Trump named Time’s person of the year

By LOUIS NELSON

Donald Trump is Time’s person of the year for 2016, the magazine’s editor announced Wednesday morning on NBC’s “Today” show.

“When have we ever seen a single individual who has so defied expectations, broken the rules, violated norms, beaten not one but two political parties on the way to winning an election that he entered with 100-1 odds against him,” Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs said. “I don’t think we have ever seen one person operating in such an unconventional way have an impact on the events of the year quite like this.”

The Time magazine cover announcing Trump as its person of the year shows him seated in a chair and bills him as “president of the divided states of America.” But the president-elect, who spoke to “Today” via telephone after Gibbs, refused to take the blame for dividing the country.

“When you say divided states of America, I didn’t divide them. They’re divided now. I mean, there’s a lot of division,” he said. “And we’re going to put it back together and we’re going to have a country that’s very well healed and we’re going to be a great economic force and we’re going to build up our military and safety and we’re going to do a lot of great things. And it’s going to be something very special.”

“I think putting divided is snarky. But again, it’s divided. I’m not president yet. So I didn’t do anything to divide,” he added later.

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I rarely saw darkskinned black women grace my tv, film or books. I rarely saw them ever. It’s funny cause the people who uplift me, tell me I’m beautiful and love me are black women. It’s what we do.

I wanna reclaim myself and carve out a space for black women (including trans, and non-binary) to take up space in an arts world that doesn’t see a need for us, that tries to stop us from telling our story.

I’m going to be posting pictures of myself a fucking great deal more cause it’s a shame I was conditioned to think I can’t be seen.

Here’s me now.

Capture your own narrative and share it with the world. Take up space, take up air.

We hadn’t seen Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia since last July, when he watched his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, win the Democratic Party’s nomination. Sanders joined the “Democracy Now!” news hour last week at the historic Philadelphia Free Library for a wide-ranging discussion. “I am deeply concerned about the future of American democracy,” Sanders told the enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd. Millions of Americans voted for Sanders in the primaries. He transformed the 2016 U.S. presidential election, inspiring and engaging people with a progressive vision for the future, with little help from the media. Read Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan’s latest column: How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders & Helped Donald Trump Win.

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Pope Francis warns media against spreading disinformation
By BRENT GRIFFITHS

Using especially pungent language, Pope Francis is warning journalists to be more responsible about what they write.

“I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into – no offense intended – the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true,” Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly “Tertio” in a rare interview, according to a Reuters translation. Merriam-Webster defines coprophilia as “the use of feces or filth for sexual excitement.”

Spreading falsehoods, the pope said, is “probably the greatest damage that the media can do.”

“It directs opinion in only one direction and omits the other part of the truth,” he added.

The pontiff urged reporters to appreciate the power of their platforms, which he suggested was all too often being abused.

“The means of communication have their own temptations, they can be tempted by slander, and therefore used to slander people, to smear them, this above all in the world of politics,” Francis said. “They can be used as means of defamation.”

Defamation, Francis cautioned, is a “sin.”

Fake news, and the proliferation of raw opinion that passes for news, is creating confusion, punching holes in what is true, causing a kind of fun-house effect that leaves the reader doubting everything, including real news. That has pushed up the political temperature and increased polarization…

…In interviews, people said they felt more empowered, more attached to their own side and less inclined to listen to the other. Polarization is fun, like cheering a goal for the home team.

WEBSITE LABELED ‘FAKE NEWS’ THREATENS TO SUE WAPO FOR DEFAMATION

[SOURCE] One of the websites The Washington Post labeled “fake news” in a November story demanded a retraction and threatened the paper with a defamation lawsuit in a demand letter Sunday

A lawyer for Naked Capitalism accuses WaPo of running a debunked list of “fake news” sites in the “sensational” story compiled by a dubious team of researchers, without substantiating their claims or giving Naked Capitalism a chance to respond to the allegation. The Washington Post’s actions constitute defamation, the lawyer writes in the letter published Monday.

“You did not provide even a single example of ‘fake news’ allegedly distributed or promoted by Naked Capitalism or indeed any of the 200 sites on the PropOrNot blacklist,” James A. Moody writes. “You provided no discussion or assessment of the credentials or backgrounds of these so-called ‘researchers’ (Clint Watts, Andrew Weisburd, and J.M. Berger and the ‘team’ at PropOrNot), and no discussion or analysis of the methodology, protocol or algorithms such ‘researchers’ may or may not have followed.”

Naked Capitalism is a finance and economics blog started in December 2006, with a stated goal of “shedding light on the dark and seamy corners of finance.”

Moody demands a retraction of the story and a public apology from WaPo in the letter, threatening a suit if the paper does not comply. He lists a series of damages to the site itself, as well as the writers and editors associated with the site; these include “ridicule, emotional distress, loss of reputation, and risk to future career advancement” for writers and editors.

Other mainstream news outlets criticize The Washington Post for running the story.

“The organization’s anonymity, which a spokesperson maintained was due to fear of Russian hackers, added a cybersexy mystique,” Adrian Chen wrote in The New Yorker regarding the WaPo story. “But a close look at the report showed that it was a mess.”

And Patrick Maines criticized the story in The Hill, calling it “perhaps the shoddiest piece of feature writing since Rolling Stone published its blatantly false story about a campus rape at the University of Virginia.”

“You have made damaging false accusations against Naked Capitalism,” Moody concludes in the letter. “Please immediately remove these from the web and provide an equivalent opportunity to respond. Please see the attached concerning your obligation to retain documents and electronically stored information relating to Fake News. I look forward to hearing from you within three business days.”

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As brain draining as it is to read yet another gate suffix scandal, the media could literally just say pizzagate

If not that, it seems that media, or at least corporate media, is so alarmed by the amount of alternative media that more people are shunning tv and newpapers for (considering how little obviously proclinton media and even pre-emptive declarations of victory across the board failed to galvanise a Clinton victory), that they are trying to malign it into oblivion by declaring it fake news

And, well, yeah, they’re right. a lot of it is bullshit. It’s amusing to witness what begins as a psyop conspiracy thread on 4chan end up being soemthing on the TVs at my departure gate, waiting for my plane at Chicago O'Hare, with some chucklefcuk arriving at a pizza shop with an AR 15 going ok.jpg when he finds that no, there are no pedos in this fucking pizza joint

But considering how syria and other things have been covered by so called “real” news or corporate media, how are they any better than fake news themselves? At least 4chans agenda is to make soemthing asinine explode onto mainstream news for laughs and griefing powerful people while RRRREAL NEWS wants to manipulate a population into condoning the prolonging of misery and destruction of a sovereign nation via supporting radically religious religions who previously were the USA’s #1 enemy under not at all genuine pretenses of humanitarianism. That’s a great deal more sinister to me in my honest imo