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Attorney General William Barr told Congress Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, destroying two years of media speculation and bad reporting.

The obsession to prove collusion has dampened the media’s journalistic abilities, leading to a seemingly endless list of corrections, retractions and apologies.

In light of Mueller concluding his investigation, we’ve compiled a list of some of the worst media screwups in the history of Russia theories.

1. CNN Accuses Don Jr. Of Wikileaks Collusion

Last December, CNN’s Manu Raju reported that Wikileaks emailed Donald Trump Jr. to give him access to stolen documents a full 10 days before they were released to the public.

Unfortunately for CNN, it turns out their sources gave them the wrong date. Don Jr. actually received an email with access to the stolen docs on Sept. 14, 2016, after they had already been released publicly.

2. ABC Tanks Stock Market With Fake Flynn News

ABC was forced to suspend Brian Ross after he falsely reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump ordered him to make contact with the Russians.

The stock market dropped a few hundred points at the news — but it turned out to be fake.

ABC clarified that Flynn was actually prepared to testify that Trump asked him to contact Russia while the administration was transitioning into office. Pretty standard preparation for an incoming president.

3. The Mooch Is NOT Under Investigation

CNN earns another spot on this list for their shoddy reporting about former Trump adviser Anthony, “The Mooch,” Scaramucci. In June, CNN relied on a single unnamed source to claim that Scaramucci was under investigation for a meeting he took with a Russian banker prior to Trump’s inauguration.

The Mooch denied the story and CNN later gave him a much-deserved apology. Oh … and three CNN employees resigned over the botched piece.

4. Bloomberg’s Dirty Deutsche Bank Scoop

Bloomberg initially reported in December that special counsel Robert Mueller had “zeroed in” on Trump by subpoenaing Deutsche Bank records for the incoming president and his family.

Bloomberg later admitted that Mueller was looking for records relating to “people affiliated” with Trump.

5. Sessions Exonerated

Last May, CNN was sure that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had botched protocol when he didn’t list meetings he had with the Russian ambassador on his security clearance forms. To CNN and other establishment media outlets, this was proof that Sessions was hiding something related to Russia.

A little over six months later, CNN quietly walked back the scandal, explaining the FBI sent emails informing Sessions’ aide that he did not need to disclose the meetings on his forms because they were carried out in the course of his duties as a senator.

6. Russians Aren’t Just Hacking The Election — They’re Hacking Our Power Grid

The Washington Post claimed in January 2017 that Russians were hacking the U.S. power grid through a company in Vermont, only to change the story to say that only one laptop was infiltrated. It turns out that one laptop was never even connected to the power grid.

7. Republicans Funded The Dossier! 

A number of news outlets have consistently claimed that Republicans initially paid for the anti-Trump Steele dossier, failing to note that Steele wasn’t even contracted by Fusion GPS until after the GOP donors pulled funding. The Republican donors say they paid Fusion for standard opposition research and that they have zero connection to the dossier.

The media has perpetuated this falsehood so consistently that even former FBI director James Comey was confused, repeating the lie in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier.

8. CNN Gets Comey Prediction Wildly Wrong

Prior to former FBI director James Comey’s congressional testimony last June, CNN asserted that Comey was prepared to contradict a key claim by President Trump — that Comey told him he was not under investigation.

Sadly for them, Comey’s prepared testimony was released with the line, “During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower … I offered that assurance [that he was not under investigation].”

9. The ’17 Intel Agencies’ Lie

The media perpetuated a false claim from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for months, insisting that all 17 intelligence agencies agree that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. The New York Times, for example, rated that claim as true only to later say the exact opposite.

Only four intelligence agencies ultimately deemed Russia responsible for meddling because the other 13 have no business making judgments on the claim. As The NYT succinctly explained, “The rest were doing other work.”

10. Manafort Notes Are A Nothing Burger

NBC botched its big scoop claiming that Paul Manafort’s notes from a meeting with a Russian lawyer included the word “donations” near a reference to the Republican National Committee.

Turns out, not only did the word “donations” not appear in Manafort’s notes, but the word “donor” didn’t, either. POLITICO had to correct the NBC report, leaving the legacy network looking awfully embarrassed.

11. NBC Issues Cohen Correction

NBC issued a major correction in May on a story about wiretaps and Michael Cohen.

NBC initially claimed that federal investigators were listening in on Cohen’s phone calls, but it turns out they had what’s called a “pen register warrant,” which means they could see who Cohen spoke to on the phone but could not hear what was said.(RELATED: MSNBC Issues HUGE Correction To Michael Cohen ‘Wiretap’ Story)

12. Did Cohen Go To Prague?

A McClatchy report stated that special counsel Robert Mueller had evidence that Michael Cohen visited Prague in the summer of 2016, which seemed to corroborate the portion of the Steele dossier claiming Cohen visited Prague at that time to meet with a Kremlin official.

However, no other outlets ever confirmed the report and Cohen told Congress during an open hearing in February that he has never been to Prague. (RELATED: Here’s Why You Should Be Skeptical Of That Michael Cohen Prague Story)

13. Busted BuzzFeed 

The special counsel’s office disputed a 2019 report by BuzzFeed claiming that Trump directed his lawyer to lie about a potential business deal in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The BuzzFeed report was used to float impeachment proceedings and obstruction of justice charges against the president, but Mueller’s team disputed the core premise of the reporting.

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

14. Lanny Davis Obliterates CNN’s Trump Tower Story

CNN reported in July that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that the president had knowledge in advance of a Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russians.

ut Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said in August that CNN’s reporting got “mixed up” and that Cohen had no information related to the Trump Tower meeting. Cohen said the same to Congress on two separate occasions.

CNN doubled, tripled, and quadrupled down on its reporting, despite a series of issues with the report.

15. NPR Accuses Don Jr. Of Perjury

NPR published a report in November insisting that Donald Trump Jr. lied to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow because his statements conflicted with those of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

However, NPR failed to realize that the piece of Trump Jr.’s testimony they quoted was about a different project.

“Trump Jr.’s statements about work on a Trump Tower Moscow that ended in 2014 referred to negotiations with Aras Agalarov,” The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Chuck Ross explained. “Felix Sater, a businessman with links to Cohen and Russian officials, tried to make a Trump Tower Moscow happen in 2015.”

16. Mic Claims Russian Spy Infiltrated The Oval 

Shortly after it was revealed that a Russian spy was attempting to infiltrate right-wing networks, Mic writer Emily Singer claimed that same Russian spy was present during an Oval Office meeting with Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov.

Singer claimed Russian spy Maria Butina was spotted in a photo of the meeting, citing the fact that she has red hair like the woman in the photo.

The woman in the photo is actually NSC staffer Cari Lutkins. 

This story was originally published in May 2018 but has been updated with additional information regarding the delivery of Mueller’s report to Attorney General Bill Barr. 

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Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Less than one year ago, the Washington Post and the New York Times won Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of something that, according to Mueller’s report, did not exist.

In April 2018, both newspapers were awarded Pulitzers for their coverage of possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Politico reported at the time:

The New York Times and Washington Post each won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on Monday, capping off a newsroom battle last year for scoops on links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the focus of an ongoing special counsel investigation into the 2016 election.

And on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr delivered a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions to Congress — that summary indicated that Mueller, over the course of nearly two years, had found no evidence of collusion. (RELATED: Justice Department Delivers Mueller Conclusions)

Upon being reminded of those Pulitzers — and the reason they were awarded — Donald Trump Jr. argued that they ought to be replaced with “fake news awards.” He tweeted, “There should be a recall.”

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Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

The prevailing media narrative was that the Mueller report was going to damage President Donald Trump — but as the details began to roll out, many criticized the media as being hardest hit.

Attorney General William Barr delivered a summary of Mueller’s conclusions to Congress on Sunday, and the takeaway was that the special counsel had found no evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice.

Many were quick to pile on, blaming media personalities for perpetuating a narrative that now appears to be based wholly on faulty premises.

Donald Trump Jr. jumped into the fray as well, taking direct aim at specific outlets and challenging “honest journalists” to hold them accountable. (RELATED: Trump Jr. Lays Into ‘Sick And Twisted Conspiracy Theories’ Of ‘Collusion Truthers’)

A few people then pointed out that the Washington Post and the New York Times won Pulitzers “for their supposed stellar reporting on Trump’s treasonous activity with Russia.”

Trump Jr. responded with a plan to make a quick correction. “They should convert those Pulitzer’s to #fakenews awards,” he said.

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Over the past several decades, the think tank world in Washington has led the conservative movement down a path in which it is essentially the president of the local debate society but has precious little impact on public policy outcomes that affect the lives of real Americans. 

Recent criticisms of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol by the Competitive Enterprise Institute demonstrate this clearly. In addition, these criticisms make plain that the same think tank culture has yet to grapple with the ascent of President Trump and all he represents.

The Kigali Amendment is a relatively obscure proposal, but one that would have a significant and positive impact on American manufacturers and their employees.

In the next decade, one billion air-conditioners will be installed around the world, making it a good time to be in the air conditioning business. America has been the global AC leader since American innovation first brought it to market in 1902. The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration industry — or HVACR — is a domestic powerhouse. It is responsible for over 2.5 million American jobs, almost 700,000 manufacturing jobs, and $621 billion of economic output per year. 

Kigali initiates a phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioning systems and replaces them with new coolants. As it happens, American manufacturers hold the patents on the bulk of those new products. By signing onto Kigali, America will remain the global leader in the industry.

Despite the undeniable advantages Kigali provides to American manufacturers, it deals with a climate-related issue, so the folks at CEI have adjusted their spectacles and straightened their bow ties and have begun to lecture American workers on how terrible it is.  

CEI argues that China gets more lenient treatment under Kigali. While it’s true that China will be permitted to continue producing HFCs under Kigali, as he states, they will not be permitted to sell these products in the U.S if we sign on Kigali. It’s irrelevant how many HFCs China will be permitted to make, let alone for how long, if it’s illegal to sell them. 

Kigali will have a positive impact on U.S. manufacturing and the U.S. economy. A recent study conducted by Inforum and JMS Consulting titled, “Economic Impacts of U.S. Ratification of the Kigali Amendment,” shows is will have a net positive impact on America’s trade imbalance of more than $12.5 billion by 2027.

But China cheats, they argue in their second point. Well, duh. Of course China cheats. They’ve already gotten pinched for dumping cheap coolants into the U.S. market. But that was under a different president. If nothing else, President Trump has shown he will not stand by as China cheats its way to global economic dominance.  The truth is, Kigali stops Chinese cheating. This is a principal reason why the economic impact study cited above found that ratification would lead to $6.5 billion in reduced imports.  

CEI’s third point is their most onerous and sloppy. They claim U.S. companies like Honeywell and Chemours will just manufacture new products in China anyway. Wrong. So wrong, in fact, that their supporting documentation for this fake news states, “On the fluoroproducts side, Chemours plans to shift most production of its Opteon hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) refrigerant to its new plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, US.”  That story went on to quote Chemours’ CEO saying that the company “will shift most of our production to Corpus Christi as soon as possible.” 

Overall, American companies have invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and expanded domestic production of next generation coolants.  What’s more, Kigali has the support of virtually the entire U.S. business community, large and small.

Donald Trump is a master negotiator whose stated goal as president of the United States is to reconfigure global agreements to benefit America. He isn’t an ideologue. He isn’t concerned with legacy disputes between competing think tanks in Washington. And he’s tired of deals that meet some precious standard for “free market” purity but hurt American workers.  These are some of the reasons people like me, regular working Americans, flocked to his campaign early and stuck with him when the establishment tried to take him down.

I trust that President Trump will send the Kigali Amendment to the Senate for ratification on its merits, where it will be well received by Republicans and Democrats alike. 

Paul Nagy (SouthTrentonGuy) has worked as a conservative activist in New Hampshire for over 30 years. He is the founder and chairman of Americans for Secure Borders, and worked previously as northeast campaign director for Pat Buchanan’s 1992 presidential campaign and as the northeast regional director for the National Christian Coalition.


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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow kept it together on Friday night, but just barely.

Returning unexpectedly from a fishing trip in Tennessee to broadcast in the wake of news that the newly-released Mueller report will not include an indictment of President Donald Trump, Maddow spent the better part of her Friday night opening segment seemingly on the verge of tears.

Here are the first few minutes of Maddow’s opening segment:

Calling the reason for her unexpected appearance “Mueller time,” Maddow said:

Our job tonight—as a country sort of or at least—what everybody in the country is going to be doing tonight is trying to figure out what it means that the report of special counsel Robert Mueller has finally been submitted. We’ve heard it said so many times that it was imminent, that it was done and maybe done and we didn’t know about it. Finally, it’s happened. In terms of what that means and what Mueller found, we know only the smallest little bits. This is the start of something apparently, not the end of something.

Later in the segment, the MSNBC host seemed to struggle even more to hold her composure, but she pressed through:

Maddow’s MSNBC show has long used the Russian collusion narrative to be be critical of the Trump administration. Last July, the MSNBC host accused Trump of serving the “interests of another country” following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (RELATED: Fake News: Rachel Maddow Falsely Claims White House Edited Putin Tape)

“For everything that we’ve been through as a country,” she said, “For every kind of trial and challenge and intrigue and embarrassment and scandal that we have been through as a nation, we haven’t ever had to reckon with the possibility that somebody has ascended to the presidency of the United States to serve the interests of another country rather than our own.”

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There were some tense moments during an interview President Donald Trump did with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo regarding his continued bashing of the late Sen. John McCain.

Bartiromo sat down with Trump on Thursday for an interview that will air Friday morning. The network released snippets of the interview, including a part about Trump's ongoing feud with McCain — the Republican senator, war hero, and former POW who died last August following a battle with brain cancer.

"You spent a good portion of your time in Ohio the other day trashing John McCain," Bartiromo said. "Sen. John McCain is dead. Why are you doing this?"

Trump replied, "It's not a good portion of my time, it's a very small portion. But if you realize, about three days ago, it came out that his main person gave to the FBI the fake news dossier. It was a fake, it was a fraud, it was paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. They gave it to John McCain, who gave it to the FBI for very evil purposes. That's not good.

"And the other thing, he voted against repeal and replace [Obamacare]. Now, he's been campaigning for years for repeal and replace. I'm not a fan. After all of this time, think of this. Repeal and replace. We would've had great healthcare."

Bartiromo then pushed back, reiterating the point McCain is no longer living.

"But Mr. President, he's dead. He can't punch back. I know you punch back, but he's dead," she said.

Trump then got more defensive, saying, "I don't talk about it. People ask me the question. I didn't bring this up. You just brought it up. You asked the question."

Bartiromo interjected and replied, "You talked about it this week."

Trump then repeated his point about the press asking him about McCain rather than him bringing up the topic — despite the fact Trump tweeted disparaging remarks about McCain last weekend and also spoke ill of him, unprompted, during a speech Wednesday.

"You asked me the question. When I went out yesterday to the [press] scrum, they asked me the question. When they ask me the question, I answer the question. But you people bring it up, I don't bring it up," Trump told Bartiromo.

"I'm not a fan, he was horrible what he did with repeal and replace. What he did to the Republican Party and to the nation and to sick people that could've had great healthcare was not good. So I'm not a fan of John McCain, and that's fine."

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U.S. President Trump and Brazilian President Bolsonaro hold news conference at the White House in Washington
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro listens to U.S. President Donald Trump during a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

March 20, 2019

By Lisandra Paraguassu and Anthony Boadle

WASHINGTON/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro won glowing praise and conditional promises from U.S. President Donald Trump on his visit to the White House this week, yet Brazilian negotiators came away grumbling about their hosts driving a hard bargain.

Diplomats and other officials said Brazil got few immediate concessions in return for granting a unilateral visa waiver for U.S. visitors, a tariff-free quota for wheat imports and easier access for U.S. space launches from Brazil.

Bolsonaro, an outspoken Trump admirer who seemed eager to please at their first meeting, failed to win more room for Brazil’s sugar exports or overturn a U.S. ban on fresh Brazilian beef – both major objectives of the country’s farm sector.

“If this is the way forward, we might as well stay put,” said a Brazilian official directly involved in the negotiations, who requested anonymity to speak freely. “They asked for everything, but didn’t want to cede on anything.”

Reactions among Brazilians focused largely on the symbolism of the visit, with Bolsonaro supporters calling it a vindication for the iconoclastic leader and critics cringing to see him so cozy with Trump.

Yet the frustration of the Brazilian delegation reflects the deeper difficulty of overcoming trade barriers and agribusiness competition between the two countries, even as their presidents find common ground in their brash style and conservative views.

Bolsonaro celebrated his visit as the start of a new era of U.S.-Brazil friendship, playing up his admiration of Trump and their shared disdain for political correctness and “fake news,” as they often call unfavorable press coverage.

The presidents also found common ground in condemning Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and cooperating on public security and military development. Designating Brazil a “major non-NATO ally” will ease U.S. arms sales to the Brazilian armed forces, while a new technology safeguard agreement will help U.S. companies to conduct commercial space launches in Brazil.

However, in more transactional areas such as trade, the Brazilians’ goodwill offerings, such as an annual import quota of 750,000 tonnes of tariff-free wheat, were not met in kind.

“If this reciprocity does not occur, Bolsonaro’s preference for the U.S. will look naive in the future,” said Welber Barral, a former Brazilian foreign trade secretary.

Brazil’s new openness to wheat imports will mainly benefit U.S. exporters and was a slap in the face to neighboring Argentina, another major trade partner, Barral said.

He also warned that Brazil stands to face more setbacks on trade if it gives up the benefits of “developing country” status at the World Trade Organization (WTO) — the U.S. condition for supporting Brazil’s bid to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a policy forum for wealthier nations.

That conditional endorsement — concrete WTO concessions in return for symbolic OECD membership — left Brazilian Economy Minister Paulo Guedes visibly annoyed after his meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

“That’s no exchange. He’s making that demand,” he told journalists.

Addressing an audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Guedes also gave a hint of the sticking points that stood in the way of broader trade agreements.

“You want to sell pork? Okay, buy my beef. You want to sell ethanol? Buy my sugar. Beef for pork, ethanol for sugar, wheat for auto parts. They’re little things,” he said.

None of the exchanges he suggested were formalized in talks.

Guedes reminded the audience that China, Brazil’s top trading partner, would be ready to pick up the slack if the United States did not engage.

“They are moving in, trying to invest,” Guedes warned.

(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu and Anthony Boadle, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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Quote of the Day:

“Not a day goes by that I don’t curse my reporter parents for infecting me with journalism and wish there were absolutely any other job in the world I could do with the same passion I have for this dreadful career.”

Sulome Anderson, foreign correspondent.

Coulter has perfect advice for Trump on Kellyanne Conway’s marriage 

“Trump should declare Kellyanne Conway’s marriage a national emergency.” — Ann Coulter, conservative commentator, bestselling author. (RELATED: President Trump Rips George Conway — ‘Total Loser’) 

The latest: After days of Conway questioning his mental health, Trump called Conway the “husband from hell.”

Kellyanne Conway offers her love to C-SPAN

“Happy 40th Birthday! @cspan A national treasure.”

Will Kellyanne choose her husband or President Trump? 

“Trump makes Republicans choose him or their principles. Makes Lindsay Graham choose him over his dear friend John McCain. Makes Kellyanne Conway choose him or her husband. The loyalty tests never, ever end. And the choice shouldn’t even be hard.” — Amanda Carpenter, CNN.

Bill Kristol’s love letter to Trump 

“Dear @realDonaldTrump, You’re wrong. None of us who know George refers to him as Mr. Kellyanne Conway. Nor is he jealous or angry. He is concerned for our country’s well-being, as he should be, given whom we have as our president. As ever, Your slightly dangerous correspondent.” — Bill Kristol, editor-at-large, The Bulwark.

CNN reporter says Trump’s rhetoric is getting even more dangerous for the media

“Imagine if the leader of any other country tweeted this. Hard to believe we would not say it was a threat to the free press. Trump’s rhetoric continues to inch further and further into dangerous waters.” — Oliver Darcy, media reporter, CNN.

What Trump tweeted Tuesday: “The Fake News Media has NEVER been more Dishonest or Corrupt than it is right now. There has never been a time like this in American History. Very exciting but also, very sad! Fake News is the absolute Enemy of the People and our Country itself!”

Ben Smith is distraught over someone accusing one of his BFFs of being “alt-right”

“Don’t accuse people of being alt-right unless you have evidence. Especially if it happens to be one of my best friends.” — Ben Smith, digital media guy, formerly with The Washington Examiner and The Daily Caller. “That’s one way to ruin a happy hour.”

People are dunking on Amy Schumer after she revealed that her hubby is on the spectrum 

“Why are people being so nasty about Amy Schumer revealing her husband is on the Autism Spectrum? I know this is Twitter but I’m horrified that her honest discussion about her husband has been met with mean comments.” — Yashar Ali, writer, HuffPost, New York Mag.

Politico Playbook is under new management 

Maybe this will spice things up a little? 

In a note in Playbook Tuesday, they announced that Blake Hounshell, who ran Politico Mag, will once again assume the role of editorial director and will manage and edit Politico Playbook, helmed by Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and Daniel Lippman. Lippman also reports for other newsletters. Steve Heuser will run the magazine.

Gossip Roundup 

GROSS! Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke allegedly pranked his wife with baby poop. Here.

Speaking of human poop … Lauren Sanchez‘s bro emotes about his deal with the National Enquirer in which he spilled his sis’s dirty texts with lover Jeff Bezos for $200K. He claims he never sent the d*ick pics. He just sent a bunch of other steamy texts for thousands of dollars and kindly left those out. Who believes that?  Here.

Splinter‘s Jack Mirkinson eviscerates Townhall editor Katie Pavlich for saying something puzzling about slavery Tuesday on the predominately female FNC show Outnumbered. Here.

What she said: “They keep blaming America for the sin of slavery but the truth is, throughout human history, slavery existed, and America came along as the first country to end it within 150 years. And we get no credit for that to move forward and try to make good on that.”

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, who hosts “Kennedy” on Fox News Business, quickly pushed back, saying, “Well, we did have a very bloody Civil War.”

CNN’s Don Lemon hosted an entire panel on the topic Tuesday night that included American Urban Radio‘s White House correspondent April Ryan, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley and political commentator Mike Shields. “Anytime people talk about slavery not being very bad … raises eyebrows. …It’s sad that she isn’t more educated and offers that gobbledygook on our airwaves.” Ryan added, “Ignorance. She needs to read.” Ryan also said Pavlich needs to go see a slavery exhibit. Shields also weighed in, saying, “When you want make a Hitler or Nazi analogy, just stop. …when you feel that welling up, when you don’t know what you’re talking about, slavery is the worst thing we ever did. …There was a war. People died.”

Lemon told viewers that Pavlich “walked back” her remarks, saying that the U.S. was among various countries to end slavery, but was the first. Pavlich: “My point is that we were the country that decided to end it, and we’re still dealing with the issue. But if you want to start a problem and inflame racial tension even more, start blaming people who have nothing to do with slavery for the sin of slavery, that is not fair, it’s not the American way, and we shouldn’t be doing it.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is keeping things weird… the surfing congresswoman is struggling to keep her congressional seat let alone win a bid to be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. Jane Kleeb, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, told Politico: “Anybody I know, any leader I know, just thinks she’s weird.”

In view of C-SPAN’s 40th anniversary, The Atlantic‘s David Graham dares to suggest a darker side to the network everyone in Washington loves. I asked Howard Mortman what he thought about the piece. I’ll bring his response to you if he has one. Here.

Former McCain aide hits back at Trump 

“Ok you aren’t a fan. One more in a long list of things you are not.
Honest
Brave
Smart
Tough
Disciplined
Kind
Generous
Patriotic
A fan of John McCain
Had you been a fan, the Senator would have wondered what he had done so wrong that he earned the approval of a man he despised.”

Mark Salter, former top aide to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Meghan McCain pipes up on Tuesday night 

“As my father always used to say to me – Illegitimi non-carborundum.”

— ABC “The View” co-host Meghan McCain.

Meghan McCain gives Wendy Williams a thumbs up for her brave admission 

“Sending strength and love to you @WendyWilliams — speaking your truth and showing your struggle and darkness on national television is not for the weak of heart.” — McCain on talk show host Wendy Williams admitting that she’s living at a sober house.

Travel Bitches 

“Guys & gals, I’m flying Spirit Airlines for the first time this week, and I’ve never been more scared to fly than I am right now.” — Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner.

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FILE PHOTO: EU flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

March 20, 2019

By Alissa de Carbonnel, Alastair Macdonald and Jean-Baptiste Vey

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will sound the alarm this week over the threat of EU elections in May being undermined by a coordinated campaign of fake news and disinformation by foreign powers.

A draft statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday, ahead of a leaders’ summit to take place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, said they would call on governments to do more to protect the upcoming polls.

The draft statement is the latest sign of concerns over growing evidence, particularly since the U.S. presidential elections, that Russia has sought to sow division in Europe.

“Many of our nations, including France, have already been targeted by campaigns, attacks or manipulation,” an Elysee official said. “We have to increase our efforts at the European level … today our forces are scattered and not yet enough.”

The bloc’s heads of state will urge governments to share information on threats via a new warning system, launched by the bloc’s executive. They will also call for online platforms such as Facebook and Google to do more to remove misleading or illegal content.

So far efforts at the EU level have been limited by different election rules in each member state and qualms over how far regulators can go in responding to misleading content online, especially originating in its own member states.

The early warning system launched this month aims to help educate and speed responses by national authorities. Brussels has also set up its own fact-checking website.

“This is a societal challenge we are dealing with, it’s not a quick fix,” an EU official said, adding that the bloc’s mandate is to focus on threats from foreign actors.

A senior diplomat from an EU member state in the former Soviet bloc said nations bordering Russia have long been aware of the threat of disinformation but that other EU nations were finally waking up to the danger.

“It is now a priority to address the fragilities that our democratic systems may have,” the diplomat said.

Meanwhile a heated dispute between Brussels and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban over a media campaign EU officials have labeled fake news has raised concerns about the bloc’s ability to tackle outside threats when its own house is not in order.

Despite EU efforts, it will ultimately be up to national authorities to safeguard the elections, EU officials say.

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, Alastair Macdonald and Jean-Baptiste Vey; Editing by David Holmes)

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says the federal government will punish media companies for the spread of misinformation if he wins in 2020.

Yang’s proposal would introduce “penalties for persistent and destructive misstatements that undermine public discourse,” according to his campaign website.

“We must introduce both a means to investigate and punish those who are seeking to misinform the American public. If enough citizens complain about a particular source of information and news is demonstrably and deliberately false, there should be penalties,” Yang explains on his website.

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U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks at Potluck Insurgency, a local democratic activist event, at the home of one of its members in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S., March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

“I will appoint a new News and Information Ombudsman with the power to fine egregious corporate offenders. One of the main purposes of the Ombudsman will be to identify sources of spurious information that are associated with foreign nationals. The Ombudsman will work with social media companies to identify fraudulent accounts and disable and punish responsible parties,” Yang wrote.

Yang says his information watchdog would be part of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). (RELATED: Yang Warns Unemployed Truckers Will Stage ‘Mass Riots’ Against Driverless Trucks)

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Entrepreneur and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks during a campaign stop at the train depot on February 1, 2019 in Jefferson, Iowa. (JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

“We need a robust free press and exchange of information. But we should face the reality that fake news and misinformation spread via social media threatens to undermine our democracy and may make it impossible for citizens to make informed decisions on a shared set of facts,” he adds on his website.

“This is particularly problematic given that foreign actors, particularly Russia, intend to do us harm and capitalize on our freedom of information. We need to start monitoring and punishing bad actors to give the determined journalists a chance to do their work.”

Yang’s campaign declined to comment on whether he thinks his proposed government crackdown on misinformation is constitutional. He’s already cleared the minimum number of donors required to qualify for the first Democratic debate.

The radical proposal is one of several headline-grabbing policies in Yang’s campaign.

Yang’s federal campaign against misinformation is just one of several radical policies featured in his campaign.

Yang also wants the federal government to distribute $1,000 in cash to Americans every month, and to track Americans’ social behavior and dispense “digital social credits” for positive actions.

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President Donald Trump announced that he is donating $100,000 of his salary to the Department of Homeland Security, following a promise he made before entering office.

“While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security,” the president tweeted on Monday. “If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!”

Trump pledged not to accept a salary during the 2016 presidential campaign, but he is by law required to do so. After entering the Oval Office, he has opted to donate his annual $400,000 salary to various agencies every quarter.

The president in January directed his $100,000 paycheck to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a department that “conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being,” according to the its website. The donation was more personal for Trump, whose late brother, Fred Trump Jr., died nearly four decades ago after battling alcohol addition.

People work on the U.S./ Mexican border wall on February 12, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

People work on the U.S./ Mexican border wall on February 12, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Other agencies that have been beneficiaries of Trump’s salary includes the National Park Service, Department of Transportation, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs and others. John F. Kennedy and Herbert Hoover are the only other U.S. presidents to refuse a salary while in office. (RELATED: Border Crossings To Reach Highest Levels In Over A Decade, Nielsen Warns)

The most recent donation will help fund the Department of Homeland Security’s operations on the border and other immigration enforcement activities.

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FILE PHOTO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participates in a Brazil-U.S. Business Council forum to discuss relations and future cooperation and engagement in Washington, U.S. March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

March 19, 2019

By Lisandra Paraguassu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro endorsed U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda on the eve of their first meeting at the White House, saying he supports a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and that most immigrants to the United States wish to do harm.

Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign modeled on Trump’s 2016 run, has pledged a new era of pro-American policy in the Southern Hemisphere’s second-largest country.

Ahead of Tuesday’s Oval Office meeting, Bolsonaro waived a visa requirement for U.S. visitors to Brazil and later in a Fox News interview on Monday night threw his weight behind Trump’s immigration agenda, which includes a wall on the Mexican border.

“We do agree with President Trump’s decision or proposal on the wall,” Bolsonaro said, in remarks translated to English by the broadcaster. “The vast majority of potential immigrants do not have good intentions. They do not intend to do the best or do good to the U.S. people.

“I would very much like the U.S. to uphold the current immigration policy, because to a large extent we owe our democracy in the Southern Hemisphere to the United States,” he said.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain, rose to power praising the U.S.-backed military government that ran Brazil for two decades before a return to democracy in 1985, echoing Cold War rhetoric in his presidential campaign about the need to fight a continued communist threat.

Since his inauguration in January, Bolsonaro also has adopted elements of Trump’s presidential style, including taunting political foes on Twitter and denouncing media coverage he does not like as “fake news.”

Although he did not get into specifics of his agenda in Washington, Bolsonaro said the presidents would discuss a deepening political and economic crisis in socialist Venezuela.

Bolsonaro said Brazil is the country most interested in seeing an end to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, which he called a “drug trafficking dictatorship.”

In addition to their shared political agenda, Bolsonaro spoke hopefully of a blossoming friendship with Trump.

“I’m willing to open my heart up to him and do whatever is good, to the benefit of both the Brazilian and the American people,” Bolsonaro told Fox News.

(Writing and additional reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Brad Haynes and Bill Trott)

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FILE PHOTO: A Facebook sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai
FILE PHOTO: A Facebook sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song

March 19, 2019

BERLIN (Reuters) – Facebook plans to ramp up efforts to fight misinformation ahead of the European Parliament election in May and will partner with German news agency DPA to boost its fact-checking, a senior executive said on Monday.

Facebook has been under pressure around the world since the U.S. election in 2016 to stop the use of fake accounts and other types of deception to sway public opinion.

The European Union last month accused Alphabet’s Google, Facebook and Twitter of falling short of their pledges to combat fake news ahead of the European election after they signed a voluntary code of conduct to stave off regulation.

On Monday, Facebook said it was setting up an operations centre that would be staffed 24 hours a day with engineers, data scientists, researchers and policy experts, and coordinate with external organisations.

“They will be proactively trying to identify emerging threats so that they can take action on them as quickly as possible,” Tessa Lyons, head of news feed integrity at Facebook, told journalists in Berlin.

Facebook also announced it is teaming up with Germany’s biggest news agency, DPA, to help it check the accuracy of posts, in addition to Correctiv, a non-profit collective of investigative journalists that has been flagging fake news to the company since January 2017.

It will also train over 100,000 students in Germany in media literacy and seek to stop paid advertising being misused for political ends.

Germany has been particularly proactive in trying to clamp down on online hate speech, implementing a law last year that forces companies to delete offensive posts or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($56.71 million).

The issue of misinformation and elections became prominent after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in Donald Trump’s favour, partly by using social media. Moscow denied any meddling.

Lyons said Facebook had made progress in limiting fake news in the last two years, adding that it would increase the number of people working on the issue globally to 30,000 by the end of the year from 20,000 currently.

In addition to human intervention, she said Facebook is constantly refining its machine learning tools to identify untrustworthy messages and limit their distribution.

“This is a very adversarial space, and whether the bad actors are financially or ideologically motivated, they will try to get around and adapt to the work that we are doing,” she said.

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(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Monday allowing Moscow to punish and potentially imprison citizens who spread misinformation on the internet about government officials.

Media publications found guilty of spreading “unreliable socially significant information” could potentially face $23,000 fines, Bloomberg reported. Prosecutors are now legally able to complain to Russia’s communications watchdog about online individuals — the country watchdog group has the ability to block access if outlets don’t remove the offensive content.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of the public in Simferopol, Crimea March 18, 2019. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS

The announcement comes after a draft law called the Digital Economy National Program — which requires Russian internet service providers (ISPs) to make technical changes as the nation prepares for sanctions — was introduced to Russian parliament in 2018. The outage will take place before April 1, although an official date has yet to be released.

Putin has worked with American companies in the past on efforts to censor content.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of the public in Simferopol, Crimea March 18, 2019. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS

March 18, 2019

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin has signed into law tough new fines for Russians who spread what the authorities regard as fake news or who show “blatant disrespect” for the state online, an official portal for legal information showed on Monday.

Critics have warned that the legislation could create a mechanism for state censorship, but lawmakers say the new measures are needed to combat false news reports and abusive online comments.

The legislation grants authorities the power to block websites if they fail to comply with requests to remove information that the state deems to be factually inaccurate.

Under the new law, individuals can be fined up to 400,000 rubles ($6,100) for circulating false information online that leads to a “mass violation of public order”.

People who show “blatant disrespect” online for the state, the authorities, the public, the Russian flag or the constitution can be fined up to 100,000 rubles under the new legislation. Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to 15 days.

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FILE PHOTO: Frans Timmermans, the newly elected Party of European Socialists President, speaks during the Party of European Socialists annual meeting in Lisbon
FILE PHOTO: Frans Timmermans, the newly elected Party of European Socialists President, speaks during the Party of European Socialists annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes/File Photo

March 18, 2019

BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union and authorities around the world will have to regulate big technology and social media companies at some stage to protect citizens, the deputy head of the European Commission said on Monday.

First Vice President Frans Timmermans said introducing regulations would work better if online platforms, such as Google and Facebook, worked with authorities.

Big tech has been criticized by politicians in the United States and Europe over issues ranging from Facebook’s losing track of users’ data to how Google ranks search results.

“At some point, we will have to regulate,” Timmermans told the World Policy Forum in Berlin. “The first task of any public authority is to protect its citizens – and if we see you (tech giants) as a threat to our citizens, we will regulate and if you don’t work with us, we will probably regulate badly.”

Last month, the EU accused Alphabet’s Google, Facebook and Twitter of falling short of promises to combat fake news before the European Parliament elections in May, after they signed a voluntary code of conduct to stave off regulation.

Facebook said on Monday it would increase efforts to fight misinformation before the vote and would partner with German news agency DPA to boost fact checking.

Friday’s massacre in New Zealand has put social media giants in the spotlight. The assault in Christchurch was live-streamed by an attacker through his Facebook profile for 17 minutes, according to a copy seen by Reuters. Facebook said it removed the stream after being alerted by police.

Timmermans said pressure for regulation would come from beyond Europe. “I think globally there will be a call to regulate,” he said.

(Reporting by Paul Carrel; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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Sawang Boonmee, deputy secretary-general of Election Commission talks as he works in a social media war room in Bangkok
FILE PHOTO: Sawang Boonmee, deputy secretary-general of Election Commission talks as he works in a social media war room in Bangkok, Thailand March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

March 18, 2019

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat

BANGKOK (Reuters) – In Thailand’s election “war room”, authorities scroll through thousands of social media posts, looking for violations of laws restricting political parties’ campaigning on social media that activists say are among the most prohibitive in the world.

The monitors are on the look-out for posts that “spread lies, slander candidates, or use rude language”, all violations of the new electoral law, said Sawang Boonmee, deputy secretary-general of the Election Commission, who gave a Reuters team an exclusive tour of the facility.

When they find an offending post, on, for example, Facebook, they print it out, date-stamp it, and file it in a clear plastic folder, to be handed over to the Election Commission and submitted to Facebook for removal.

“When we order content to be removed, we’ll reach out to the platforms, and they are happy to cooperate with us and make these orders efficient,” Sawang said.

Sawang said the tough electoral laws governing social media for the March 24 election, the first since a 2014 military coup, are a necessary innovation aimed at preventing manipulation that has plagued other countries’ elections in recent years.

“Other countries don’t do this. Thailand is ahead of the curve with regulating social media to ensure orderly campaigning and to protect candidates,” Sawang said.

A Facebook representative said it reviewed requests from governments on a case-by-case basis.

“We have a government request process, which is no different in Thailand than the rest of the world,” the representative said.

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.

Democracy advocates, worry the social media restrictions laid out by the military government may be impeding parties from freely campaigning.

The rules require that candidates and parties register social media handles and submit a post to the commission, stating what platform it will appear on and for how long.

Parties and candidates are only allowed to discuss policies, and posts that are judged to be misleading voters or that portray others negatively could see the party disqualified, or a candidate jailed for up to 10 years and banned from politics for 20.

Pongsak Chan-on, coordinator of the Bangkok-based Asia Network for Free and Fair Election (ANFREL), said the rules go far beyond combating “fake news” and raise questions about how free and fair the election will be.

“The rules are stricter than in any recent elections anywhere. They’re so detailed and strict that parties are obstructed,” he told Reuters.

‘DOESN’T BODE WELL FOR DEMOCRACY’

The monitoring center, with a signboard reading “E-War Room”, has three rows of computers and stacks of printouts, with half a dozen workers spending eight hours a day searching for violations of the law.

Sawang said another intelligence center scanned for violations 24 hours a day but it was “off-limits” to media.

The election is broadly seen as a race between the military-backed prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and parties that want the military out of politics.

But the stringent rules have left anti-junta parties fretting about how to campaign online, nervous that they could inadvertently break a rule that triggers disqualification.

Up to now, the new rules have not been used to disqualify any candidates though the very threat has had a dampening effect and encouraged self-censorship.

“They create complications for parties,” said Pannika Wanich, spokeswoman for the new Future Forward Party, which has attracted support among young urban folk who have come of age on social media.

She said her party had to consult a legal team before making posts.

Some candidates have deactivated their Facebook pages while others have removed posts that might cause trouble.

Last month, Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroonruangkit faced disqualification over an allegation that he misled voters in his biography on the party’s website. The commission dismissed the case last week.

In another petition, the commission was asked to ban the party’s secretary-general for slandering the junta in a Facebook post.

“It’s very restrictive and doesn’t bode well for democracy,” said Tom Villarin, a Philippine congressman and member of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).

“Putting more restrictions on social media during a campaign season defeats the purpose of holding elections in the first place.”

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS

About 74 percent of Thailand’s population of 69 million are active social media users, putting Thais among the world’s top 10 users, according to a 2018 survey by Hootsuite and We Are Social.

Thailand is Facebook’s eighth biggest market with 51 million users, the survey showed.

Facebook said it has teams with Thai-language speakers to monitor posts and restricts electoral advertisements from outside the country.

“Combating false news is crucial to the integrity and safety of the Thailand elections,” said Katie Harbath, Facebook’s Global Politics and Government director, during a Bangkok visit in January.

Sawang said the election commission has also gained cooperation from Twitter and Japanese messaging app Line, used by 45 million Thais.

Line Thailand told Reuters it did not monitor chats for the election commission but helped limit fake news by showing only articles from “trusted publishers” on its news feature.

(Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Kay Johnson, Robert Birsel)

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CNN’s Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter started off “Reliable Sources” with a dizzying mix of thoughts and accusations Sunday. One of them being this: Is Fox News mentally unhealthy?

He announced that Fox News has suspended Jeanine Pirro for questioning Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s (D-Minn.) patriotism. This came on the heels of several morning tweets from President Trump in which he praised Pirro and insisted that the network bring her back. So far, the network has said nothing about firing Pirro.

“For the record, if Tucker Carlson is watching, I don’t want Fox to shut down,” Stelter told his three-member panel, which consisted of a NYT White House reporter, a deafening liberal media reporter who has absolutely no volume control and an ex-President Obama official, all of whom vociferously agree with Stelter or otherwise suck up to him. He won’t bring on guests who disagree with him.

But please…let him continue.

“I just want Fox News to be a healthy part of the media ecosystem, and the spread of misinformation that happens on these programs is unhealthy,” he said. “I think it’s as simple as that.”

Hey Brian, please get over yourself. Number 1: Tucker, who consistently refers to you as a “the eunich,” doesn’t watch your show. Whatever clips or information he needs, he gets from his staff. He doesn’t spend his Sundays hanging on your ever word or your any word. He hasn’t watched TV in years. Number 2: Your degree from Towson University in mass communication and working on the school paper don’t qualify you to assess anyone’s psychological fitness. Number 3: Your brand of journalism  on a daily, weekly basis is biased. You have no business presenting yourself as otherwise. Number 4: Has it ever dawned on you that you may want to get yourself psychologically evaluated?

