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הפרוטקציה בצבא, הסטירה שחטף והשעבוד לסקרים. מה יאיר לפיד בעיניך? - סוף שבוע - הארץ
מי שתפס את עמדת המפתח במפלגה היה הסוקר האמריקאי מרק מלמן, יהודי אורתודוקסי ליברל, שלפיד עובד איתו בצמידות עד היום. סקירת דעת הקהל הפכה לכלי מרכזי בעבודת המפלגה. "היינו יושבים עם מלמן ומגיעים לאיזה עשרים מסרים שונים שמעניינים את הקהל הישראלי", מספר יואב צוקר, ששימש מנהל אסטרטגיית המדיה של יש עתיד בבחירות 2013. "אחר כך היינו שואלים על מה נדבר? מה הכי מעניין? התחלנו להריץ כמה מסרים וראינו על מה אנשים מקליקים יותר. חינוך מקבל יותר הקלקות? סבבה. יוצאים עם סלוגן: באנו לשנות בחינוך". ואיך נוסחה עמדת המפלגה בנושא? "אין עמדה", אומר צוקר. "הסלוגן 'באנו לשנות' ואז הנושא. ככה עיצבנו את הקמפיין".
Yair_Lapid  history  lies 
1 hour ago by elizrael
What Ilhan Omar Said About AIPAC Was Right
On Twitter, Omar suggested, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” quoting Puff Daddy’s ’90s paean to cash money. Omar subsequently specified that she was talking about spending from the likes of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, better known as AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization.

By Monday morning, AIPAC had mobilized its allies to condemn Omar’s comment for playing into centuries-old anti-Semitic tropes that wealthy Jews control the world. Even the Democratic leadership put out a statement condemning her. All because she dared to point out that the emperor has no clothes.

As a Jew, an Israeli citizen, and a professional lobbyist (ahem, activist), I speak from personal experience when I say that AIPAC is tremendously effective, and the lubricant that makes its operation hum is dollar, dollar bills.
Israel  lobby  PAC  Palestine  anti-semitism  lies 
9 days ago by Quercki
Russia trolls 'spreading vaccination misinformation' to create discord - BBC News
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said cases of measles in Europe had hit a record high, with experts blaming this surge in infections on a drop in the number of people being vaccinated.

In the US, the number of children being exempted from immunisation for religious or philosophical reasons is also rising, research published in June found.

The tactics of a Russian troll farm
The make-up mogul who has reignited 'anti-vax' row
What's behind the 'anti-vax' movement?

While a majority of Americans believed vaccines were safe and effective, looking at Twitter gave a different impression and suggested that there was a lot of debate about the issue, the disinformation study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health, said.

"A significant portion of the online discourse about vaccines may be generated by malicious actors with a range of hidden agendas," said David Broniatowski from George Washington University.

The researchers reviewed more than 250 tweets about vaccination from accounts linked to the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA). In February the agency was named in a US indictment over alleged election meddling.

The IRA tweets used polarising language and linked vaccination to controversial statements about race, class and government legitimacy, the researchers said.

One tweet casting doubt on vaccines that was cited in the study read: "Did you know there was secret government database of #Vaccine-damaged child? #VaccinateUS".
vaccination  Russia  trolls  lies  internet 
9 days ago by Quercki
Fact-Checking Facebook Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole
Disinformation isn’t necessarily meant for you. It’s meant for the people who lean authoritarian, the fearful conformists and the perennially anxious
ptsd  facebook  snopes  lies  truth  babylon 
13 days ago by edmittance
Episode 58: The Neoliberal Optimism Industry de Citations Needed Podcast
"We're told the world is getting better all the time. In January, The New York Times' Nick Kristof explained "Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History." The same month, Harvard professor and Bill Gates' favorite optimist Steven Pinker lamented (in a special edition of Time magazine guest edited by - who else? - Bill Gates) the “bad habits of media... bring out the worst in human cognition”. By focusing so much on negative things, the theory goes, we are tricked into thinking things are getting worse when, in reality, it's actually the opposite.

For the TEDtalk set, that the world is awesome and still improving is self-evidently true - just look at the data. But how true is this popular axiom? How accurate is the portrayal that the world is improving we so often seen in sexy, hockey stick graphs of upward growth and rapidly declining poverty? And how, exactly, are the powers that be "measuring" improvements in society?

On this episode, we take a look at the ideological project of telling us everything's going swimmingly, how those in power cook the books and spin data to make their case for maintaining the status quo, and how The Neoliberal Optimism Industry is, at its core, an anti-intellectual enterprise designed to lull us into complacency and political impotence.

Our guest is Dr. Jason Hickel."
jasonhickel  2018  stevenpinker  billgates  neoliberalism  capitalism  ideology  politics  economics  globalsouth  development  colonialism  colonization  china  africa  lies  data  poverty  inequality  trends  climatechange  globalwarming  climatereparations  nicholaskristof  thomasfriedman  society  gamingthenumbers  self-justification  us  europe  policy  vox  race  racism  intelligence  worldbank  imf 
14 days ago by robertogreco
A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions | The New Yorker
Mallory had by then spent a decade in publishing, in London and New York, and many people in the profession had heard rumors about him, including the suggestion that he had left jobs under peculiar circumstances. Several former colleagues of Mallory’s who were interviewed for this article recalled feeling deeply unnerved by him. One, in London, said, “He exploited people who were sweet-natured.” A colleague at William Morrow told friends, “There’s this guy in my office who’s got a ‘Talented Mr. Ripley’ thing going on.” In 2013, Sophie Hannah, the esteemed British crime-fiction writer, whose work includes the sanctioned continuation of Agatha Christie’s series of detective novels, was one of Mallory’s authors; she came to distrust accounts that he had given about being gravely ill.

This strategy apparently failed with Princeton. In the article, Mallory recalled writing to Fred Hargadon, then Princeton’s dean of admissions. “You heartless bastard,” the letter supposedly began. “What kind of latter-day Stalin refuses admission to someone in my plight? Not that I ever seriously considered gracing your godforsaken institution with my presence—you should be so lucky—but I’m nonetheless relieved to know that I won’t be attending a university whose administrators opt to ignore oncological afflictions; perhaps if I’d followed the example of your prized student Lyle Menendez and killed my mother, things would have turned out differently.”
crime  lies 
18 days ago by craniac
The History of Fake News | The National Interest

To apply his craft to approaching a primary source, he listed three questions that should be asked about every document: Is it genuine? Was the author in a position to know what he was writing about? And, why does this document exist?
history  ww_ii  us  germany  england  lies  forgery 
23 days ago by drewish
Pit Closures
"more pits closed under Labour than the Tories" - there are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics.
industry  mining  labour  conservatives  uk  statistics  politics  lies 
24 days ago by Nachimir

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