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Daily News takes you inside unfolding crisis as Hurricane Sandy batters New York

Daily News takes you inside unfolding crisis as Hurricane Sandy batters New York | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
It was 8:37 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, and Cas Holloway’s BlackBerry started to ring.
Superstorm Sandy was reaching full fury and Holloway, the deputy mayor for operations, was helping to quarterback the city’s response.
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Protesters topple Confederate soldier statue in downtown Durham

Protesters topple Confederate soldier statue in downtown Durham | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
A protest in downtown Durham on Monday night left a statue of a Confederate soldier erected nearly a century ago crumpled on the ground.
Rob Duke's insight:
Taken from either Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals or from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, taking other people's freedom of expression and ability to participate in the public discussion is a tool of the organizer to use the power of the mob to seize power.  No good comes from destroying civil society.
See also Stanley Cohen's Moral Panics...1972.  There's a reason one group is pitted against another and it rarely has to do with the outward issue--it's usually about redistributing or maintaining power in some way.
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How a Blogger Exploded the Hot New Theory About Amelia Earhart With a Quick Online Search

How a Blogger Exploded the Hot New Theory About Amelia Earhart With a Quick Online Search | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
When confronted with a photo of a woman who seems too good to be true, always do a reverse image search.
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Who benefited from this quick rush to judgement?  If you look at that, then you have some insight as to why something is published.
This is the principal reason why we like to see peer-reviewed articles rather than just those published online.  Even news stories only have a standard to verify through at least one additional source.
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There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
This is the ninth article in a series that reviews news coverage of the 2016 general election, explores how Donald Trump won and why his chances were underrated…
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CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
CNN, in initially taking down the story, said it didn't meet its editorial standards. The episode is a damaging blow for a network that Trump has frequently derided as "fake news," and for a story that never even made it onto any of CNN's television networks.

The story had been quickly questioned both internally and externally, including by the conservative site Breitbart News. It was determined that the story was posted without going through the expected checks and balances for a story of such sensitivity, the executive said.

The failure to follow proper procedures is what led to the resignations, the CNN executive said.
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Loretta Lynch, Clinton Campaign, Soros Officials All Caught Up in Senate Probe of Comey Firing - Breitbart

Loretta Lynch, Clinton Campaign, Soros Officials All Caught Up in Senate Probe of Comey Firing - Breitbart | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday it sent four investigatory letters, including one to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Via Thomas Wentzel
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Comey’s testimony proves he’s the biggest loser

Comey’s testimony proves he’s the biggest loser | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Another casualty of his testimony was his description of a “blockbuster” Times story in February that alleged “repeated contacts” between Team Trump and Russian intelligence officials as “almost completely wrong.” That story, like most of the anti-Trump reporting lately in the Times and The Washington Post, was based on anonymous “current and former American officials.” The president has been madly tweeting about “fake news” for months, and here was a classic example of it.
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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Calls For Shutdown Of 'Trump Free Speech,' Anti-Muslim Rallies

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Calls For Shutdown Of 'Trump Free Speech,' Anti-Muslim Rallies | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has urged the federal government to revoke a permit for a “free speech” rally and to refuse a permit for an anti-Muslim march planned for Portland next week.

Wheeler made the request in light of a gruesome stabbing on a MAX light-rail train Friday, May 26. Two men died and another was seriously injured when they intervened to defend two teenage girls from a man’s bigoted tirade.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Wheeler said the events should be canceled.
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The Disappearance of Virtue From American Politics

The Disappearance of Virtue From American Politics | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Earnest talk of virtue is uncommon in American politics. Forget the low lows of 2016, a year defined by political cynicism and brutish behavior, or even these first months of 2017, which have been swallowed by dramatic revelations and relentless Washington in-fighting. At this point, the idea of a shared culture is almost unimaginable: America has been carved up into mutually exclusive spheres bounded by religion, race, income, and city-limit signs. Sasse is taking on a problem more challenging than getting legislation through Congress, courting disgruntled voters, or even figuring out what to do about America’s haphazard president. He’s trying to articulate a language of shared culture and values in a country that has been rocked by technological, cultural, and demographic change. It may be an imperfect attempt. But at least Sasse has identified the right project.
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The top awkward body language moments from Trump's first trip abroad

The top awkward body language moments from Trump's first trip abroad | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Some of the president's body language during his first trip abroad was painfully awkward to watch.
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Iditarod blames PETA for loss of longtime race sponsor

Wells Fargo is severing its financial tie to the sled dog race after 29 years.
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Come to Alaska and watch these dogs work.  They love to pull a sled more than do the mushers....can't see that this is abuse.
Having said that PETA has become a business just like the Iditarod.  One feeds the other.
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British police warn of 'damage' to investigation from leaks

British police warn of 'damage' to investigation from leaks | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
"The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise," Rudd told BBC Radio 4's "Today" program. "So it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again."
Asked whether the leaks from US officials had compromised the ongoing investigation, Rudd said she "wouldn't go that far."
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CNN Host Becomes Irate at Former Navy SEAL for Dismissing Trump-Russia Reports

CNN host Kate Bolduan became irate at former Navy SEAL and Donald Trump supporter Carl Higbie on Tuesday after he dismissed reports that alleged the president shared classified information with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office last week.

