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Full Frontal Video: Amy Hoggart Discovers Why Finland Doesn't Fall for Fake News

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:16:11 PDT

A country that doesn't have fake news? Amy Hoggart traveled to the mythical Finland to see if it really exists. Produced by Tyler Hall.


In Which Donald Trump Openly Hopes Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg Will Die

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:45:38 PDT

Axios reports that Trump is now predicting he's going to appoint four Supreme Court justices by the end of his first term, and to make this happen he's hoping Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor will die.

"Ok," one source told Trump, "so that's two. Who are the others?"

"Ginsburg," Trump replied. "What does she weigh? 60 pounds?"

"Who's the fourth?" the source asked.

"Sotomayor," Trump said, referring to the relatively recently-appointed Obama justice, whose name is rarely, if ever, mentioned in speculation about the next justice to be replaced.

"Her health," Trump explained. "No good. Diabetes."


An Incredible Track Live in the Studio by Exceptional Guitarist Mark Lettieri: "Slant"

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:09:01 PDT


iTunes (digital):
Bandcamp (physical & digital):

From the album Spark and Echo, on Ropeadope Records.

"Slant" written and arranged by Mark Lettieri


Mark Lettieri: electric, acoustic, baritone, and Hammertone guitars, synths and loops
Jason “JT” Thomas: drums and percussion
Wes Stephenson: bass guitar
Shaun Martin: acoustic and electric piano, synths
Bobby Sparks: synths and clavinet
Milo Deering: pedal steel guitar, fiddle

Produced by Mark Lettieri
Co-produced, engineered, and mixed by Joey Lomas
Additional engineering by Bart Rose
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, New York, NY

Recorded at Fort Worth Sound in Fort Worth, TX, Sherman Street Studios in Richardson, TX, and Patrick McGuire Recording in Arlington, TX

Filmed and edited by Andy Laviolette

© 2016 Mark Lettieri
© 2016 Ropeadope Records


Video: A Shocking Nazi Rally at Madison Square Garden in 1939 - "A Night at the Garden"

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:01:45 PDT

In 1939, New York's Madison Square Garden was host to an enormous—and shocking—gathering of 22,000 Americans that has largely been forgotten from our history.

Directed by Marshall Curry

See more from Field of Vision here:

For more on the rally, read a Q&A with Marshall Curry here:


And Now, Some Fantastic Brazilian Xylosynth Jazz From PRD Mais: "Portal"

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:07:36 PDT

PRD Mais - Portal
From the upcoming PRD Mais record "Rittenhouse," to be released October 2017 on GroundUP Music.

***Please set to HD (or at least 480p).

"Rittenhouse" is available for pre-order:

Digital (instantly receive "Portal"):

Written by Brian Potts

Bernardo Aguiar (pandeiro and musical direction)
Gabriel Policarpo (repique and musical direction)
Brian Potts (xylosynth)
Bóka Reis (timbal and effects)
Guilherme Oliveira (electronic percussion)
Gustavo Oliveira (frigideira and tamborim)

Concept by: Bernardo Aguiar and Gabriel Policarpo (Pandeiro Repique Duo)
Produced by: Pandeiro Repique Duo and Brian Potts
Executive Producer: Bernardo Aguiar
Directed and Filmed by: Daniel Lobo
Cinematographer: Micael Hocherman
Technical Director: Jim Hamilton
Cameraman: Matthew Hamilton and Josh Magnitzky

Filmed at Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia PA

Audio Engineer: Peter Tramo
Mixed by: Marcos Suzano
Mastered by: Alexandre Rabaço


Olbermann's Latest: Is Mueller Trying to Stop Trump From Pardoning People?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:37:13 PDT

At a time when the Steele Dossier continues to gain credence in Washington, Trump’s troubles mount.


