There is a burning desire to report the truth:
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:
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 local 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.
The worst news: fast.
Many Reddit users, especially conservatives who supported Trump, shared Russian propaganda, often unknowingly:
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.
Sen. Flake is expected to compare Trump’s assault on freedom of the press to tactics used by Stalin:
Flake described Trump’s comments about the news media as “shameful, repulsive”:
“When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him ‘fake news,’ it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press,” Flake said in his speech Jan. 17.
Instead of the free press being as Trump claims the “enemy of the people,” it is as Flake said the enemy of despots and “the guardian of democracy.” Indeed.
Flake’s full speech:
Sen. John McCain also strongly criticized Trump for attacking freedom of the press:
After Trump repeatedly used a crude vulgarity to describe Africa and Haiti, he lied and denied saying it:
“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it,” Anderson Cooper said on CNN. “They look you in the eye, they do not blink. They stand tall. They have dignity. A dignity many in this White House could learn from. A dignity the president with all his money and power could learn from as well”:
How the news media handled reporting about Trump’s vulgarity, which is widely viewed as another example of his racism:
Trump has a long history of making racist comments and discriminating against African Americans by refusing to rent apartments to them:
Not mentioned in the story: Unpublished writers wanting to break into journalism should know that their stories with anonymous sources will not be published.
The Republican majority in the FCC plans to remove equal access protections so that a few giant internet service providers can do whatever they want, including increase prices, slow download speeds, and even block access to websites for political reasons:
The Republicans’ claim that turning over the internet to the free market will benefit consumers is specious, as 50 million homes only have access to one internet service provider. There is no free market without competition:
The changes will permit monopolies to charge whatever they want for internet access and censor the internet to promote their agendas:
Net neutrality protects the people’s access to the internet:
Here is a site that makes it easy for you to contact your Congress member to voice your opinion and save the internet:
If enough people demand net neutrality be saved, Congress and the FCC will notice that the public disagrees with their plans:
Protests are planned nationwide Dec. 7:
An FCC member is urging the public to demand net neutrality be saved:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai attacks celebrities for their criticism of his plans to gut net neutrality protections:
Republicans continue to favor giant corporations over the people:
Now one media company will be able to own several broadcast stations and the local newspaper in the same city. The result will be less diversity of opinion with fewer voices:
And many low income Americans will no longer receive subsidies to help pay for broadband internet at home:
Next up for the FCC is its plan to kill net neutrality. This would make it possible for internet service providers to charge fees to some wealthy websites and apps for faster speeds, which would slow down the internet for everyone else. ISPs would even be able to block or throttle lawful internet content:
If the accusation is true, Trump would have crossed a line into banana republic authoritarianism:
Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch has contacted AT&T twice about purchasing CNN, which would explain Trump’s eagerness to force the sale of CNN. Fox News is the mouthpiece of the Republican Party:
Trump’s media handlers and the Russians knew they could use fake news and ads in social media and the internet to manipulate millions of voters. Now it will be interesting and scary to see whether they can do it again.
Another scary question is whether social media and the internet will kill democracy, and whether we will even notice:
The great hope in the early days of the web was that it would facilitate democracy by leveling the playing field so that anyone could participate in the process and have a voice. Trump, though, turned that potential for good upside down.
I agree with the tech evangelists who point out that social media is neither inherently bad nor inherently good. But, as we saw with the election of Trump and the success of Brexit, it can be used with devastating effect to manipulate millions of people to act against their own interests. The algorithm beast is constantly learning at the speed of light, and its data are available for sale to the worst possible political candidates.
Here is one way to defend yourself against this manipulation:
Another way is to read the best of journalism:
John Stuart Mill was right in pointing out that truth does not always defeat falsehood in the short run. Truth can win out, though, if we do our part.
It is encouraging to see so many millennials doing their part by reading the best news media:
There is reason to be hopeful about the nation’s future:
Twitter will still allow “President” Trump to continue spewing hate and encouraging violence in his tweets.
Twitter’s new policy rings hollow, as Trump is its worst abuser.
Police and the military will also still be allowed to have Twitter accounts.
