2019-01-10: News Headlines

Eric Alterman (2019-01-10). Facebook Is a Social Menace. thenation.com Facebook Is a Social Menace…

STAFF (2019-01-10). Trump's Border Visit Comes as Shutdown Talks Fall Apart. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. | Trump stalked out of his meeting with congressional leaders — "I said bye-bye," he tweeted soon after — as efforts to end the partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers now face lost paychecks on Friday. | During his stop Thursday in McAllen, Texas, Trump will visit a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border secu…

Reed Richardson (2019-01-10). Corporate Press Stoops to Absurdity to Balance Trump's Border Wall Lies – Factcheck false equivalence, the sequel. fair.org Last month, FAIR ( 12/7/19) examined the absurd false equivalence that some factchecking sites, including the Washington Post's Fact-Checker, sometimes engage in by comparing imprecise or accidental misstatements by left-wing politicians with the unprecedented and willful lies and conspiracy theories emanating from the current occupant of the Oval Office. | Coincidentally, the Post rolled out a new, even more extreme "Bottomless Pinocchios" rating ( 12/10/18)—which only…

Jesse Jackson (2019-01-10). Trump Administration is Intent on Weakening Civil Rights Enforcement. counterpunch.org When new U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked on "60 Minutes" whether she thinks President Donald Trump is a racist, she responded with the candor that makes her a compelling force in Washington: "Yeah, yeah, no question." This, of course, lit up the social media, with Trump supporters denouncing Ocasio-Cortez and progressives praising her. One would think More

teleSUR (2019-01-10). Far-right News Outlet Spreads Fake Ocasio-Cortez Photos. telesurenglish.net Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has come out against news organizations who are working hard to discredit or embarrass her. | ANALYSIS: | Green New Deal 101: The Basics of a Bold Progressive Policy | Far-right and right-wing media outlets and random social media trolls have been ramping up their attacks against progressive candidates…

ACLU (2019-01-10). Pennsylvanians Should Know How the State Police Is Monitoring Social Media. aclu.org The Pennsylvania State Police is blocking access to its social-media-monitoring policy by claiming it could harm "public safety." | "Sunshine is the best disinfectant.", , That's a line that is used so much that it's become almost trite. But it's oft-repeated because it is so true. And here in the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania State Police is doing everything in its power to block access to its policy on monitoring social media. So we're headed to the state Supreme Court to get it. | The ACLU of Pennsylvania's attempt to obtain the st…

Global Research News (2019-01-10). Selected Articles: Media Disinformation and The Protest Movement. globalresearch.ca Global Research has over 50,000 subscribers to our Newsletter. | Our objective is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us …

STAFF (2019-01-10). Nancy Pelosi Accused of Excluding Progressives From Key Committees. truthdig.com "At first glance, progressives got mostly rolled." | That was how journalist David Dayen reacted on Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) announcement of appointees to three of the most powerful congressional committees, which progressives have targeted as essential for advancing ambitious policy priorities like Medicare for All and a Green Ne…

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-10). Source of Pro-Israel Keyboard Warriors on Social Media Finally Exposed. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — A number of prominent Jewish-American leaders are funding covert, anonymous campaigns targeting pro-Palestinian student activists, The Forward has found. The Jewish daily newspaper, which has been publishing valuable information concerning the source of funding for these hyper-aggressive and shadowy groups — which spearhead coordinated hate campaigns against critics of the Zionist state — has uncovered the identities …

Whitney Webb (2019-01-10). NewsGuard Launches War on Alternative Media. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Soon after the social media "purge" of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was "just the beginning" of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-10). White House "Prepping Legal Justification" For National Emergency Wall Funding. theantimedia.com (ZH) — White House lawyers are preparing legal justification for a national emergency at the southern US border which would allow President Trump to build his wall. "WH counsel's office is prepping legal justification for national emergency, including advising WH to ramp up talk of a humanitarian & security "crisis"," tweeted CNN Chief National Security Correspondent, Jim Sciutto, adding …

Murderville, GA (2019-01-10). Episode Four: Murder in Broad Daylight. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Murderville podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, iHeart Radio, and other platforms. | William Carroll Bennett a…

ACLU (2019-01-09). Marco Rubio and His Colleagues Need a Refresher on the First Amendment. aclu.org Rubio took to Twitter to spread a number of downright false statements about the First Amendment and the Combating BDS Act. | This week, amid a partial government shutdown, senators tried to sneak through a bill that would encourage states to suppress constitutionally protected political boycotts of Israel. | Ultimately, the Combating BDS Act failed to make it to the Senate floor, largely because enough people exercised their First Amendment right to protest the bill and educate senators t…

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Trump Threatens to Cut Emergency Aid to California Fire Victims. telesurenglish.net Amid the U.S. government shutdown, President Donald Trump is again threatening to revoke federal aid to California fire victims, citing mismanagement of state funds. | California no longer needs the "billions of dollars" allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Trump tweeted Wednesday. | "Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for forrest fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would never happen," the president wrote, misspelling the word 'forest' twice. | Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, woul…

Tamara Pearson (2019-01-09). Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries. globalresearch.ca If you want to find out what's happening in a poor country, be sure to add -tourists to your Google News search. | "Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso," was the recent headline in the BBC, a day …

RT (2019-01-09). Trump Jr. put on blast for comparing border wall to ZOO FENCE. rt.com Donald Trump Jr. is being flayed on social media after he posted an Instagram story comparing a border wall to a zoo fence, amid a national debate over border security. |

RT (2019-01-09). Kristol a Kremlin agent? Shady outfit claims term 'neocon' is Russian propaganda. rt.com Anyone using the term 'neocon' is doing the Kremlin's bidding, according to PropOrNot, a shadowy outfit that sees Russian agents everywhere, in its quest to police social media on behalf of the ruling US establishment.

