Trump and Putin, who have encouraged violence against the news media, were greeted in Finland with hundreds of signs about the importance of freedom of the press:
The news media know what Trump said. They do not know what he believes.
Trump has lied thousands of times so far during his presidency. Trump has also borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars from Russians, and so he is beholden to his financial masters and will heap unwarranted, over-the-top praise on them to curry favor.
Follow the money:
It should be obvious that someone who is so dishonest and is owned by Russian banks and billionaires should not be believed when he praises the dictator Putin and denies that his campaign team colluded with Russia. Instead, many news outlets constantly claim that what Trump says is what he believes about Putin, Russia and the hacking of Clinton’s emails:
Trump lied again. But, was it yesterday or today?
Trump puts America last:
The news media must rise to the challenge and hold Trump’s feet to the fire:
The Russian company had close ties to Russia’s brutal dictator Vladimir Putin, which means that Facebook users’ data was probably given to the KGB, Russia’s spy agency:
Sleazy Facebook will stop at nothing to profit from its users, no matter how much harm is involved. It is obvious that Facebook users should cancel their accounts.
Russian hackers celebrated their success in electing Trump as president:
Visitors to the unencrypted Fox “News” website could be exposed to malware advertising and hackers:
Journalists face threats from layoffs, unhinged shooters and even the president:
But they still go out and report the news every day:
If a 10-year-old can report the news…
This young reporter got the scoop about a murder in her neighborhood and reported the story, which attracted interest from The Washington Post and Good Morning America, when she was 9 years old before any other news media even visited the area:
She publishes her newspaper in print and online, and she is doing a good job serving her local community:
She took her critics to task: “If you want me to stop covering news, then you get off your computers and do something about the news. There, is that cute enough for you?”
She is inspiring!
States are drafting net neutrality protections, but they are being challenged and may fail:
Republicans’ elimination of net neutrality may result in higher prices and slower speeds for internet access, along with the stifling of small startups and a cable TV-style narrowed range of choices.
Get ready for higher prices on your TV and internet bills:
The end of net neutrality is expected to open the door for an abuse of the power the AT&T and Time Warner merger — and other big mergers — will create:
The fake Facebook groups did not cost Russia one dime during the presidential campaign:
Russian groups also bought highly targeted ads through Facebook in an effort to steal the presidential election in a bloodless coup. Mission accomplished.
Trump owes millions of dollars to Russian banks and billionaires.
Trump promised to “drain the swamp” during his campaign. Instead, he has surrounded himself with slime:
Cohen is a real piece of art:
2018 has been a particularly dangerous year for journalists, but still they go out every day to gather and report the news that the public needs:
The guest speaker’s biting humor set off a Twitter storm as journalists seemed surprised that the jokes would be hard hitting:
If the WHCA would have done its due diligence it would have easily discovered that this is the kind of comedy routine Wolf is known for. That the WHCA president is now acting surprised raises the question about why the organization did not do a better job checking out Wolf before inviting her. Why would a group of journalists do such a poor job of researching a speaker?
This comment released by the WHCA president is ridiculous, as the WHCA speakers have never complied with these expectations:
“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people,” Talev said. “Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.”
A New York Times reporter, who won the White House Correspondents’ Association Aldo Beckman Award, discusses covering Trump:
Journalists are being threatened with Trump’s encouragement and even his participation. And so the world press freedom ranking has fallen for the U.S.:
C-SPAN 3 is showing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s live comments before the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee:
Camera shutters are clicking rapid fire and the air is so thick you could slice it with a knife as Zuckerberg enters the room and is seated. Wow. The drama of the moment is intense.
Zuckerberg is in the hot seat and he just swallowed hard.
During his testimony today, Zuckerberg actually claimed that Facebook members control the use of their data. Apparently $60 billion will get some people to say anything, no matter how outrageous.
