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Another Blow for Fake News About Fake News: Reason Roundup

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More research on how social media were used to spread disinformation in 2016 finds that the scope and reach of so-called "fake news" were greatly exaggerated. Looking at a large sample of Twitter users, a team of researchers from Harvard, Northeastern University, and SUNY–Buffalo have found that "fake news accounted for nearly 6% of all news consumption, but it was heavily concentrated." Just 1 percent of Twitter users saw 80 percent of the misleading or false content, and only 0.1 percent of users shared some 80 percent it.

"A cluster of fake news sources shared overlapping audiences on the extreme right, but for people across the political spectrum, most political news exposure still came from mainstream media outlets," they write in Science.

Information from mainstream media outlets is not without its own problems, of course. And arguably the biggest concern when it comes to misinformation on social media comes from users—including mainstream journalists—either spreading viral content that is wrong or framing factually accurate content in a misleading and volatile way. Neither this study nor similar recent research on Facebook looks at these phenomenon.

Instead, they concentrated on the spread of outright fake stories from sites that deliberately dish out false content, as well from fringe political sites (such as Infowars) that Snopes has flagged for frequently trafficking in dubious reporting. The authors define "fake news" as editorial content that has "the trappings of legitimately produced news" but not the "norms and processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of information."

We can still glean some good insights from this study. Most importantly, it suggests that paranoia about outright disinformation dominating election discourse was unwarranted. More subtly biased journalism should worry democracy-doomsayers more than blatant hoaxes or those dreaded Russian bots.

Excluding "supersharers" and "superconsumers" of fake news—who accounted for 80 percent of the fake news spread and seen—the researchers found that Twitter users had, on aveage, "about 10 exposures…to fake news sources during" the month leading up to the 2016 election. "The average proportion of fake news sources (among political URLs) in an individual's feed" was 1.18 percent.

The researchers note that "people who had 5% or more of their political exposures from fake news sources constituted 2.5% of individuals on the left and 16.3% of the right." As in the similar Facebook study, this may reflect a greater portion of blatantly fake news sites being devoted to conservative or pro-Trump content during the campaign.

"Other factors such as age and low ratio of followers to followees were also positively associated with sharing fake news sources, but effect sizes were small," the researchers note. Men, whites, and swing-state voters were also slightly more likely to be affected.

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Zadie Smith won't let you pigeonhole her. And she doesn't think such pigeonholing fair for other writers, either. At an recent event in Colombia, the British novelist and essayist called out those who would advise writers to stay in their ethnic, racial, or gender lane when creating characters.

"If someone says to me: 'A black girl would never say that,' I'm saying: 'How can you possibly know?' The problem with that argument is it assumes the possibility of total knowledge of humans," said Smith.

She continued with a comment about her debut book, White Teeth, and its diverse range of characters: "It had all sorts of mistakes I'm sure but if I didn't take a chance I'd only ever be able to write novels about mixed-race girls growing up in Willesden." More here.

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    1. Oh, wait, there’s no link for that.

    2. Hello.

      “…as well from fringe political sites (such as Infowars) that Snopes has flagged for frequently trafficking in dubious reporting…”

      Snopes as arbiter of what’s real news, huh. /rolls eyes.

      Fake + Fake = Real!

      1. Fake – Real = Zero

        1. Left + Right = Zero. Lol.

          1. You have entered… The Hihn Zone.

            1. Please provide a link with Hihnister music when making a post like that!

              (The proper audio will provide the proper Hihnister mood).

            2. You have entered….The Highlight Zone.

            3. Hihnsanity follows.

            4. Jeez, don’t say his name! It summons him.

  1. Male Managers Fearful of Mentoring Women

    creating problems for government to solve

  2. …the Grammy-nominated rapper is actually from the U.K. and has overstayed his visa.

    What’s all this then, yo.

    1. Fuck the Bobbies comin from the underground…

      1. God Save the Queen, the racist regime….

  3. Some 3,750 U.S. troops are being deployed into the president’s political theater on our southern border.

    does trump do anything other than golf and watch movies with his army buddies?

    1. I thought it was desirable for the President to make as little effort into governing as possible.

      We should be so lucky if the next guy won’t do anything other than play golf all day for four-eight years.