I’m sure CNN’s actual MD, Sanjay Gupta, could arrange it.

“Stelter is a cancer in the media ecosystem,” said a journalism industry veteran. “He is a ridiculous figure and helps spreads misinformation while kissing up to everyone outside of Fox.”

For the past few years, Stelter has been relentlessly questioning Trump’s sanity and mental stability. He’s not a psychiatrist. He has no degree in any field even touching on psychology. He’s totally unqualified to diagnose anyone, let alone an entire news network. But he bloviates. He pretends to have some mental prowess as he runs around to all the shows playing CNN’s resident psychiatrist and uttering CNN President Jeff Zucker‘s talking points. (RELATED: CNN Chief Media Correspondent Declares Trump Untrustworthy)

Each week Stelter routinely insults Fox News. He makes it part of his mission. Part of the reason he spouted off on Fox News’s so-called “mental health” on Sunday was that he couldn’t bear Trump’s morning tweets. Former State Department Chairman Hillary Clinton favored MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who swoons in the presences of Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, who also prefers MSNBC. (RELATED: ‘Madness’ — CNN’s Brian Stelter Claims Trump Is Mentally Unfit) 

Do any left-wing media reporters like Stelter criticize them for their preferences?

“Bring back @JudgeJeanine,” Trump tweeted. “The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox ….must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true …to the people that got you there. Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine. Your competitors are jealous – they all want what you’ve got – NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!”

Not sure which words got under Stelter’s skin most — losers, Fake News Media, Tucker or Judge Jeanine.

“So that’s where we are, the President telling his favorite network to stick it out,” Stelter told viewers.

His panelists all provided stuffing for Stelter’s views.

Katie Rodgers, a White House reporter for the New York Times, said Trump is a Pirro fanboy, which is news to no one.

“He watches it every week,” she said of Pirro’s Saturday night show. “We know he tunes in every week. It’s a prime time Saturday night thing for him. …To cut this sort of oxygen off is a big deal for him.”

Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik was very ZURAWIK, if you know what I mean. He didn’t really finish all his thoughts, but here’s what came roaring out of his mouth.

“I’M NOT SURPRISED,” he shouted.”I THINK THEM SUSPENDING HER AND THE PRESIDENT SENDING OUT THESE REMARKABLE, JUST UTTERLY REMARKABLE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TELLING THE CABLE CHANNEL WHAT TO DO WITH THREE TWEETS IN A ROW. .. I REALLY THINK IT’S A BOTTOM LINE EFFECT. …LOOK YOU TAKE ADS OUT OF PRIMETIME AND YOU MOVE THEM TO ANOTHER DAY PART, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT A SMALLER AUDIENCE. YOU CAN’T KEEP DOING THAT FOREVER.”

The final panelist for Stelter’s anti-Fox News segment was Nayyera Haq, a former senior director in Obama’s White House. Can you even imagine what she might say? She despises Pirro and the network on which she appears.

“Judge Pirro’s show is not a news show,” she said. “It is an opinion show. …It would be shocking, I think, if, after her comments about Muslims having not being part of the fabric of American life, and not being able to be loyal to America, …if she was on air having to either apologize, which I don’t think that anybody at Fox is ready for her to do publicly, or, for her to double down,” Haq said. “Either way, the comments she had made last week about Ilhan Omar were part of a broader fabric of how people are justifying the attacks on immigrants, the attacks on immigration policy and are part and parcel of a white nationalist rhetoric. So probably better for all involved that she wasn’t on TV last night.”

Zurawik soon got all riled up about Carlson paying back lefty watchdog group Media Matters for digging up years old remarks he made to shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge. (Full disclosure, Carlson founded The Daily Caller.) On his program, Tucker reported that Media Matters President Angelo Carusone used to write a blog that made disparaging remarks against gays and Jews, including his Jewish boyfriend, who he said was attractive despite being Jewish. Carusone claimed it was satire that didn’t quite work.

Stelter wanted to know if Carlson’s segment on Carusone was “just a distraction.”

Zurawik had a lot to say:

“BRIAN I THINK IT’S MUCH WORSE THAN A DISTRACTION. …I LOOKED AT IT AND I THOUGHT, I WAS SO DISPIRITED,” he said, adding that it reminded him of the fights that used to occur between ex-FNCers Keith Olbermann and Glenn Beck, which he said was a “LOW POINT” for cable news.”I THOUGHT OF 2009 … IT WAS ALMOST AS IF THEY WERE PUTTING A BOUNTY ON EACH OTHER. …THAT’S EXACTLY WHERE TUCKER CARLSON WAS TAKING THIS THING.”

But getting back to Carlson, Zurawik shouted, “WHAT HE SAID ON BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE IT’S SICKENING, IT’S DISGUSTING, IT’S VILE AND SAYS SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT KIND OF PERSON HE IS.”

Stelter played a clip of Carlson saying most outlets want to shut down Fox News.

“That’s not what I want,” Stelter emoted to his panel, looking painfully distressed. “Do you want that?”

Actually for Zurawik, who never misses a chance to kiss up to Stelter, yes, that’s precisely what he wants. He said if this gets rid of the likes of Carlson, then so be it. He also said Trump is clearly lecturing Fox News.

Which eventually led to Stelter’s sublimely ridiculous quote about Fox News’s mental health.

“For the record, if Tucker Carlson is watching, I don’t want Fox to shut down. I just want Fox News to be a healthy part of the media ecosystem, and the spread of misinformation that happens on these programs is unhealthy. I think it’s as simple as that.”  

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Patrick Moore claimed Saturday that Google had removed his photo from the list of founders of Greenpeace.

“Oh my! @Google has removed my photo and name from the ‘Founders of @Greenpeace.’ It was still there 2 days ago but now I am erased. Tech Tyranny!!”

Moore explained that his first screenshot was taken a few days earlier, while the second was taken on Saturday morning. Both used the search terms “who are the founders of Greenpeace?”

The Daily Caller was able to independently verify on Sunday that a search entering that query returned as Moore claimed, without his photo.

Moore has face criticism recently for standing against the Green New Deal as presented by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (RELATED: Greenpeace Co-Founder: ‘Climate Crisis Is Not Only Fake News, It’s Fake Science’)

He told Fox News last week, “Well, it’s a silly plan; that’s why I suggested she was a pompous little twit, twit meaning silly in the British lexicon. She really rubbed me the wrong way when she said she’s ‘the boss’ because she can make up a proposal that’s completely ridiculous, and nobody else did.”

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Meghan McCain has never been shy about her dislike for President Donald Trump, but a Twitter spat between “The View” co-host and the sitting president got especially heated over the weekend.

It began with a tweet from Trump on Saturday afternoon in which the president quoted former special prosecutor Ken Starr as saying the Russian dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” He went on to suggest that the dossier was not the only “stain” on McCain’s record.

Meghan McCain, who has often staunchly defended her father against Trump’s attacks, was quick to fire back. She said, “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father,” suggesting that the president’s time would be better spent with his family than attacking people on social media. (RELATED: ‘What’s Happening Is Really Scary’: Meghan McCain Breaks Down Over Omar Comments)

But Trump wasn’t finished. On Sunday morning he referenced the late Republican Arizona senator once again. Claiming that McCain had finished “last in his class” at the Naval Academy, Trump accused him of working with Democrats to get the “Fake Dossier” into mainstream reporting.

Meghan McCain responded with just eight words: “My father lives rent free in your head,” she claimed.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro has only been off the air for one episode of her Fox News show, but President Donald Trump noticed — and he wants her to come back.

Fox announced Saturday that Pirro would not be on air for her regular Saturday evening show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine” — and although the network made no connection between the decision to pull her and recent comments she made questioning the loyalty of Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a number of others jumped to that conclusion.

Fox released a statement saying instead that the network would not be commenting on internal scheduling matters.

Trump made it clear that he would like to see Pirro return, suggesting that the “Radical Left Democrats” and the “Fake News Media” were ultimately responsible for efforts to silence voices like Pirro’s. (RELATED: Democrats Attack Christians The Same Way Judge Jeanine Attacked Muslims)

Former White House communications director — and Pirro’s friend — Anthony Scaramucci also weighed in, saying that words shouldn’t be a reason to destroy someone’s career. “Professional capital punishment for words doesn’t make sense and isn’t true to real discourse,” he explained.

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Striking back against the silencing campaign attempts against Fox News hosts Judge Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson, fervent rejectors of liberal ideals, President Donald Trump tweeted calls Sunday to "stay strong and fight back with vigor."

President Trump issued three tweets rejecting "the fake news media . . using every trick in the book" to silence the will of the American people who elected him and made Fox News the No. 1-watched news programs.

"Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro," President Trump's tweetstorm began. "The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox . . .

". . . must stay strong and fight back with vigor," President Trump continued. "Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don't give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true . . .

". . . to the people that got you there," President Trump concluded. "Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine. Your competitors are jealous – they all want what you've got – NUMBER ONE. Don't hand it to them on a silver platter. They can't beat you, you can only beat yourselves!"

Judge Jeanine's program did not air Saturday night, and she has not tweeted for a week, after Fox News condemned remarks she made against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., at the start of her March 9 episode, as Mediaite reported.

Carlson, meanwhile, has frequently faced attacks for his political positions on immigration and one-time remarks to a shock-jock radio host.

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out Sunday morning at the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as "last in his class" and the man who leaked the dossier to work with Democrats over a shared hatred to meddle in the 2016 election.

"So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) 'last in his class' (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election," President Trump tweeted Sunday. "He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!"

The president's recent attacks, which included a tweet Saturday, are drawing a rebuke from McCain supporters.

"Last in his class, first in the hearts of his countrymen," The Atlantic's David Frum responded via Twitter.

The sharing of the unverified dossier to impact the 2016 presidential election will go down as "a very dark stain" on McCain, according to former independent counsel Ken Starr – but President Trump doubled down on the criticism of the late senator in a tweet Saturday, pointing to Sen. McCain casting the deciding vote against a skinny repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

"Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier 'is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.' Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel," President Trump tweeted. "He had far worse 'stains' than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!"

The president's continued attacks of the man he had long claimed was not a war hero because he was captured angered McCain supporters on Twitter, as Mediaite reported.

"Only cowards attack dead people," radio host Bob Cesca tweeted.

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Quote of the Day:

“Yes, the one way to show empathy for people murdered at their place of worship is to mock prayer.” 

Ben McDonald, Washington correspondent, Campus Reform, in reaction to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who wasted no time in angering some people with her reaction to the New Zealand massacre.

She tweeted, “At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

AOC went on to say, “This is a time of great vulnerability for our communities. We must come together, fight for each other, & stand up for neighbors. Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories, & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence. We cannot stand for it.” (RELATED: AOC Wants Reporters To Stop Harassing Her, But Enjoy Her Mom’s Lasagna) 

Journo tries to conserve her energy while covering New Zealand massacre 

“I’ve refrained from reading much on the #NZmosqueattacks this morning because I know once I get to work this afternoon I will be knee-deep in it. Frankly, I‘m trying to conserve my emotional energy.” Ginella Massa, reporter, City News in Toronto.

The late Maya Angelou is offending some young people

That’s Ms. Angelou to you.

Things are going terribly for Howard Schultz on the campaign trail 

“Yesterday I gave a speech on failed political leadership in this country. A point I tried to make is that leaders must take responsibility and own their mistakes. Today I said I spent more time with the military than any candidate running for president. That was wrong. I apologize to @PeteButtigieg @TulsiGabbard who served our country honorably. In that moment I made something that should unite us all, about me. I made a mistake and I apologize.” — Howard Schultz, possible Independent candidate for prez in 2020. One day you’re up, the next you’re down. On Thursday, he called out WaPo for being fake news.

How President Trump lulled Erick Erickson out of the ‘Never Trump’ category 

“My hands were literally inside the branches of our Christmas tree trying to push it into place in storage with my phone ringing and I had to answer on my Apple Watch with my nose because I couldn’t move my other hand to get the phone out of my pocket. And suddenly there’s a lady who says ‘Is this Erick Erickson?’ and when I say yes she says, ‘please hold for the president.’ I let the tree fall and got my phone out of my pocket.” — The Resurgent‘s Erick Erickson told The Daily Beast‘s Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay. Read the story here.

WTF to person who RSVP’d to this dude’s wedding without his or her name 

“Shout out to the person who appears to have RSVP’d no to our wedding, but didn’t write their name on the card, didn’t write a return address and managed to not actually put the check in either of the boxes for yes or no.” — Kyle Feldscher, breaking news editor, CNN Politics.

The Observer

“Beto has youth pastor energy; that’s for sure. But youth pastors never want to stay youth pastors. They always want to be senior pastors. The thing is…they never should be.” — Laura Turner, San Francisco-based freelance writer, working on a book about anxiety.

Ex-Obama aide basically advises Beto to be a honey badger 

“If Beto continues to create his own weather, he won’t need to care much about elites/press/Republican reaction to him. We’ve all seen how you can beat establishment at its own game if you are willing to not care what they think.” — Jennifer Palmieri, former comms director for Hillary Clinton and former President Obama.

CNNer says New Zealand’s ‘sheltering in place’ is necessary 

“The universal question in every crisis: how are my kids? This is why sheltering in place of all school children is so difficult but necessary. Parents need to listen, not violate lockdown, free resources for public safety. It is, of course, unbearable. #ChristchurchMosqueAttack.” — Juliette Kayyem, CNN.

Washington isn’t so ‘shitty’ — Daily Beast reporter says city has phenomenal Chinese food

“Washington DC is an amazing city, and to all of you esp. in other places who shit all over it all the time because all u know of it is like Metro Center & rancidly corrupt politicians, I would argue that the quality of the best Chinese food in DC alone makes the city worth it.” — Asawin Suebsaeng, reporter, The Daily Beast.

