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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #16
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Realistically the term "Fake News" is just a new name for an old, old tool, namely propaganda.

The parts which are a bit different now are really the ways people receive/consume information (online and via social media) and the ways in which a particular message can be pushed, or pushed back against, with little or no attribution.

For whatever reason (and there have been a number of psych studies done to test this) people tend to believe whatever "news" they read about something on the internet without considering the source and/or fact-checking what they read.

This meme is both funny and illustrates the problem.

As for other stuff within the thread, can we keep politics out of it please? There are enough examples of false information being spread, or accurate information being suppressed, that does not require commentary about specific politicians. We do not want or need to attract more political trolls, or cause Preceptor to return in a green fury going "Preceptor SMASH" while wielding his ban hammer.
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Where to begin....probably with a pint of your favourite brew. Interesting that Trump gave an interview with the NYT which he often critizes as a fake news outlet. In the interview he threw his attorney general under the bus and threatened to fire Mueller. Trump's circus is opening up all sorts of opportunities for Putin and his friends. There must be a lot head shaking going on amongst America's allies (and probably enemies too). Wonder what odds the bookmakers are giving on impeachment these days?
it doesn't matter if he tries to sack meuller - the committees have already said that trump tries to do so then they will employ him to do the job anyway as they can do so without POTUS intervention
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it doesn't matter if he tries to sack meuller - the committees have already said that trump tries to do so then they will employ him to do the job anyway as they can do so without POTUS intervention
The Senate committees, yes, the House committees, no, they are much more partisan. The bigger issue is the added chaos if Trump sacks Mueller. The Trump administration is barely breathing when it comes to getting the nation's business done although Congress shares much of the blame as well. A full blown constitutional crisis will embolden America's adversaries and concern allies.
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An interesting initiative that stands a good chance of passing in the Senate and may be more palatable to Republicans in the House. It would be a good deterrent to discourage Trump from unjustified meddling with Mueller.



Republican senator Thom Tillis will sponsor special counsel protection bill.
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As the article states, this proposed bill would be difficult to pass. I think the Senate threat to refuse confirmation of any new AG to replace Sessions in 2017 is Mueller's best protection. Any further negative information about this whole affair will harden Senate resolve against Trump. As for the House, who knows?

With regard to fake news in general (as others have remarked, really modern state of the art propaganda), I fear this new digital propaganda will continue to be effective against Western electorates who really don't have a clue about pretty much everything other than their immediate selves.
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The aftermath of the events at Charlottesville are extremely disturbing. Trump is blatantly aiding and abetting White Supremacists, Neo Nazis and other fascistic.groups. He remains defiant despite widespread criticism. Let's see if he takes a hit in the polls specially among Republicans where he still enjoys strong support. Trumo is betting that this will blow over like previous controversies. Many top Republicans refuse to call him out by name and shamelessly see no moral conflict associating with him.
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Republican House and Senate members have long been silent on Trump's antics largely out of fear of his general support amongst party members and his core. Although the core is holding so far there are signs rank and file members are concerned. When this group wavers, the seat holders will be enboldened. Combine this with his zero legislative accomplishments means trouble.

It will be interesting to see how much more his new chief of staff can endure. Kelly comes from an environment where discipline is critical, the opposite of where he now finds himself.
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