      1. Trump has already done more to destroy the federal bureaucracy than any other president of the past 30 years.

        Apparently the shutdown was so traumatic to the bureaucracy that some members of it are reconsidering their cushy secure careers because those careers aren’t so cushy and secure anymore.

        1. +100

          This next shutdown is sure to shake some of those freeloader bureaucrats loose.

        2. “Trump has already done more to destroy the federal bureaucracy …”

          Well good on him for whatever he’s done so far, but… Blowing on a cheap plastic flute w/o a doctor’s permission is still off limits!!! ONLY in the USA (Land of the Free, Home of the Brave), among all nations on the planet!

          To find precise details on what NOT to do, to avoid the flute police, please see http://www.churchofsqrls.com/DONT_DO_THIS/ ? This has been a pubic service, courtesy of the Church of SQRLS!

        3. Oh please. Trump has not reduced the federal bureaucracy by an significant level. Where’s your proof of that.

            1. Well, OK, Trump has helped reduce SOME of the red tape… What has he HARMED?

              Before Trump, you could carry 1 or 2 forms of ID in our “papers please” society, and chances were low that you’d get deported to South Fuckstanstanstanstanistan.

              Now, you have to carry TWENTY forms of ID, and even if you are a veteran of the USA military, as well as being native-born, you may STILL not be safe from deportation!!! All thanks to Trump and Trumpista xenophobia!

              https://reason.com/blog/2019/01…..ned-by-ice

              Once Again, ICE Detained an American Citizen
              The ACLU blames local law enforcement after ICE detains an American-born veteran with the intent to deport him.

              Coming next: All anti-Trump and pro-more-open -borders types will be forced to ID themselves in public by wearing blue MALGA hats, since they believe in Making America Less Great Again!

  4. I am sort of curious who at Budweiser thought that the Bud Light demographic was so corn syrup averse that they should center their big Super Bowl ad on this point.
    ? Julian Sanchez (@normative) February 4, 2019

    They’ve run out of things to say about terrible beer.

    1. That, and the white blue-collar base that tends to drink that stuff isn’t who they’re trying to appeal to anymore.

      Contrast this commercial with the Lite Beer ones from the late 70s and early 80s that featured ex-football players hanging out in a local bar.

    2. The ad pointing out that Bud is brewed with wind power sort of point out what demographic they were aiming at, I’d think.

      1. The ad pointing out that Bud is brewed with wind power …

        [sarc] I am sure the lights go out at the factories when the wind power is not available. [/sarc]

    3. To be fair, Budweiser is owned by the Belgian-Brazilian brewing company InBev.

      What Europeans and South Americans want to offer is not necessarily what Americans want.

    4. At least it’s not an IPA.

    5. But they sure did spend a lot of money saying it.

      Worst Super Bowl ever. Ads sucked. Game was boring

    6. The appeal of mass-market beer (like mass-market anything) is mostly about image, not actual properties like taste.

      Multiple surveys have found that even hard-core fans of any mass-market beer could not pick their own brew among samples including the competitors (see the 2009 documentary Beer Wars).

    7. Well then, there’s no issue – as there is no beer in these ads, merely a barely alcoholic malted beverage using either rice or corn to cheapen its production costs.

      When I want a fermented rice drink, I reach for a sak?.

      Not that there aren’t perfectly palatable malt beverages containing ingredients other than water, barley, hops, and yeast. Hefeweizens, for instance. Or a Framboise or Kreik. An American “Lite Beer” simply isn’t.

  5. More research on how social media were used to spread disinformation in 2016 finds that the scope and reach of so-called “fake news” were greatly exaggerated.

    Then how do you explain Hillary not being president right now? Huh?

    1. Russia, Russia, Russia,

      1. I never imagined Russia being such a good friend of America that they would sink Hillary in favor of America.

  6. “If someone says to me: ‘A black girl would never say that,’ I’m saying: ‘How can you possibly know?'”

    “I identify as a black girl, and I would never say that. QED!”

    1. You identify as a negress? What a horrible self-image.

  7. “If someone says to me: ‘A black girl would never say that,’ I’m saying: ‘How can you possibly know?’ The problem with that argument is it assumes the possibility of total knowledge of humans,” said Smith.

    did the infinite void answer back?

