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HBO’s ‘After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News’: TV Review

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HBO’s ‘After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News’: TV Review
In one of the most chilling sequences of “After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News” (there’s plenty of competition), we see dash-cam footage of Edgar Maddison Welch, the assault-rifle-toting “avenger” at the center of the Pizzagate insanity, as he drives from Salisbury, N.C., to Washington, D.C., to put an end to what he thought was a child sex-slave ring being run out of a popular restaurant. Bearded and resolved, with hipster rings on his fingers and a wool cap pulled down to his eyebrows, the 28-year-old Welch, staring at the highway ahead, looks and sounds like a meaner version of Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born.” Which made me think: Wouldn’t it be riveting to see an actor like Cooper play a wing-nut like Welch? Not to caricature him, but to understand him.

It’s often alleged, by those on the right, that
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After Truth: how ordinary people are 'radicalized' by fake news

After Truth: how ordinary people are 'radicalized' by fake news
An eye-opening documentary traces the terrifying trajectory of disinformation, from Jade Helm to Pizzagate to Russian interference in the 2016 election

James Alefantis first learned about the conspiracy theory surrounding his pizzeria from a reporter’s phone call. In the waning days of the 2016 election, Will Sommer, then of the Washington City Paper in DC, had been following a thread on the site Reddit in which leaked emails from the Clinton campaign adviser John Podesta were used to justify an elaborate, and entirely false, story of a Clinton-run child abuse ring in the back of Comet Ping Pong pizza. Alefantis had never heard of the faux online hysteria and assumed, as he recalled in HBO’s new documentary After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News, that “everybody is up about this election and passions are high – I’m sure this will go away in a couple of days”.

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Republicans Are Waging War on Reality to Defend Dear Leader Trump

Washington — Republican lawmakers took to the airwaves Sunday to defend their leader, President Trump, after a week of compelling and at times damning testimony in the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry.

The most absurd and delusional of these appearances came on Fox News anchor Chris Wallace’s show. Wallace had invited on Republican Senator John Neely Kennedy (R-La.). At one point in the interview, Wallace showed an excerpt of former National Security Council staffer and impeachment witness Fiona Hill’s testimony this week when she chided members of the Intelligence
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1091 Media Acquires UFO Doc 'The Phenomenon' (Exclusive)

1091 Media has acquired North American and digital rights to the UFO documentary The Phenomenon, with a nationwide theatrical release set for June of next year, followed by a digital release in September.

The film takes an expansive looks at 70 years' worth of history behind proving the existence of UFOs, right up to the latest discoveries.

The Phenomenon features never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with key eyewitnesses, experts and officials. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, President Clinton’s White House chief of staff John Podesta, former Deputy Undersecretary for Defense Intelligence Christopher Mellon, and former U.S. Energy Secretary ...
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Steve Bannon Threw Roger Stone Under the Bus at Trial

Steve Bannon Threw Roger Stone Under the Bus at Trial
It’s Roger Stone’s “time in the barrel.”

Former Trump campaign manager and White House strategist Steve Bannon testified in the Roger Stone trial on Friday, and it did not go well for Stone. Bannon, who was subpoenaed as a witness, told the court that Stone claimed to be in contact with Wikileaks prior to the release of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, something Stone denied to the Mueller investigation and Congress.

“He had a relationship, or told me he had a relationship with WikiLeaks,” Bannon, who
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There Have Been 800-Plus Political Cyberattacks in the Past Year Alone

Washington — In the past year, political campaigns, parties, and pro-democracy groups around the world have faced more than 800 cyberattacks, according to new data provided to Rolling Stone by tech giant Microsoft.

“The threat is real and it’s not stopping,” Tom Burt, a vice president of customer security and trust at Microsoft, tells Rolling Stone. “Anyone involved in the democratic process needs to know that it’s likely not a question of if they’ll be targeted but whether they will be breached, and there’s a lot they can
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The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong?