Trump's Deconstruction of the United States Is Accelerating

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:36:15 PDT

Happy Friday! Today Donald Trump took big steps toward killing Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal, appointed another energy industry-linked climate change denier to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality, used his daughter-in-law to promote propaganda on his garbage Trump TV Facebook channel, and became the first president to give a speech to the virulent anti-gay religious fanatic hate group, Family Research Council. In America, we don't worship government - we worship God. #ValuesVotersSummit — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ QuoteImages Some of us don't worship government OR God. Read the US Constitution, you cynical pandering pumpkin. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote This is the guy who promised to be the "best friend" of the LGBT community, speaking to a virulent anti-gay religious fanatic hate group. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote EU strongly rejecting Trump’s announcement on the Iran nuclear deal saying Iran has not violated it. "The EU will continue to preserve it" — Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote Already our closest allies reject Trump's scheme. He is accomplishing nothing except isolating the U.S. and fueling Iranian hardliners — Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote The President's daughter reads the "real news" on behalf of his campaign — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ QuoteVideo As the United States continues transforming into a banana republic. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote You can tell Trump is super serious about the Iran accord. Just look at the nuclear weapons experts he's consulting. — Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage Pres. Trump: "The Iranian regime has committed multiple violations of the agreement." — ABC News (@ABC) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ QuoteRetweetVideo Another outright lie from the most dishonest person ever to squat in the Oval Office. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 13, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote Discuss.[...]

Video: John Oliver's Brilliant Piece on the Ugly History of the Confederacy

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:09:38 PDT

Confederate symbols are still celebrated despite the ugly history they symbolize. John Oliver suggests some representations of southern pride that involve less racism and more Stephen Colbert.


Samantha Bee's Savage, Well-Deserved Take on Harvey Weinstein: "White Cosby"

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:14:47 PDT

Harvey Weinstein is just the tip of the douche-berg. Listen up, creeps of Hollywood, we know who you are.


Another Great Take From Seth Meyers: Republicans Think Trump Is Unstable, Trump Attacks Press Freedom

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:59:33 PDT

Seth Takes a closer look at how President Trump is now fighting with members of his own party who think he's dangerous, unstable and a threat to national security.


Sen. Rand Paul Meets With Rep. Dana Rohrabacher - and White Supremacist Chuck C. Johnson

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:22:59 PDT

I really don't like linking to the Daily Caller because frankly, it's a sewer, but they're the only place that's reported this story so far. If you click through to read, try not to get any on you. California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met last week with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to pitch his proposal to get Wikileaks founder Julian Assange pardoned -- and Rohrabacher brought along his white supremacist, Holocaust-denying little buddy, Chuck C. Johnson. Republican California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul last Thursday and discussed leveraging Paul’s close relationship with President Donald Trump to let the president know that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is willing to divulge information about the source of leaked emails. “Rand Paul says the president calls him every now and then. I wanted to make sure that when [Trump] calls him that [Paul] knew enough about the Julian Assange offer that I found something of value for the president to look at,” Rohrabacher told TheDC. Sen. Paul’s office declined to comment. Rohrabacher said that Paul was joined by a few of his staffers, and that the California congressman brought along top aide Paul Behrends and conservative journalist Charles C. Johnson. "Conservative journalist" is about the most misleading way possible to describe this vile human being. Chuck C. Johnson is a notorious white supremacist who recently came out as a Holocaust denier in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, in a far right racist group that has now been deleted -- but Chuck's ugly comments are still saved at justacolyte: what are your thoughts on the Holocaust, WW2, and the JQ %%ED=JQ = "Jewish Question"%% in general? ChuckCJohnson: I do not and never have believed the six million figure. I think the Red Cross numbers of 250,000 dead in the camps from typhus are more realistic. I think the Allied bombing of Germany was a ware crime. I agree with David Cole about Auschwitz and the gas chambers not being real. I read the German War (highly recommend), Bloodlands, Mein Kampf, and all of David Irving. I'm more or less of the view that the war was an outgrowth of the efforts of communism to spread itself throughout the world. I also believe that the fears of German extermination were not misplaced, especially in light of the Ukrainian famine. But I support Israel as a Jewish state and Zionism as a concept. I'm pro-ethno state, generally. I understand why and how Hitler rose to power but think too much of our focus on World War II is spent trying to understand Hitler and not enough is spent trying to understand Weimar. Mecius Moldbug, aka Curtis Yarvin, is right. America is a communist country. Did Rand Paul know what kind of hateful individual he allowed into his office? It really only takes a few minutes to Google Chuck C. Johnson's long history of racism, sexism and the kind of blatant hate speech that got him permanently banned from Twitter and suspended multiple times from Facebook. Related: GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Collaborates With Holocaust-Denying White Supremacist to Meet With Julian Assange Photo of the Day: GOP Rep. Rohrabacher Poses With Holocaust Denier Chuck C. Johnson at Assange Meeting[...]

