to violence.
In early morning tweets on Thursday Donald Trump continued his assault on “fake news,” saying stories appearing in the media about him and his staff are “total fiction.” He also said he would keep complaining about the media even though doing so would “just give them more publicity.”
Donald Trump this morning went to Twitter to declare that we are now safe from nuclear war thanks to him, and the biggest enemy we have in this country is the news media that does not cover him fairly.
Europeans are now doing what Donald Trump is afraid to do: Accusing Russia directly for spreading fake news and interfering in the governments of western democracies. They also are taking concrete steps to combat what they say is a rising threat from Putin’s government. Hopefully Trump and Congress will follow their lead and actually do something to fight back against Russian interference in U.S. elections.
The chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group (Sinclair) met with Donald Trump after he secured the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 and told him, “We are here to deliver your message.”
David Smith told The Guardian the meeting took place in Trump Tower and was arranged by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. “I asked [Trump], ‘Would you like us to embed with you during your campaign?’” Smith said in the interview.
Over the weekend we reported that Sinclair Broadcasting Group (Sinclair) was forcing its news anchors to read scripts that were nothing more than pro-Trump and pro-Russian propaganda pieces. The pre-written scripts talked about Trump’s favorite conspiracy theories: “fake news” and the “Deep State.”
An alarming new study from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology seems to prove that false stories on Twitter are 70 percent more likely to be spread by human users of the social media platform than are true stories. The study looked at 126,000 stories shared by 3 million people on Twitter over an eleven year period from 2006 to 2017.
"When the leadership of the United States consistently targets legitimate media reporting as fake, it opens the way for leaders the world over to do the same," said Shawn Crispin, who represents the Committee to Protect Journalists in the region. "It's a dangerous trend that is giving authoritarian and democratic regimes alike justification for targeting or shutting down reporting they don't like."
President Trump started his morning off by declaring NBC news report fake news, attacking them for not getting verification from him, as if the news doesn't exist unless Trump says it does.
Editorial Cartoon: Fake News
"One way to stab in the heart aggressive American reporting on that subject is to lay traps for American journalists who are reporting on it."
The embattled President of the United States is back in town, and just as angry and resentful as before he lost his phone privileges.
All but two states already have laws on the books that ban insurer providers from discriminating against rape and sexual abuse survivors.
Republicans threw a fit after CNN refused to run a new Trump campaign ad because it contained false information that called the mainstream media, "fake news."
Carefully avoiding the network that broke the story that the FBI has evidence of the Trump campaign possibly working with the Russians to bring down Hillary Clinton, Trump wrote, "Just watched the totally biased and fake news reports of the so-called Russia story on NBC and ABC. Such dishonesty!"
"Just heard Fake News CNN is doing polls again despite the fact that their election polls were a WAY OFF disaster. Much higher ratings at Fox"
Fox News Sunday panelist Neera Tanden, the head of the Center For American Progress, went there by calling out Fox News's lies about Obamacare collapsing as being fake news.