If there’s a worse idea than the Pentagon becoming Editor-in-Chief of America, I can’t remember it. But we’re getting there:

From Bloomberg over Labor Day weekend:

Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections.

One of the Pentagon’s most secretive agencies, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), is developing “custom software
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This Is Robert Mueller’s Chance to Dismantle the Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory

Washington — With just a sentence or two, Robert Mueller could demolish one of the most viral and cruel conspiracy theories of the Trump era.

On Wednesday, the former special counsel will testify before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees about his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and any conspiracy between Russia and members of the Trump campaign. The Justice Department has urged Mueller to “remain within the boundaries” of his report, and Mueller, a former FBI director and career G-man, will surely avoid any questions that stray
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Killer Says He Murdered Reputed Mafia Boss to Protect Trump

When alleged mob boss Frank Cali was brutally gunned down in Staten Island last March, people automatically assumed that it was a Mafia-related killing by a young upstart eager to advance in the Gambino crime family, or a harbinger of a coming Mafia war. That narrative was significantly complicated, however, when details emerged that Anthony Comello, the 24-year-old man accused of murdering Cali, was alleged to not have had any Mafia ties at all, but did have a relationship with Cali’s niece, of which the Mob boss apparently did not approve.
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Meet the Parents of ‘QBaby’, Star of the Trump Rally and New QAnon Mascot

Meet the Parents of ‘QBaby’, Star of the Trump Rally and New QAnon Mascot
It’s easy to laugh at and dismiss conspiracy theories as relatively harmless cranks: the idea that the earth is flat, or that aliens live on a military base in Nevada, or that JFK Jr. is still alive and disguising himself as an Italian guy from Pittsburgh, are so ludicrous on their face that it’s hard to engage with them seriously. That arguably changes, however, when kids start getting involved, as was demonstrated last night.

The baby in question appeared at the Trump rally in Greenville, North Carolina last night.
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QAnon Followers Think JFK Jr. Is Coming Back on the 4th of July

QAnon Followers Think JFK Jr. Is Coming Back on the 4th of July
Consider, if you will, a sliding scale of celebrities. On one end of this spectrum are those who are still alive, including but not limited to: Jennifer Aniston, Justin Bieber, nine-tenths of the original cast of Beverly Hills, 90210. On the other end are those who are dead, also including but not limited to: Elvis Presley, John Belushi, and (arguably) Tupac.

On this scientific scale, John F. Kennedy Jr. falls somewhere in between Judy Garland and former Minnesota Twins center fielder Kirby Puckett; all of which is to say, he is extremely,
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Tom DeLonge on ‘Scary’ UFO Footage, Angels and Airwaves and Blink-182’s Future

Twenty years ago this month, Blink-182 released Enema of the State, an album that sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and “reimagined Green Day’s Dookie as one big, undeniably catchy fart joke” according to Rolling Stone’s list of the 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time. Guitarist Tom DeLonge has spent the two decades since on one of the wildest paths in rock history. In the mid-2000s, DeLonge left Blink to start an an ambitious space-rock band called Angels and Airwaves. He then started seriously investigating space himself,
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WikiLeaks and Fox News Are Silent on the Debunked Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory

Washington — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted final report drove a dagger through the heart of one of the most notorious conspiracy theories of the Trump era: that a murdered DNC staffer named Seth Rich — not Russia — stole tens of thousands of Democratic Party emails and gave them to WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential race.

But don’t hold your breath for an apology, correction or retraction from high-profile promoters of the now-disproven theories like Sean Hannity or WikiLeaks. In the aftermath of Mueller’s report, they’ve gone silent on the subject of Seth Rich.
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How Rockstar Tom Delonge Came to History’s Unidentified

Alejandro Rojas May 28, 2019

History’s new UFO series features the guy who ran the Pentagon’s UFO program, but why does it also feature rockstar Tom DeLonge?

