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"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry S. Truman

Updated: 2018-02-01T10:34:57.317-05:00


Pro-Trump media push false story that CNN faked an anti-ISIS Muslim protest


JULIE ALDERMAN/Media Matters Pro-Trump media outlets attacked CNN by claiming the network was “staging fake Muslim demonstrations” in response to the June 3 London Bridge terror attack. The smear, which started with nativist, anti-Muslim Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins, was quickly called out by CNN as “nonsense.” Daily Mail’s Katie Hopkins claimed CNN is “scripting a narrative” by staging “a highly manipulated Muslim protest” against ISIS Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins: CNN is “scripting a narrative” by staging “a highly manipulated Muslim protest” against ISIS following the London attack.  Follow Katie Hopkins  ✔@KTHopkins WATCH. @CNN scripting a narrative. Right before your eyes. 6:02 PM - 4 Jun 2017    31,39331,393 Retweets    35,49235,492 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy  Follow Katie Hopkins  ✔@KTHopkins Be outraged at a highly manipulated Muslim protest. But please go on to question the agenda of the editors masterminding this duplicity. 7:06 PM - 4 Jun 2017    5,2845,284 Retweets    7,1127,112 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy [Twitter, 6/4/17, 6/4/17] CNN "simply filmed" demonstrators showing their signs to the media CNN: “This story is nonsense.” According to a statement to Mediaite, CNN called the story “nonsense” and explained, “The group of demonstrators that was at the police cordon was being allowed through by officers so they could show their signs to the gathered media. The CNN crew along with other media present simply filmed them doing so.” [Mediaite, 6/4/17] CNN’s Brian Stelter: “Far-right twitterers are misleading folks about this video.”  Follow Brian Stelter  ✔@brianstelter Far-right twitterers are misleading folks about this video. Bloggers saying CNN was caught "staging fake news" (1/2) … 8:23 PM - 4 Jun 2017    575575 Retweets    737737 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy 4 Jun Brian Stelter  ✔ @brianstelter Far-right twitterers are misleading folks about this video. Bloggers saying CNN was caught "staging fake news" (1/2) …  Follow Brian Stelter  ✔@brianstelter Police allowed demonstrators thru cordon "so they could show their signs" to media, @CNNPR says. CNN, BBC, AP "simply filmed them doing so." 8:26 PM - 4 Jun 2017    396396 Retweets    657657 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy [Twitter, 6/4/17, 6/4/17] Pro-Trump outlets and figures push claim that protesters were fake or CNN was creating fake news using the protesters Fox's Sean Hannity retweeted an allegation that CNN was "FAKING a muslim protest," writing, "Quiet on the set!! Places everyone !!!! Places!! Fake News in 3,2,1....Action!   Follow Sean Hannity  ✔@seanhannity Quiet on the set!! Places everyone !!!! Places!! Fake News in 3,2,1....Action! … 11:55 AM - 5 Jun 2017    13,47213,472 Retweets    26,25726,257 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy [Twitter, 6/5/17] Radio host Mark Levin responded "This is CNN" to a tweet claiming that "CNN [was] Caught Arranging Muslims As Backdrop."  Follow Mark R. Levin  ✔@marklevinshow This is CNN ...  6:26 AM - 5 Jun 2017 #FakeNews: CNN Caught Arranging Muslims As Backdrop CNN International (CNNi) staged a backdrop of persons - presumably Muslims, including women in hijabs - during a Sunday news segment in London regarding the previous evening’s mass murder Islamic... [...]

