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  # 2083521 4-Sep-2018 07:40
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freitasm: What logic?

 

 

 

Exactly.





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  # 2083539 4-Sep-2018 08:50
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From the conservative magazine "Forbes", a business magazine, with original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2016/07/21/a-rigorous-scientific-look-into-the-fox-news-effect/#3f6cf01112ab

"A Rigorous Scientific Look Into The 'Fox News Effect'"

What is the Fox News effect? What causes it? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

by William Poundstone

In 2012, a Fairleigh Dickinson University survey reported that Fox News viewers were less informed about current events than people who didn't follow the news at all. The survey had asked current events questions like "Which party has the most seats in the House of Representatives?" and also asked what source of news people followed. The Fox viewers' current events scores were in the basement. This finding was immediately trumpeted by the liberal media—by Fox, not so much—and has since become known as the Fox News effect. It conjures the image of Fox News as a black hole that sucks facts out of viewers' heads.




 
 
 
 


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  # 2083574 4-Sep-2018 09:28
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Fox News is like an all-you-can-eat buffet, serving up red meat.

 

 

 

 

Where might one go to find such a buffet? Asking for a friend.





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  # 2083610 4-Sep-2018 10:50
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SaltyNZ:

 

 

Fox News is like an all-you-can-eat buffet, serving up red meat.

 

 

Where might one go to find such a buffet? Asking for a friend.

 

 

If you "like" a post from a militant vegan group on Facebook, Zuckerberg's algorithms will probably deliver details of the nearest bloodfest BBQ right to your desktop.


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  # 2083623 4-Sep-2018 10:53
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Disclosure: The video channel with the video is biased against the Chinese. I wouldn't say they're anti-Chinese, but pro-American business.

Is Trump Winning the Trade War with China?


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  # 2083630 4-Sep-2018 10:59
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YouTube is just as bad if not worse.

In either case 'likes' are not always the biggest factor. Prediction algorithms are delivering all kinds of stuff. It's not always usually sane.

Code: we predict you will click on this and make money for us yarharhar

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  # 2083740 4-Sep-2018 12:17
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CNN - Trump blasts Sessions over indictments of two of his earliest congressional supporters

 

 

President Donald Trump on Monday blasted his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and lamented the indictments of two lawmakers who were his earliest supporters in Congress during the 2016 election, suggesting they should not have been charged because they are Republicans.

 

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, and Rep. Chris Collins, R-New York, were indicted within two weeks of each other last month on unrelated charges.

 

Collins was charged with 13 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements related to an alleged insider trading scheme.

 

Hunter was indicted for using campaign funds for personal use and were charged with counts of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A decision by the Justice Department to hold off on prosecuting two Republican congressmen up for re-election in order to help them win would have been highly unethical and a blatantly politically motivated violation of the department's nonpartisan mission.

 

The Justice Department declined to comment on the President's tweets.


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  # 2083833 4-Sep-2018 13:55
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A Trump supporter emboldened by President Spanky.

http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180830/county-gop-secretary-called-black-nfl-players-baboons-in-facebook-post
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County GOP secretary called black NFL players ‘baboons’ in Facebook post
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"Tired of these over paid ignorant blacks telling me what I should believe in. I will tell you what I believe in and that is our Flag the National Anthem and America period end of story," she wrote. "You don’t like it here go to Africa see how you like it there. We are all Americans not African American not Hispanic American. WE ARE ALL AMERICAN."
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"Steelers are now just as bad as the rest of the over paid baboons. You respect your flag, country and our national anthem. How many men and women have lost limbs or died to protect this country and you baboons want respect," she wrote. "If you want respect you need to earn it and so far you haven’t. Stop watching, or going to a game and paying for over priced food, water and tickets. Let’s see how the baboons get paid when white people stop paying their salaries."
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Maloney appeared on The Van Jones Show on CNN in July after the host visited Ambridge to talk to Trump supporters and those who oppose him at Fred’s Divot.


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  # 2083837 4-Sep-2018 13:59
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To be fair, in any other context I would probably say that was more tone deafness than a deliberate comparison between animals and African Americans (or anyone else).





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  # 2083848 4-Sep-2018 14:17
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kingdragonfly: A Trump supporter emboldened by President Spanky.

http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180830/county-gop-secretary-called-black-nfl-players-baboons-in-facebook-post
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County GOP secretary called black NFL players ‘baboons’ in Facebook post ...

 





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  # 2083850 4-Sep-2018 14:25
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I know in New Zealand it's not unusual to call someone a "cheeky little monkey," but if you do this to an African American, it wouldn't be OK.

I'm not saying you'd be hit, but you would have definitely lost a friend.

From a lecture in Texas

"Professor talks race, sports, politics in new book"

https://news.utexas.edu/2010/09/08/professor-talks-race-sports-politics-in-new-book

How do you believe these stereotypes are perpetuated in sports media?

White sports commentators and journalists used to be very explicit in comparing black athletes to monkeys, gorillas and cheetahs.

Today they are more circumspect and instead tend to over-emphasize black players' physical attributes -- power, speed, strength and so on -- and conversely tend to highlight the 'intelligence' and ability to 'read the game' of white athletes, who supposedly lack the 'natural advantage' of their black peers, but can make up for it by their better play-making abilities.

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  # 2084004 4-Sep-2018 20:21
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BBC - New Trump attack against Attorney General Jeff Sessions

 

 

US President Donald Trump has accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions of damaging the midterm re-election chances of two Republican members of Congress by prosecuting them.