  8. “A cluster of fake news sources shared overlapping audiences on the extreme right, but for people across the political spectrum, most political news exposure still came from mainstream media outlets,”

    which is the only reason hillary lost

    1. So most people didn’t see fake news, just biased news that came from the mainstream media outlet that provided a slant on the news that best fit their preconceptions.

  9. The man jumped from a hotel balcony inside the airport into the atrium where passengers wait to get through security.

    “At no point were passengers in any danger,” airport officials said in a statement.

    “Well, except at the point of impact.”

    1. Too soon, Rich.

      What I mean is that the point of impact is too soon to put the passengers in danger. It’s the crushing pressure right after the point of impact.

  10. “…for people across the political spectrum, most political news exposure still came from mainstream media outlets,” they write in Science.

    Which is it? Most people we exposed to fake news or they weren’t?

  11. Eugene Volokh’s very sensible take on the Gov Northam controvery.

    Who here believes Reason would be so calm and sanguine about Governor Coonman if he was a republican, burying the story away in the Volokh blog?

    By the way, I promise you that some of those assholes at the Washington Post and the JournoList in general have known about this story since before he got elected and have been covering it up the whole time until now. Because that’s just how most of these fucking assholes roll.

      1. Christ what a bunch of assholes! Does anyone watch that channel anymore?

        1. What’s CNN?

          1. Clinton News Network

        2. Come on, that’s an honest mistake. We all know only white male Republicans are racist.

          1. Woodrow Wilson was a Republican?

    1. Northam claiming that he doesn’t know who the guys in the photo are come off as more than a bit disingenuous, considering there’s another yearbook photo of him wearing the exact same plaid pants as the blackface guy.

      1. Is that true, a joke, or fake news?

    2. He let the abortion cat out of the bag and they needed a story to cover up the story.

      And the end result will be an even more unhinged leftist running Virginia

      1. Had this come out around election time, the Republican candidate for Virginia Governor would have won.

        Now the Lt. Governor, a Democrat in permanent Black Face, will be Governor and a new election will likely be needed. Costing taxpayers more money.

        1. “Had this come out around election time, the Republican candidate for Virginia Governor would have won”

          Obviously we can’t know for sure, but I don’t think this would have had as big an effect as you think. Bob Mendendez is a perfect example. The guy should be in jail. (insert joke about all politicians). Come desperation time, voters will ignore this sort of the “for the greater good” or whatever means people use to justify voting for shitty people.

          But it’s different now. They already have the governor’s chair. Now the crisis is trying to get the eugenics controversy out of the news cycle. And they don’t need voters, they just need a mob.

  12. Officials from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which run the facility, initially tried to reject extra generators and blankets.

    Man, they don’t even care about their own guards?

  13. Socialism Is The Fyre Festival Of Ideologies, And Stupid Millennials Are Falling For It Too
    On to a bold future of socialist wonderfulness. Who could go wrong backing an aging USSR tongue-bather like Bernie Sanders who advocates an ideology scribbled out by some nineteenth century German weirdo? Today’s socialism is touted by the same kind of weaselly grifters who pushed the Fyre fraud on Generation Sucker. Billy McFarland, the world’s worst con man, was truly innovative in the way he made up for his manifest (at least to everyone over 30) scamminess. You watch the documentaries, and all these middle-aged people sit there talking about how they pegged this guy as a fake within about ten seconds. But McFarland targeted millennials, who couldn’t wait to hand him their money like the beautiful and famous people on the social media told them to.

    1. That title is pretty great. That headline makes the author sound like the oldest man in the world.

      1. The oldest man in the world? You think he is talking about the original millennials, the disciples of Christ?

  14. that Snopes has flagged for frequently trafficking in dubious reporting. The authors define “fake news” as editorial content that has “the trappings of legitimately produced news” but not the “norms and processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of information.”

    does this follow the norms and processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of scientific studies?

  15. “Basically, #MeToo has become a risk-management issue for men.”

    Not to mention the talent-challenged starlets who aren’t getting parts now.

    1. “It’s still physically possible for you to pass this course.”

  16. “What dimension are you even in?”

    APRIL FOOL!

