POLITICS 04/08/2018 12:27 pm ET Peter Navarro echoed Trump's tweet claiming that the major newspaper is "more fiction than fact." By Laura Bassett White House trade adviser Peter Navarro escalated President Donald Trump’s attacks on the news media Sunday morning, characterizing The Washington Post as “fake news most of the time.” Speaking with host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Navarro brushed off a Washington Post post story from Saturday that described turmoil in the White House. He specifically denied the newspaper’s report that White House chief of staff John Kelly is threatening to resign. “Every day of his adult life,” Navarro said, “John Kelly’s gotten up in the morning to serve America. He’s a great man, a courageous man –– he serves the president, he has the president’s ear, he runs the West Wing well. That’s all I know, that’s all I … [Read more...] about White House Trade Adviser: The Washington Post Is ‘Fake News Most Of The Time’
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Words matter. Just ask James Alefantis, owner of the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington, D.C. Starting Nov. 5, Alefantis and the employees at his pizzeria received hundreds of death threats via texts, Facebook messages and Twitter. One of these informed Alefantis: “I will kill you personally.”A month later, 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch walked into Comet Ping Pong with an AR-15 assault rifle and fired repeatedly.Why were Alefantis and his employees targeted? Because of a lie that was preposterous on its face: The basement of Alefantis’ restaurant was the headquarters of a worldwide child sex slave ring run by Hillary Clinton and her former campaign manager, John Podesta.There was never any evidence supporting this accusation. The restaurant doesn’t even have a basement. Never- theless, many reports of this “criminal conspiracy” were widely shared on social media and were pushed by Alex Jones on his widely syndicated radio show and his … [Read more...] about Lies and Libel: Fake news lacks straightforward cure
A few months from Italy's election, accusations of fake news are flying. Photo: Gabriele Bouys/AFP Under scrutiny for its own alleged involvement in spreading false stories, Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) has accused ruling politicians of planting “fake news” in order to discredit it. Matteo Renzi, the leader of the governing Democratic Party (PD), has appealed to social networks over what he describes as a campaign of misinformation ahead of Italy's election in the spring. He called attention in particular to websites that publish stories favourable to the M5S and to the far-right Northern League, both of which are hoping to ride a swell of populism among Italian voters. Renzi has cited investigations published by the New York Times and Buzzfeed in the past week that looked into possible connections between various partisan sites, some pro-M5S and other pro-League. Despite backing different parties, certain sites were found to have the same … [Read more...] about Italy’s Five Star Movement hits out at New York Times and Buzzfeed over ‘fake news’
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg endured an hours-long grilling by dozens of U.S. senators Tuesday during which he repeatedly apologized and promised privacy reforms but also pointedly defended his company against the threat of new legislation. Zuckerberg invoked Facebook’s unlikely journey – from a tiny start-up he co-founded in his Harvard dorm room 14 years ago to a social media behemoth – in explaining Facebook’s frequent privacy missteps and its failure to spot and defeat Russia’s aggressive campaign to manipulate American voters in 2016 and beyond. Senators repeatedly challenged Zuckerberg’s explanations in the wide-ranging hearing, a rare joint session before two Senate panels – the Commerce and Judiciary committees – with 42 senators questioning the Facebook executive. “If Facebook and other online companies will not or cannot fix these privacy invasions, then we will,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, Fla., the … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg tells Congress “we didn’t do enough” to prevent privacy crises that rock Facebook
For the first time this week Emmanuel Macron's campaign team openly accused forces in Russia of trying operating a smear campaign to scupper the chances of their man being elected the next President of France. As well as pointing the finger at Russian state media sites for spreading fake news about their French presidential candidate, Macron's team also believe Russian-based hackers are responsible for the thousands of cyber-attacks against his campaign website. The latest attack on Tuesday morning left the En Marche! website down for nine minutes. “We are in the presence of an orchestrated attempt to destabilize a candidate in the presidential election by a foreign power,” said Richard Ferrand, secretary-general of Macron's En Marche! (On The Move) movement. "This serious allegation would make you laugh if the corroborating evidence were not so obvious,” Farrand said. It was the first direct accusation from a French political party that warned of the danger … [Read more...] about Can Russia really derail Emmanuel Macron?