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A Golden Shower of Fake News

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Oh, and Alabama’s Jeff Sessions is about to be U.S. Attorney General – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Let me start this morning by repeating the two key words guaranteed to make the Facebook home page news feed and the FB trending news feed: This column is about fake news and golden…

The Trump Story the Media Dare Not Utter

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The mainstream, corporate news media sacrificed democracy for ratings. By Thom Hartmann – AlterNet – The media are engaged in an orgy of navel-gazing about the Trump presidency, but they’re totally, utterly, absolutely, no-way-in-hell willing to gaze at their own navel. Did Russian hackers revealing that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile had put their…

Facebook Teams up with AP to Combat ‘Fake News’

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Connecting the Dots – By Glynn Wilson – As I sit here on a mild winter day on the Gulf Coast drinking coffee from Kenya, eating a banana from Mexico and reading the latest news on “fake news,” I’m thinking it might be preferable to simply log off and eat nails than to have to…

And So it Begins: Watch the Mainstream Media Normalize Trump’s Election

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The media must not excuse the racism, misogyny, nativism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia because we think Trump voters have legitimate gripes. By Neal Gabler – It didn’t take a clairvoyant to predict that President-elect Donald Trump would be almost instantly normalized by the press since he had already been normalized by them when he was a…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Did ‘Fake News’ Elect Trump?

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – In the Huge wave washing over the American landscape after the tsunami of Donald Trump’s surprising ride to president of the United States on a surfboard constructed of bullshit, mainstream news organizations and Democrats are beating up on Mark Zuckerberg and poor Facebook, blaming the widespread sharing…

A Thousand Words is Worth More Than a Meme

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Isn’t it about time someone did a take down on the Internet meme? If we truly want to change people’s attitudes and create a more just world, what the world needs is scientifically objective journalism, not more partisan viruses of the mind being spread in all the…

Oliver Stone Warns Against Surveillance Capitalism and ‘Pokémon Go’

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EDITORS NOTE – I knew there was something fishy about this Pokemon game. – By Jordan Riefe – Controversy and Oliver Stone have never been strange bedfellows. He courted it with movies like “JFK,” “Nixon” and “Natural Born Killers,” and last week, he made headlines in the unlikely milieu of Comic-Con, where he spoke about…

The Real Digital Divide Afflicting American Politics

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By Neal Gabler – Moyers & Company – When we talk about the media’s effect on our political discourse, usually we’re referring to the way politics are reported. There are, of course, lots of other ways in which media mediate the political process, from ads to organizing to community building to fundraising, all of which…

Facebook Needs to Be an Open Book on News Feeds

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“By giving people the power to share, we are starting to see people make their voices heard on a different scale from what has historically been possible. These voices will increase in number and volume. They cannot be ignored. Over time, we expect governments will become more responsive to issues and concerns raised directly by…

Right-to-Lifers Vote to Kill Children and Kidney Patients

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By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – The fetus is the new Jerusalem. Medieval crusaders fancied they were on a divine mission when they marched toward the Holy City to save it from the Muslim infestation. The sanctity of this quest gave them permission to do whatever advanced toward the goal. Rape and plunder propelled…

How Facebook is Eating the Rest of the Internet

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Om nom nom nom nom – By Teddy Amenabar – You can now stream live to Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know it’s a big deal. But Facebook’s latest feature is more than just the ability to post live video for your friends to see. There’s a map where you can explore streams…