Rev. Jesse Jackson’s shoutout to Quincy Jones 

“Happy Birthday @QuincyDJones. Q, we love you! May you have 86 more! Keep Hope Alive!” — Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. 

Avenatti threatens Jacob Wohl with ‘enormous trouble’ 

“To Jacob Wohl: I can promise you that you are about to be in an enormous amount of trouble. And I am going to enjoy every minute of my involvement. When you fabricated claims against Mueller and me, you made a very serious mistake. You will shortly learn a very costly lesson.” — Michael Avenatti, ex-lawyer to Stormy Daniels.

NYT columnist warms media to be careful covering the New Zealand manifesto 

If he can’t figure it out, what makes you think you can? 

“Media: be careful with the NZ shooter’s apparent manifesto. It’s thick with irony and meta-text and very easy to misinterpret if you’re not steeped in this stuff all the time (and even if you are).”— Kevin Roose, tech columnist, NYT. “Seriously, this entire thing is a minefield. I am Very Online and I don’t feel 100% certain about what’s genuine and what’s just trolling/posting/media-baiting. Please be careful.”

Journo says there was ‘pure evil’ in New Zealand 

“It’s hard to fathom the pure evil on display in New Zealand tonight. God be with the victims and their families.” — David French,  National Review Institute.

Gossip Roundup

Tamron Hall, 48, is expecting a baby within weeks. She secretly wed music exec Steven Greener. Here.

Meet the 23-year-old… who uncovered the shitty things Media Matters Prez Angelo Carusone wrote about in his past. Here.

Meghan Markle‘s family from hell continues. Her half-brother is in diversion program for a DUI. Here.

NBC’s Chuck Todd is traveling to Iowa to interview presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for this Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

Presidential Dem hopeful Beto O’Rourke allegedly wrote a murder fantasy about children being run over in the street. Here.

Fox News’s Sean Hannity had no idea a bug was crawling across his neck on air. Comedian Sarah Silverman was pretty disgusted about it.

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Former Vice President Al Gore likened the “ecological crisis” of climate change to the American Civil War but said this time the stakes are even higher, with the “end of civilization” looming on the horizon.

“What is going on in the public square right now is more important than any time since the Civil War,” Gore told an audience of 2,000 supporters.

“We are facing an ecological crisis that can bring about the end of civilization,” Gore said Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Gore suggested the United States and the world was “crossing an important political tipping point right now.” (RELATED: Al Gore ‘We’re Running Out Of Time On Global Warming’)

Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman, gestures as he speaks at the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland December 12, 2018. Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski/via REUTERS

Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman, gestures as he speaks at the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland December 12, 2018. Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski/via REUTERS

The former Democratic presidential candidate is the special guest at Atlanta’s Climate Reality Project that has been organized by local church leaders. Gore was joined by Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, who said the environment is like “a girl you’re in love with who just got engaged to someone else. The situation is dire but there’s still time.”

Gore is hardly the first high-profile climate change proponent to warn of a coming Apocalypse if greenhouse gas emissions are not arrested. At last December’s United Nations Climate Change Conference, celebrity environmentalist Sir David Attenborough warned of “the collapse of civilizations” due to the alleged climate crisis.

The jet-setting Gore cited the Green New Deal, brainchild of New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as the model for moving forward on climate change action. He then compared the plan, which aims to rid the United States of greenhouse gasses, air travel and cows within a decade, to the nuclear freeze proposals of the 1980s, when many anti-nuclear advocates were recommending unilateral nuclear disarmament. (RELATED: Report: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Has Violated Her Own Green New Deal)

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) hold a news conference for their proposed "Green New Deal" to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) hold a news conference for their proposed “Green New Deal” to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. Feb. 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“It’s similar to the nuclear freeze proposals, because it serves as a vehicle,” Gore insisted.

This past week, the co-founder of the environmental group Greenpeace said the hysteria surrounding climate change was completely unfounded. Patrick Moore said the climate crisis was “not only fake news, it’s fake science.”

Since losing the 2000 presidential race to then-Republican candidate George W. Bush, Gore has dedicated his professional life to global warming and climate change. He won an Academy Award for his 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.” The follow-up, “An Inconvenient Sequel” flopped at the box office. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his environmental work.

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Military honour guards attend a flag-lowering ceremony at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

March 15, 2019

By James Pomfret and Yimou Lee

HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) – As Beijing grows wary of pro-independence groups seeking to forge closer ties in Hong Kong and Taiwan, activists say they are coming under increased surveillance and harassment from pro-China media outlets and unofficial “operatives.”

Visits to Taiwan in January by several Hong Kong activists including Tony Chung generated heavy coverage by two pro-China newspapers, including detailed reports of their movements and meetings.

The coverage prompted Taiwan to investigate the activities of the Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao newspapers on “national security” grounds.

The government found that the papers committed “unlawful” acts, including invasive surveillance, and spread “fake news.” Officials said journalists from those papers would be banned from traveling to Taiwan for up to three years if the media outlets did not provide a “reasonable explanation” for their activities there.

A Reuters examination of both papers’ articles show that at least 25 people linked to anti-China and independence causes have been the subject of intense coverage, including covert photography and the reporting of personal details, in Taiwan during the past three years.

Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Such papers, which typically take a pro-Beijing stance, would be expected to pay close attention to activists pursuing causes that upset the Chinese government.

But activists say their coverage stretches into the realm of harassment, including surveillance on overseas trips, and publishing details of their private lives, including homes, work and daily movements.

“It’s obvious that there’s intervention from outside forces with an aim to intimidate people,” Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng told Reuters, referring to the coverage from the pro-China papers.

The coverage raised concerns about the activities of “Chinese and Hong Kong intelligence operatives” on the island, Chiu added, including people working for pro-China media outlets.

Activists have also been physically attacked during trips to Taiwan.

In July 2018, two Taiwanese were convicted of assaulting Hong Kong activists meeting with independence advocates in Taiwan. Three Hong Kong men were later named in Taiwanese media coverage as helping facilitate the attack.

“I was followed until I almost left the airport,” Andy Chan, one of the Hong Kong activists, said of his time in Taiwan. “There are operatives for China everywhere.”

BEIJING WORRIED

China considers Hong Kong and Taiwan to be inalienable parts of its territory, and has branded pro-independence activists on both sides of the Taiwan Strait as “separatists.”

In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission noted in November that since president Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, Beijing has feared “collusion between ‘separatist forces’ in Taiwan and Hong Kong.”

“Beijing is trying everything in its power to prevent this,” said a security source in the Taiwan government, who declined to be named given the sensitivity of the issue.

The source and a second Taiwanese security official involved in national security say China has been quietly ramping up the number of intelligence operatives in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Wu Jieh-min, a Taiwan scholar who has researched civil movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan, says he was barred from entering Hong Kong for an academic conference in late 2016.

Beijing is “very worried about the exchange of ideas. If the ideas of civil society are not hindered, their power will be greatly enhanced,” said Wu, a research fellow with the government-backed Academia Sinica.

Wu noted that mass, protracted protests in Taiwan and Hong Kong in 2014 that railed against Chinese interference were a catalyst for deepening activist ties on both sides.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office and main representative body in Hong Kong, the Liaison Office, did not respond to requests for comment.

The Wen Wei Po has also paid close attention to foreigners in contact with Hong Kong activists.

In December, Wen Wei Pao reporters and photographers covered the daily activities of Kevin Carrico, an Australia-based political scientist, during a visit to Hong Kong in which he met with independence advocates, and featured him on the front page.

“I was a little creeped out by the fact that the article discussed my presentation. There were only 15 people there,” he said of a private meeting in the basement of a Hong Kong building.

He said there had been “a real escalation of Beijing’s political operations in Hong Kong.”

HOTEL ATTACK

Activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan describe an increase in unknown individuals shadowing their meetings and events, sometimes taking photographs or recording their conversations.

In some cases activists have been attacked, and the assailants identified.

Two Taiwanese, Zhang Xiuye and Jhang Jhih-min, were found guilty last July of a 2016 assault on two Hong Kong independence activists, Andy Chan and Jason Chow, at a Taipei hotel.

Zhang and Jhang were convicted of defamation and fined T$6,000 ($195) and T$8,000 ($260) respectively; Jhang was also found guilty of “intimidating and endangering the safety” of Chan.

Zhang and Jhang were among at least eight people who beat Chan and Chow and called them China “traitors” at the Caesar Park Hotel, according to Taipei court documents.

Chan told Reuters he was at the hotel to meet with Ouyang Jin, a journalist with a little-known Hong Kong publication called Pacific Magazine.

Zhang is a senior member of the Chinese Concentric Patriotism Party, which advocates unification of China and Taiwan, according to the group’s website.

“It was purely an accident” that they ran into Chan at the hotel, Zhang told Reuters.

($1 = 7.8484 Hong Kong dollars)

($1 = 30.7550 Taiwan dollars)

(Additional reporting by Jessie Pang in Hong Kong and Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Editing by Gerry Doyle)

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Chris White | Energy Reporter

One of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s top lieutenants unexpectedly quit Thursday following news that federal prosecutors are investigating the company’s use of private data.

Chris Cox was put in charge of some of Facebook’s most important features, including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp — which together have over 2.7 billion users worldwide. Cox, who has been with the company for 13 years, announced his departure in a blog post Thursday without explaining what led to his exit.

“It is with great sadness I share with you that after thirteen years, I’ve decided to leave the company,” Cox wrote in his post. “Since I was twenty-three, I’ve poured myself into these walls. This place will forever be a part of me.” (RELATED: Feds Are Investigating Data Deals Facebook Struck With Several Big Tech Firms)

Zuckerberg said in a separate blog post on the same day that the veteran executive had considered moving on several years ago but stayed around after 2016.

A campaigner from a political pressure group protests as founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend a meeting on fake news held by Parliament’s Digital, Culture Media and Sport committee in London November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

“For a few years, Chris has been discussing with me his desire to do something else. He is one of the most talented people I know and he has the potential to do anything he wants. But after 2016, we both realized we had too much important work to do to improve our products for society, and he stayed to help us work through these issues and help us chart a course for our family of apps going forward,” Zuckerberg wrote.

News of Cox’s departure comes after a grand jury in New York subpoenaed records from two smartphone developers. Both companies entered into large and complex data deals with Facebook, allowing all the firms involved in the partnership to collect vast troves of information on millions of users.

The agreements allowed companies such as Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, among others, to see users’ friends and contact information, often without consent. The Department of Justice began probing the Silicon Valley company after a report showed Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, used the platform to improperly obtained data on 87 million people to help President Donald Trump’s campaign.

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Howard Schultz is calling out The Washington Post for being fake news.

In an interview with conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Schultz, who is considering an Independent run for president in 2020, reeled off details of his poor upbringing. Hewitt pointed out his mother’s depression. Schultz spoke of the $96 rent his parents could not pay, which the Starbucks founder wrote about in his new book, From The Ground Up.

WaPo described Schultz as coming from “the country club of projects.”

WaPo‘s Marc Fisher wrote that Schultz depiction of his upbringing is that of a “poor kid” who “escaped” a Brooklyn housing project. “…But Schultz’s depiction of Bayview as a rough, low-income community is inconsistent with the city’s definition of the project, the requirements for tenants to get into the buildings, and the experience of others who lived there,” Fisher explained.

His alleged impoverished childhood aside, Schultz has also received pushback from President Trump, who said he doesn’t have the “guts to run for President.” (RELATED: Trump Trolls Schultz)

Schultz is not wrong to downplay his money since hecklers use it to insult him. (RELATED: Heckler Calls Schultz A ‘Billionaire A**hole’) 

When spurred on to do so by Hewitt, Schultz, a billionaire, slapped Washington’s premiere newspaper, saying this isn’t the first time news outlets have gotten his story wrong. He reasoned that getting pushback on his life story is natural, even if he doesn’t like it.

“Any time you go against the grain, the forces of nature are against you,” he told Hewitt.

HUGH HEWITT: “Well, it’s an incredible story to succeed, leave in 2000, come back in 2008. We’ll get into that. But you’re in breaking news this morning, Howard Schultz. The Washington Post got some oppo dumped on you. They said you didn’t grow up in that poor of a place. Hey, let me tell you, I grew up in Warren, Ohio. I’m a couple of years younger than you. I wouldn’t have changed places with you. It sounds like a housing project. It sounds like your dad, in fact, this might shock you a little bit, Howard Schultz. Your family dynamic sounds exactly like Richard Nixon’s.”

“His father was a serial, I don’t want to call him a loser, but a serial non-performer. Mr. Horizontal, your mom called your dad on the couch. Your mother is a saint, but she suffered from depression and cycled down. It sounds like a very tough childhood, I mean, a very tough childhood. And yet, in the Washington Post this morning, they’re saying that it was the country club of projects. How do you respond to this?”

HOWARD SCHULTZ: “Well, I’ve got to tell you, when I saw the headline of country club of projects, I knew they weren’t talking about the place that I grew up in. But you know, I told a very personal story of the dysfunction and the pressure that I was under living in that apartment, and what I experienced as a young boy. And in the book, I reveal stories I’ve never told before. But my parents could not make the $96 dollars a month rent. And so you know, I look at that story, and it’s consistent, unfortunately, with other stories that have been written about me in the last few months since I decided to consider running for president as a centrist independent outside of the two party system.

“Any time that you are going to try and break the status quo and go against the grain, the forces of nature are against you. But I’m here standing tall because of my love of the country, my profound concern about where we are. This president, I believe, has brought a level of incitement to America and dishonored the Oval Office. And I think he needs to go. At the same time, the two parties are involved in revenge politics every day. And the Democrats are shifting so far to the left that if something, unless there’s some sense brought into the party, we’re going to end up with socialism in America if a Democrat should win. I don’t want to see that happen.”

Fisher said it is Schultz who “has distorted the reality of the place where he grew up in the 1950s and ’60s.”

The reporter spoke to sources who say Bayview, where Schultz grew up, was “middle-class, not lower middle.”

Schultz declined to speak to WaPo for its report.