    1. Those commericals were such a shitshow.

    2. Saw that. Pretty retarded.

      But then again, have you seen the WaPo comments section? There’s kernels of corn in their brains.

  17. Instead, they concentrated on the spread of outright fake stories from sites that deliberately dish out false content, as well from fringe political sites (such as Infowars) that Snopes has flagged for frequently trafficking in dubious reporting.

    Dubious reporting all the way down.

  18. Bud Light may not be made with corn syrup, but it IS made with rice.

    So it’s fake beer like the rest of them…

    1. Do you know who else was in favor of Reinheitsgebot?

        1. Till Lindemann?

          1. Till Eulenspiel!

      1. The Church? Cause gruit beer is a sexual stimulant and hops is a sexual sedative?

    2. Meh Both are used to aid in fermention because guess what, yeast like sugar.

      1. Malted barley has flavor.

        Rice doesn’t.

        BTW, I love Miller Lite’s claim that it has “more taste” and the fine print denies any claim that it has “better” taste.

        1. Of course rice has flavor. Have not ever had sake?

  19. The Twilight Zone never left you’re living it motherfuckers.

    1. Pretty sad that Black Lives Retarded is reduced to pushing the narrative that any representation of a white person covered in coal dust is a racist dog whistle.

    2. Anyone that works around soot is racist.

    3. Time for a Cockney joke?

    4. I wonder if there’s a point past which when these people beclown themselves that people will eventually notice and stop paying attention.

  20. I always enjoy seeing Thaddeus Russell in the Round Up

    1. He almost cancels out DeepState fellatin’ Julian Sanchez.

      1. Is he the same Julian Sanchez whom Ken Shultz cites as an authority on what libertarianism is?

        1. Sanchez’s piece on how, “The Non-Aggression Principle Can’t Be Salvaged?and Isn’t Even a Principle” is an excellent argument–even if you don’t agree with him.

          If you still can’t follow his argument, maybe you should read it again:

          http://www.libertarianism.org/…..-principle

          If you still have questions after reading it again, you should probably email him yourself. I think he’s still a senior fellow at Cato.

          I don’t know that he’s an authority on what libertarianism is, but he’s a smart libertarian with some good arguments.

          1. This is good stuff. Thanks for sharing

          2. Sure, the NAP is not enough by itself. You need to define all the terms, including ‘property’, ‘aggression,’ ‘initiation,’ and even ‘person.’ But that doesn’t mean the principle does not work or is a tautology. It describes the relationship between these various terms and serves as a useful foundation or guidance for moral decision making.

      2. Deepstate Fellatio is a great band name

        1. Sounds edgy, but bands like that need to tour the university circuit to get popular and with an oppressive cis-het sexually- triggering name like that there’s no way they’d get booked at SJW State U.

          1. I picture a band that opens for Pussy Riot

            1. More of an ironic name meant to insult the mainstream, not an intent to perform said act

            2. That would be their DF’s sister band, “Bureaucratic Cunnilingus”.

              1. +1

  21. Fake news certainly isn’t anywhere near as bad as standard run of the mill reporting by mainstream news services.

    Exhibit 1: Foxconn plant

    Take a poll today, and I bet the consensus is that the Foxconn plant in Wisconsin has been cancelled.

    If so, that wouldn’t be because of “fake news”. It’s just that the media isn’t covering Foxconn changing its mind again to go ahead with the plant as heavily as they covered the initial story that Foxconn wasn’t going forward.

    To whatever extent fake news is effective, it certainly needs to be measured against people being uninformed or misinformed for other reasons. If average people flunk news quizzes, it isn’t only because they’re consuming “fake news”, and, furthermore, people who flunk news quizzes may be doing so because they’re better informed than the standard newscast. I see the mainstream news get things wrong all the time, and a healthy skepticism of everything that’s being broadcast as mainstream news may make you flunk a news quiz, but that doesn’t mean you’re wrong. Maybe the mainstream news is wrong. Happens all the time.

    1. NOBODY TOLD ME THERE WOULD BE A QUIZ!

      1. And that reminds me of the 2012 quiz poll that tried to judge correlation of correct answers with news sources. Most media made a big deal that NPR listeners got 1.51 correct answers, compared to 1.04 for Fox listeners (and 1.22 for those who claimed not to listen to any sources).

