Dear Chicago Tribune: A Silent Racist President Is Still a Racist President

Dear Chicago Tribune: A Silent Racist President Is Still a Racist President

The responsibility for moral leadership cannot be decoupled from the American presidency. The majority of Americans who believe in fairness justice and equality understand this. Why doesn’t the Chicago Tribune editorial board? In the days since the neo-Nazi march and domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, most Americans have been rightfully horrified not just by the events that occurred, but […]

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Jeffrey Lord, CNN & Misunderstanding the First Amendment

jeffrey lord

CNN fired Jeffrey Lord this week after he responded to online critical feedback with the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil!” Lord – an avid Trump supporter and self-proclaimed “First Amendment fundamentalist” – spent much of his time on CNN defending the Trump administration’s excuses and outright lies. Background The termination happened after Lord wrote an article attacking Media Matters president Angelo Carusone. Carusone […]

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Speaking of Fake News: The Sinclair Broadcast Group Quid Pro Quo

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Well, I see where Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law is hosting a “news” show on Facebook, to give supporters the “real” scoop on the administration’s greatness….Since Trump’s vast accomplishments appear to have escaped the notice of credible journalism outlets, the family evidently felt the need to give the base a more flattering version of events in Washington. And also, according to yesterday’s Washington Post, […]

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Pravda: Will Trump Make Us the Next North Korea or Russia?

Trump state-run media

Last week Lara Trump (Eric Trump’s wife) made news by starring in a Trump campaign produced “real news” video posted to Donald Trump’s Facebook page. The video labeled mainstream media “fake news” while arguing to offer “real” news focusing exclusively on positive aspects of the current administration. That flirtation with state-run media may be escalating as a new video appeared on […]

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Trump’s Pravda: Administration Flirts With Creating State-Run Media

Trump's Pravda: Administration Flirts With Creating State-Run Media with daughter-in-law Lara Trump

In a video posted to Donald Trump’s Facebook page over the weekend, Lara Trump (Eric Trump’s wife) offered America what she called “real news.” “I bet you haven’t heard about all the accomplishments the president had this week because there’s so much fake news out there,” she states at the beginning of what many are calling the administration’s first attempt at establishing […]

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The Trump Effect: Weaponizing Social Media

Crooked Trump: Private Email Servers, Unsecured Phones & More

The already ample commentary directed at our “Tweeter-in-Chief” grew more copious–and pointed–in the wake of Trump’s “Morning Joe” attacks and the bizarre visual of him “body slamming” CNN. John Cassidy’s essay in the New Yorker was consistent with the general tenor of those reactions, especially his conclusion: Where America, until recently, had at its helm a Commander-in-Chief whom other countries acknowledged as […]

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Trump Uses Fake Wrestling Clip to Incite Real Violence [UPDATED]

Trump Uses Fake Wrestling Clip to Incite Real Violence Against CNN

Though Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders swears up and down that Donald Trump has never incited anyone to violence, Trump published a tweet over the weekend doing just that. In a brief video featuring a modified version of a WWE wrestling match, Trump violently attacks a person with the CNN logo superimposed over his head. And then he […]

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About That Echo Chamber: Combatting Bots, Propaganda & Fake News

One of the thorniest problems bedeviling our unraveling democracy is the distortion of reality–intentional and unintentional– provided via the Internet. That distortion is immensely aided by our tendency to live in echo chambers populated by friends who think like we do. Most of us trust links from friends – a vulnerability exploited by phishing sites and other forms of online […]

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The Technology of Propaganda, Fake News & Information Warfare

The Technology of Propaganda, Fake News & Information Warfare

Well, this is pretty terrifying. My oldest son recently sent me a link to an article from an online magazine called Paste. I had never heard of the publication; it seems, after a cursory investigation, to be credible. The title was “How the Trump-Russia Data Machine Games Google to Fool Americans.” The author identified himself as a former member of an online marketing team. […]

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Premature Celebration: Comey’s Trump Investigation Comments

Donald Trump and James Comey spar over the Russia investigation

While conservatives (including the White House) celebrated James Comey’s testimony as a vindication of the administration’s ongoing claim that Donald Trump is not personally the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation, today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing offered a much different and more vital piece of information being overlooked among conservative pundits. While Donald Trump may not have been personally the subject of any […]

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