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Twitter is rolling out a new prototype that executives say is designed to make the social media platform a friendlier environment for people to navigate, NBC reported Wednesday.

The company offered the public a new prototype for the Twitter app, which includes a variety of changes to how the platform looks and operates. The new version is centered around a format for conversations and color-coded replies, and supposedly creates a more intuitive experience for users.

Twitter’s new prototype also removes the engagement counts showing how many retweets or “likes” a tweet receives.

The change is supposed to make the platform friendlier and stamp down the possibility of trolling, the report notes.

“We’re also actually working on changing the product and changing the policies to improve the health of the conversations,” Keith Coleman, Twitter’s head of consumer product, told NBC. He was referring to ways the company could prevent the spread of hoaxes and conspiracy theories.

Company executives are also introducing new features to enhance pictures and video on the app, a move that adds features similar to those found on competitors like Instagram and Snapchat. The new photo feature also uses deep learning to determine a users’ whereabouts.

A campaigner from a political pressure group protests as founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend a meeting on fake news held by Parliament’s Digital, Culture Media and Sport committee in London November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

“It knows where you are and what’s going on around you,” Coleman said. “So if you’re at SXSW, it knows that, and it will suggest you add the SXSW hashtag.” Twitter’s changes come after Facebook announced on March 6 that it would also make substantial changes. (RELATED: Zuckerberg Announces Big Changes To Facebook. Here’s What People Should Expect) 

The move would shift Facebook’s focus from a social network to a platform that people use to communicate with smaller groups and their content disappears after a short period of time. Facebook focuses mostly on stoking public conversation, but it also owns closed networks like WhatsApp.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made similar promises to focus more on privacy before, but the company continues getting bogged down in controversies, especially as it relates to their handling of private information. Twitter has faced similar problems in the past, as recent media reports show groups used the platform to spread misinformation ahead of the midterm elections.

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President Donald Trump accused "the fake news" of photoshopping images of first lady Melania Trump and pushing conspiracy theories it was not her by his side while touring tornado-ravaged Alabama.

His comments came in a Wednesday tweet

"The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it's actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places. They are only getting more deranged with time!"

TV's "Inside Edition" had noted Internet conspiracy theorists were asking whether that indeed was the first lady at his side during the trip to Alabama. And it reported it was not the first time some were left wondering whether the president had brought along a body double.

And People magazine asked whether the first lady actually has a body double making official appearances. But it noted the White House has called the idea "ridiculous" in the past.

Source: NewsMax

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump tried to set the record straight Wednesday after people on social media decided photos of first lady Melania Trump looked like a body-double during the couple’s March 8 trip to Alabama.

“The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places,” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “They are only getting more deranged with time!”

While it’s unclear if any of the photos circulating were photoshopped, multiple Twitter users posted photos of the first lady from the visit to Alabama tornado victims and claimed the woman was not actually Melania Trump. (RELATED: Trump Dings Newsom For Disregarding California Voters When It Comes To The Death Penalty)

“GUYS THAT IS NOT MELANIA,” Twitter user @redpainter1 wrote to caption photos of the president and first lady March 8.

Trump and the first lady flew to Alabama on March 8 to honor the 23 victims who were killed after tornadoes ravaged the area.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump chat with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as they survey damage by a tornado with a FEMA official, along with HHS Secretary Ben Carson, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, in Beauregard, Alabama, U.S., March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump chat with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as they survey damage by a tornado with a FEMA official, along with HHS Secretary Ben Carson, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, in Beauregard, Alabama, U.S., March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

The first lady body-double theory traces all the way back to the early days of Trump’s presidency in 2017, according to People. Twitter user @JoeVargas tweeted a video of the first lady wearing oversized sunglasses and standing next to the president Oct. 18, 2017.

“This is not Melania. To think they would go this far [and] try [and] make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie,” he wrote.

The White House first responded to the controversy in 2017.

“Once again, we find ourselves consumed with a ridiculous non-story when we could be talking about the work the first lady is doing on behalf of children, including the opioid crisis that is gripping our nation,” the first lady’s press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in 2017, according to AL.com.

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FILE PHOTO: A view shows the state flag of Russia before a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with French President Emmanuel Macron in St. Petersburg, Russia May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

March 13, 2019

By Maria Vasilyeva and Tom Balmforth

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s parliament on Wednesday approved new fines for people who insult the authorities online or spread fake news, defying warnings from critics that the move could open the way to direct state censorship of dissent.

The bills – which now require only President Vladimir Putin’s signature before becoming law – received broad support in the upper house, days after thousands rallied to protest at tightening Internet restrictions.

Putin’s approval ratings have slipped in recent months to about 64 percent but he faces little threat from an opposition held back by tough protest and election laws and virtually no access to state television.

One bill proposes fining people up to 100,000 rubles ($1,525) for showing “blatant disrespect” online for the state, authorities, public, Russian flag or constitution. Repeat offenders could be jailed for up to 15 days.

The second draft law would give authorities the power to block websites if they fail to comply with requests to remove information that the state deems to be factually inaccurate.

Individuals would be fined up to 400,000 rubles ($6,100) for circulating false information online that leads to a “mass violation of public order”.

Lawmaker Andrei Klishas, from Putin’s United Russia party and one of the authors of the bills, said false reports that inflated the death toll at a fatal shopping mall fire in Siberia last year illustrated the need to tackle fake news.

“This kind of thing must be screened by the law,” he said.

Russia’s human rights council and a group of over a hundred writers, poets, journalists and rights activists called on the upper house of parliament on Tuesday to reject the law.

Council member Ekaterina Schulmann said the legislation, which the lower house of parliament approved in January, duplicated existing law and added that it could be applied arbitrarily because its wording was so vague.

Prominent cultural figures published an open letter describing the bills as an unconstitutional “open declaration of the establishment of direct censorship in the country”.

The Kremlin denied the legislation amounts to censorship.

“What’s more, this sphere of fake news, insulting and so on, is regulated fairly harshly in many countries of the world including Europe. It is therefore of course necessary to do it in our country too,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Tougher Internet laws introduced over the past five years require search engines to delete some search results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services and social networks to store users’ personal data on servers within the country.

(Additional reporting by Polina Nikolskaya and Anton Derbenev; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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FILE PHOTO - Indonesia's presidential candidate Joko Widodo shakes hands with his opponent Prabowo Subianto as their running mates Ma'ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno smile after a televised debate in Jakarta
FILE PHOTO – Indonesia’s presidential candidate Joko Widodo shakes hands with his opponent Prabowo Subianto as their running mates Ma’ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno smile after a televised debate in Jakarta, Indonesia January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/File Photo

March 13, 2019

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Presidential and legislative polls in Indonesia next month are not at risk of disruption from cyber attacks, the head of the election commission said on Wednesday, even though regular hacking attempts had been detected on the agency’s website.

Arief Budiman, head of the National Election Commission (KPU), was earlier cited in a media report as saying Chinese and Russian hackers were attacking Indonesia’s voter database “to manipulate and modify” content and create ghost voters.

“The election process will not be disturbed because we can handle (the attacks),” he told journalists at a briefing.

“This is not about China or Russia,” he said, adding that cyber attacks had originated both locally and from abroad.

A KPU source with knowledge of the matter said the voter database had been subject to “probing” attacks from IP addresses originating in several countries, not just China and Russia.

Communications Minister Rudiantara previously told Reuters that servers and websites in Indonesia are regularly targeted by cyber attacks originating overseas, but that many were in fact local hackers masked by a virtual private network.

President Joko Widodo is running for re-election against ex-military general Prabowo Subianto, and much of the candidates’ campaigns are being waged online and on social media.

Election watchdogs have reported a spike in fake news during the campaign amid raised concerns about the impact in a country of avid social media users.

Both camps have denied spreading misinformation and using so-called “buzzer teams”, which a Reuters investigation found are being used to create content aimed at influencing voters.

(Reporting by Jessica Damiana and Fanny Potkin; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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FILE PHOTO: Indonesia's presidential candidate Joko Widodo shakes hands with his opponent Prabowo Subianto after the second debate between presidential candidates ahead of the next general election in Jakarta
FILE PHOTO: Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) shakes hands with Prabowo Subianto on February 17, 2019 after the second debate between presidential candidates ahead of the next general election in Jakarta, Indonesia. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/File Photo

March 13, 2019

By Fanny Potkin and Agustinus Beo Da Costa

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Almost every day, “Janda”, a self-described Indonesian housewife with 2,000 Twitter followers, dispenses lifestyle tips, complains about city life, and praises how the government of President Joko Widodo has improved her life as a young mother.

But Janda the housewife does not exist. The Twitter account’s real owner is an unmarried middle-aged man who offers political social media services backing Widodo’s re-election campaign.

He is a leader of one of the many so called “buzzer” teams, named for the social media buzz such groups aim to create, that have sprung up in Indonesia ahead of the presidential election next month in the world’s third-largest democracy.

“Our battleground is social media. The content we are making for the election is reaching at least a million people per week,” said the owner of the Janda account, declining to be named because his work is legally in a gray area.

In interviews with Reuters, over a dozen buzzer team members, social media consultants and cyber experts described an array of social media operations that they said were spreading propaganda on behalf of both Widodo and his challenger, retired general Prabowo Subianto.

Widodo enjoys a comfortable lead in most opinion polls over Prabowo, as the challenger is widely known. The two contested the previous election in 2014 as well, and Widodo won narrowly.

Fake news was spread in that election as well, although social media was less far-reaching than it is now.

Under Indonesia’s broad internet defamation law, creating and spreading fake news is illegal, but holding social media accounts in false names is not, unless a real person is being impersonated. Social media companies however mostly bar holding accounts under false names.

Three buzzers directly involved in the current campaign described how they operate hundreds of personalized social media accounts each on behalf of the candidates. One denied propagating fake news, while two said they didn’t care about the accuracy of the content.

Both campaign teams deny using buzzers or spreading fake news.

Ross Tapsell, an expert on politics and media at Australia National University, said that it has become normal for candidates in Southeast Asia to hire online campaign strategists, who in turn tap an army of people to spread content on social media.

“So there is no direct link at all to the candidate,” he said.

The buzzer campaigns have far outstripped the efforts of Facebook and other social media companies to curtail creation of fake accounts and spread fake news, cyber experts say. Reuters found that while robot accounts were occasionally deleted, personalized fake accounts like “Janda” are widespread on Twitter and Facebook platforms, despite violating the companies’ rules.

ON THE EDGE

Misinformation spread by real accounts – which are often coopted by buzzer teams – is rampant on Facebook as well as on its Instagram and WhatsApp affiliates and rival service Twitter.

The companies say they are working with the government and fighting back against false content.

Representatives for Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp told Reuters they regularly delete fake accounts in Indonesia, but declined to share removal numbers.

A Twitter spokeswoman told Reuters it is working to remove networks of accounts engaged in misinformation and disinformation.

Facebook, which counts Indonesia as its third-largest market globally with an estimated 130 million accounts, says it trains election management bodies how to flag fake news to the company, which is then evaluated by moderators and deleted if it breaks its community standards.

For Indonesian Communications Minister Rudiantara, those efforts are not enough.

He said the government had asked social media companies to work with authorities to create a standard operating procedure that would allow fake news and hoaxes to be flagged and resolved. They have yet to comply.

“We expect it to get much worse as we get closer to the election,” said Harry Sufehmi, co-founder of Mafindo, an Indonesian organization fighting fake news, which listed nearly 500 social media hoaxes related to politics in 2018.

He was one of three experts whose research found that a larger proportion of the misinformation targets Widodo, with some posts depicting him as anti-Islam, a Chinese stooge or a communist.

All are inflammatory accusations in a country that has the world’s largest number of Muslims, where the communist party is banned and suspicions linger over the influence of Beijing.

A smaller portion of the misinformation campaigns target Prabowo.

BUZZING FOR MONEY

On a recent afternoon in Jakarta, one buzzer team leader scrolled through two mobile phones that had over 250 Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Youtube and Twitter accounts, each with a fake persona. He updated five of them with posts praising Widodo’s achievements or mocking Prabowo and his running mate.

He denied disseminating misinformation, focusing instead on content that gushed about his clients’s virtues. But he admitted he does look for dirt on opponents as part of a “complete package” of posts and videos that he sells for 200 million rupiah ($14,000) a month.

His staff of 15, whom he refers to as “cyber troops”, in turn have subcontractors, throughout Indonesia, many of whom are unaware of the ultimate identity of clients, he said.

He told Reuters he was hired by an adviser to Widodo’s campaign.

Ace Hasan Syadzily, a spokesman for the president’s campaign team, denied knowledge of such groups, but said “the campaign had an obligation to counter false or negative narratives” against Widodo. 

Another buzzer said he had been hired by advisers to Prabowo, while the third said he supplied services to a social media agency used by both campaigns.

Anthony Leong, the Prabowo digital team’s coordinator, denied they use buzzer teams, noting that the campaign required its “10,000 digital volunteers” to use real names and only allowed them to post “positive content”.

“WORK IS FUN”

According to the buzzers interviewed, a junior “cyber soldier” can be paid between 1 million to 50 million rupiah per project depending on the reach of his social media accounts.

“For a lot of us, the work is fun…and the salaries are decent,” said the buzzer who said he is a contractor for a social media agency used by both the Widodo and Prabowo campaigns.

He said his role was to create trending topics during key election moments, using hashtags and content provided by his agency in combination with his personal fake accounts, he said.

“For me, there’s no hoax or so-called negative content. The material just comes from the client,” he told Reuters.

Pradipa Rasidi, a researcher at the University of Indonesia, said most buzzers are young graduates who do it “because it’s hard to find a job after university and the pay is higher”.

But the legal risks are real. The buzzer activities are punishable by jail if they are judged to breach Indonesia’s internet defamation law.

All three buzzers interviewed by Reuters declined to be named or provide certain details of their operations because of those risks.

Policing by the social media companies, however, was not a concern: None had ever had an account or post deleted.