        But given that these scores were for 5 questions, the most basic interpretation is that most people are idiots.

    2. Exhibit 2: Net Neutrality.

      Ask average people what net neutrality is about, and if they regurgitate the horseshit they’ve been fed by mainstream news, there’s no need to blame Vladimir Putin for that.

      1. Liar. Nobody has used the internet since Donald trump undid net neutrality.

      2. Anyone who talks about Net Neutrality and can’t define a peering agreement doesn’t have an opinion on Net Neutrality; They have someone else’s opinion about Net Neutrality.

    3. The propaganda was that crony capitalism is wrong except when Democrats do it.

      Then it switched to Republican Scott Walker (Wisconsin leaning uncomfortably GOP) failed in the crony capitalism because FOXCONN is not building a factory.

      Trump evidently calls FOXCONN and the company announces its building flatscreen tvs instead of whatever they were supposed to be making before.

      One thing is for sure, this writer thinks Taiwan is Communist China.
      Foxconn’s Wisconsin Factory Is What The Chinese Call A ‘State Visit Project’

  22. ? The Twilight Zone is back!

    I hope it’s full of fresh material and not re-makes of the original.

    1. I hope it’s full of fresh material and not re-makes of the original.

      I hope it’s not narrated by Jordan Peele, produced in Britain, and released under the moniker ‘Black Mirror Season 6’.

      1. I think Jordan Peele has a sufficiently creepy voice and facial expressions to do a good job as the narrator.

  23. It’s ALL fake news

  24. Were the Republicans really the “strong on national security party” at one point? I must be too young to remember. Now it’s clearly Democrats who are more interested in defending this country from hostile foreign powers.

    (1) Democrats need to run on national security in 2020; (2) Democrats should nominate a presidential candidate that can and will go on the offensive on security.

    Russia hacked the 2016 election to install one of their intelligence assets as President. And most Republicans don’t care. All patriotic Americans must send Putin a message by voting Democrat in 2020. (But not for Tulsi Gabbard though.)

  25. Julian Sanchez @normative ? 4h

    Shitty beer vs triggered ag lobby slapfight is the only entertaining thing to come out of this Super Bowl.

    Ain’t that the truth. That game was such a snooze fest.

    And to make matters worse now the rest of country is going to have to put up with all the massholes going on and on about how “TAHM BRADY IS THE GREATEST QUAHTAHBACK OF ALL TIME!” for the next year at least. Luckily I don’t know or have to work with any massholes, but I feel kind of sorry for all those who do.

    1. I agree with all of that.

      I did think it was interesting to see Budweiser allow their knight mascot to be humiliated just to sell Game of Thrones last season.

      I had to look it up to see if AT&T and Anheuser-Busch ImBev were owned by each other. They aren’t!

      Why Anheuser-Busch would allow their branding to be humiliated by AT&T’s HBO franchise is a complete mystery to me. I bet somebody gets fired over that pretty soon.

      1. Why Anheuser-Busch would allow their branding to be humiliated by AT&T’s HBO franchise is a complete mystery to me.

        They probably have pictures of the knight mascot with a sheep.

        1. InBev owns Ommegang, which is making the Game of Thrones branded beers.

  26. And arguably the biggest concern when it comes to misinformation on social media comes from users?including mainstream journalists?either spreading viral content that is wrong or framing factually accurate content in a misleading and volatile way.

    This is probably the biggest reason why modern journalism sucks so bad–its practitioners have become extremely lazy. Most of these reporters are just parroting what they’re seeing on Twitter without any kind of follow-up with actual sources. It’s the high school hallway on a national and even global scale.

    Most local news sources in particular are really bad at this. In most cases, they’d be better off re-focusing their national media reporters to local and regional stories that actually affect their customers, and stop wasting bandwidth on stories that have no little to no bearing on the local area.

    1. Have you never heard of Otto Graham?

      1. The best NFL quarterback of the post WW2 years?

          1. Sometimes the greatest efforts are made in the defense of losing causes. A lot of Joe Montana’s success had to do with the system he played in.

            I’d go with Dan Fouts over Dan Marino.

            I’d go with Johnny Unitas over any of them.

