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GOP’s new methods of ratf**king: spreading lies online via social media

Republicans are showing how scared they are of losing the 2020 election by returning to one of their tried-and-true forms of spreading disinformation and resorting to dirty electoral tricks — ratfucking. The danger is that employing those dirty tricks on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and elsewhere gives their lies a wider audience, as it did in […]

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Hey, media: People under 30 don’t trust you

A new report offers some insights into the changing ways younger Americans consume news, and the news isn’t particularly good for the nation’s news media. The study shows that younger people view the news with distrust and do their own research to verify or clarify facts. Overall, they tend to trust video (especially user-generated video) […]

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It’s YUGE. Spoof videos mock Trump at #everysecondcounts.eu

Late-night comedians in Europe have taken Trump trolling to a whole new level. When President Donald Trump announced in his inaugural address that from now on, it would be “America First,” it was inevitable that other countries would mock him by competing to see which country came in second. They are doing so with “official” […]

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The real danger of ‘post-truth’ fake news

A recent incident at a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant shows how the continued lies of Donald Trump and his allies are putting people’s lives in danger. A North Carolina man said he had “read online” about child sex slaves being kept in the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza parlor. Oh, and the whole thing […]

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Clickbait trumps all: Why media are all in on Donald Trump

Unless you live in an underground cave with no cable or Wi-Fi, you can’t help but notice which presidential candidate is getting the most attention. Donald Trump — real estate mogul, former reality TV show star, egotist, blowhard, and would-be narcissist-in-chief — is everywhere. There’s something about the Trumpster on every news channel and every […]

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How Millennials consume news — and what it means for 2016

Some recent studies confirm what many of us already suspected: how you get your political news depends on your age — and your generation. But the younger generation isn’t as out of touch as you might think. A study by the Pew Research Center for Journalism & Media says that 61 percent of those in […]

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No surprise at GOP hissy fit over Obama daughters

The communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R, as if you needed to ask, Tenn.) is resigning after a dust-up over some mean-spirited things she posted on social media about Malia and Sasha Obama. The day before Thanksgiving, both first daughters accompanied their father for the annual ritual of pardoning two turkeys before Thanksgiving. Acting […]

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Bombing ISIS is not a video game

As usual, too many politicians, pundits, and some members of the American public have the attention span of fruit flies, with even less memory. How else to explain the drumbeat to “bomb ISIS to hell”? President Obama’s nuanced response to a complicated question about strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been […]

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