Bolduan acknowledged Higbie had dealt with highly classified information in the past and asked if it scared him that Trump would share classified information with top Russian officials.

"I've been sitting here quietly listening to all this BS quite frankly. Did you listen to anything [White House National Security Adviser H.R.] McMaster said today?" Higbie asked Bolduan and the rest of the CNN panel. "Where he said, ‘I was in the room, that didn't happen?'"

Higbie was referring to remarks made by McMaster, who claimed that the president's decision to share sensitive intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was "wholly appropriate" to the conversation they were having.
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I Don't Care About Charlottesville, the KKK, or White Supremacy

Black people have scarier things on the horizon than the almost endangered species of white supremacy.
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DNC Fraud Lawsuit is the Biggest Story in Politics that No One is Talking About

DNC Fraud Lawsuit is the Biggest Story in Politics that No One is Talking About | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The plaintiffs have filed a class action suit on behalf of three classes of people, arguing that the DNC must return all donations given in the 2016 cycle to Bernie Sanders Donors, DNC Donors and Democrats in general. Why? They claim the DNC defrauded donors in the 2016 primary by failing to remain neutral during the contest. Article 5 section 4 of the DNC bylaws states:

CHARTER

Chairperson, the designated Vice Chair as provided for in Article Two, Section 12(b) of the Bylaws, or the next highest ranking officer of the National Committee present at the meeting shall preside. Section 4. The National Chairperson shall serve full time and shall receive such compensation asmay be determined by agreement between the Chairperson and the Democratic National Committee. In the conduct and management of the affairs and procedures of the Democratic National Committee, particularly as they apply to the preparation and conduct of the Presidential nomination process, the Chairperson shall exercise impartiality and evenhandedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns. The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and evenhandedness during the Democratic Party Presidential nominating process. 

Beck and Beck cite the hacked emails from Wikileaks as evidence of Democratic Party leaders tampering with the primary process. Few people are surprised that the Democratic party leadership favored Hillary Clinton in 2016. New DNC Chair Tom Perez admitted as much in a Freudian slip during a speech earlier this year. Some of that was to be expected, Hillary Clinton was a Democrat in good standing, Bernie Sanders was not a Democrat, and was essentially the “ally” who shows up three weeks before a protest march expecting a leadership position because he brought his Dad’s pick-up truck.
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Police Report Contradicts ‘Hate Crime’ Narrative In Milwaukee Attack On Muslim Woman

Police Report Contradicts ‘Hate Crime’ Narrative In Milwaukee Attack On Muslim Woman | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
A Muslim woman who was attacked by a stranger in Milwaukee in April told police that she did not believe that she was targeted because of her religion, a statement which is at odds with how her story was portrayed in the media by local and national Muslim civil rights groups.

“In this attack of the Muslim woman, we know of no evidence that would indicate that this attack was anything but a hate crime,” Munjed Ahmad, a lawyer for the woman and board member of American Muslims for Palestine, claimed at a press conference held on April 14, four days after the 58-year-old woman was assaulted while walking home from prayer services at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee.

But police incident reports, obtained by TheDC through an open records request, paint a different picture.
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Fake news is already disrupting Kenya’s high-stakes election campaign

Fake news is already disrupting Kenya’s high-stakes election campaign | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Nairobi On the morning of Apr.13, at the height of Kenya’s primary elections, residents of Busia County in western Kenya woke up to a dose of fake news. The constituents were due to vote in the Orange Democratic Movement party’s gubernatorial race, which pitted lawmaker Paul Otuoma against the county’s governor Sospeter Ojaamong. A
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Americans’ Attitudes About the News Media Deeply Divided Along Partisan Lines

Americans’ Attitudes About the News Media Deeply Divided Along Partisan Lines | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Roughly nine-in-ten Democrats say news media criticism keeps leaders in line (sometimes called the news media’s “watchdog role”), while only about four-
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EXCLUSIVE: Soros-Funded Activist Deceives CA Lawmakers

EXCLUSIVE: Soros-Funded Activist Deceives CA Lawmakers | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
“Regardless of how you feel about the legislation, we are disturbed, and every legislator should be disturbed, that a witness called to testify in support of Senate Bill 620 told multiple lies to the California Senate,” officials from the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) wrote in a recent newsletter.