There’s just one problem with Trump’s bizarre threats: We have this thing called the First Amendment:
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse asked whether Trump is violating his oath of office to uphold the constitution:
Democrats called on the FCC to publicly refuse to revoke NBC affiliate licenses:
Trump has repeatedly threatened the news media:
Trump, our national nightmare, needs to be impeached as soon as possible (or removed with the 25th Amendment):
Election experts have said that it is very unlikely that Russia could have drilled down so precisely to place targeted advertisements in key districts in the U.S. presidential election without help from the Trump campaign. Trump won the two battleground states — Michigan and Wisconsin — by less than 1 percent. And the ads were seen by 10 million Americans.
Thus, it appears that the Trump campaign likely conspired with Russian spies to steal the U.S. presidential election in a bloodless coup by “weaponizing” Facebook ads and fake news. Trump campaign officials appear to be headed for prison, although Trump could pardon them. Can he pardon himself, though?
Check out these new augmented reality (AR) apps, including the one from IKEA. Then imagine how student journalists and readers could virtually place items where they would like for them to be, such as benches outside the Writing Center at RCC, or a wider variety of food items at the college’s cafeteria. Then imagine using AR and a smartphone to gather and report the news and to share opinions. The possibilities for empowerment and expression are limitless:
Augmented reality and virtual reality spending is forecast to grow from $11 billion now to $108 billion to $215 billion a year by 2021:
And, of course, 360 video will be a part of this new way to report the news:
Viewpoints has its first 360 video:
The Washington Post has updated its app for AR:
Journalists will harness these amazing tools to report the news. The future of news will be exciting.
Trump’s attack was so vicious that several media experts are now even more concerned for the safety of journalists:
There has always been tension between the press and presidents, but Trump has gone way beyond anything ever seen before in the U.S., surpassing even Nixon in attacking the news media.
The new AP style is for journalists to avoid most references to “alt-right.”
The term can still be used in direct quotes or when describing what the movement says about itself:
There comes a point when some older adults lose their minds and behave as children. Trump has reached that stage, apparently, and would seem better situated in a nursing home than in the White House:
This is not someone who can be trusted with the nuclear codes.
Trump supporters boo and assault journalists:
Trump encourages his supporters to be violent (caution: offensive language):
Update: Journalists are still being attacked:
Trump has a long history of attempting to bully people. His brutish behavior may come back to haunt him when the recordings he apparently made are subpoenaed:
Trump recommended that Comey imprison journalists:
Trump is acting increasingly paranoid and unstable, and it’s all uphill from here. Next up may be charges of obstruction of justice, which could lead to his impeachment:
Update: Former intelligence chief James Clapper says Trump and Russia are threatening the nation’s institutions:
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein says that Trump’s firing of the FBI director represents a dangerous situation:
Update: Trump unsuccessfully pressured the FBI director, prior to firing him, to cancel its probe of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:
Update: Trump’s attempt to pressure Comey to cancel the FBI’s probe was illegal and may lead to his impeachment:
A national poll has found that “idiot” is the most common word used to describe Trump. Also common were “incompetent” and “liar”:
Trump is so ignorant that he believes fake stories his staff gives to him:
You can watch the event live or later:
White House Correspondents’ Association:
“It is our job to report the facts and to hold leaders accountable,” said the association’s president, Jeff Mason, in his opening comments at the annual event. “That is who we are. We are not fake news…We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people.”
Guest speaker Hasan Minhaj from Comedy Central nailed it: “Even the president is not beyond the reach of the First Amendment. But the president did not show up. Because Donald Trump does not care about free speech. The man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledge the amendment that allows him to do it…I am proud that all of us are here tonight to defend that right, even if the man in the White House never would.”
Carl Bernstein, who exposed the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon’s resignation, also spoke at the event.
“Follow the money, but follow also the lies,” Bernstein said to the journalists at the event.
Trump was too chicken to attend the event:
Trump, called the “liar-in-chief” by Minhaj at the correspondents’ dinner, has lied 469 times in his first 100 days as president, The Washington Post reports. Trump is on a pace to tell more than 6,000 lies in his four years as president, if he lasts that long without being impeached:
Trump claimed success in his first 100 days as president and bashed the news media with bizarre comments:
Trump told a journalist that he thought being president would be “easier”:
Trump says he wants more power to force approval of his agenda and prevent judicial or legislative oversight:
Trump also wants to weaken journalism’s scrutiny of his administration. He threatened, again, to change libel laws:
Trump cozies up to brutal dictators:
Trump says he would be “honored” to met with North Korea’s petulant dictator Kim Jong-un:
Trump’s administration has had ties to Nazi groups: