Never think that you’re not good enough. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life, people will take you at your own reckoning.
—  Isaac Asimov
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21/02/2017 🌻Can’t believe it’s been three weeks since I started uni. I’ve already done so much, like writing for the Uni’s journal and I’m loving it.

+ notes of my fav subject so far;
+ trying out new things on my bujo (I’m not good at drawing though). I want to learn new types of calligraphy, if you have any tips pls share with me!
+ current reading: 1984 by George Orwell

Notice that I follow back with @oh-rwurm 🌻

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Don’t let Donald Trump’s antics distract you from what’s really important (Vox):

Here are a few news stories that broke between the time I left work a little early on Friday afternoon and the time my toddler went down for his midday nap on Saturday:

The Hamilton blow-up — because it’s easy to understand, bizarre, and connects with a pop culture phenomenon — has naturally ended up getting the bulk of the news pickup. One potential reason is that Trump’s tweets are public, whereas it took diligent reporting by the Washington Post to get the hotel story. The idea is that other prestigious outlets may be disinclined to pay attention to a story the Post “owns” and to give due credit to its significance.

Meanwhile, a second-order controversy even broke out among the people I follow on Twitter as to whether the Hamilton audience booing Mike Pence in some sense played into Trump’s hands.

cnn.com
WH official: We'll say 'fake news' until media realizes attitude of attacking the President is wrong
Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said Monday that the administration will continue using the term "fake news" until the media understands that their "monumental desire" to attack the President is wrong.
By Chris Massie, CNN

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said Monday that the administration will continue using the term “fake news” until the media understands that their “monumental desire” to attack the President is wrong.

“There is a monumental desire on behalf of the majority of the media, not just the pollsters, the majority of the media to attack a duly elected President in the second week of his term,” Gorka, a former Breitbart editor who also holds a PhD in political science, told syndicated conservative radio host Michael Medved.  “That’s how unhealthy the situation is and until the media understands how wrong that attitude is, and how it hurts their credibility, we are going to continue to say, ‘fake news.'  I’m sorry, Michael.  That’s the reality,” he added.

Trump and his staff have repeatedly used the term “fake news” to discredit reporting on the presidential administration from mainstream outlets such as CNN and The New York Times, often offering no evidence to back up their disputes with those outlets’ stories.

Earlier in the interview, Gorka was asked by Medved whether he would acknowledge that the administration’s controversial statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day was “at least questionable in being the first such statement in many years that didn’t recognize that Jewish extermination was the chief goal of the Holocaust.”

Gorka replied by calling criticism of the statement “asinine,” arguing that it was motivated by the media’s desire to attack Trump.

“It’s a Holocaust remembrance statement,” Gorka said.  “No, I’m not going to admit it.  Because it’s asinine.  It’s absurd.  You’re making a statement about the Holocaust.  Of course it’s about the Holocaust because that’s what the statement’s about.  It’s only reasonable to twist it if your objective is to attack the President.”

Gorka also sparred with a caller who contended that “every time you call everything fake news, it just turns everyone except your hardcore fans off.”

“Not everything’s fake news,” the caller added.

“You know, I would beg to differ,” Gorka shot back.  “Every single organ that generates these kinds of stories comes from the same clique of media organs that predicted that Hillary (Clinton) would win and that Brexit wouldn’t occur.  I know what fake news is.  And it’s coming from those organizations. It’s time that you yourself understood that as well." 

So the Trump Administration outright says they’ll continue to de-legitimize the media until they toe the line and stop "attacking” (i.e. disagreeing with, or presenting facts that disagree with) the President and his agenda.

THIS IS NOT NORMAL!

