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  • Walter Lippmann explains why journalists apply the label of protesters to rioters

    05/31/2020 8:14:37 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    Journalism today likes to provoke us, do you feel provoked? In the blueprint for modern journalism, "Public Opinion", Lippmann wrote on Page 355 the following: It is a problem of provoking feeling in the reader, of inducing him to feel a sense of personal identification with the stories he is reading. News which does not offer this opportunity to introduce oneself into the struggle which it depicts cannot appeal to a wide audience. The audience must participate in the news, much as it participates in the drama, by personal identification. Just as everyone holds his breath when the heroine is...
  • Microsoft 'to replace journalists with robots'

    05/31/2020 3:13:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 30, 2020
    Microsoft is to replace dozens of contract journalists on its MSN website and use automated systems to select news stories, US and UK media report. The curating of stories from news organisations and selection of headlines and pictures for the MSN site is currently done by journalists. Artificial intelligence will perform these news production tasks, sources told the Seattle Times. Microsoft said it was part of an evaluation of its business. The US tech giant said in a statement: "Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and,...
  • AP Analysis: Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

    05/30/2020 4:22:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2020 | By JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON - Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and the streets of a major city erupted in flames after a handcuffed black man was killed by a white police officer. It’s the kind of frenetic, fractured moment when national leaders are looked to for solutions and solace. President Donald Trump instead threw a rhetorical match into the tinderbox. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he declared ominously in a late-night tweet. The episode encapsulated Trump’s...
  • Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

    05/28/2020 5:21:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2020 | By JILL COLVIN (D-AP)
    WASHINGTON -- Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can “override” governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. Asserting the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it’s too soon. As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn’t have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers. “It’s not that the president does’t have a remarkable amount of power to respond to a public health crisis. It’s that...
  • There Is No Journalistic Defense For Not Answering Kayleigh McEnany’s Questions

    05/25/2020 4:40:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 25, 2020 | Kylee Zempel
    If the media is looking for a symbol of 'deviancy' in our politics that only '[makes] things worse,' they should stop looking at the press secretary and instead look in the mirror. New White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany isn’t letting so-called journalists get away with inane questions in the briefing room at the expense of real news, and the media don’t like it.This was on full display over the weekend during the latest media-Trump administration go-around, when McEnany sparred with reporters over the Obama administration’s malfeasance with regard to former national security adviser Michael Flynn.After a contentious exchange about...
  • NBC Opinion: Trump's coronavirus lies and propaganda suggest America needs its own 'perestroika'

    05/25/2020 3:49:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    NBC "News" / Comcast ^ | May 25, 2020 | By Nina Khrushcheva
    President Donald Trump opened his April 13 coronavirus news briefing with a video compilation of media clips touted his pandemic-fighting achievements. Team Trump had selectively cut and edited quotes from journalists and governors, who had regularly cited the dangerous lack of White House support during the pandemic, so they appeared to praise his leadership. I hadn’t seen anything like this sort of propaganda display since the 1980s Soviet Union. I was suddenly transported back 40 years to my childhood, watching on TV as the aging Soviet patriarch Leonid Brezhnev endlessly pinned medals to his own chest. Today’s COVID-19 reality has,...
  • Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

    05/22/2020 2:34:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2020 | By JILL COLVIN (D-AP)
    WASHINGTON - “A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study. “A political hit job,” he said of another. As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn’t like. Twice this week, Trump has not only dismissed the findings of studies, but suggested - without evidence - that their authors were motivated by politics and out to undermine his efforts to roll back coronavirus restrictions. First it was a study funded in part by...
  • Trump allies lining up doctors to prescribe rapid reopening

    05/20/2020 4:30:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2020 | By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JASON DEAREN
    WASHINGTON -- Republican political operatives are recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The plan was discussed in a May 11 conference call with a senior staffer for the Trump reelection campaign organized by CNP Action, an affiliate of the GOP-aligned Council for National Policy. A leaked recording of the hourlong call was provided to The Associated Press by the Center for Media and Democracy,...
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP falsehoods on Flynn, Biden, virus

