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How Roger Ailes Broke the News - WhoWhatWhy
New Documentary ‘Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes’
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has made lots of money peddling slanted news as “fair and balanced” on his Fox News Channel. The man who built it, Roger Ailes, retired in disgrace in 2016 and died a year later. He changed American media in many ways, and used fear as a driving force at Fox — and earlier in campaigns for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes is a new documentary that debuts on December 7 in theaters and online. We talk with producer/director Alexis Bloom about Ailes’s early work as producer of The Mike Douglas Show, where he met Richard Nixon. When he worked for George H.W. Bush’s campaign in 1988, Ailes deployed the infamous Willie Horton ad in one of his early assaults on the liberals he saw as the enemies of his cause.
documentary  politics  news  fake_news  conservative  gov2.0  GOP 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Here Is The Research Facebook Commissioned On George Soros
Definers’ research for Facebook on billionaire George Soros has never been published before. You can read one of those documents here.
BuzzFeed News obtained a document Facebook commissioned as research on billionaire George Soros following critical comments the billionaire investor made at the World Economic Forum earlier this year. This report, which you can read below, is at the center of a controversy surrounding Facebook’s previous relationship with a public relations firm that brought Beltway political tactics to the social networking giant.
The document, which is largely innocuous, was assembled by Definers Public Affairs, which was contracted by Facebook for communications consulting and opposition research on competitors and critics, including Soros. It is one of at least two files prepared after Soros appeared onstage in Davos, Switzerland, in January and said Facebook and Google were a “menace” to the world and that the “internet monopolies” did not have the will or inclination to protect society.
facebook  fake_news  propaganda  social_media  soros  research 
6 days ago by rgl7194
‘Fake News’ and Trumpian Rhetoric Echo Around the World - WhoWhatWhy
President Donald Trump’s affinity for the world’s strongmen seems to be a mix of admiration and fascination.
But for the authoritarian leaders who love him back, the fondness is less about chemistry and more about Trump’s bellicose language that breaks the norms of liberalism.
Trump’s rhetoric — like threatening to jail political opponents or urging police to be violent with criminal suspects — has been echoed across the globe and used to justify human-rights abuses, attacks on the press, and the suppression of free speech.
And while Trump may walk back particularly pernicious comments or say they were jokes, the message is heard loud and clear by repressive governments.
gov2.0  politics  trump  fake_news  global  asia  africa  middle_east  propaganda 
13 days ago by rgl7194
Americans Cheering After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wrecks Fox News With Hilarious Takedown – The Political Voice
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped into Fox News on Saturday for organizing a panel solely to dissect her wardrobe choices, quipping that the network hosts have proven that they are “far superior to and more intelligent than me.”
Ocasio-Cortez replied to a viewer who tweeted out Friday evening that Fox had put together a four-person panel to talk about her shoes “in prime time.” The incoming lawmaker reacted by sharing the lyrics to a Spanish song by musician Aventura which translates to “No, it’s not love, what you feel is called obsession.”
fake_news  congress  women  gov2.0  politics  clothing  sexism  twitter  troll 
14 days ago by rgl7194
George Washington Was a Master of Deception - The Atlantic
The Founding Fathers relied on deceit in championing American independence—and that has lessons for the present.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving weekend, a holiday first declared by George Washington’s presidential proclamation in 1789, it is worth remembering that deception played a pivotal role in America’s birth. Our shining city on the hill owes much to the dark arts. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and other Founding Fathers are remembered today as virtuous creators of a bold new democracy. But they were also cunning manipulators of their information environment—a side of the founding story that has often been neglected by history.
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14 days ago by rgl7194
Seven Commandments of Fake News – New York Times exposes Kremlin’s methods
A child-trafficking ring run from a pizza-parlour basement by the US Presidential candidate and her team – who would believe this stuff? In the midst of the US Presidential campaign in 2016, quite a few people did. And some even believed it enough to bring a fire-arm and start shooting inside the said pizza parlour, in a misguided attempt to save child slaves allegedly held there.