After his campaign targeted potential voters by contracting with a third party firm that misused their Facebook data, Trump won the national election with just 78,000 votes in three battleground states: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin:
A researcher who gave Facebook user data to Cambridge Analytica, the third party firm that worked under contract with the Trump campaign, also collected members’ private messages. Facebook users who think they have control over their privacy by being careful with their account settings are ignoring the facts that prove they are wrong:
Facebook changed 14 million users’ settings to public without their permission:
A hundred Zuckerberg cutouts take over the Capitol lawn:
Facebook paid for full page newspaper ads apologizing for misusing members’ data:
Zuckerberg told the Senate committee that Facebook has been contacted by the special counsel investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
Zuckerberg’s most repeated comments during his Senate testimony: “I’ll have my team get back with you” and “I’m not specifically aware of that.”
The committee just recessed for five minutes. Zuckerberg left his notes face up on the table and photographers are snapping close up photos of the pages. It will be interesting to read the notes.
Zuckerberg’s notes reveal more than his comments:
Zuckerberg’s notes can be read easily in this photo (click twice on the photo):
It is ironic that the notes of the worst abuser of privacy in the history of humankind were photographed and published online:
Zuckerberg met with another committee April 11.
The hearings were of little value:
Facebook violates nearly everyone’s privacy, including that of nonusers:
Here is some of the data Facebook collects:
A “delete Facebook” movement is growing. Steve Wozniak, one of Apple’s founders, canceled his Facebook account.
The same hedge fund company in New York owns most of the daily newspapers in Southern California, including The Press-Enterprise.
Sunday’s Denver Post is scheduled to include a front-page editorial calling for the sale of the newspaper:
The irresponsible hedge fund that owns Digital First newspapers such as The Press-Enterprise in Riverside is making hefty profits from its newspapers across the nation. After mass layoffs at its newspapers, it then redirects the profits to its other businesses that have nothing to do with newspapers:
Digital First has ordered its newspapers’ top editors to censor all coverage of its misbehavior:
The Department of Homeland Security plans to monitor journalists, bloggers and social media:
George Orwell warned us about an authoritarian government monitoring everyone.
The monitoring will seek to determine journalists and bloggers’ “sentiment”:
Ralph Peters says he is ashamed for having worked with the network because of its extremist propaganda for Trump:
Documents supplied by a whistleblower insider show that data were used to target Facebook users with personalized Trump campaign ads in violation of Facebook’s policies:
Facebook knew about the misuse of its users’ data but failed to inform them despite laws requiring notification. Only after the news media asked Facebook for comment did it suspend the researcher and third party firm Cambridge Analytica this week. Sleazy Facebook then threatened the news media with legal action:
The researcher was funded by Russia. Cambridge Analytica claims it is responsible for electing Trump as president.
Report: Cambridge Analytica representatives have been caught on video saying they use propaganda, prostitutes and bribes to entrap political candidates and manipulate public opinion during election campaigns worldwide:
Massachusetts’ attorney general announced that an investigation will be launched to determine whether state laws were violated.
Officials in the U.K. described the related data leak involving Brexit as illegal.
Facebook’s stock value dropped $37 billion in one day in the wake of revelations about its failure to protect user data:
News media reported earlier that Russia purchased political ads supporting Trump’s presidential campaign.
Update: Cambridge Analytica has suspended its CEO, who claimed he met “many times” with Trump:
Facebook intentionally avoided trying to protect user data used by Cambridge Analytica. The tech giant routinely gave its members’ data to third party developers despite warnings by its own experts that enemy governments and data brokers would misuse the data:
It is important to understand that Facebook members are not its customers. Instead, Facebook members are the product that is sold to advertisers.