            I don’t think any of the current crop of quarterbacks can claim to be better than the quarterbacks before the rules changes that came in the wake of Troy Aikman. Free agency meant that teams were investing more money in players (especially QBs) than they ever did before, and once they changed the rules to protect those investments, there’s really no comparison anymore. Johnny Unitas doing what he did against defenses that were trying to headhunt him just put him in a different league.

            Of the modern QBs, I’d say that Peyton Manning was better than Tom Brady, and I think Drew Brees is better than Peyton Manning was.

            1. I don’t think any of the current crop of quarterbacks can claim to be better than the quarterbacks before the rules changes that came in the wake of Troy Aikman.

              I’d be interested in seeing how Manning, Brees, and Brady would perform with 1980s-era rules, much less 1960s or 70s. For someone to hit 60% completions even as late as the early 90s was considered a significant feat, which is why Montana is arguably the most accurate QB ever. Now if you don’t do it, you’re considered little better than a backup.

          2. I meant the late 40s-early 50s.

        1. Dan Fouts!

  27. Got a knock on my door at 4:30 this morning. It was the police.

    Someone had stolen my motorcycle.

    I’ve had it for two weeks.

    The thieves smashed my GPS tracking device and tore out the ignition switch, but, other than that, the bike seems to be okay.

    +1 for the cops. The legitimate purpose of government is to protect our rights, and I can hardly expect a better job of that than when the cops recover my bike before I even knew that it was stolen.

    1. How’d they know it was stolen?

    2. They couldn’t have waited until a decent hour to knock on your door?

  28. Lawsuit: Police Officer Coerced 2 Women Into Sex To Avoid Arrest

    The first encounter detailed in the suit took place Dec. 2, when Icker pulled over a woman despite having no probable cause, the lawsuit alleged.

    Icker handcuffed the woman and put her in his car while he searched her vehicle, finding a partially smoked marijuana cigarette, according to the suit.

    Icker allegedly brought her to the police station and coerced her to perform oral sex on him in a bathroom, the suit contends.

    According to a criminal complaint, after assaulting the woman, he talked about his wife and kids and complained that “marriage is boring” as he drove her back to her vehicle, the Times Leader has reported.

    The complaint alleges he told her: “Sucks this is how we met. Hope to see you again.”

    A few days later, the woman said the officer requested to connect with her on Snapchat, police said.

    1. The next case took place following a traffic stop on Dec. 9. The complaint says that woman had not violated any traffic laws, yet Icker pulled her over, according to the Citizens’ Voice.

      Icker handcuffed the woman and put her in his patrol car, then searched her car and found prescription medication, according to the complaint. Icker threatened to jail her for driving under the influence and asked, “How can you help me help you?” according to the complaint.

      He brought the woman to a park and directed her to perform oral sex on him, the lawsuit alleges.

      Attorneys for the women allege Icker recorded the sex assaults with a body camera he personally bought so he could repeatedly watch the “forced sexual encounters.”

      1. Obviously, moar money is needed for training.

      2. “Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?”

      3. While I am opposed in the utmost to the officer doing what he did, I’m having a difficult time rising to the firmest of defenses of literal cop suckers.

        It certainly gives me a sad for strong and/or libertarian women. The women I know and respect wouldn’t even have accepted getting out of the car without arrest/probable cause and wouldn’t have consented to a search. At the very least, having found themselves in handcuffs, exposing your genitals to them in such a manner would practically guarantee you’d have to explain the bite marks to whomever stitched you up.

  29. How victim of serial violent groper took justice into her own hands to expose his crimes after learning he continued to work as a respected chef in Washington DC

    Lauren Clark was what many consider to be the ‘perfect victim’.

    She left scratches on the face of the man who grabbed her in the middle of the night, groping her, punching her, and stealing her phone after she fought back.

    The man, Jayro Cruz, was arrested within minutes. He had assaulted another woman that very same night and later admitted to doing the same thing to four other women in the Washington DC area.

    Prosecutors thought their case would be a slam dunk.

    And yet, when sentencing came five months later, Cruz received just 10 days in jail. He was allowed to serve his time during his days off from his job as a chef at a popular DC restaurant.

    Years after the assault, Cruz continued to receive jobs as a respected chef across the city. That’s when Clark decided it was up to her to expose his crimes.

