Category Archives: Fake News

The godfather of fake news

Meet one of the world’s most prolific writers of disinformation

…He begins by choosing a subject. Which “lucky” politician will be on the receiving end of his attention today?

Bill Clinton? Hillary Clinton? One of the Obamas?

Or maybe the subject of his story won’t be a person, but a policy. Gun control? Police brutality? Feminism? Anything that will push buttons.

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The Guardian Walks Back Disgraced Reporter’s Story on Manafort-Assange Meeting

The Guardian is walking back an explosive claim it published on Tuesday: that one-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, convicted this year of charges related to financial fraud, held secret talks with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange around the time the organization was releasing internal emails of the US Democratic National Committee.

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The Washington Post Claims There’s A ‘Surge’ In Right-Wing Violence. There Isn’t

Covering your partisanship with a veneer of bogus science doesn’t make it any more useful.

A new Washington Post “analysis” of domestic terrorism argues that attacks from white supremacists and other “far-right attackers” have been on the rise since Barack Obama’s presidency, and “surged since President [Donald] Trump took office.” It’s a familiar storyline meant to assure liberals that, yes, Trump-motivated right-wing terrorists are running wild. There are, however, a few problems with this proposition.

For one thing, even if we accept the numbers the Post offers, the use of the word “surge” — meaning a sudden, powerful forward or upward movement — strains credibility. 

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Canadian elections will be targeted by fake news says fake bio guy

Next Canadian federal election will be target for Russian meddling: Sajjan

With a federal election less than a year away, Canada’s defence minister is warning voters they will be targeted by online cyberattacks and fake news as Russia steps up its efforts to undermine Western democracies.

“We have taken this into account very seriously in our defence policy,” Harjit Sajjan said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

“We need to further educate our citizens about the impact of fake news. No one wants to be duped by anybody.”

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Brazilian pilot converts during flight in Saudi Arabia

Captain Amalo, a Brazilian pilot for an unidentified airline

A Brazilian pilot is making headlines in the Arab world after he reportedly took a brief break from guiding the plane to convert to Islam as he flew a passenger jet above Saudi Arabia.

I’m calling BS, and why is a new follower of ROP making the ISIS gesture?

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Trump says not considering extraditing Erdogan foe

NBC News reported Thursday the Trump administration had explored whether it could extradite Gulen, as a way to persuade Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to ease pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

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Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments

Two separate parliamentary committees, in the UK and Canada, have issued an unprecedented international joint summons for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them.

The committees are investigating the impact of online disinformation on democratic processes and want Zuckerberg to answer questions related to the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook user data misuse scandal, which both have been probing this year.

More broadly, they are also seeking greater detail about Facebook’s digital policies and information governance practices — not least, in light of fresh data breaches — as they continue to investigate the democratic impacts and economic incentives related to the spread of online disinformation via social media platforms.

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We posed as 100 Senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them.

One of Facebook’s major efforts to add transparency to political advertisements is a required “Paid for by” disclosure at the top of each ad supposedly telling users who is paying for political ads that show up in their news feeds.

But on the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, a VICE News investigation found the “Paid for by” feature is easily manipulated and appears to allow anyone to lie about who is paying for a political ad, or to pose as someone paying for the ad.

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China and Russia ‘are eavesdropping on Trump’s personal iPhone calls’: Foreign spies are taking advantage of the president’s ‘casual’ approach to electronic security and have a list of his ‘friends’ they hope they can turn

Current and former members of the intelligence community say that the president has been repeatedly warned about the use of his personal cellular device, The New York Times has reported.


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WaPo Ran Kavanaugh Story With Knowingly False Information

The Washington Post falsely suggested that Georgetown Preparatory School was hiring a new employee to deal with fallout from the Kavanaugh hearings, despite the school directly contradicting WaPo’s report.

Emily Heil reported on October 18 that Georgetown Prep was hiring a director of alumni relations, and wrote that the school posted the advertisement for the position this week. The article further suggested that the school was adding the position because of the news surrounding the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Georgetown Prep alum, to the Supreme Court.

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WARMINGTON: Facts don’t seem to matter in North York hotel fire story

There are still more questions than answers when it comes to the investigation into a suspected arson fire at a North York hotel two weeks ago.

But one thing Toronto Police want to make clear about investigation into the Oct. 2 fire on the third floor at the Radisson Hotel Toronto East at Victoria Park Ave. and Hwy. 401 is there is no evidence it was an attack on refugees staying there — a notion some have irresponsibly been floating and reporting.

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