McGill is the founder and lead organizer of the YJC — an anti-police nonprofit based in Inglewood, California, which has received grants from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. YJC often hosts events for the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, including a rally last year that resulted in hundreds of activists shutting down a nearby freeway. McGill’s group, currently suing the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), ironically, also receives funding from a foundation headed by an LAPD commissioner.

At a recent meeting in the State Capitol, McGill testified before the Public Safety Committee where she tried to sway senators to support SB 620 — legislation that would water down California’s current “Use a Gun and You’re Done” policy. According to the Los Angeles Times, “current law says anyone who uses a gun in committing a felony must have their sentence increased by 10 years or more in prison on top of the penalty for the felony.”


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Putin calls US election-meddling charge a 'load of nonsense' in Kelly interview

"They have been misled," Putin responded when Kelly said that American intelligence agencies had concluded that Russia interfered in the campaign with the goal of electing Trump. "They aren't analyzing the information in its entirety. I haven't seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the presidential election."

The interview with Putin – conducted last week during an economic forum in St. Petersburg – was the opening segment in the debut episode of "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly." Kelly, who was a prime-time star on Fox News Channel, moved to NBC at the start of this year.

The interview was tense at times, with Putin calling Kelly's questions a "load of nonsense." "Your lives must be so boring," if Americans are reduced to making up stories about Russia, he said.
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Trump Returns To US, Immediately Slams ‘Fake’ News Media On Twitter

Trump Returns To US, Immediately Slams ‘Fake’ News Media On Twitter | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
President Trump resumed one of his favorite activities on Sunday, just hours after returning to the U.S. following his first presidential overseas trip.

The Republican blasted the “fake” news media in a series of tweets, accusing reporters of fabricating anonymous sources for some stories.
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Bob Woodward Tells the Media to Calm Down

Bob Woodward Tells the Media to Calm Down | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The media has often drawn parallels between the investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia to the notorious Watergate scandal. But legendary investigative reporter Bob Woodward has cautionary advice for journalists covering the Trump era. “Be on the surface respectful,” Woodward says. “But never stop the inquiry.”
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Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake

Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Then-FBI Director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email was fake -- created by Russian intelligence -- but he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe and the Justice Department itself, according to multiple officials with knowledge of the process.

As a result, Comey acted unilaterally last summer to publicly declare the investigation over -- without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- while at the same time stating that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information. His press conference caused a firestorm of controversy and drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.
Comey's actions based on what he knew was Russian disinformation offer a stark example of the way Russian interference impacted the decisions of the highest-level US officials during the 2016 campaign.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that this Russian intelligence was unreliable. US officials now tell CNN that Comey and FBI officials actually knew early on that this intelligence was indeed false.
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The special prosecutor is going to have a difficult time using Comey after this.  This smells like political maneuvering and cover up.
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FACT CHECK: Tim Allen Show 'Last Man Standing' Cancelled for Political Reasons?

FACT CHECK: Tim Allen Show 'Last Man Standing' Cancelled for Political Reasons? | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
It’s unlikely that Tim Allen’s politics were the sole or primary reason behind the cancellation of Last Man Standing. However, when asked whether politics played a role in deciding the network’s lineup, Dungey said:

There’s a lot of news, and I think that people are definitely looking to television as a place they want to feel, they want to laugh, they want to cry … the mood of the country has told us that television is a little bit of an escape … What people want to do now is connect and experience and to feel … that did frame a lot of our development thinking this season.
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Long-time Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon

Long-time Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Rick Friday has been giving farmers a voice and a laugh every Friday for two decades through his cartoons in Farm News.   
Now the long-time Iowa farm cartoonist tells KCCI that he has been fired.
Friday announced Sunday that his job was over after 21 years in a Facebook post that has since gone viral. 
FACEBOOK POST:
"Again, I fall hard in the best interest of large corporations. I am no longer the Editorial Cartoonist for Farm News due to the attached cartoon which was published yesterday. Apparently a large company affiliated with one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon was insulted and cancelled their advertisement with the paper, thus, resulting in the reprimand of my editor and cancellation of its Friday cartoons after 21 years of service and over 1,090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa.
"I did my research and only submitted the facts in my cartoon.
"That's okay, hopefully my children and my grandchildren will see that this last cartoon published by Farm News out of Fort Dodge, Iowa, will shine light on how fragile our rights to free speech and free press really are in the county."
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