International leaders respond to Paris decision with anger, criticism


By Karoli Kuns/Crooks and Liars The Intercept just published a bombshell report based upon a leak of a classified report by the NSA, indicating that Russians had attempted to hack into voter databases using phishing schemes against vendors of software used for electronic polling books. The Intercept based their reporting on a leaked NSA document created in May, 2017, which was more specific about the methods and targets used by the Russians than anything previously known. There was no doubt in the mind of the analysts that the Russian government was behind the hacks. The NSA has now learned, however, that Russian government hackers, part of a team with a “cyber espionage mandate specifically directed at U.S. and foreign elections,” focused on parts of the system directly connected to the voter registration process, including a private sector manufacturer of devices that maintain and verify the voter rolls. Some of the company’s devices are advertised as having wireless internet and Bluetooth connectivity, which could have provided an ideal staging point for further malicious actions. VR Systems, a vendor to several states -- some of which were swing states -- was a specific target. So on August 24, 2016, the Russian hackers sent spoofed emails purporting to be from Google to employees of an unnamed U.S. election software company, according to the NSA report. Although the document does not directly identify the company in question, it contains references to a product made by VR Systems, a Florida-based vendor of electronic voting services and equipment whose products are used in eight states. While there's no evidence that any machines were breached, there are still major concerns about the complicated efforts to access the voter database and possibly other systems. Although the NSA report indicates that VR Systems was targeted only with login-stealing trickery, rather than computer-controlling malware, this isn’t necessarily a reassuring sign. Jake Williams, founder of computer security firm Rendition Infosec and formerly of the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations hacking team, said stolen logins can be even more dangerous than an infected computer. “I’ll take credentials most days over malware,” he said, since an employee’s login information can be used to penetrate “corporate VPNs, email, or cloud services,” allowing access to internal corporate data. The risk is particularly heightened given how common it is to use the same password for multiple services. Phishing, as the name implies, doesn’t require everyone to take the bait in order to be a success — though Williams stressed that hackers “never want just one” set of stolen credentials. ↓ Story continues below ↓ There's much more in the report, which you can read here. Just after the report was published, the FBI announced they arrested the woman they believe leaked it to The Intercept. NBC News: Senior federal official says that Reality Leigh Winner, age 25, has been arrested & charged with leaking document to The Intercept — Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) June 5, 2017 Numerous figures cautioned Trump against exiting the deal prior to the announcement. In a joint letter, Nordic leaders pleaded with Trump to show “global leadership,” and stick with the accord. In remarks yesterday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that Trump did not understand the agreement — or that leaving would take several years, notably concluding the day after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. “We tried to explain that to Mr. Trump,” Juncker said. “It seems that our attempt failed, but the law is the law, and it must be obeyed. Not everything which is law and not everything in international agreements is fake news, and we have to comply with it.” Seeking to offset the damage from Trump’s announcement, China and the European Union are expected to declare a joint commitment to combatting climate change and upholding the [...]

Trump’s argument for withdrawing from Paris agreement contains multi-trillion dollar math error


Samantha Page/Think Progress President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United States would abandon the Paris climate agreement, but his justification for withdrawing was rooted in a false economic claim. Trump claimed that U.S. commitments under the Paris accord would cost the country’s GDP $3 trillion, but the report he took that estimate from “does not take into account potential benefits from avoided emissions.” In other words: The study did not account for any benefits of participating in a global plan to avoid the worst effects of climate change. It is a report on climate mitigation that ignores climate change. The report also does not consider the economic benefits to renewable energy industries, nor does it consider the health costs that are associated with fossil fuel pollution. Frankly, this analysis in line with Trump’s previously articulated positions on climate change and the economy. He does not believe that climate change exists (he has famously called it a hoax perpetuated by China), and he believes that rolling back environmental regulations will help the economy. These positions fly in the face of established science and history. For starters, climate change is happening. It is happening right now. It is happening because of the rise in greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. In addition, history has shown time and time again that protecting the environment is good for the economy — and for people, who drink water and breathe and also live in houses by the ocean. The report Trump cited, released by NERA Consulting, is extreme. Even the conservative Heritage Foundation estimated less cost from the Paris agreement than the NERA report. Meanwhile, non-partisan reports offer dire warnings for not addressing climate change. Earlier this year, researchers at the University of California Berkeley found that “unmitigated, climate change could reduce global GDP by over 20 percent by 2100.” A 2015 report from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School found thatthe “present value of the damage caused by human-caused climate change from a moderate warming scenario is an astonishing $400 trillion.” The same year, a report from Citibank found that not addressing climate change will cost $44 trillion by 2060, while investing in low-carbon energy would save $1.8 trillion through 2040, as compared to a business-as-usual scenario. [...]