Pope Francis just condemned the sinful practice of spreading fake news

  • The Pope just compared the media industry to coprophilia and coprophagia — the acts of loving and consuming feces — in an intense condemnation of fake news, scandal and smear tactics.
  • In an interview with the Belgian Catholic publication Tertio, Francis denounced fake news with ferocity.
  • Francis called disseminating lies “probably the greatest damage that the media can do,” according to Reuters, because “it directs opinion in only one direction and omits the other part of the truth.”
  • With colorful language, Francis also warned against the media’s focus on “scandals and nasty things.”
  • “I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into … the sickness of coprophilia,” said the Pope, referring to sexual arousal to human feces.
  • “And since people have a tendency toward the sickness of coprophagia” — that is, eating it — “a lot of damage can be done.” Read more
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Reading list: Donald Trump, charitable giving and David Fahrenthold 

WaPo reporter David Fahrenthold has been reporting on the Trump foundation, specifically looking at how Donald Trump uses almost none of his own money to make donations from the foundation. And just recently, the New York attorney general’s office ordered the Trump Foundation to stop fundraising. Read more from his recent reporting below: 

fake news online: *exists*

people: “wow can’t believe Hillary Clinton is a devil worshipper and every celebrity is dead”

The New York Times, BBC, etc: *report accurately on Donald Trump*

same people: “fake news!!!! lying liberal media!”

Donald Trump & co.: blatantly lie, call the lies “alternative facts”

same people: “Donald Trump is telling the truth and all journalists are lying.”

scientists: *present evidence-based data, cite their sources*

same people: “fake!!! lies!!! climate change is a conspiracy theory!”

This is a time when journalism, obviously, is much maligned at the moment. People say that they don’t trust much of what they read in the media and they really don’t have much respect for journalism, and yet at the same time, journalism has been historically one of the ways that presidents have been brought to account. Were it not for journalism, Richard Nixon and the break-in at the Watergate would never have been discovered. … I do find that among people in Washington who write about politics and think about it, we feel like this is exactly the kind of work that we were trained to do. This is exactly the kind of thing we all set out to do, which is to say, we work for the public. Our job here is to hold people in power accountable, and we’re going to do the best we can to do it.
—  Evan Osnos, staff writer for The New Yorker, speaking with Terry Gross
theguardian.com
Reporter becomes Canada’s first hijab-clad news anchor
Ginella Massa filled in on Toronto’s CityNews 11pm broadcast and created a buzz after the broadcast ended

A Toronto television journalist is believed to be Canada’s first anchor to don a Muslim head scarf at one of the city’s major news broadcasters.

Ginella Massa was asked to fill in on the anchor desk for CityNews’ 11pmbroadcast last week and created a buzz after the broadcast ended and she Tweeted, “That’s a wrap! Tonight wasn’t just important for me. I don’t think a woman in hijab has ever anchored a newscast in Canada.”

Massa, 29, said on Friday that she became Canada’s first hijab-wearing television news reporter in 2015 while reporting for CTV News in Kitchener, Ontario, a city west of Toronto. She moved back to Toronto, where she grew up, earlier this year to take a reporting job at CityNews.

Massa recognized the personal career strides she had made after stepping out of the anchor desk, but she said it took her editor to point out the larger significance.

“It wasn’t until my editor said, ‘Hey, great job! Was that a first for Canada? A woman in a hijab?’ And I said yes. And so I tweeted about it. As much as I knew it was important, I didn’t expect the reaction that I received. My phone hasn’t stopped buzzing for the last week,” Massa said.

Continue Reading.

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WikiLeaks used to be a champion for transparency. Now it champions Donald Trump.

  • WikiLeaks has been busy discrediting an attack against Donald Trump.
  • When BuzzFeed published an unverified, document alleging the Russians have a secret tape of Trump watching sex workers engage in “golden showers,” WikiLeaks came out swinging to defend Trump.
  • Buzzfeed has taken a lot of flack for publishing thedoc , but WikiLeaks’ contention isn’t merely that the information contained in it is unverified.
  • Instead, they’re claiming it’s illegitimate — an attempt to discredit a report which might hurt Trump. Read more

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