Now We Know Why Tillerson Called Trump a "Moron" - He Wanted to Increase the US Nuclear Arsenal Tenfold

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:19:42 PDT

At a meeting between Donald Trump and top-ranking defense and national security officials in July, somebody made the mistake of displaying a chart that showed other presidents had more nuclear weapons than the Narcissist in Chief, prompting the Trump-thing to blurt that he wanted ten times as many nuclear weapons as he already commands. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest-ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room. Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve. According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the buildup. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned. The moral of this story: never show Trump evidence that someone else has more of something than he does. And it was after this meeting that several officials heard Rex Tillerson refer to Trump as "a fucking moron." Now we know the rest of the story. A nuclear buildup like Trump wanted would violate several arms treaties and risk provoking a worldwide nuclear arms race, but we can't expect our current president to consider things like this when his gargantuan ego is involved. Of course, when Trump became dimly aware that he'd been embarrassed again, he lashed out at NBC News. Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote Trump: "It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write. And people should look into it." — David Mack (@davidmackau) October 11, 2017ReplyReply w/ QuoteRetweetVideo[...]

Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile: "Continental Breakfast"

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:53:03 PDT

There's something so cool about the total lack of pretension or artifice in this song and video. It's not possible to be in a bad mood after watching.

'Continental Breakfast' is taken from Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile's upcoming album 'Lotta Sea Lice' || Pre-order:

Out on 13th October 2017 on Milk! Records, Marathon Artists and Matador Records




Directed and produced by Danny Cohen

Director of Photography: Sherwin Akbarzadeh (Melbourne) & Doug Durant (Philadelphia)
Camera Assistant: Nick Forster (Melbourne) & Andy Hensler (Philadelphia)
Edit: Ben Hall at Edit Hall
Colour: Daniel Stonehouse at Crayon
Shot on Kodak 16mm

Special thanks: Nellie Jackson, Rennie Jaffe, Nick O’Byrne, Hugh Turral, Jack, Ian, & Jason at Metropolis Post, Jeff Melanson, Jon Beattie, Mike at Kodak USA, AMF Highpoint, Evan Prosofsky, Dave Ellis and Derry Sheehan


You won't believe what I coulda told ya
But I don't believe I've the balls to let you know
I can say that 'cause I'm a man
But I feel like a little boy... today

I cherish my intercontinental friendships
We talk it over continental breakfast
In a hotel in east bumble-wherever
Somewhere on the sphere, around here

I cherish my intercontinental friendships
Not much very big on enemies
So I kick a can way up into the sun, man
But it falls down into a ravine
I don’t mean to even think about it that way, but I do

Watchin’ the waves come in at night
From my back porch stoop, porch swing swingin’on its own
See it’s just an inhabitant of some holy ghost

I walk like a bruised ego along shorefront property un-owned to me
But I'm feelin’ inferior on the interior don’t ya see Guarded and sentimental (and after all, its just a rental)
(Like better luck performin' telekinesis on a priestess)
You won’t believe what I mighta, coulda told ya
But I wouldn’t wanna leave ya trippin’ out over it
OK, more-so me, but...
(or just me)


Seth Meyers Riffs on Pence's NFL Stunt, Trump vs. Bob Corker and Puerto Rico

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:17:22 PDT

Seth takes a closer look at how President Trump whips up racial tensions with transparent political stunts, while the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico continues.


What Is Wrong With This Guy? Now Trump Is Challenging Rex Tillerson to Compare IQ Tests With Him

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:33:01 PDT

Every day brings another indication that Donald Trump is unfit for the office of the presidency -- and for that matter, unfit to interact with other human beings in general. Seriously, this guy has very real issues: Trump proposes ‘IQ tests’ faceoff with Tillerson after secretary of state calls him a ‘moron’.

President Trump proposed an “IQ tests” faceoff with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the nation's top diplomat reportedly called the president a “moron” and disparaged his grasp on foreign policy.

In an interview with Forbes magazine published Tuesday, Trump fired a shot at Tillerson over the “moron” revelation, first reported by NBC News and confirmed by several other news organizations, including The Washington Post.

“I think it's fake news,” Trump said, “but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.”

Does he even realize that by reacting like this, he's basically confirming the NBC News "moron" report?

And then, he followed up by saying he "doesn't believe in undercutting people," when he undercuts everyone he works with.