Kenneth Surin (2019-01-09). "Invasions": the Desperate Need to Distract From the Brexit Shambles. counterpunch.org In these days of the 24/7 news cycle— with virtually instantaneous spin on the part of politicians and their slick media gurus, and ever-gullible segments of social media— it's become easy to plant stories that can soon be shown to be false flags. | One of these false flags occurred in the UK in the recent holiday season. As I mentioned in a CounterPunch article a couple of weeks ago, Gatwick, the UK's second largest airport, located 30 miles south of London and serving 43 million passengers a year, was cl…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-01-09). The Age of Trump Clearly Shows That Narrative is Everything. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted the following: "Endless Wars, especially those which are fought out of judgement mistakes that were made many years ago, & those where we are getting little financial or military help from the rich countries that so greatly benefit from what we are doing, will eventually come to a …

pip.hinman (2019-01-08). How we can defeat the neo-Nazis. greenleft.org.au On January 5, convicted neo-Nazi criminals Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and their followers, gathered on the foreshore of St Kilda Beach to vilify Sudanese Australians and once again scapegoat that community as "African gangs". | The group of 100 to 150 predominantly white males from various neo-Nazi gangs — The Lads, Soldiers of Odin and the Proud Boys — were racist and hostile towards the gathering counter protesters. | Erikson, a convicted stalker and former head of the neo-Nazi group the United Patriot Front, knows how to do hate speech and play the game on social media. The rally to "reclaim St K…

Belen Fernandez (2019-01-06). A Tough Time to Be a Spy, NPR Reports – Current and former CIA officials are only sources for story on espionage getting harder. fair.org NPR ( 1/3/19) reports on the CIA finding it harder to sneak into other countries to commit espionage. | Imagine, for a moment, that a prominent media outlet in Iran decided to produce a story about the trials of being an Iranian spy in this technological day and age—in which the all-pervasiveness of surveillance mechanisms and social media complicates slightly the process of entering other countries under false identities. | It's safe to assume that the United States would find this…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-04). Headlines for January 4, 2019. democracynow.org 116th Congress Sworn In as Nancy Pelosi Elected House Speaker, House Democrats Adopt PAYGO Austerity Spending Rule, House Democrats Approve New Ethics Rules, Form Climate Committee, Trump Repeats Border Wall Demands as Gov't Shutdown Enters 14th Day, Trump Admin Wants to Send More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Brazil: President's Assault on Indigenous Rights Threatens Amazon, Mexico: Mayor Assassinated Hours After Taking Office, Trump Administration Threatens Iran over Its Space Program, Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Faces Criminal Inquiry, Google Uses "Double Irish Dutch Sandwich" Scheme to Avoid Taxes, P…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-03). Netflix Censors Hasan Minhaj in Saudi Arabia, Sparking Backlash over Khashoggi Killing, War in Yemen. democracynow.org Netflix is under fire for pulling an episode of U.S. comedian Hasan Minhaj's show "Patriot Act" from Saudi Arabia, after officials from the kingdom complained to the streaming company that it violated Saudi cybercrime laws. The episode was posted in late October, a few weeks after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Hasan Minhaj sharply criticized the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The censored episode has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube, where it remains available to viewers in Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, Minhaj tweeted, "Clea…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-12-27). #LogOutFacebook: Because of You, We Did. Thank You! naacp.org Thank you. During the week-long #LogOutFacebook protest, you were joined by thousands of advocates, celebrities, elected officials and partners to take a stand, to let Facebook know that they need to do better. You made it known that you will no longer tolerate privacy breaches, hate speech, bias, and misinformation. This logout cycle is done, but our […]

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-20). Longtime antigovernment militia organizer calls for 'lone wolf' action against antifa. splcenter.org An antigovernment extremist who has called Islam a mental disorder and urged his followers to shoot black women and children has issued another call to violence, posting a video on his Facebook page urging members of the Patriot movement to engage in "lone wolf" action against antifa.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-20). Hatewatch Headlines 12/20/2018. splcenter.org Facebook's moment of reckoning arrives; Advertisers abandon Tucker Carlson; ADF seeks expansion of Jim Crow-era exemption; and more.

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). Gender violence awareness and murders are both on the rise. greenleft.org.au As part of #16daysofactivism, a global campaign to highlight gender-based violence, Domestic Violence NSW (DV NSW) hosted a panel of journalists and rights advocates to address the difficulties in reporting sexual assault and domestic and family violence on November 29. | Jenna Price from the University of Technology in Sydney and co-creator of Destroy the Joint's "Counting Dead Women" project spoke alongside artist, advocate and survivor of family violence Amani Haydar, author and journalist Jess Hill, journalist and advocate against gender-based violence N…

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