    Pro-vigilante and a fine example of our justice system at work.

  30. Sandmann lawyer: Letters sent to New York Times, Today Show, 50 others may precede suits

    The lawyers representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann and his family said Friday they have sent letters to media outlets, individual journalists, celebrities and Catholic organizations as the first step in possible libel and defamation lawsuits.

    The list includes 50-plus names of organizations or individuals: from presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren to actress Alyssa Milano; individual journalists including Maggie Haberman, Ana Cabrera and David Brooks; national media outlets like the The New York Times, CNN, GQ and TMZ; and the dioceses of Covington and Lexington as well as the archdioceses of Louisville and Baltimore.

    “They know they crossed the line,” McMurtry said. “Do they want 12 people in Kentucky to decide their fate? I don’t think so.”

    He added that those on the list will “raise legal defenses and challenges that we’ll have to overcome, but that’s the way it goes.”

    The letters tell the organizations and individuals not to destroy any documents in connection with the case, the attorney said. For example, the documents could be drafts or early versions of articles or emails among staff discussing the story.

    I doubt it goes anywhere but I like it.

    1. Kind of off topic, but it would be AWESOME if his lawyers played Metallica every time he entered the courtroom.

      1. But only pre-1990 Metallica

  31. The Instagram egg’s creator has been revealed

    Godfrey took that post as a challenge, thinking, “Could something as universal and simple as an egg be great enough to beat that record?” And on January 4, the world_record_egg Instagram account was created. Just nine days later, it would beat Jenner’s top post, and as of this writing today, the egg?which Godfrey says in named Eugene?has more than 52 million likes.

    A world full of useless nerds.

  32. How can we make it through the day knowing that millions of negroes are hurting, and in pain, courtesy of Governor Northam’s sociopathic insensitivity?

    1. Mike, have you been triggered by outrage?

    2. You are so cartoonishly racist. It’s hilarious.

      1. How can one be anything cartoonish if the anything has evolved to mean whatever a proggy moron deems it to be at any given moment?

        1. Dodge! Dodge! Do a barrel roll!

        2. also is there non-cartoonish racism?

  33. How ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Running Man’ predicted 2019 ? decades ago

    While the events of the films are too exaggerated to be real, the two movies are set in a world affected by climate change and technological upheaval, both of which can be seen today.

    “‘Blade Runner’ was meant to be a warning about how our climate was changing, how our pollution was destroying the world, how industry is taking over the environment,” says Gray Scott, a New York City-based futurist and host of online show “Futuristic Now.” “All of those conversations we’re having now.

    “I looked at San Francisco a few weeks ago, and those people were forced to wear gas masks because of the forest fire. It looked just like ‘Blade Runner,'” Scott says. “The sky was orange. I don’t want to live in that world.”

    1. Demolition Man was prescient.

      1. +3 sea shells

    2. “I looked at San Francisco a few weeks ago, and those people were forced to wear gas masks because of the forest fire. It looked just like ‘Blade Runner,'” Scott says. “The sky was orange. I don’t want to live in that world.”

      Then don’t let watermelons set forest policy.

  34. Assuming statism to be a force of nature, such that there’s no practicable way to prevent a gov’t crackdown on narcotics prescribing once an opioid crisis is detected, how much of today’s under-tx of pain in the USA is then a result of such market exploit’n by biz like Purdue Pharma as alleged above?

    1. Needs m’re abbrvn’s

  35. We can still glean some good insights from this study.

    Most importantly, this world is in dire need of electric monks.

  36. This is fun.

    In 2007, Greenpeace found unapproved and experimental GMO Rice strain in Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser, Bud Light) beer.

    http://foodbabe.com/the-shocki…..s-in-beer/

  37. “The problem with that argument is it assumes the possibility of total knowledge of humans”

    Knowing everything is the latest fad.

  38. Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denies sexual assault claim, amid political storm

    Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax issued a forceful pre-dawn denial on Monday to an allegation of sexual assault that surfaced after 15 years, in the latest political bombshell to rock Richmond where Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is battling resignation calls over a racist photo from his medical school yearbook.

    Fairfax, who would be next in line for governor should Northam bow to pressure and resign, called the allegation “defamatory” and “false.”

    in his denial, Fairfax explained that the accuser “first approached the Washington Post” over a year ago, prior to his inauguration in 2018.