Trump plans to meet for lunch Tuesday with Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in the president's private dining room at the White House. Shortly before the lunch, a reporter asked Trump whether he had undercut Tillerson with his comments to Forbes.

“No, I didn't undercut anybody. I don't believe in undercutting people,” Trump said during a brief media appearance in the Oval Office, as he sat beside former secretary of state Henry Kissinger during a meeting to discuss foreign affairs.

How long is America going to let this dangerous clown show continue?


New From Olbermann: The Truth About Pence's Despicable NFL Stunt

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:12:41 PDT

Mike Pence and Donald Trump are disrespecting the flag and the anthem.


President Man-Baby: "I'm Not a Moron - YOU'RE the Moron"

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:34:59 PDT

Emotionally, the man-baby in the White House is stuck at around age 5 or 6: Stung Over Being Called a Moron, Donald Trump Now Insists NBC is ‘Run by Morons'.

The president of the United States is still furious at his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for reportedly calling him a “moron” or, upon further reporting, a “fucking moron.” And he won’t stop venting to friends and senior aides about the news outlet that broke the story.

In yet another sign of how deeply NBC News has managed to get under his skin, Donald Trump has, in recent days, taken to saying that the network is “run by morons,” two sources who have spoken to the president told The Daily Beast.


GOP Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Trump's Reckless Threats Could Cause "World War III"

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 19:56:39 PDT

Will the GOP ever wake up and realize the danger Donald Trump poses to the security of the United States with his impulsive narcissistic behavior? Well, one prominent Republican seems to have finally reached that point: Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’.

WASHINGTON — Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the , charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”

“He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”


Genius at Work: Keith Jarrett Solo - "Over the Rainbow"

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 16:01:15 PDT

Keith Jarrett has recorded this classic song many times on many albums and each time it's unique and different; but for me this is the best version, from his solo concert at La Scala, the famous opera house in Milan, Italy.

Personal note: I played there once with Al Jarreau; it's an amazing theater that opened for the first time in 1778.

Also see:
Teatro alla Scala


Video: Trump Is Compared to Harvey Weinstein, Says He Was Different: "That Was Locker Room"

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 11:08:22 PDT

The entire right wing has been desperately trying to attach Harvey Weinstein to the left, because that's what they do, ignoring the fact that the entire right wing voted for and supports a president who openly boasted -- numerous times -- about committing sexual assault.

Now Trump is trying to play it like he knew about Weinstein all along. In this clip the Trump-thing begins by saying, "I've known Harvey Weinstein for a long time, I'm not at all surprised."

Then, when a reporter asks him about his infamous comments boasting about grabbing women "by the pussy," he brushes it off with: "That's locker room. That's locker room. Yeah." Then ignores the reporter.

Strange, though; when this photo was taken recently, Trump didn't seem at all concerned about Harvey Weinstein's reported sexual harassment.



Something You Don't See Every Day: A Bluegrass Sitar Duo With Samples: Dawg Yawp

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 20:39:15 PDT

Sept. 29, 2017 | Bob Boilen -- A man in a black cape holds a sitar like a guitar all while singing a dreamy tale about wanting to be a dog. Well actually a "dawg."

Welcome the world of Dawg Yawp, the musical concoction of Rob Keenan and Tyler Randall, where drones and toy pianos are likely to collide with heavy metal electronics and a well-placed melody.

It's also a vessel for humor, experimentation and foot-stomping fun, whether that stomping is to an original techno beat or a classic bluegrass tune. In fact it was the duo's cover of "East Virginia Blues," a song made famous by the Stanley Brothers that first won my heart when I heard them replace the more traditional banjo with a sitar.

These two Cincinnati high school friends create endearing tunes with roots in fingerpicking folk tunes but with a sense of adventure. Listening to their debut, self-titled album is like listening to kids music made for grownups. It's both clever and wonderfully weird. They always put a smile on my face.

Set List

"I Wanna Be A Dawg"
"Can't Think"
"East Virginia Blues"
"Lost At Sea"


Tyler Randall (sitar, vocals, guitar, synthesizers, drums); Robert Keenan (guitar, vocals, synthesizers)


Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith, Bronson Arcuri; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Bronson Arcuri, Maia Stern; Editor: Niki Walker; Production Assistant: Marissa Lorusso; Photo: Liam James Doyle/NPR.