(GRAPHIC: Fake news on social media platforms in Indonesia – https://tmsnrt.rs/2NPGswI)

(Reporting by Fanny Potkin & Agustinus Beo Da Costa, additional reporting by Jessica Damiana, Ed Davies, and Cindy Silviana. Editing by Ed Davies, John Chalmers, Jonathan Weber and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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Dr. Patrick Moore, whose claims of being a Greenpeace co-founder are again being denied by the organization, insisted Tuesday that claims of a climate crisis are "fake news," and ridiculed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's, D-N.Y., "Green New Deal" as unworkable while explaining why he had called her a "pompous little twit" earlier this month.

"It's a silly plan," Moore told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "That's why I suggested that she was a pompous little twit, twit meaning silly in the British lexicon and pompous meaning arrogant. She really rubbed me the wrong way when she said she's the boss. Because she can make up a proposal that's completely ridiculous and no one else did."

Moore said Tuesday "of course climate change is real," but the "whole climate crisis, as they call it, is not only fake news, it's fake science . . . a little bit of warming would not be a bad thing for myself, being a Canadian. And the people in Russia wouldn't mind a little couple of degrees warmer either."

President Donald Trump tweeted Moore's quote on the climate crisis, adding a "wow!" at the end of his comment, but Greenpeace spoke out about Moore and his comments.

Greenpeace, however, has long denied Moore was a co-founder, even though he had been listed as one on its websites until around 2007, reports The Daily Caller. The organization tweeted Tuesday it does not agree with his statements.

"Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace," Greenpeace USA tweeted. "He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source. His statements about @AOC & the #GreenNewDeal have nothing to do with our positions."

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Chris White | Energy Reporter

Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted Facebook Monday night after the mega social media company removed and then quickly restored her anti-big tech campaign ads.

“Curious why I think FB has too much power?” she wrote on Twitter. “Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power. Thanks for restoring my posts. But I want a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor. #BreakUpBigTech.”

The ads, which Warren’s campaign submitted on March 8, promoted the Massachusetts senator’s plan to break up what she believes is Facebook and Google’s monopoly. Facebook said in a statement Monday that the promos violated company policy because the included its logo. Executives restored the promos to kick-start robust debate. (RELATED: Facebook Drops Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Big Tech Campaign Ad)

A campaigner from a political pressure group protests as founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend a meeting on fake news held by Parliament’s Digital, Culture Media and Sport committee in London November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Warren seeks to impose new rules on tech companies with $25 billion or more in annual ad revenue, forcing Facebook and Google, among others, to reduce their hold on the online market. The plan also aims to curtail mergers between companies like Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp.

Warren announced a presidential bid in February.

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Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

  • Greenpeace lashed out at ecologist Patrick Moore after President Donald Trump echoed his criticism of the Green New Deal.
  • Greenpeace also claimed that Moore was not a co-founder of the group as he claims.
  • However, Greenpeace listed Moore as a co-founder on its website for years, until it quietly removed his name around 2007.

Greenpeace is distancing itself from Green New Deal critic and ecologist Patrick Moore, dubiously claiming the former activist is not one of its co-founders.

“Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source,” Greenpeace USA tweeted Tuesday in response to President Donald Trump.

“His statements about [New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] & the [Green New Deal] have nothing to do with our positions,” Greenpeace USA tweeted.

Moore made headlines in conservative media over his criticism of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution. Moore left Greenpeace in 1986 because he saw the group as becoming too radical, and, for years, Greenpeace listed Moore as one of its co-founders. (RELATED: Manchin, Murkowski United In Opposition To The Green New Deal)

Trump tweeted out Moore’s remarks on Fox News about Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution. Moore said the “climate crisis is not only fake news, it’s fake science.”

Greenpeace, which supports the Green New Deal, lashed out after Moore’s comments as part of a years-long public relations war against its former co-founder, arguing that he’s a paid industry shill who did not co-found the group.

However, Greenpeace’s website listed Moore as a co-founder for years before his name was quietly removed around 2007. Moore is now listed among those on board the fateful 1971 voyage to protest U.S. nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands.

“Phil Cotes, Irving Stowe, and Jim Bohlen founded Greenpeace in 1970. Patrick Moore applied for a berth on the Phyllis Cormack in March, 1971 after the organization had already been in existence for a year,” Greenpeace International says on its website.

In a 2012 essay, Moore speculated Greenpeace’s blacklisting him is “[p]ossibly coincidental with my decision to come out publicly in favor of nuclear energy.” Moore also came out as a skeptic of catastrophic global warming and a proponent of genetically modified crops.

What’s also interesting is Greenpeace U.K.’s website says those who set sail in 1971 are “the founders of Greenpeace.”

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“I was on that old fishing boat, so it is reasonable for me to describe myself as a co-founder of Greenpeace,” Moore wrote in 2012. “I was not only a member of the original voyage but I stayed on for 15 years as a director and campaign leader. No other member of the original voyage stayed with Greenpeace nearly that long.”

Though, Moore did admit that the whole debate over who is, and isn’t, a Greenpeace founder is somewhat of a gray area.

“The late Bob Hunter, one of the most important leaders and communicators in the early years, claimed you could find a Greenpeace founder in nearly any bar in Canada,” Moore wrote. “It turns out he was pretty much right, given the number of ex-Greenpeacers who lay claim to that honor today.”

“The truth is that Greenpeace was always a work in progress, not something definitively founded like a country or a company,” Moore wrote, though he clearly lays out his role in Greenpeace’s founding.

Moore did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore explained why he called Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “pompous little twit” during a Tuesday segment with “Fox & Friends.”

Moore was discussing Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal proposal Tuesday and called it “silly” and outlandish. (RELATED: Former FEC Chairman Says There’s Enough Evidence To Justify Criminal Investigation Into Ocasio-Cortez)

“It’s a silly plan. That’s why I suggested that she was a pompous little twit,” Moore said. “Twit meaning silly in the British lexicon and pompous meaning arrogant. She really rubbed me the wrong way when she said she’s the boss. Because she can make up a proposal that’s completely ridiculous and no one else did. And that is what’s wrong about this.”

Moore called out the New York congresswoman on Twitter back on March 2 and said she failed to offer a realistic and viable alternative to fossil fuels.

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Moore also claimed climate change is real but said the idea of a “climate crisis” has been manufactured and is based on junk science.

“The whole climate crisis as they call it is not only fake news, it’s fake science. There is no climate crisis,” he told Fox News. “There is weather and climate all around the world. And, in fact, carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life. That’s where the carbon comes from in carbon-based life, which is all life on land and in the sea. And not only that, a little bit of warming would not be a bad thing for myself, being a Canadian. And the people in Russia wouldn’t mind a little couple of degrees warmer either.”

“Yes, of course climate change is real,” he continued. “It’s been happening since the beginning of time. But it’s not dangerous and it’s not made by people. Climate change is a perfectly natural phenomenon and this modern warm period actually began about 300 years ago when that little ice age began to come to an end. There is nothing to be afraid of. And that’s all they’re doing is instilling fear.”

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David Krayden | Ottawa Bureau Chief

Co-founder of environmental organization Greenpeace Patrick Moore said Tuesday that the climate change crisis driving much of liberal politics today “is not only fake news. It’s fake science.”

Moore also wondered during his appearance on “Fox & Friends” why people would be worried about global warming: “A little bit of warming would not be a bad thing, for myself being Canadian.”

Greenpeace Co-Founder Patrick Moore appears on Fox & Friends to discuss “climate change crisis,” on March 12, 2019. Fox News screenshot.

Greenpeace Co-Founder Patrick Moore appears on Fox & Friends to discuss “climate change crisis,” on March 12, 2019. Fox News screenshot.

Moore bounced back into the climate change debate last week with an online feud with New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after he blasted her Green New Deal for being not ambitious but ridiculous. (RELATED: Report: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Has Violated Her Own Green New Deal)

“Well, it’s a silly plan; that’s why I suggested she was a pompous little twit, twit meaning silly in the British lexicon,” Moore told Fox, adding, “She really rubbed me the wrong way when she said she’s ‘the boss’ because she can make up a proposal that’s completely ridiculous and nobody else did.”

Moore, who now sits as a director on the CO2 Coalition, a group of American and Canadian scientists who refute man-made climate change, says carbon dioxide is “the main building block of all life” and that it is good for the environment. “There is nothing to be afraid of, he said.

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, and US Senator Ed Markey (R), Democrat of Massachusetts, speak during a press conference to announce Green New Deal legislation to promote clean energy programs outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, February 7, 2019. (Photo: read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York … (Photo: read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

He doesn’t deny climate change. “Of course climate change is real: it’s been happening since the beginning of time but it’s not dangerous and it’s not created by people … a completely natural phenomenon.”

Moore questioned why so many scientists who promote a climate change crisis receive “perpetual government grants,” insist “the science is settled and say people like myself should just shut up. On the other hand, they keep studying it forever as if there’s something new to find out.”

The former Greenpeace director says the organization helped found has been “hijacked by the extreme left.” (RELATED: Greenpeace Admits Anti-Logging Campaign Is Based On ‘Subjective Opinion’)

Getting back to the Green New Deal, Moore insisted the plan is recipe for catastrophe: “You cannot do agriculture for 8 billion people, produce the food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels.”

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Facebook removed several ads Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign published on the company’s social media platform, Politico reported Monday.

The ads, which Warren’s campaign placed on the platform Friday, promoted the Massachusetts senator’s plan to break up what she believes is Facebook and Amazon’s monopoly. Nearly a dozen other campaign ads addressing her proposal to slam tech companies were not affected.

“Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google” reads one of the ads. “We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.”

A campaigner from a political pressure group protests as founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend a meeting on fake news held by Parliament's Digital, Culture Media and Sport committee in London November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A campaigner from a political pressure group protests as founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend a meeting on fake news held by Parliament’s Digital, Culture Media and Sport committee in London November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Her proposal would impose new rules on tech companies with $25 billion or more in annual ad revenue, forcing various Silicon Valley companies to reduce their hold on online commerce. The plan also aims to curtail mergers between companies like Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp. (RELATED: Elizabeth Warren Announces Plans To Break Up Facebook And Other Big Tech Companies) 

Warren also wants to make it difficult for Google, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley giants to merge, thus hurting their business models.

Forcing Google to abandon mergers with the likes of DoubleClick, for instance, would seriously harm its ability to pull in revenue. Separating the company from its ad business would make Google ads much less valuable. Warren’s proposal would also prevent Amazon from selling its own products through its platform.

Warren, who announced a White House bid in February, has not yet responded to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment about Facebook’s decision to ding the senator’s ads.

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President Donald Trump is pushing back on a viral story from last week, saying his use of the phrase "Tim Apple" to refer to Apple CEO Tim Cook was misreported.

The story began March 6 when Trump, during a White House meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, called Cook "Tim Apple." The following day, Cook changed his Twitter account name to "Tim ."

Trump addressed the story in a Monday morning tweet:

"At a recent round table meeting of business executives, & long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!"

As of Monday afternoon, Cook's Twitter name was still his new moniker.

Axios reported Friday, meanwhile, that Trump told a group of Republican donors he actually said "Tim Cook Apple," a claim that is refuted by video of the meeting.

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Pawel Styrna | Federation for American Immigration Reform

It’s been said that a lie repeated a thousand times becomes the truth. In this era of “fake news,” this is especially true, and myths, half-truths, and outright lies seem to gain traction precisely because they have been repeated ad nauseam for years, or even decades. Such is the case of the pernicious “labor shortage” myth.

This myth is a very old one, going back to the Great Wave of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One could argue that during the 1800s — when we needed to settle and develop a vast virgin continent and rapidly growing industries that required lots of low-skilled workers — the “we need foreign workers” claim had a legitimate basis. It has long ceased to hold water, however. Instead, for decades it has been utilized by powerful business interests as a mantra justifying the mass importation of cheap labor at the expense of wages and working conditions for American workers.

Sadly, during his State of the Union and CPAC speeches, President Trump also subscribed to this view and attempted to persuade his audience that we “need more foreign workers.” He was quickly criticized for this, and rightly so.

Let’s set the record straight: there is no labor shortage in the U.S. Although the unemployment rate has fallen by approximately one percentage point (from roughly 5 percent in 2016 to 4 percent today), 6.5 million Americans are still unemployed as of January 2019. These are admittedly good job numbers, but we could do better — particularly in light of the supposed necessity of importing more foreign labor.

Proponents of the “labor shortage” narrative will undoubtedly point out that (as of October 2018) there are approximately seven million job openings in the U.S., exceeding the number of unemployed individuals. What many fail to notice is the large, untapped reservoirs of labor available in the U.S. These are Americans who have all but given up on finding a job. The DOL reports that 426,000 Americans are no longer considered unemployed because they’ve simply given up their job search altogether. Moreover, the labor force participation rate is still only 63.2 percent, or 95 million working-age adults who are not in the labor force. That should be a large enough pool to find the seven million workers businesses say they need.

Rather than importing foreign workers, would it not make more sense to encourage our own citizens to come back into the workplace through better recruitment networks, while offering better wages and working conditions? Sure, in the short-run it may be cheaper and more convenient to bring in foreign labor. But the United States government is not a personnel agency. Its function is to balance the interests of American workers and American businesses. In many cases, these dual interests can best be served by policies that encourage businesses to train and update the skills of available workers who meet certain baseline requirements — a routine business practice that existed until companies got hooked on foreign guest workers.

The fact that we are even having this discussion is evidence of the abject failure of our current legal immigration system. Legal immigration to the U.S. currently exceeds 1.1 million per year and unfortunately the vast majority of these immigrants are selected based on extended family ties instead — also known as chain migration — instead of merit, level of education or language skills. If the current flow of immigrants doesn’t meet the needs of employers, then that would suggest that we need to have a national conversation of moving to merit based immigration system, not on increasing overall levels, which are already at a historic high.

Furthermore, U.S. universities confer almost two million bachelor’s degrees every year. This number has doubled since the 1980s. Some of the bachelor’s degrees admittedly are in less marketable fields, but 371,000 are in business, 114,000 in biological and biomedical sciences, 64,000 computer and information sciences, 107,000 in engineering, 229,000 in health professions and related programs, and so forth.

