n a Tedx Talk at the University of Nevada a couple of weeks ago (watch the video below) investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed the origins of the “fake news” narrative that was aggressively pushed by the liberal media and Democrat politicians during the 2016 election, and how it was later flipped by President Donald Trump.
Attkisson pointed out that “fake news” in the form of tabloid journalism and false media narratives has always been around under different names.
But she noticed that in 2016, there seemed to be a concerted effort by the MSM to focus America’s attention on the idea of “fake news” in conservative media. That looked like a propaganda effort to Attkisson, so she did a little digging and traced the new spin to a little non-profit called “First Draft,” which, she said, “appears to be the about the first to use ‘fake news’ in its modern context.”
“On September 13, 2016, First Draft announced a partnership to tackle malicious hoaxes and fake news reports,” Attkisson explained. “The goal was supposedly to separate wheat from chaff, to prevent unproven conspiracy talk from figuring prominently in internet searches. To relegate today’s version of the alien baby story to a special internet oblivion.”
She noted that a month later, then-President Obama chimed in.
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“He insisted in a speech that he too thought somebody needed to step in and curate information of this wild, wild West media environment,” she said, pointing out that “nobody in the public had been clamoring for any such thing.”
Yet suddenly the subject of fake news was dominating headlines all over America as if the media had received “its marching orders,” she recounted. “Fake news, they insisted, was an imminent threat to American democracy.”
Attkisson, who has studied the manipulative moneyed interests behind the media industry, said that “few themes arise in our environment organically.” She noted that she always found it helpful to “follow the money.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “We must hold OTHER PEOPLE’S elected officials accountable. We must make sure that they hear us! The people behind me they stand with us on these issues. So we will help other communities elect people who will do the right thing.”
A crowd of immigrant rights advocates blocked a Homeland Security van late Thursday from accessing the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Video footage showed dozens of people standing in the street, in front of a marked van, chanting, "Drive out ICE!" and "Stop the deportations!" Some held signs.
The protest was in response to raids this week that led to the detention of more than 100 people suspected of violating immigration laws.
The event was organized by the Koreatown Popular Assembly and publicized by Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and other groups.
Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were indicted Friday for allegedly interfering in U.S. elections and political processes, a spokesperson for special counsel Robert Mueller's office said in a statement.
Charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The statement read: "A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment on Feb. 16, 2018, against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes. The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft."
MSNBC guest Donny Deutsch said the media would “forgive” President Donald Trump for Russia, if he enacts stricter gun control laws, Friday on “Morning Joe.”
Host Joe Scarborough asked Deutsch why Trump would ever bother changing his stance on gun control, prompting the bizarre response.
“Donald trump has proven to be a coward. He’s proven to be a small man. He’s proven to be scared. He is so scared of his most extreme base,” Scarborough said. “He is a coward. Name one time when he hasn’t stepped out to try to show a little bit of original thinking, then he curls back up into fetal position and becomes cowardly … why would Donald Trump stop being a coward now?”
“My hope is that his ego is bigger than his cowardice,” Deutsch replied. “If you really think about it, no other president because of this weird place he’s in has been in this position actually to do it. He can be brave with really no down side. By the way, we would forgive Russia.”
The public defender assigned to represent Nikolas Cruz, the suspected Florida school shooter, broke down into tears while discussing his client’s crime.
Cruz killed 17 people and injured at least a dozen more with an AR-15 on Wednesday at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The victims included students and school employees.
While discussing the victims of his defendant’s crime on Thursday, Attorney Gordon Weeks was forced to pause his interview after becoming visibly emotional.
“…a loss for this community,” Weeks began, his eyes watering. “A tragic loss of 17 children.”
Weeks paused for several seconds before turning away from the camera so that it would not catch him crying. He repeatedly put his head down and covered his face with his hands.
Weeks even had to walk away from the camera for a bit, and it took him at least 30 seconds to compose himself before he could continue his interview.
Cook County Jail officials said they planned to take action after several inmates clapped as the suspected killer of Cmdr. Paul Bauer was escorted from his first court hearing on Thursday.
Jail officials said they were going to forward video of the “despicable” action by up to five inmates to prosecutors so it could be considered in any potential sentencing. None of the inmates have faced trials yet. The officials also intend to transfer those inmates to jails outside Cook County.