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Breaking: Nazis Are Marching With Torches Again in Charlottesville Tonight

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 17:13:51 PDT

That's right, folks; the goddamned Nazis, led by Richard Spencer, are at it again in Charlottesville, Virginia, with their asinine tiki torches. HAPPENING NOW: @RichardBSpencer & white nationalist supporters are back with their torches in front of Lee statue in #Charlottesville. — Matt Talhelm (@MattTalhelm) October 7, 2017 ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage Neo-Nazis have rallied with torches again in #Charlottesville. At emancipation square. — It's Going Down (@IGD_News) October 8, 2017 ReplyReply w/ QuoteImage Charlottesville 3.0 was as success. — Richard ☝🏻Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) October 8, 2017 ReplyReply w/ QuoteRetweetVideo UPDATE at 10/7/17 5:26:21 pm by Charles Johnson It looks like they got in and got out in just a few minutes, probably because they were worried about counter-protesters and Antifa showing up.[...]

Video: Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Bombshell Report on Breitbart's Cultivation of White Supremacism

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:25:30 PDT

Coates compares Breitbart's cultivation of white nationalists to the Republican Party's exploitation of racism going back decades.


And Now, a Great Tiny Desk Concert From Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:15:08 PDT

Sept. 25, 2017 | Robin Hilton -- It's hard to think of an artist who's brought more joy to more people, across more generations — and in more ways — than Steve Martin. In the 1970s, he won the hearts of young children for his playful appearances with The Muppets while simultaneously charming legions of older fans with his subversive standup routines. Later, as an actor, he wrote and starred in some of the most memorable comedies (and a few dramas) of all time, while writing books, plays and even a Broadway musical.

Throughout his 50-year career, one constant in Steve Martin's life has been the banjo. It was a staple of his early standup shows and even fans who only wanted to laugh couldn't help but marvel at his playing. Over the years, he's continued to perform and record with country and bluegrass luminaries like Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and others.

These days Martin is working on music full-time. He's just released a stellar bluegrass album he recorded with The Steep Canyon Rangers called (perfectly) The Long-Awaited Album, a record filled with often hilarious story songs and world-class performances.

Martin's set with The Steep Canyon Rangers at the Tiny Desk was at times thrilling, particularly his opening solo for the song "So Familiar." But it was also playful, comical and a joy to witness. At the end of the typical three-song performance, the group graciously decided to do one more called "Caroline," a hilarious, first-person account of how not to handle a breakup.

Set List

"So Familiar"
"All Night Long"
"On The Water"


Steve Martin (banjo, vocals), Woody Platt (guitar, vocals), Mike Ashworth (percussion), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Charles Humphrey (bass), Graham Sharp (banjo, vocals), Nicky Sanders (fiddle)


Producers: Robin Hilton, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Niki Walker, Bronson Arcuri, Alyse Young; Production Assistant: Beck Harlan; Photo: Christina Ascani/NPR.

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Video: Donald Trump Mocks the Spanish Pronunciation of "Puerto Rico"

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:15:39 PDT

It's hard to believe, but this narcissistic loon actually went on camera today and made fun of the proper Spanish pronunciation of "Puerto Rico," twice, and then deliberately mispronounced it to proudly display his ignorance.

This is the president of the United States. What can you even say at this point?


Video: Stephen Colbert on the Important Question: Did Rex Tillerson Call Trump a 'Moron' or a 'F***ing Moron'?

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:14:48 PDT

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boldly refuted allegations that he called the President a 'moron' by refusing to explicitly refute that he called the President a 'moron.'


The Bob Cesca Show: Incredible Trouble

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 22:21:00 PDT

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:

Incredible Trouble: Not Safe For Work; Jody Hamilton from the Stephanie Miller Show and the From The Bunker podcast is here; Trump hurled paper towels at hurricane victims; Trump mixes up the Coast Guard and Air Force; Tillerson called Trump a moron; Apprentice producer accuses Trump of saying 'unfathomably despicable' things; Mueller is investigating the Steele Dossier; Jeff Merkley confirms Americans helped Russia target Michigan and Wisconsin; Senate Intel Committee issues interim updates; Republicans might add Obamacare repeal to their budget; That awful Lee Greenwood song; and much more.


