Monday, November 28, 2016

Media of Misinformation

"There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in...”

Sometimes a lie is just a lie. The ratings that fact-checking sites use are far from scientific — but they do force journalists to abide by a method that recognizes truth ought to be evaluated on a spectrum. A method should also apply to calling out "post-truth;" otherwise, our capacity to call out misleading political claims will be further hindered.

McCarthyism lives! A site with no credentials and no evidence has smeared over 200 sites as Russian stooges.

By Max Blumenthal, a senior editor of the Grayzone Project at AlterNet, and the award-winning author of Goliath and Republican Gomorrah. His most recent book is The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. Follow him on Twitter at @MaxBlumenthal. Via Alternet

This Spy Wanted To Pull A Snowden, Sort Of, But His Dyslexia Led To His Downfall

When an informer turned in a package from the spy, the FBI realized that his misspellings were the key – and there weren’t that many people this could be.

Democracy and Democracies in Crisis

The Western powers are weakening and the authoritarians are ascendent. The question is whether the West can summon the will and the unity to rise to the challenge.

(1) Libération Désintox is hiring. (2) Fact-checking is one of 10 "positive things" that came out of the U.S. elections. (3) Why Facebook probably won't solve its fake news problem - and how local newsrooms can strike back. (4) Yes, there is factual hope for humanity. (5) Lessons learned in launching a student-run fact-checking program.  (6) The show must go on

Jane Jacobs -- patron saint of walkability, uber-theorist of contemporary urban living -- never adequately thought through the implications of gentrification 

The radically simple reason Hillary Clinton didn’t run a different campaign: she thought she was winning Vox. Lordie. No professional sports team would evah make that mistake. Lambert: “No mention of the Ada debacle, which surfaced briefly in WaPo and then vanished from the narrative.”

DEVELOPERS in Sweden have created a website that can help you delete your online presence with just a few clicks. Available at, Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck designed the internet deletion site as a place for people to “clean up your internet presence”, reports The Telegraph

Jeff Sessions set to show his steel on white-collar crime FT. “Mr Sessions spent 20 years as a federal prosecutor in Alabama, where he tried cases involving federal land banks caught up in the 1980s savings and loan crisis. That experience helped cement his belief in the deterrent value of jail time for executives who broke the law.

The U.S. presidential election is over but that doesn't mean the newly energized fact-checking community should fade away. Writing for Poynter, Tamar Wilner points out that even though "politics is baked in" to the current form of fact-checking, the battle against misinformation should include topics like science, crime and even entertainment.

Voters may trust a male politician who persistently ignores the truth simply because he "speaks with [male] authority," say researchers who've studied gender and lies. Read the NBC News story

Buncombe. We'll use it in a sentence (from an article on how to pitch stories to media outlets): "Journalists are renowned for their sensitive buncombe sensors and fact-checking is an integral part of their job."  Look it up

Preoccupations  – Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It. – By Cal Newport – “Our increasing addiction to the constant stimulus of updates, likes and posts is damaging our ability to concentrate deeply and focus on work that matters” 

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