If these numbers are insufficient to satisfy employer demand, then perhaps a serious national conversation about higher education reform is in order as well. Especially since one of our college graduates’ biggest grievances is the crushing level of student debt coupled with problems finding high-paying jobs offering upward mobility. American college grads have dreams too!

If the president and members of Congress want Americans to reap the rewards of a tightening labor market, they should stop importing foreign competition for U.S. workers. The best way to energize the American economy is to keep as many Americans as possible fully employed.

Pawel Styrna is an American immigrant and an immigration policy analyst at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).


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Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump weighed in on a video of him flubbing Apple CEO Tim Cook’s name after a report from Axios Sunday that Trump told a group of donors the flub was “fake news.”

“At a recent round table meeting of business executives, [and] long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quickly referred to Tim [plus] Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time [and] words,” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday. “The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, [and] it became yet another bad Trump story!”

Cook changed his Twitter name to “Tim” followed by an Apple logo emoji Thursday after video of Trump messing up his name circulated on social media. (RELATED: Tim Cook Changes His Twitter Handle To ‘Tim Apple’ After Trump Gaffe)

“I mean, you’ve really put a big investment in our country. We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple,” Trump said in the video from their White House meeting Wednesday.

Axios reported that Trump claimed the recording of his gaffe was “fake news” during a meeting with Republican donors at Mar-a-Lago in Florida Friday night, according to donors present.

Two donors told Axios that Trump said he actually said “Tim Cook Apple” really fast during the meeting Wednesday. He also said he said “Cook” softly so audio did not pick it up, according to sources cited by Axios.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks beside Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, far left, Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, Advisor Ivanka Trump, right, and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, far right, during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board inside the State Dining Room of the White House on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump delivers remarks beside Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, far left, Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, Advisor Ivanka Trump, right, and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, far right, during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board inside the State Dining Room of the White House on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

Trump and Cook’s Wednesday meeting covered tax reform and trade with China, reported CNBC. Cook and other CEOs joined Trump’s National Council for the American Worker to deal with the workplace shift caused by artificial intelligence.

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FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro attends a credentials presentation ceremony for several new top diplomats at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s bar association and top investigative journalism group Abraji blasted far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday for his latest Twitter attack on the press.

Bolsonaro on Sunday tweeted that a reporter with the Estado de S.Paulo newspaper had been caught on an audiotape saying that she wanted to aid in his impeachment and “ruin the life” of his son Flavio, a senator under investigation for money laundering.

However, the audio Bolsonaro included in his tweet, with the reporter speaking in halting English, made clear she said the corruption investigation into Flavio could create serious problems for the Bolsonaro government and possibly lead to his impeachment.

Neither the president nor Flavio Bolsonaro have provided explanations to federal prosecutors, who are investigating Flavio in connection with at least two luxury apartments he purchased in Rio.

Abraji and the OAB bar association said in a joint statement on Monday that Bolsonaro was trying to “intimidate media outlets and journalists.”

Bolsonaro’s tweet on Sunday rallied his supporters on the social media platform, with the hashtag “Estado Lies” becoming the top trending topic on Twitter and with threats being made against the reporter. But by Monday, “Bolsonaro is Fake News” had replaced it among top Twitter hashtags in Brazil.

The president’s office said Bolsonaro declined to comment on the incident.

Estado published a story on its website on Monday sharply criticizing the president’s tweet.

It said the audio of the reporter was made during a Jan. 23 phone conversation she had with somebody who went by the name Alex MacAllister. That person identified themselves as a student doing a comparative study of Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump and asked the reporter about the investigation into Flavio.

Bolsonaro often uses Twitter to lash out at the coverage of his presidency and, like Trump, has said he is at war with “fake news.”

(Reporting by Brad Brooks; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: FBI Director Mueller testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill
FILE PHOTO: Robert Mueller, as FBI director, testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sept. 16, 2009. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

March 11, 2019

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Robert Mueller brought an enviable reputation as the architect of the modern FBI and a force behind major criminal prosecutions to his job as special counsel investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election but has encountered a relentless campaign by President Donald Trump to discredit the probe.

Mueller, a longtime Republican, received bipartisan praise when he was named as special counsel in May 2017 to take over the Russia investigation after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, whose agency had led the probe.

Trump and allies in the Republican Party and conservative media have sought to disparage Mueller, a 74-year-old former U.S. Marine Corps officer, and paint the entire Russia investigation as illegitimate and politically motivated.

Mueller, known for a tough, no-nonsense managerial style, has remained silent throughout the investigation that threatens Trump’s presidency, letting his team’s court filings and indictments do the talking. Several Trump aides and advisers already have been convicted or pleaded guilty as a result of the investigation.

The big question is whether Mueller will present evidence of criminal conduct by the president himself. Such findings could prompt the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to begin the impeachment process laid out in the Constitution for removing a president from office for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Mueller was appointed director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by Republican President George W. Bush in 2001 and, after unanimous Senate confirmation, started the job a week before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by al Qaeda militants using hijacked airliners that killed about 3,000 people.

Democratic President Barack Obama extended Mueller’s service. By the time Mueller left the position in 2013, his tenure was exceeded in length only by J. Edgar Hoover’s 48-year stint.

Mueller was credited with transforming the premier U.S. law enforcement agency after Congress and an independent government commission found that the FBI and CIA had failed to share information before the Sept. 11 attacks that could have helped prevent them. Mueller revamped the FBI into an agency centered on protecting national security in addition to law enforcement, putting more resources into counterterrorism investigations and improving cooperation with other U.S. agencies.

He put his career on the line in 2004 when he and Comey, then the deputy attorney general, threatened to resign when White House officials sought to reauthorize a domestic eavesdropping program that the Justice Department had deemed unconstitutional.

The two rushed to a Washington hospital room and prevented top Bush aides from persuading an ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft, recovering from gall bladder surgery, to reauthorize the surveillance program.

Comey succeeded Mueller as FBI director in 2013.

‘HIGH IDEALS’

In nominating Mueller in 2001, Bush said, “As a lawyer, prosecutor and government official, he has shown high ideals, a clear sense of purpose and a tested devotion to his country.”

When Mueller stepped down as FBI chief, Obama called him “one of the most admired public servants of our time,” adding, “I know very few people in public life who have shown more integrity more consistently under more pressure than Bob Mueller.”

Trump has given a darker assessment, accusing Mueller of pursuing a “rigged witch hunt” while declining to sit for an interview with the special counsel’s team.

The president in November 2018 wrote on Twitter: “Mueller is a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue. The Fake News Media builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint, when in actuality he is the exact opposite. … Heroes will come of this, and it won’t be Mueller and his terrible Gang of Angry Democrats.”

He also has faulted Mueller for not investigating Hillary Clinton, the defeated 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.

Trump’s attacks on Mueller appeal to his conservative political base as shown when he won cheers denigrating the special counsel during a March 2 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

After graduating from Princeton University, Mueller served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, leading a rifle platoon and receiving commendations including the Bronze Star.

He became a U.S. assistant attorney general in 1991 and was a key player on high-profile federal prosecutions such as the 1992 convictions of former Panamanian leader Manuel Antonio Noriega and organized crime boss John Gotti and the investigation into the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Mueller’s investigation has resulted in charges against 34 people and three Russian entities. Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on a series of charges and pleaded guilty to others. Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign aides Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos have entered guilty pleads. Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone has pleaded not guilty to charges.

After months of negotiations about a presidential interview with the special counsel’s team, Mueller let Trump give written responses to questions about whether his campaign conspired with what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as Russian hacking and propaganda aimed at causing division in the United States and boosting Trump’s candidacy. Trump provided the written answers in November 2018.

During his career Mueller had stints in private law practice but preferred government work. In the 1990s, he left a major law firm to take a low-level job in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia, specializing in homicide cases at a time when the capital city had a high murder rate.

“I’ve always loved investigations,” Mueller told Washingtonian magazine in 2008.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Bill Trott)

Source: OANN

Phillip Stucky | Contributor

Former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean compared Russian TV with Fox News in a Saturday interview.

“I think the network changed dramatically. I used to go on Fox on Chris’ Sunday show. He is tough but very fair,” Dean said during the interview on CNN.

“There are a few decent journalists on Fox. Although, there are a lot fewer than there used to be. Jane Mayer was right in the article in the New York Times [sic], if you have a relationship with the most corrupt president in the history of the United States, you are feeding him the news, he is calling your hosts all the time. This is not a true news outlet.”

“This is a propaganda outlet,” Dean concluded. “I would no more have us go on Fox News than I would on RT Russian Television.”

Current DNC Chair Tom Perez announced that the party would not host any debates on the network Wednesday, following an article in the New Yorker that accused the network of acting as a propaganda arm of the Trump White House.(RELATED: Hannity: DNC Not Giving Fox News A Presidential Debate Is ‘Pretty Gutless’)

“Recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and Fox News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates,” Perez said in a press statement. “Therefore, Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.”

President Donald Trump was quick to respond, tweeting, “Democrats just blocked Fox News from holding a debate.”

“Good, then I think I’ll do the same thing with the Fake News Networks and the Radical Left Democrats in the General Election debates!”

Source: The Daily Caller

Phillip Stucky | Contributor

A Washington Post editor used “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s tragic cancer diagnosis to fire a shot at President Donald Trump in a Friday op-ed titled, “We’re not just mourning Alex Trebek. We’re mourning the truth.”

After lamenting the postmodern demise of objective truth, WaPo’s opinion editor Drew Goins then wrung his hands over the election of Trump. According to Goins, Trump has “made 8,158 false or misleading claims in his first two years in office” and ushered in an era where the truth doesn’t matter.

“We arguably live in an anti-expertise world. Americans can’t tell opinion from fact. Truth has always been valuable, but its present scarcity makes it feel especially precious.” (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Claims Unfair Media Treatment- These Headlines Prove That’s Fake News)

“So when Trebek announced Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which carries a particularly low survival rate, it felt like we were grieving the potential loss of more than an avuncular quiz-show host,” Goins concluded. “The loss of Trebek means the loss of a zone where the truth is clear and uncontested.”

Trebek recently announced that he had stage 4 cancer, a grim diagnosis that the game show host has vowed to defeat.

The Washington Post editor went on to compare Trebek to Walter Cronkite and discussed the tough, exacting standards by which the show’s producers, judges, and question writers ensured that every question was fair and every answer accurate.

Some readers weren’t happy with the Trump attacks.

Twitter user Cameron Gray urged Groins not to politicize Alex Trebek.

Other responses took umbrage with the piece, claiming that fact that it was immature to mourn someone who is still alive and fighting.

Source: The Daily Caller

Michele Blood | Contributor

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development official Lynne Patton accused CNN of lying on Thursday night and posted audio tape on Friday she says proves it.

CNN posted a tweet Thursday saying Patton “has the president’s blessing to follow in his footsteps as a reality TV star, even as she serves as a high-ranking federal housing official.”

The tweet included a link to a story detailing Patton’s potential appearance on a “still-developing show about black Republicans.”

Patton herself, from her personal Twitter account, responded directly to CNN’s tweet within an hour of its posting.

“1) I never said I had the “President’s blessing” for this project.  I said the exact OPPOSITE – and have it on tape.  Seeking approval from various family members & POTUS are 2 different things.  Stop conflating for click-bait headlines. 2) NOR am I committed to project #FakeNews,” Patton tweeted.

Lynne Patton, vice president of The Eric Trump Foundation, takes the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016.

Lynne Patton, vice president of The Eric Trump Foundation, takes the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016.

Friday morning, Patton posted an audio clip of her interaction with the reporter, backing up her original assertion and demanded that CNN immediately retract the story.

HUD’s regional administrator of the New York and New Jersey region also corrected CNN’s depiction of her as Eric Trump’s wedding planner. (RELATED: Trump’s HUD Official Lynne Patton Moves Into Public Housing, Will Stay For A Month)

“Newsflash: I also didn’t plan Eric Trump’s wedding. With all due respect, stop being a lazy internet parrot, @RaySanchezNYC. It takes two seconds to google his ACTUAL wedding planners’ names from a 2014 @people article – TWO YEARS BEFORE ELECTION. ???? Or did you source @Wikipedia?” she tweeted, tagging Ray Sanchez, one of the authors of CNN’s story.

Patton became the subject of heated discussion when she attended Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen’s hearing before the House Oversight Committee last month. (RELATED: Jordan, Meadows Refer Cohen to AG Barr For Alleged Perjury At Oversight Hearing)

During the hearing, Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan accused North Carolina Republican Representative Mark Meadows of racist behavior by using Patton, a black woman, as a “prop.” (RELATED: Lynne Patton Shreds Rep. Tlaib For Calling Her A ‘Prop’ For Trump)

President Trump tweeted this morning, “I cannot believe the level of dishonesty in the media. It is totally out of control, but we are winning!”

Source: The Daily Caller

The news President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen met several times with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and his staff before testifying before Congress "shouldn't be shocking," Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., also a committee member, said Friday.

"They were clearly devising how they will roll out a new narrative," the California Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "Despite all of that, they still came out and came out with a fake news story that has now been debunked."

And no matter how much "witness tampering" was done, "you're not going to find collusion in this unless you talk about the collision that the Democratic Party and the [Hillary] Clinton Campaign was doing with Russians," Nunes said.

Even though he used the term witness tampering, Nunes acknowledged it was not in the legal sense, as there is "nothing illegal about talking to witnesses beforehand."

However, if it was a "real investigation," Republican and Democratic lawyers would have met with the lawyers of whoever was to testify, Nunes said.

Meanwhile, he said he finds speculation members of Trump's family could face any kind of legal charges.

"The whole point of this Mueller investigation was, was there collusion or not?" Nunes said. "It is like this mythical creature that's out there running around somewhere around the capital. You've got, you know, dozens and dozens of reporters who spend all day looking for this mythical creature. The Democrats, they prance out a new, new mythical creature every day. The press follows it."

Source: NewsMax


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