 

Republican Senator Ben Sasse said the justice department should remain politically neutral in deciding whether or not to prosecute.

 

"The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice - one for the majority party and one for the minority party.
These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the president was when the investigations began."

 

US political scientist and columnist Brian Klass called Mr Trump's outburst "insane":

 






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  # 2084008 4-Sep-2018 20:28
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Jeff Sessions is hardly a man of great principles and integrity. But when placed alongside Trump, he looks like some kind of moral and ethical giant.

 

 

 

 


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  # 2084157 5-Sep-2018 08:19
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dejadeadnz:

 

Jeff Sessions is hardly a man of great principles and integrity. But when placed alongside Trump, he looks like some kind of moral and ethical giant.

 

 

 

 

Not really, but it's confusing on account of his hands being normal sized.





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Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency:

 

 

John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. So, on Jan. 27, the president’s then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point.

 

In the White House residence, Dowd peppered Trump with questions about the Russia investigation, provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the president eventually lost his cool.

 

“This thing’s a goddamn hoax,” Trump erupted at the start of a 30-minute rant that finished with him saying, “I don’t really want to testify.”

 

 

 

At a National Security Council meeting on Jan. 19, Trump disregarded the significance of the massive U.S. military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allows the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska, according to Woodward. Trump questioned why the government was spending resources in the region at all.

 

“We’re doing this in order to prevent World War III,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told him.

 

After Trump left the meeting, Woodward recounts, “Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”

 

 

 

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly frequently lost his temper and told colleagues that he thought the president was “unhinged,” Woodward writes. In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”

 

 

 

Trump apparently had little regard for Priebus. He once instructed then-staff secretary Rob Porter to ignore Priebus, even though Porter reported to the chief of staff, saying that Priebus was “‘like a little rat. He just scurries around.’ ”

 

 

 

Trump told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a wealthy investor eight years his senior: “I don’t trust you. I don’t want you doing any more negotiations. . . . You’re past your prime.”

 

 

 

A near-constant subject of withering presidential attacks was Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump told Porter that Sessions was a “traitor” for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, Woodward writes. Mocking Sessions’s accent, Trump added: “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. . . . He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”

 

 

 

fter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate the dictator. “Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them,” Trump said, according to Woodward.

 

Mattis told the president that he would get right on it. But after hanging up the phone, he told a senior aide: “We’re not going to do any of that. We’re going to be much more measured.” The national security team developed options for the more conventional airstrike that Trump ultimately ordered.

 

 

 

Cohn, a Wall Street veteran, tried to tamp down Trump’s strident nationalism regarding trade. According to Woodward, Cohn “stole a letter off Trump’s desk” that the president was intending to sign to formally withdraw the United States from a trade agreement with South Korea. Cohn later told an associate that he removed the letter to protect national security and that Trump did not notice that it was missing.

 

Cohn made a similar play to prevent Trump from pulling the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, something the president has long threatened to do. In spring 2017, Trump was eager to withdraw from NAFTA and told Porter: “Why aren’t we getting this done? Do your job. It’s tap, tap, tap. You’re just tapping me along. I want to do this.”

 

Under orders from the president, Porter drafted a notification letter withdrawing from NAFTA. But he and other advisers worried that it could trigger an economic and foreign relations crisis. So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: “I can stop this. I’ll just take the paper off his desk.”

 

 

 

Cohn came to regard the president as “a professional liar” and threatened to resign in August 2017 over Trump’s handling of a deadly white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Cohn, who is Jewish, was especially shaken when one of his daughters found a swastika on her college dorm room.

 

Trump was sharply criticized for initially saying that “both sides” were to blame. At the urging of advisers, he then condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis but almost immediately told aides, “That was the biggest fucking mistake I’ve made” and the “worst speech I’ve ever given,” according to Woodward’s account.

 

When Cohn met with Trump to deliver his resignation letter after Charlottesville, the president told him, “This is treason,” and persuaded his economic adviser to stay on. Kelly then confided to Cohn that he shared Cohn’s horror at Trump’s handling of the tragedy — and shared Cohn’s fury with Trump.

 

“I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times,” Kelly told Cohn, according to Woodward. Kelly himself has threatened to quit several times but has not done so.

 

 

 

Woodward recounts repeated episodes of anxiety inside the government over Trump’s handling of the North Korean nuclear threat. One month into his presidency, Trump asked Dunford for a plan for a preemptive military strike on North Korea, which rattled the combat veteran.

 

In the fall of 2017, as Trump intensified a war of words with Kim Jong Un, nicknaming North Korea’s dictator “Little Rocket Man” in a speech at the United Nations, aides worried the president might be provoking Kim. But, Woodward writes, Trump told Porter that he saw the situation as a contest of wills: “This is all about leader versus leader. Man versus man. Me versus Kim.”

 

The book also details Trump’s impatience with the war in Afghanistan, which had become the United States’ longest conflict. At a July 2017 National Security Council meeting, Trump dressed down his generals and other advisers for 25 minutes, complaining that the United States was losing, according to Woodward.

 

“The soldiers on the ground could run things much better than you,” Trump told them. “They could do a much better job. I don’t know what the hell we’re doing.” He went on to ask: “How many more deaths? How many more lost limbs? How much longer are we going to be there?”

 





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