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Trump’s Presser — SNL Style

Apparently Trump isn’t too happy about this. They accused Saturday Night Live of being “mean” and a “complete hit job”. Yes that’s right, the jerk who attacked a judge because of his Mexican heritage, dissed John McCain for being shot down over VietNam, made fun of a disabled reporter, and repeatedly attacked a Gold Star […]

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Liberal Media is Back!

One piece of good news is that the progressive media has become energized and is preparing for the Trump presidency. Every cloud has a silver lining, and presidency of Dubya launched many liberal news organizations, such as The Young Turks, Air America (which shuttered in 2010 after Obama became president), and Talking Points Memo joined […]

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Fact Checking Trump’s Tweets

The Washington Post fact checker has started a new column just to check Trump’s tweets each week: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/ For the first installment, they check eight tweets from last week. New installments coming every week.

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The Future of Fox News?

One bit of ironic news is that one of the major causes of our current national dysfunction, Fox News, is not doing very well. Roger Ailes, the creator of the greatest faux news propaganda machine in our nation’s history, is long gone. And now, Megyn Kelly has announced that she is leaving Fox News and […]

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Subversive Political Art

An interesting article about the Time magazine cover naming Donald Trump the “Person of the Year”. The article concludes “As a photograph, it’s a rare achievement. As a cover, it’s a statement.” As someone who has studied art, I must say I think they are spot-on. If you are at all interested in how photographs […]

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Manchurian Social Networks!

A week ago I posted an article arguing that the easiest way to throw an election would be to spread disinformation over social networks. Well, we now have proof (independently verified by two parties) that this has already happened. Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. […]

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Social Media News

© Stuart Carlson I am becoming more and more convinced that micro-targeting of news (through AM talk radio, the internet, and especially social media) is largely to blame for the divorce of politics from reality (and consequently the election of Donald Trump). It also explains why Democrats were convinced that Hillary Clinton was about to […]

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Can Donald Trump Read?

Samantha Bee shows how easy it is to start a political rumor, even without any actual evidence.

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Disinformation as Art

The website realtruenews.org pretends to be a conservative website, but its stories are all made up. In fact, the creator of this site Marco Chacon has elevated to a high art his goal of seeing how outrageous and unbelievable he can make a story, and still fool people. He has written up fake transcripts of […]

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Quantum Media?

© Tom Tomorrow Gotta love references to “Dr. Strangelove“. Except now the enemy are no longer communists. The media no longer report on the news. They are the news. Marshall McLuhan’s dictum that “the medium is the message” has finally become true.

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Two Ferns

Hillary Clinton appears with Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns“: I typically don’t enjoy Zach’s show because I’m not really into humor that is designed mainly to make you feel uncomfortable. But it is still worth watching just for Hillary doing a pretty good deadpan act.

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Dumbing Down the Electorate?

Huffington Post published a really great rant about (what else?) Donald Trump. The author is a lawyer who deals with health care issues, and he starts off by ripping the assurances that Trump has offered to prove he is healthy: I first read Trump’s physician’s report of December 15, 2015, you know, the one by […]

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Where’s the Trump Bribery Scandal?

I guess the media got what they wanted — a horserace. They breathlessly report story after story about how the Clinton Foundation might have the “appearance” of impropriety (despite admitting that there was no actual impropriety), while at the same time pretty much ignoring two smoking guns of real illegal activity with the Trump Foundation. […]

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Policy In Their Own Words

The website ProCon.org is a goldmine of information about the presidential candidates and how they stand on the major issues of the day. The best part is that every position is backed up by the candidate’s own words using extensive quotes. For example, if you want to know how the candidates feel about abortion rights, […]

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No There There?

Maybe I’m missing something. Yes, I know that there is a narrative that Hillary Clinton is dishonest and untrustworthy. There’s even the alt-right version where she is a criminal who should be locked up (for, among other things, assassinating 40 people). To me, it just seems like people are taking any story about her and […]

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