    05/18/2020 2:37:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2020 | By HOPE YEN, ERIC TUCKER and MATTHEW PERRONE
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are misrepresenting the facts behind the legal case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn as they seek to allege improper behavior during the Obama administration in the presidential campaign season. Broadly dubbing his allegations “Obamagate,” Trump points to unspecified conspiracies against himself in 2016 and suggests the disclosure of Flynn’s name as part of legal U.S. surveillance of foreign targets was criminal and motivated by partisan politics. There’s no evidence of that. In fact, the so-called unmasking of Americans’ names like Flynn’s is legal. Over the weekend, White House trade...
  • 2016 repeat? Trump revives Clinton playbook to battle Biden

    05/18/2020 2:20:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2020 | By JONATHAN LEMIRE and BILL BARROW
    NEW YORK -- Accusations of a “deep state” conspiracy. Allegations of personal and family corruption. Painting an opponent as a Washington insider not to be trusted. It’s 2016 again. Or at least that’s President Donald Trump’s hope. Eager to distract from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 89,000 Americans and crippled the economy, Trump and his advisers have started their fog machine again, amplified by conservative media as it was during the Russia probe and impeachment investigation. The strategy already centered on playing up allegations that Biden’s son, Hunter, profited off the vice presidency. And it kicked into...
  • Media Must Report Truth Of Anti-Trump Spy Operation Before It’s Too Late For Them

    05/17/2020 3:53:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 17, 2020 | Mollie Hemmingway
    As facts about the Obama administration's spying and leaking are spilling out, media have a brief window of opportunity to salvage some credibility. As new details emerge about the Obama administration’s broad spying-and-leaking campaign against the incoming Trump administration, reporters have a choice to make about whether to cover this story honestly, at long last. There is a brief window of time afforded the media to get the story right. They should take advantage of it.Journalist Lee Smith already noted the seriousness of the problem facing legacy media after the implosion of the Russia collusion conspiracy theory they peddled. “Americans...
  • Psychological toll of reopening to further divide between 'haves' and 'have-nots'

    05/17/2020 3:51:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC "News" / Disney ^ | May 16, 2020 | By Ella Torres
    Anxieties and fears will undoubtedly heighten for Americans as more states reopen under the novel coronavirus crisis, despite no vaccine and not enough widespread testing. Yet like the virus' impact, the psychological impact of reopening will be disproportionate. It is bound to deepen the already-stark divide in the country between the haves and the have-nots -- those who can choose when they'd like to return to normal life and those who have been deemed essential to keep working. "The haves have a choice and the have-nots do not have a choice," Dr. Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, an associate professor of psychology at...
  • Fact check: Coronavirus vaccine could come this year, Trump says. Experts say he needs a 'miracle' to be right.

    05/16/2020 5:58:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    NBC "News" / Comcast ^ | May 15, 2020 | By Jane C. Trimm
    President Donald Trump has suggested multiple times that a coronavirus vaccine could come within months, an accelerated timeline that prominent health experts and veteran vaccine developers say is unlikely absent a miracle. "We're looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before," Trump said Friday during in a Rose Garden event centered on his administration's efforts to fast-track a vaccine. “Vaccine work is looking VERY promising, before end of year,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. “I think it’s possible you could see a vaccine in people’s arms next year — by the middle or end...
  • Trump allies push 'Obamagate,' but record fails to back them up

    05/15/2020 4:02:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    NBC "News" / Comcast ^ | May 14, 2020 | By Carol E. Lee (D), Tom Winter (D), Andrea Mitchell (D) and Mike Memoli (D)
    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and his allies have begun escalating their attacks against former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, the apparent 2020 Democratic nominee, by accusing them and other Obama administration officials of conspiring against Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Trump and his allies call it “Obamagate.” Former Obama administration officials say it is false that Biden or Obama knew in advance about the FBI’s interview of Flynn. The Obama officials also argue that there was nothing improper about requests, including from Biden, to “unmask” the name of the American who turned up...
  • A Handy Guide To Writing The NeverTrump Column (nailed it)

