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Author: Accuracy In Media

Clickbait and Switch: How Junk News Sites Influence Young People

In recent months, social media titans have been on the hot seat on Capitol Hill. We’ve seen all the elected officials try to make a name for themselves by aggressively questioning Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. In most cases, these politicians have shown how little they actually understand social media.

And while these elected officials have been mugging for the cameras on Capitol Hill, online “news” outlets like BuzzFeed, NowThis and Teen Vogue have been brilliantly, strategically and diabolically “informing” the youngest generations of voters. Make no mistake: These sites are an even greater threat to the future of our republic.

BuzzFeed is a news site founded in the early days of social media. Initially, it churned out low-level, easily digestible stories and marketed them to the masses. None of it was political. This enabled BuzzFeed to build a following of millions of people from across the ideological spectrum. Currently it has more than 12 million followers on Facebook alone. Rachel Maddow is lucky to draw 3 million viewers for her MSNBC show. But unlike Maddow’s viewersBuzzFeed’s audience is young and impressionable.

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Author: Adam Guillette

WaPo dunks on US Thanksgiving celebrations

The Washington Post celebrated Thanksgiving by publishing an article critical of planned celebrations amid a global pandemic.

“As Americans prepare to gather for Thanksgiving, the world watches with dread and disbelief,” the Post tweeted.

Conservative commentator noted the Post’s hypocrisy as the paper said nary a negative word about crowds that celebrated in the streets after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidency.

The article was filled with comments from various people overseas horrified that Americans would dare to gather together even in small groups.

“America is bracing for danger this week,” Jennifer Beam Dowd, deputy director of the University of Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, wrote on Twitter Saturday. “Here we have time to encourage safe Christmas alternatives rather than family Russian roulette.”

AAA estimates that 50 million people will travel during Thanksgiving to celebrate with their families, a drop of about ten percent from last year. Even the gatherings that were planned were going to be smaller as mandated by local government restrictions and unlikely to serve as potential superspreader events like the Biden-Harris celebrations.

The Post is continuing a pattern that the liberal media has set of applying different sets of standards on coronavirus reporting in 2020 often heavily criticizing conservative-backed events while giving a pass to their liberal allies.

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Author: Don Irvine

NYT changes ‘callous’ headline about Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

The New York Times changed a sub-headline on Wednesday that described President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner, as “well-to-do refugees” looking for a new home.

The original sub-head read, “The end of President Trump’s time in office leaves his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well-t0-do refugees — but they appear to have plans in New Jersey.”

After a flood of complaints from liberal readers, the Times removed “well-to-do refugees” and replaced it with “looking for a new home.”

The readers weren’t complaining about the disparaging description of Kushner and Trump, rather, they said calling them refugees was an insult to refugees.

PBS NewsHour foreign editor Morgan Till was incensed at the comparsion.

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Author: Don Irvine

Cuomo defends Trump against ‘really biased’ media

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has clashed with President Donald Trump over the federal government’s coronavirus response, defended Trump last week during a radio interview.

In an interview on WAMC, Cuomo said that the press has taken on a “nastier tone” and “disrespect that never existed” toward politicians including himself.

“The way they question President Trump at some of these press conferences is just — I’ve never heard that tone with the president,” Cuomo said, alluding to the media’s lack of respect for the institution he represents.

“There are reporters who just are unprofessional, don’t know the facts and ask really biased questions…. You want to say, ‘Well, I don’t like the president and I disrespect him’ – I know, but it’s still the office of the president.”

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Author: Don Irvine

CNN’s Weir slammed for ‘misogynistic’ tweet about Kelly Loeffler

CNN chief climate correspondent Bill Weir was slammed on social media after tweeting what many saw as a “sexist” and “misogynistic” tweet about Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) yesterday.

Loeffler, who faces a runoff January 5 to retain her seat, shared a positive message on Twitter about her life and what she wanted for all Georgians.