The inmates were among 25 detainees in a bullpen waiting to see a judge after Shomari Legghette’s hearing, according to Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Sheriff Tom Dart. The area is between the court complex and the jail, a place called the bridge.
A video provided by the sheriff’s office shows several of the inmates in a high-ceilinged holding cell clap for Legghette when he walks by, his arms and legs shackled. Some of the inmates, dressed in beige jumpsuits and white sneakers, were seated on a bench and came to the front of the bullpen to watch but did not clap.
ABC is facing mounting criticism after its panelists on “The View” mocked Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith. Detractors of “The View” are focusing on the fact that ABC News, which claims to be an unbiased broadcast news operation, oversees such a nakedly partisan program with one “token” conservative.
The women of “The View” took a shot at Pence’s Christian faith on Tuesday, mocking the former governor of Indiana for talking to Jesus and even calling it a “mental illness.”
Sunny Hostin said it’s “interesting” that former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman recently said that Pence talks to Jesus and believes Jesus tells him things. Hostin said she is a “faithful” Catholic but doesn’t want her vice president “speaking in tongues.” Joy Behar then said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you… that’s called mental illness.”
ABC News paints itself as a fair news organization but its longtime slogan, “See the Whole Picture,” often doesn’t apply to “The View,” according to many critics.
‘The View’ instructed Whoopi Goldberg to cut off cohost Meghan McCain before she could properly condemn her cohosts for their comments about Mike Pence’s Christian faith on Thursday.
The ladies addressed the controversy they created two days prior after Joy Behar said Pence might be “mentally ill” if he believes that Jesus is talking to him, insisting that it was a bad joke and they never intended to offend anyone.
“I don’t mean to offend people but apparently I keep doing it,” Behar said, noting that she is a Christian herself. “I give money to the church.”
McCain, who seemed uncomfortable during the entire conversation, finally chimed in, explaining, “I’ve had a very hard time over the last two days with this.”
She pointed out to the cohosts that they claim to be tolerant of other people but often don’t extend that tolerance to anyone who thinks differently from them.
“I think we are living in an incredibly divisive times right now,” McCain continued. “As a Republican, I feel like sometimes liberals say, ‘we need to be tolerant to everyone, we need to be tolerant of everyone,’ except pro-lifers, except Trump supporters, except gun owners, except for everyone in the red in the middle of the country.”
“I’m going to stop you because that’s not — that’s not actually true,” Whoopi Goldberg said, cutting McCain off. “And I’m stopping you for a reason.”
McCain protested several times trying to finish her point, but Goldberg continued to talk over her, eventually making clear that it was the producers who were instructing her to stop the conversation.
“We don’t want to talk about liberals and what they’re doing,” Goldberg continued.
“I’m trying to get out of this because this is what they’ve asked me to do,” she said, her eyes shifting backstage as Behar laughed. “So, if you could do it sort of quickly…”
McCain seemed defeated by the back and forth and used her remaining time to apologize to Vice President Pence and his family.
“I would like to move forward. I think we would all like to collectively move forward,” McCain stated. “I am a big admirer of Mike Pence and his family, and I would like to apologize to him and his family in particular.”
“This is a show where we respect one another and we respect everyone else in the country,” McCain concluded.
Neville Fox, 35, and a 19-year-old girl have both 'left the business' since their office romp was caught on camera by some cheeky lads outside.
An angry skip company boss decided to take dramatic measures after a customer allegedly failed to "pay up".
Eddy Barby's firm posted this video on Facebook of him dumping an enormous load onto a front garden.
Eddy said he was forced to take action after a customer "didn't pay the bills".
Posting the video online, Eddy wrote: "Don’t take the p*** nd pay ya bills.
"I don’t f*** about."
WARNING - DISTRESSING CONTENT: Elena Levendeeva, 26, was concerned that her child cried daily so she installed cameras around her house
A mum who said her eight-month-old baby cried every time the nanny visited set up secret cameras - and was shocked by what they discovered.
Disturbing footage from the secretly-installed CCTV appeared to show her son being slapped on the face and bottom and thrown on to the floor after being grabbed by one arm.
The nanny, named as Anastasia Zhelyabova, 31, is now facing prosecution and could get up to ten years in jail if convicted in court.
Mum Elena Levendeeva, 26, said she became concerned that her child cried every time the “evil nanny” came to look after him after two weeks in the job.
