What's driving the narrative? Is it fake news, PR stunts, real legal arguments?



The proposed changes to the constitution deal with a range of important subjects that can affect voter access to the polls and impact the trajectory of state courts. This includes adding a voter photo ID requirement and restricting the ability of the state’s Democratic governor to fill vacancies on state courts and appoint people to the state election board.

What?! :woman_facepalming:t2:

(nina) #42

Yes’ all wrong…

North Carolina Republicans are resurrecting their efforts to require voters to present specific forms of identification in order to cast a ballot, after an earlier voter ID law was struck down for discriminating against African Americans. This time, they’re trying to do it through a constitutional amendment.

On Thursday, Republicans in the legislature introduced a constitutional amendment that would require a photo ID to vote. It is expected to pass the legislature in the coming days and be placed on the ballot for voters’ approval in November.

(nina) #43

Thank you Apple.

Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars’ six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Apple Is Removing Alex Jones And Infowars’ Podcasts From iTunes

The removal follows enforcement actions by platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify and is the largest crackdown on conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date.

Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars’ six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned. Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples’ iTunes directory, are the show “War Room” as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist.

Apple’s decision to remove all episodes of Jones’ popular show — rather than just specific offending episodes — is one of the largest enforcement actions intended to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date. Apple did not host Jones’s shows, but it offered an index that allowed anyone with an iPhone to find and subscribe to them. Though Apple is far from Jones and Infowars’ only distribution platform, the decision to pull Jones’ content will considerably limit the outlet’s audio reach — as of 2018, Apple’s Podcasts platform amassed 50 billion all-time downloads and streams.

In a statement Sunday evening to BuzzFeed News, Apple confirmed that it notified Jones of the decision to remove the five shows under its hate speech guidelines earlier this weekend. "Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users," a company spokesperson said. "Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”

(nina) #44

Facebook has a huge number of visitors…and in this era of information, selling of it…this is very revealing, and quite frankly, horrid

Facebook Inc. FB 4.45% wants your financial data.

The social-media giant has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking-account balances, as part of an effort to offer new services to users.

Facebook increasingly wants to be a platform where people buy and sell goods and services, besides connecting with friends. The company over the past year asked JPMorgan Chase JPM 0.03% & Co., Wells Fargo WFC 0.10% & Co., Citigroup Inc. C 0.01% and U.S. Bancorp USB 0.04% to discuss potential offerings it could host for bank customers on Facebook Messenger, said people familiar with the matter.

Data privacy is a sticking point in the banks’ conversations with Facebook, according to people familiar with the matter. The talks are taking place as Facebook faces several investigations over its ties to political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which accessed data on as many 87 million Facebook users without their consent.

One large U.S. bank pulled away from talks due to privacy concerns, some of the people said.

(nina) #45

Curtailing false information is a good thing. The fewer conspiracy theories the better.

The hacking collective Anonymous is pledging to expose the people behind the “QAnon” conspiracy theory.

The anarchist hacking group slammed the QAnon conspiracy as potentially dangerous and driven by a “brainless political agenda” in a video posted Sunday to what is widely considered the most reliable Anonymous Twitter account.

“We will not sit idly by while you take advantage of the misinformed and poorly educated,” the group said in the video, which was posted with the hashtags #OpQ and #OpQAnon.

The video depicts various figures with Anonymous masks acting out certain aspects of the QAnon conspiracy against a constant backdrop of the letter “Q.”

The video claims that Anonymous “knew who was responsible for Q” and thought it was funny at first. However, the group now believes the conspiracy theory has gone too far.

Someone is going to get hurt, so we have to put our foot down and start some shit with you all,” the group said in the video.

(nina) #46

But presidential scholars and former White House staffers say that it’s rare for a president to make a false statement during a speech to Congress, much less to cite nonexistent research from his own Cabinet to support it. It’s even worse, they say, that it was used to justify a major policy proposal outlined in the speech.

During the address, Trump called it “reckless” to allow “allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur,” an apparent reference to his Administration’s controversial travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries. He released a revised version of the executive order about a week later.

(nina) #47



New Poll: 43% of Republicans Want to Give Trump the Power to Shut Down Media

The “enemy of the people” talk is working. A plurality of self-identified Republicans say they want Trump to have the power to take “bad” media outlets out.

(nina) #48

There’s a film just coming out,Death of a Nation," a two-hour attack on Democrats that doubles as a celebration of Donald Trump made by Dinesh D’Souza where DJT Junior is comparing the Hitler reign with being totally like the Democratic platform.

Politifact shoots down all theories put forth…so it must be considered T propaganda.

Dinesh D’Souza is the one who was pardoned by T in June 2018.

(nina) #49

Fox is a powerful source of unfettered bias, and a channel we know T watches exclusively. What has changed recently (and I watch it sometimes on big news days to catch the narrative) is the all out white nationalist dog-whistling to those groups. It is astounding to believe what I am watching.

Hard to explain how we move on from what is a huge disconnect between the belief systems touted by certain media groups. What this does is make us painfully aware of the ugly political views out there.

@Joshcampbell (cnn)
CNN’s @BrianStelter breaks down the new @IngrahamAngle walk-back. As he says, “No matter what Ingraham says now, she was talking about changing demographics in the country being disturbing to her and to her audience. She can’t take that back.”

Fox News Now Airs Unabashed White Nationalism in Primetime

Laura Ingraham joins Tucker Carlson in explaining that “changing demographics” are destroying America.


That’s why it’s a more and more common experience to wake up and see that one of the fabulously rich resentment-peddlers on the president’s favorite news network spent the previous evening spouting unabashed white nationalism on-air. Usually, it’s Tucker Carlson who pops up on Fox News to rail against “demographic changes” in America—that is, non-white people immigrating here. That kind of rhetoric has earned Carlson praise from Richard Spencer and David Duke.

But Laura Ingraham certainly gave Carlson a run for his money Wednesday night, unleashing a nakedly white nationalist rant that suggested “the America we know and love” has been destroyed by “massive demographic changes” due to both illegal and legal immigration:

(nina) #50

Rudy Giuliani is spouting “Truth isn’t truth,” on Meet the Press this weekend.
Another term for “Alternate facts” and a way to stretch the truth and create an alternative narrative for T telling his truth about what went down with his role.

Logic behind this
Truth isn’t Truth…there is no truth to obstruct…Russia is not an issue, therefore there was no issue to worry.