“I’ve lived the American dream. I went from the farm to the Fortune 500. I want Georgians to have the same freedom & opportunities I had,. And it won’t be possible if we go down the road to socialism. We must hold the line and protect the American Dream.”

That was too much for Weir who responded, “Good news, Georgia! If you live on a farm, you now qualify to marry the Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange!”,  insinuating that Loeffler’s success is due to who she married and not her ability.

That didn’t sit well with many critics including fellow Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa.

Other reactions on Twitter were similar to Ernst’s.

Twitter user Olivia PC reminded Weir that CNN carried an op-ed recently by a former aide in the Obama administration condemning sexist rhetoric surrounding the election.

Maybe Weir thought that only applies to Democrat women.

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Author: Don Irvine

WaPo quietly changes headline about Biden

The Washington Post quickly changed a headline suggesting Washington’s “aristocracy” had high hopes for Joe Biden’s presidency.

“Washington’s aristocracy hopes a Biden presidency will make schmoozing great again,” read the original headline of the story, which was first posted online Monday at 6 a.m. Eastern. But just a few hours later the headline had changed to read,” Washington’s establishment hopes a Biden presidency will make schmoozing great again.”

The Post didn’t mention the change in the updated version and it probably would have gone unnoticed except for the eagle eye of independent journalist Aaron Mate, who noted the change on Twitter.

Written by Post style writer Roxanne Roberts, the article was all about the hope that things would return to normal under a Biden presidency after the elite were pushed to the sidelines by Trump.

“The aristocracy of this city is ready to move on, daring to hope that the last four years was a fever that finally broke and life can get back to normal,” Roberts wrote. “Normal, as in a respect for experience and expertise. Normal, as in civility and bipartisan cooperation.”

Plus the hoped-for return of elegant parties that declined under Trump according to Roberts.

“Back to normal will mean more state dinners, a prestigious and glamorous way of reestablishing global ties,” Roberts added. “And it means that Washington events traditionally attended by the president and first lady for the better part of five decades — the Honors, the Alfalfa Dinner, the Gridiron, Ford’s Theatre Gala and the Correspondents’ Dinner — will likely return to their former glory.

Roberts also spoke to what she referred to as an influential Republican hostess who would only speak under the condition of anonymity saying that there were a lot of Republicans thrilled to see Biden in the White House.

“People who have always enjoyed the Washington scene are yearning to get back to that, have some semblance of what they enjoyed so much before. There are a lot of Republicans who sat out the Trump years and bit their tongues for four years who are thrilled to have Biden.”

After 47 years in politics, Joe Biden has a lot of friends and allies to reward now that he is about to inhabit the White House for the next four years. President Trump fought the establishment, Joe Biden is bringing them back in full force.

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Author: Don Irvine

Obama laments media’s diminishing importance

Former President Barack Obama lamented the diminishing importance of the mainstream media as “the curators and the gatekeepers for what’s acceptable and what’s not,” blaming in part “a particular paranoia among some segment of that conservative population,” which led to the rise of the conservative media ecosystem.

Obama made his comments during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on AppleTV+ about his latest memoir, “A Promised Land.”

“Part of what I write about is the degree to which the media changes in a way that I did not fully anticipate,” Obama told Winfrey.  “You couldn’t even see it, but it started just as I’m getting elected the importance of mainstream, the old network. Walter Cronkite, the Nightly News, New York Times, Washington Post, them being sort of the curators and the gatekeepers for what’s acceptable and what’s not.

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Author: Don Irvine

HuffPost reporter publishes Pence claim easily debunked by photos

Jennifer Bendery, a reporter for HuffPost, pushed out a tweet Tuesday claiming that according to her source at NASA, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, attended a SpaceX event without wearing a mask.

Not only that, she said they did not wear masks during any part of the event.

But Bendery clearly did not confirm information from her source. Information easily confirmed by viewing photos of the event.

Bendery has still not clarified or removed her tweet.

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Author: Caroline Lee Smith