So she secretly installed cameras around the house and appeared to catch the woman’s abusive behaviour in December.
A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after a fight broke-out when a passenger wouldn't stop FARTING.
The Dubai to Amsterdam flight made an unscheduled stop in Vienna as the elderly overweight man reportedly refused to contain himself in the packed out cabin.
Chaos erupted on the flight when two Dutchman who were sitting next to the flatulent man told him to stop and complained to Transavia Airlines crew.
Yet despite repeated requests and even a direct order from the pilot the man carried on and a fight broke out.
The pilot of the Dutch low-cost airline then decided to make an emergency landing at Vienna International Airport in Austria.
Officers boarded the plane with police dogs and four suspects were escorted off the plane.
A former student unleashed a hail of gunfire in a Florida high school on Wednesday, killing at least 17 adults and children, authorities said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered government flags flown at half-staff through Monday in honor of victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a public school of some 3,000 students outside Boca Raton.
The school is closed for the rest of the week, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said. The district will offer grief counseling to students and their families.
Female aerial freestyle skier crashes out of the Winter Olympics in dramatic style. The sport is known for being particularly risky with 49% of aerial skiers in Sochi reporting injuries.
Just your average day in Italy, where you can see the beautiful historical architecture, and even some of their statues.... getting raw dogged by a Muslim migrant.
According to the guy who posted the video "This is the Starkville McDonald's by Starbucks. This is the second time they have given me problems. This service is inexcusable. It's about time someone shows corporate how they act in this place." McDonalds in Starkville, Mississippi located at 505 Hwy 12 East Phone # 662-323-1706
The mutant rodents are resistant to poison after developing a genetic mutation called L120Q, which renders many toxins useless.
Scientists fear the rats’ immunity to poison will see the population explode.
Dee Ward-Thompson, from the British Pest Control Association, said: “There could be a significant risk to public health if left unchecked.”
The shock discovery was made in a study by University of Reading experts who identified “the massive extent of L120Q resistance across the whole of central southern England”.
Responding to questions from Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) at a Senate Armed Services Hearing on Thursday, Gen. Lori Robinson, the commander of NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command, told the committee that she is “100 percent confident” in her ability to stop a North Korean nuclear missile attack.
Fischer cited a recent editorial from The New York Times as an example of skepticism of U.S. missile defense capabilities. The paper’s editorial criticized President Trump’s request for an expansion of America’s spending on its missile shield, questioning the effectiveness of this program:
Mr. Trump is overselling the program, an interlocking network of interceptors, radars, sensors and so-called kill vehicles. He has boasted that the system is 97 percent effective in preventing limited-scale attacks; the truth is more like 50 percent. So its defense against North Korean weapons is hardly a sure thing.
The program’s failings were on display as recently as last month, when, during a test off the Hawaiian coast, an interceptor missile launched from a test site in Kauai failed to hit its target, an incoming dummy missile. That was the second failure in three tests of the interceptor, the SM-3, which is intended to be a mainstay of American regional missile defense systems being deployed in Romania, Poland and Japan to guard against medium-range missiles. The Pentagon has not disclosed what went wrong.
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates revealed Wednesday that he sent a letter to Barack Obama expressing disappointment in him for taking money for speeches, saying he thought the former president "should be better."
Coates is one of the nation's foremost writers on race and a strong supporter of Obama, writing in a piece for the Atlantic that he "came to regard Obama as a skilled politician, a deeply moral human being, and one of the greatest presidents in American history."
Spraying gas on this raging political inferno is a Hollywood “axis of influence” — a group of established comedians participating in a well-funded political offensive called “Glam Up the Midterms.”
Included in this newly formed comedy troupe are predictable names such as Billy Eichner, James Corden, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, Robin Thede, Andy Cohen, and Chelsea Handler. Officially launched on February 2 with an engaging video, “Glam Up the Midterms” is a perfect confluence of politics and entertainment in the Age of Trump. Since comedians think they can influence their fans’ political beliefs, the two are now virtually inseparable.
Officially launched on February 2 with an engaging video, “Glam Up the Midterms” is a perfect confluence of politics and entertainment in the Age of Trump. Since comedians think they can influence their fans’ political beliefs, the two are now virtually inseparable.
The senior stated that he wasn’t surprised when he found out it was Cruz.
