World International Affairs As evidence mounts that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2, some social media accounts and conservative commentators are attempting to spread disinformation about his disappearance and promote talking points to exculpate the Kingdom. On Thursday, Twitter suspended a number of bots after NBC alerted the tech company to the presence of social media accounts casting doubt on Saudi Arabia’s culpability. “There are multiple bot networks, and the main aim appears to be to manipulate trends to hide negative information about Saudi's involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance. The sheer amount of bots drives down critical trends, while promoting banal information or pro-MBS [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman] propaganda," Marc Owen Jones, one of the researchers who tracked Saudi bots tweeting about Khashoggi’s case, told Newsweek. "In addition to … [Read more...] about Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance: Conservatives and Twitter Bots Are Spreading Disinformation to Protect Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Matt Stout and Victoria McGrane Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff October 19, 2018 In early 2016, Governor Charlie Baker set out to reshape the bedrock of the Massachusetts Republican Party. Through endorsements and donations, he pushed a slate of like-minded moderate Republicans onto the party’s state committee before successfully backing a new national committeewoman over a more conservative incumbent.But Baker’s efforts to mold the party in his image didn’t account for this: Sharing this year’s GOP slate with a pro-Trump Republican who opposes abortion rights and whose US Senate candidacy has suddenly become Democrats’ most effective cudgel against the governor.The fractures were laid bare Wednesday night, when in a live television debate against Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez, Baker stumbled over repeated questions about … [Read more...] about Charlie Baker tried to reshape the state Republican party. Then Donald Trump happened.
President Donald Trump defied the “so-called mainstream media” on Wednesday, explaining his messaging strategy ahead of the congressional midterm elections. “The economy’s not covered properly by the so-called mainstream media, and it isn’t,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business host Stuart Varney on Wednesday morning.Trump surprised Varney, who was in the White House to interview Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The president complimented Varney’s show and gave him an impromptu interview. He complained that despite the stock market spiking 550 points on Tuesday, it was nearly impossible to find coverage of such good news in the establishment media. “They didn’t even have it on the major news. You couldn’t find it anywhere, and the economy is doing probably better than it’s ever done in history, and they don’t even talk about … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Defies Hypocrites of ‘So-Called Mainstream Media’
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POLITICS 10/15/2018 07:43 pm ET Her attorney Michael Avenatti said that he planned to appeal the ruling and that Daniels' other suits against the president would move forward. By Nick Visser A federal judge on Monday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by porn star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump and ordered the woman to pay the president’s legal fees. U.S. District Judge James Otero said that Trump was well within his right to free speech when he tweeted about Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, earlier this year, saying she was a “total con job.” Those comments, which Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti called defamation, were just politics, the judge ruled. “The court agrees with Mr. Trump’s argument because the tweet in question constitutes ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States,” Otero wrote. “The … [Read more...] about Judge Dismisses Stormy Daniels’ Defamation Lawsuit Against Donald Trump