    05/14/2020 12:42:37 PM PDT · by dead · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2020 | David Marcus
    Are you a NeverTrump "conservative" who wants to be a journalist? This guide has you covered. With so many people stuck at home these days, many are contemplating dipping their toes into the world of professional writing. While it’s true that many journalists have been losing their jobs or taking pay cuts, especially in the time of virus, some niche areas are still booming. Provided you have the correct prerequisites, writing the NeverTrump column could be a quick and easy way to write essays for fun and profit. Aside from the fact that important daily newspapers and blogs around the...
  • DACA recipient college students stuck in political limbo without emergency cash grants

    05/14/2020 3:16:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    ABC "News" / Disney ^ | May 14, 2020 | By Sophie Tatum
    When Luz Chavez was growing up, she dreamed of someday becoming the secretary of the Department of Education, she told ABC News. Now, a student at Trinity Washington University, her future is uncertain, as she is one of hundreds of thousands who were brought to the United States as a child and is permitted to stay in the country without risk of deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Caught in the crosshairs of Washington’s partisan bickering, DACA recipients, who already don’t qualify for federal student aid, are in turn ineligible for the emergency cash grants dispersed by...
  • NBC Opinion: Michigan coronavirus protesters shout 'liberty!' -- as right-wing rhetoric weaponizes freedom

    05/14/2020 3:05:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    NBC "News" / Comcast ^ | May 14, 2020 | By Marcie Bianco
    What is the difference between liberty and freedom in the eyes of many Americans? Absolutely nothing. And therein lies not only the problem driving the culture war around coronavirus shelter-in-place orders but also arguably the crux of all fronts of America's culture wars, from guns to religion to speech to - now, it seems - haircuts. It is a slippage skillfully leveraged by conservatives. This week in Michigan, armed protesters are heeding the call. But the petulant rallying cries echo across the United States. "Give me liberty or give me death!" - so goes the universal whine, lifted from Patrick...
  • Why this ICU nurse treating Covid patients could be deported [DACA]

    05/14/2020 2:27:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 14, 2020 | By Stephanie Hegarty, Population correspondent
    The US Supreme Court is considering a case that could put hundreds and thousands of people who were brought into the country illegally as children at risk of deportation. Some of those are healthcare workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of April a long line of police cars snaked slowly around a hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with their blue lights flashing in the bright sun. It was a tribute, they said, to the healthcare workers risking their lives to treat patients with Covid-19. But for Jonathan Vargas Andres, an ICU nurse treating Covid patients in that...
  • Buzzfeed closes news operations in Britain, Australia

    05/14/2020 2:08:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    France24 ^ | May 14, 2020
    Sydney (AFP) - Groundbreaking website Buzzfeed said on Thursday that it would be shuttering part of its loss-making news operations in Britain and Australia, as it scales back global ambitions to cut costs. "For economic and strategic reasons, we are going to focus on news that hits big in the United States during this difficult period," a company spokesperson said. Many news outlets have been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with plummeting advertising revenues and already struggling operations pushed deeper into the red. Ten staff in Britain and four in Australia will be furloughed, in a move that is expected...
  • Former Fox News Host Cites This as 'the Worst Journalistic Fiasco' He's Ever Seen. He's Not Wrong

    05/13/2020 4:55:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies ^ | May 13, 2020 | Matt Vespa
    Former Fox News host Brit Hume has seen a lot on his career in media that spans five decades. He’s still a regular fixture on the network, serving as a senior political analyst, but he has cited one event that has been a total trainwreck for the industry: The Trump-Russia collusion hoax. From the get-go, it started out as sour grapes from liberals. How could Hillary lose; Trump must’ve cheated? This circus began quickly. As we now know, former President Barack Obama held a key meeting on January 5, 2017—days before the Trump inauguration—to lay out his game plan for...