Conservatives Shocked To Discover That Milo Yiannopoulos Is A Terrible Human Being


Update: Simon & Schuster has cancelled the publication of Yiannopoulos' book. Just two days after news broke that’s serial harasser Milo Yiannopoulos would speak at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the conference’s hosts have rescinded his speaking invitation after video circulated of Yiannopoulos “condoning pedophilia.” While CPAC is now trying to do damage control, there were any number of reasons not to elevate Yiannopoulos before the video resurfaced. And anyone familiar with Yiannopoulos’ persona -- including the leadership at CPAC -- should have known that continuing to ally themselves with a champion of the so-called “alt-right” would eventually lead to something like this. Milo Yiannopoulos is a senior editor at, the “alt-right” website formerly run by Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist (Bannon is still set to speak at CPAC this year). Yiannopoulos has spent years positioning himself as the poster boy for radical “free speech,” traveling on speaking tours and doing publicity stunts that target, hurt, and harass women, people of color, undocumented students, and the transgender community, among other already at-risk groups. He was a key figure in the 2014 “Gamergate” harassment campaign, and was also permanently banned from Twitter for his role in the targeted online attacks on black actress Leslie Jones after she starred in an all-female remake of Ghostbusters. More recently, Yiannopoulos targeted a transgender student during an appearance on his college tour, displaying the student’s name and photo on a giant screen, as the Breitbart livestream of his speech featured a camera with crosshairs scanning across the audience (a “trigger cam”).  This behavior is typical of the Breitbart senior editor -- Yiannopoulos and his misogynist “alt-right” fansencourage each other constantly within smaller online communities, repurposing cartoons, speaking in code to one another, and seeking out new individuals to target outside of their “alt-right” white nationalist base. CPAC was apparently ready to reward Yiannopoulos’ dangerous behavior with more speaking time at its conference than the sitting vice president was offered. On Saturday, the Hollywood Reporter broke news that Yiannopoulos was reportedly set to deliver the keynote speech at CPAC next weekend; Yiannopoulos said the speech would focus on his "experiences in America battling feminists, Black Lives Matter, the media, professors and the entertainment industry.” Some conservatives were not pleased. Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, the group that hosts CPAC, subsequently released a statement clarifying that Yiannopoulos was not the conference’s keynote speaker but would remain one of 75 speakers in total. Then, on Sunday night, video emerged on Twitter that “appeared to show the far-right agitator defending pedophilia.” The shared videos, in which Yiannopoulos seems to defend sexual relationships between 13-year-old boys and older men or women and joke about sexual abuse, “weren't new, they were repackaged and published on Twitter by a conservative account clearly critical of the CPAC invite.” The conservative Twitter account behind the original video, “The Reagan Battalion,” has since posted several more videos of Yiannopoulos, including another in which he makes light of sexual assault and a longer, unedited cut as well as the full original video (in response to Yiannopoulos’ original defense that the video was “selectively edited.”) After the videos made the rounds on Twitter, more conservative figures belatedly expressed disappointment and horror at Yiannopoulos’ CPAC role.[...]

‘We’re getting roasted by Swedes now’: Seth Meyers destroys Donald Trump’s ‘Swedish crime’ flub


ELIZABETH PREZA/Raw Story Donald Trump confused a lot of people on Saturday when he implored a group of campaign rally-goers to “look what’s happening in Sweden” based off a discredited report alleging an increase in crime rates as a result of the European country’s immigration policies. One such person was Late Night host Seth Meyers, who torched Trump’s flub on his “Closer Look” segment Monday night. Meyers showed a news segment that explained Sweden has been openly mocking the president’s comments. “We’re getting roasted by Swedes now,” Meyers joked. The Late Show host noted it’s difficult to keep up with the Trump presidency, as, “on one hand, you’ve got the genuinely ominous things he’s done—from declaring the free press the ‘enemy of the people’ to preemptively blaming a judge for future terrorist attacks,” on the other, you have reports that the president forced Chris Christie to eat meatloaf during one of their meetings. Meyer’s added that even the president’s seemingly innocuous actions are controversial, like when Trump posted the photo to the official presidential Twitter account: View image on Twitter  Follow President Trump  ✔@POTUS #MakeAmericaGreatAgain 11:31 PM - 16 Feb 2017    10,85010,850 Retweets    50,08950,089 likes “Look how white that photo is,” Meyers joked. “If you print that photo out, you can use it again as a blank piece of paper.” The host also tore into the president for his declaration that the press is “the enemy of the American people”—a statement the president tweeted, then deleted, then retweeted from his personal Twitter account Friday. “Even when Trump wants to come off as an authoritarian strongman, it turns out, he’s still a buffoon,” Meyers said. “You know, when you have to double-clutch on your authoritarian declaration, you sound less like a terrifying dictator and more like that guy at the bonfire who can almost play guitar.” Watch the full video below, via NBC: allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;" width="560"> [...]