A Massive Exposé From Buzzfeed on How Breitbart and Milo Yiannopoulos Pushed White Nationalism Into the Mainstream

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:21:58 PDT

Anyone who follows Little Green Footballs knows I've been calling out the sickeningly hateful content of Breitbart "News" for many years, and documenting the increasing prevalence of outright racism and white supremacism not just in their comment section (long known as one of the worst sewers of hate on the web), but in their articles and editorial direction as well. Today, Buzzfeed's Joseph Bernstein has a mammoth exposé on this vile agenda, and the dominant role played by Milo Yiannopoulos, who was made a right wing star by Steve Bannon specifically to legitimize the white supremacist underworld to which he was already deeply connected. This is an ugly story full of the same ugly people I've been covering at LGF with disgust, and it's long past time that it comes out; these are the hateful personalities who played a huge role in propelling racist icon Donald Trump into the White House: Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled White Nationalism Into The Mainstream. The Breitbart employee closest to the alt-right was Milo Yiannopoulos, the site’s former tech editor known best for his outrageous public provocations, such as last year’s Dangerous Faggot speaking tour and September’s canceled Free Speech Week in Berkeley. For more than a year, Yiannopoulos led the site in a coy dance around the movement’s nastier edges, writing stories that minimized the role of neo-Nazis and white nationalists while giving its politer voices “a fair hearing.” In March, Breitbart editor Alex Marlow insisted “we’re not a hate site.” Breitbart’s media relations staff repeatedly threatened to sue outlets that described Yiannopoulos as racist. And after the violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, Breitbart published an article explaining that when Bannon said the site welcomed the alt-right, he was merely referring to “computer gamers and blue-collar voters who hated the GOP brand.” These new emails and documents, however, clearly show that Breitbart does more than tolerate the most hate-filled, racist voices of the alt-right. It thrives on them, fueling and being fueled by some of the most toxic beliefs on the political spectrum — and clearing the way for them to enter the American mainstream. It’s a relationship illustrated most starkly by a previously unreleased April 2016 video in which Yiannopoulos sings “America the Beautiful” in a Dallas karaoke bar as admirers, including the white nationalist Richard Spencer, raise their arms in Nazi salutes. These documents chart the Breitbart alt-right universe. They reveal how the website — and, in particular, Yiannopoulos — links the Mercer family, the billionaires who fund Breitbart, to underpaid trolls who fill it with provocative content, and to extremists striving to create a white ethnostate. They capture what Bannon calls his “killing machine” in action, as it dredges up the resentments of people around the world, sifts through these grievances for ideas and content, and propels them from the unsavory parts of the internet up to TrumpWorld, collecting advertisers’ checks all along the way. These are the people who are destroying the United States' reputation as a forward-thinking tolerant society, and replacing it with a feudalistic paranoid vision of nihilis[...]

Facebook's Russian Propaganda Was Probably Shared Hundreds of Millions of Times

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:34:13 PDT

A few days ago on Twitter I made a point to MSNBC host Chris Hayes about the ads placed by Russian front groups on Facebook, after he said on his show that it seemed like $100,000 was just a "drop in the bucket" as advertising costs go: .@chrislhayes Don't forget that Russia's $100K ad buy on Facebook is multiplied by Trump fans who spread each ad by the MILLIONS. — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) September 29, 2017ReplyReply w/ Quote After I tweeted this, I immediately heard from a gaggle of right wing trolls and Trump cultists mocking and deriding my comment, demanding proof, throwing insults, you know the drill. Well, now we have a study from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that backs up my statement very nicely: Russian propaganda may have been shared hundreds of millions of times, new research says. Facebook has said ads bought by Russian operatives reached 10 million of its users. But does that include everyone reached by the information operation? Couldn’t the Russians also have created simple — and free — Facebook posts and hoped they went viral? And if so, how many times were these messages seen by Facebook’s massive user base? The answers to those questions, which social media analyst Jonathan Albright studied for a research document he posted online Thursday, are: No. Yes. And hundreds of millions — perhaps many billions — of times. “The primary push to influence wasn’t necessarily through paid advertising,” said Albright, research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. “The best way to to understand this from a strategic perspective is organic reach.” In other words, to understand Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election, the frame should not be the reach of the 3,000 ads that Facebook handed over to Congress and that were bought by a single Russian troll farm called the Internet Research Agency. Instead, the frame should be the reach of all the activity of the Russian-controlled accounts — each post, each “like,” each comment and also all of the ads. Looked at this way, the picture shifts dramatically.[...]