In the second episode of the “Operation Infektion” series, the New York Times demonstrates how even the most outrageous lie can be turned into a successful fake news story. All you would have to do is follow the Seven Commandments of Fake News – a step-by-step guide straight from the Kremlin’s recipe book, on how to cook up the perfect media storm:
First Commandment:  look for cracks in target societies.
Second Commandment: create a big lie – something so outrageous, no one will believe it is made up.
Third Commandment: wrap that lie around a kernel of truth – disinformation is most successful when it has a small bit of truth in it.
Fourth Commandment: conceal your hand – make it seem that the story came from somewhere else.
Fifth Commandment: find yourself a ‘useful idiot’ – someone who would unwittingly push your message to wider audiences.
Sixth Commandment: when truth is uncovered – deny everything.
Seventh Commandment: play the long game – efforts might not bear fruit for years, but accumulated over a longer period of time they will eventually have a political impact.
russia  fake_news  propaganda  politics  gov2.0 
15 days ago by rgl7194
Facebook-linked PR firm Definers pushed criticism of Apple, Google, and Bird - The Verge
Facebook has cut ties with the group
As Facebook reels from a bombshell New York Times report published this week, much of the focus has been on a controversial public relations firm hired by the company. Definers Public Affairs, a DC organization, pressed reporters with information favorable to Facebook, including by linking liberal billionaire George Soros to the funding of anti-Facebook activities.
Since the report was published, a fuller scope of the group’s activities has been established. The group also pitched reporters on negative articles about other tech companies: the Times and Business Insider have noted that the firm sought to portray Google and Apple in a negative light, and similar emails were also received by The Verge. According to CNN, one pitch about Apple attempted to question whether there may be a liberal bias in Apple News. The firm also pitched The Verge on a story about the scooter company Bird, encouraging a reporter to question the number of cities the company was operating in at the time.
facebook  social_media  propaganda  fake_news  apple  google  soros 
18 days ago by rgl7194
'Hearts and Minds' in Iraq <span class="bankhead"> As History Shows, Ideas Matter More Than Who Pays to Promote Them</span> - The Washington Post
Contrary to what is commonly believed, CIA funding of intellectual "propaganda" projects -- including direct cash payments to American and foreign journalists -- has usually been done with the lightest touch. In my direct experience, and in reading files covering CA activity in Europe and the Middle East, I never saw an instance in which agency officers manipulated the final product. What was regrettable was that CIA officials often didn't have the linguistic skill or education to match the countries they covered and had no real grasp of what their CA assets were writing.
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29 days ago by MF_reads
What have tech companies done wrong with fake news? Google (yep) lists the ways
The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.
“Who should be responsible for censoring ‘unwanted’ conversation, anyway? Governments? Users? Google?” Breitbart — yep, leading the column with a Breitbart story! — got leaked a Google presentation, “The Good Censor,” that shows how Google is grappling with the question of whether it’s possible to “have an open and inclusive internet while simultaneously limiting political oppression and despotism, hate, violence and harassment.”
The report is insightful and interesting, and I don’t really see why it should have been leaked instead of Google simply releasing it publicly — it’s good to see that at least some in the company are thinking about these issues in nuanced ways.
“This free speech ideal was instilled in the DNA of the Silicon Valley startups that now control the majority of our online conversations,” the Google report notes. But “recent global events have undermined this utopian narrative” of the internet as a place for free and uncensored discussion...
technology  business  google  fake_news  propaganda  social_media  AI/ML 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Fox & Friends Pissed at Taylor Swift’s Political Remarks | Music News | Consequence of Sound
Charlie Kirk says he's a bigger fan of Kanye West, anyway
Called it. When Taylor Swift broke with her standard silence yesterday and publicly endorsed Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper, we knew Fox & Friends would have something to say about it. This morning, they didn’t let us down.
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk was a guest on the program to talk about Swift’s remarks. He took a number of shots at the pop star, even going so far as to suggest she couldn’t have possibly written the statement herself. “It’s rather evident and clear that — I don’t want to accuse her of this, but I don’t think she was the only one that wrote that post on Instagram,” he said, while accusing her of just that. “She probably got some very bad information.”
music  pop_music  politics  Dems  tv  fake_news 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194

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