“I wasn’t surprised, but it was kind of unfortunate to hear,” he said.
When asked by Williams how he would prevent such tragedies if he was lawmaker in a “decision-making position,” clearly fishing for a plea for gun control, Brandon Minkoff asserted that the problem isn’t guns — but mental health issues.
“Gun-wise, I don’t think there’s any way to prevent it,” the elder Minoff responded. “You outlaw guns, it just creates higher demand for it. I think it has to do with mental health, though. If he’s been expelled three different times from three different schools, I think he should be helped out.”
MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Stephanie Ruhle told Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) to "step up" on Thursday and discuss gun safety, with Ruhle telling Rubio to "be a human."
The two MSNBC hosts were talking about Wednesday's high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students dead, when they turned on Rubio, a gun rights supporter.
Brzezinski gave her final thoughts on the shooting at the end of "Morning Joe" just before Ruhle began her broadcast.
"Hearing anybody in Washington saying now is not the time is old, it's been used too many times, there are too many bodies in the wake of this conversation that we can't have at this appropriate time," Brzezinski said. "I'd say to Marco Rubio, step up, be a man, talk about it right now, or to anybody else who tries to deflect the question about what to do about guns and assault weapons in our society, step up, be a man and talk about it, and stop thinking about the NRA and your next campaign donation. Just stop. Everyone knows what you're doing and it's time."
Brzezinski then handed the broadcast over to Ruhle, who has a habit of directly addressing the camera to criticize Republicans.
"And to Marco Rubio, you don't have to step up and be a man. Step up and be a human," Ruhle said.
Rubio said Wednesday people should avoid jumping to conclusions and wait for the facts to see if any gun laws could have been passed to prevent the massacre.
The man accused of opening fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday, killing 17 people, was a troubled former student who loved guns and was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons, police and former classmates said.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested about an hour after a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters.
Cruz, who had been expelled from the school for reasons that have not been made public, was found with multiple ammunition magazines and one AR-15-style rifle, Israel said.
"We already began to dissect his websites and the things on social media that he was on and some of the things that came to mind are very, very disturbing," Israel said.
Chad Williams, 18, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High school, remembered Cruz as a troubled classmate from middle school. He said Cruz would set off the fire alarm, day after day, and finally got expelled in the eighth grade.
More recently, Williams saw Cruz carrying several publications about guns when they ran into each other at the high school. Williams thought Cruz was there to pick up a younger sibling.
"He was crazy about guns," Williams told Reuters by the side of the road near the high school. "He was kind of an outcast. He didn't have many friends. He would do anything crazy for a laugh, but he was trouble."
With a thunderous left hook.
He thought he was too big and bad to get taken down but is flattened like a pancake by his pops.
Well... looks like it's back to the drawing board.
Video footage has emerged which shows Royal Air Force tornadoes destroy a former ISIS booby-trap factory.
It is part of Britain's ongoing offensive against terrorism in Syria and Iraq.
Video shows the target identified before one bomb drops first, detonating instantly and blowing up a large chunk of the building.
A second bomb then plummets to earth, destroying the building further.
The Ministry of Defence stated that on Wednesday, February 7, RAF tornadoes eliminated an ISIS booby-trap team and an observation post.
A cyclist who rode through multiple red lights faced a tirade of abuse after appearing to purposely taunt a furious motorist on a Perth city street.
Dash cam footage shared to the Drivers for Registration of Cyclists Facebook group shows the lycra-clad male zooming through a set of red traffic lights on Adelaide Terrace in the CBD.
The driver behind then became infuriated and yelled out the window at the rider, who appeared amused by the situation and continued with his audacious behaviour.
This is the gruesome moment Norwegian ice hockey star Kristian Forsberg is accidentally kicked in the face by one of the opposing teammates. He leaves holding a bloodied tissue to his face.
Seventeen people were killed and multiple people were injured when a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Wednesday, prompting a massive police response and manhunt as frightened students hid in their classrooms.
"It's catastrophic, there really are no words," Sheriff Scott Israel said.
CBS News has confirmed that the suspect has been identified as Nikolaus Cruz, 19. A law enforcement source briefed on the shooting said the suspect appears to have pulled the school fire alarm, causing chaos, and then started shooting, reports CBS News news senior investigative producer Pat Milton.