    “The Post carefully investigated the claim for several months,” Fairfax’s office said in a statement. “After being presented with facts consistent with the Lt. Governor’s denial of the allegation, the absence of any evidence corroborating the allegation, and significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegation, the Post made the considered decision not to publish the story.”

    jfc I thought Virginia was for lovers. Who is third in line?

  39. Some 3,750 U.S. troops are being deployed into the president’s political theater on our southern border.

    Quick, somebody start a new war to prevent this atrocity!

    1. One of those chunky sounding wet ones that’s all sound and no fury.

      1. I’d be a hot, soft, lactose gasser on an escalator.

    2. I can only presume a beer fart.

  40. “More research on how social media were used to spread disinformation in 2016 finds that the scope and reach of so-called “fake news” were greatly exaggerated.”

    Considering that one of the original goals of fake news on social media was to trick conservatives into believing it, and then expose them as fools for doing so, of course it was exaggerated.

    Technically, it’s both exaggerated for right wing fake news, and played down for left-wing fake news. Because the goal all along is to make the left look better than the right.

  41. Why did they focus on only right wing fake news? Look at how many times wapo articles that were wrong got retweeted.

    1. Why did they focus on only right wing fake news?

      To trigger right-wing snowflake cucks.

      1. So you think science with a pre determined and built in bias is useful?

  42. Russian bots and fake news represent an existential threat to our way of life and we need to new laws to protect us from them.

  43. “Excluding “supersharers” and “superconsumers” of fake news?who accounted for 80 percent of the fake news spread and seen”

    Excluded because they had reason to believe most of these were bots sharing fake news back and forth, not real humans.

    The bottom line is, their entire correlation between conservative views and sharing fake news could have been a product of imperfectly filtering out bots.

    That their definition of “fake news” excluded false MSM reports, no matter how false they might be, is a bit problematic, too.

    1. There are examples of leftists pretending to be ignorant Conservatives going all the way back to Usenet days. They have a number of motives – creating problems forcing web sites with comment sections to get heavy handedon censoring comments or shut down; to flush out people who actually believe those things (see: SPLC); to further the narrative that Conservatives are ignorant, poorly educated racists, and just because it amuses them.

      To see this in action, just follow links on Drudge Report and see what happens in the normally empty comment sections. Also note the difference in tone and volume on the weekends and government holidays when the government staffers are not at work.

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  46. backstory on the Bud Light/GOT ad

    http://www.morningstar.com/new…..eturn.html

  47. I’m glad to see Twitter so heavily sourced in an article about fake news.

  48. “A Transportation Security Administration agent committed suicide”

    Love this. Hopefully more will follow.

    1. Beyond identifying him as a man in his 40s, he has not been identified further nor any curiousity about motives. The union leader and one elected official tried in vague terms to tie it to Nancy Pelosi’s shutdown of the government, but for all we know he might have been fired for groping passengers or his wife filed for divorce.

  49. “The authors define “fake news” as editorial content that has “the trappings of legitimately produced news” but not the “norms and processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of information.”

    Oh, so, the Washington Post?

    I kid. Sort of. Barely.

    (Norms and processes? That’s their definition?

    How about … it being false?

    If it’s just opinion and thus cannot be falsified, what would make it ‘fake’ news?

    This reeks of bullshit.)

    1. Drudge Report is linked to a story on Daily Star (.UK) asserting that 5G could cause cancer in humans.

      That claim comes from an “expert” (Arthur Firstenberg of California) who claims that RF radiation from Elon Musk’s satellites orbiting “in the atmosphere” could give people cancer. His scientific credentials are that he dropped out of University of California – Irvine medical school due to the effects of 40 dental X-rays, and he then wrote a book on the subject and recently sued his neighbor for having a wireless router she refused to turn off.

      So the newspaper is reporting a fact – that this man said he believes this – but the underlying belief is not based on any scientific proof, and is contradicted by the WHO, among others.

      Is the Daily Star culpable of spreading fake news? Does Drudge bear any responsibility for promoting this story?

  50. “Zadie Smith won’t let you pigeonhole her”

    Fine, I won’t, then. Who is she, again?

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