Cambridge Analytica was created in part by Steve Bannon, who would become Trump’s chief campaign strategist, and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was also involved. The firm used focus groups to test using racism against African Americans and support for Putin, Russia’s authoritarian president:
Cambridge Analytica’s goal was to trick people into supporting Trump with propaganda:
Reaction to the revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica:
Here is what you can do to protect your online privacy:
“Delete Facebook” campaign spreads:
Update: A Facebook executive said Facebook will experience strong growth even if terrorists use the social network to kill people:
Update: Facebook now says Cambridge Analytica, the third party firm used by the Trump campaign, may have used the data from up to 87 million people, including 71 million Americans. And it announced that the personal profiles of 2 billion people were exposed:
Facebook allowed developers to access the data of millions of the friends of members:
Facebook helps sleazy advertisers find gullible members who are most likely to be tricked by deceptive ads:
Facebook will begin telling members April 9 whether their data was accessed by Cambridge Analytica, the third party firm that gave data to the Trump campaign:
After becoming one of the world’s wealthiest billionaires by exploiting people’s trust and selling their digital data to unscrupulous companies, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized today. A little late for that at this point:
An investor’s group is calling for Zuckerberg to resign:
I’ve been telling people for years that they should delete their Facebook accounts, but most users respond as if they are either extremely naive or brainwashed cult members. People are starting to admit to me now, however, that they realize they should have listened to my advice.
C-SPAN 3 is showing Zuckerberg’s live comments before the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee:
Facebook users were also fooled and many even attended pro-Trump rallies organized by Russian trolls:
Sinclair’s journalists say they feel like prisoners of war when they are forced to read corporate statements:
Sinclair’s executives plan to position their stations so far to the right that they will make FOX News seem moderate by comparison. The media chain’s management is rabidly pro-Trump.
Sinclair, which already owns 173 TV stations and is the largest such chain in the nation, plans to purchase Tribune Media, which owns or operates stations in California including KTLA. Trump supports Sinclair’s plans.
And the Sinclair controversy goes viral:
Sinclair requires its employees to sign noncompete clauses and agreements to reimburse the company when they quit:
The bizarre world of Sinclair would reach 72 percent of the U.S. if it purchases Tribune Media.
The FCC’s inspector general is investigating whether Trump’s FCC pal Ajit Pai planned the FCC’s relaxation of ownership rules with Sinclair:
It should be noted that what is going on at Sinclair is so shocking because it is not the normal operating procedure in most of America’s newsrooms. Yes, Fox News is a 24 hour a day propaganda machine for Trump, but this is the exception, not the norm.
There are thousands of news outlets and newspapers in America that are not owned by Sinclair or Fox, and most of them do not force their news staffs to spread propaganda.
Many Reddit users, especially conservatives who supported Trump, shared Russian propaganda, often unknowingly:
A troll describes Russia’s Orwellian effort to elect Trump as president:
More than 126 million Americans saw fake stories from Russia created in a coordinated effort to elect Trump:
Another Trump campaign aide has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with the investigation:
Russia used social media to attempt to destroy American democracy. The U.S. is in a state of war with Russia, although Trump wants to be buddies with the dictator and organized crime leader Putin:
Sen. Feinstein, who objected to the government spying on her staff, approved again of the mass surveillance of millions of innocent Americans who are not suspected of any wrongdoing:
Also voting in favor of mass surveillance: Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Raul Ruiz and Republican Ken Calvert:
For Democrats to give vast powers to the Trump administration to spy on millions of innocent Americans without a warrant is mind-boggling. Democrats have rightly opposed the Trump administration’s authoritarianism and close ties to Russian dictator Putin, but when they had the opportunity to do something about it they failed miserably:
This failure by the Democrats means that the Trump administration can continue to spy on journalists, activists, protestors, professors, students, scientists, environmentalists, progressives, Democrats and anyone else they oppose.
And there were enough votes to reign in Trump’s powers, as many Republicans in the House and Senate supported the changes to the surveillance requirements, but Democrats sank the bills.
It would not be at all surprising for Trump to go over the edge into horrific extremism within a few weeks or months and order the spy agencies to target his opponents with heavy surveillance. And we can then look back at this crucial moment in history when the Democrats had the chance to protect the people, democracy and social justice but instead stupidly squandered it.
We cannot trust that America will always self-correct and secure freedom once again. Democracy and freedom must be earned every day. Democrats, however, voted instead to sacrifice essential privacy. And that vote may have flushed the great experiment that is America down the drain forever.