On May 31, 2019, History will premiere Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation, a new series that focuses on the ongoing UFO investigations of Luis Elizondo, the former head of the Pentagon’s UFO project, and the organization he now works for, To the Stars Academy (Ttsa). The program also includes rockstar Tom DeLonge, best known for being the front man of Blink-182. It may seem odd to see the rocker among the former government officials conducting serious investigations into the UFO phenomenon. Without DeLonge, however, the world may have never known about the Pentagon’s secret UFO project.

Back in 2017, everyone thought Tom DeLonge was crazy...some still do. For years, his obsession with UFOs made headlines. Rarely were those headlines flattering. In 2015, DeLonge
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Movie Review – Active Measures (2018)

Active Measures, 2018.

Directed by Jack Bryan.

Starring Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, John Podesta, Heather Conley and Mikhail Saakashvili.

Synopsis:

An exhaustive look at the alleged links between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, both before and after the former made his move for the White House.

There’s something more than a little wearying about Donald Trump at this point. Since his improbable rise to the White House in 2016, the world has become immune to his madness, whether he’s ranting about building a wall on the Mexican border or, most recently, declaring himself “totally exonerated” over allegations of collusion with Russia, despite the fact he has very specifically not been exonerated, based on what has currently been released. It’s the alleged links between Trump and the Kremlin that are the subject of Jack Bryan’s new documentary Active Measures, which is an exhaustive dive into some seriously complex politics.
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Mueller Report Summary: No Collusion, No Exoneration

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Mueller Report Summary: No Collusion, No Exoneration
Two days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller finished his nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any ties between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Attorney General William Barr delivered a four-page letter to Congress summarizing Mueller’s final report.

Barr’s letter claims that Mueller offers no evidence of conspiracy or collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia.

According to Barr — whose letter outlines the “principal conclusions” of the special counsel’s probe — Mueller finds that “[T]he investigation did not establish
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Fox News Channel Signs Ex-DNC Chair Donna Brazile As Contributor

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Fox News Channel has signed its former punching bag, aka Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile as a contributor.

In Monday’s announcement, the cable news network noted the veteran Dem strategist will offer political analysis across both Fnc and Fox Business Network’s daytime and primetime programming. Announcement was made just hours before her first scheduled appearance on Monday’s The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino.

“I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on Fox News,” Brazile said, accurately, in announcement.

“My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views. There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience and show Americans of
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Hillary Clinton Makes It Official: ‘I’m Not Running’

Hillary Clinton Makes It Official: ‘I’m Not Running’
Hillary Clinton will not seek a rematch with Donald Trump. The popular-vote winner from 2016 told reporters for News 12, a Hudson Valley station in New York, that she is not a going to be a candidate in 2020: “I’m not running,” Clinton said — but quickly added: “I’m going to keep speaking out. I’m not going anywhere.”

Speculation about a Clinton 2020 bid had quieted in recent weeks after former campaign manager John Podesta said a run was not in the cards, and after top fundraisers and loyalists like
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Pro-Trump Conspiracy Peddler Jerome Corsi Apologizes to Seth Rich’s Family

Washington – The family of Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer whose unsolved murder in 2016 spawned a wave of conspiracy theories, has notched another legal victory against the proponents of baseless theories about Rich.

On Monday, pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi retracted a nearly year-old column published on the website Infowars, run by another notorious conspiracy peddler, Alex Jones, that promoted the unfounded claim that Rich and his brother participated in the hack of the DNC and leaked documents to WikiLeaks. In addition to the retraction, Corsi apologized to the Rich family.
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The Foiled ‘Domestic Terrorist’ Plot Is Chilling in Detail and Scope

Update 3 p.m. Et: A federal magistrate ordered Christopher Paul Hasson held in custody for 14 days as the government considers additional charges against him, the Washington Post reports. His public defender classified Wednesday’s filing as a “histrionic mischaracterization of Mr. Hasson.” Original story below.

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The shock begins with the opening line — “The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country” — and does not subside.

A detention memo filed in federal court Tuesday in the case of alleged “domestic terrorist” Christopher Paul Hasson
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