Poll: 46% of Americans believe major news outlets make up stories about Trump

Poll: 46% of Americans believe major news outlets make up stories about Trump

Attacks on the “fake news” media have become a staple of the Trump administration — and nearly half of voters, including the vast majority of Republicans, believe the president when he claims that the media is making up stories about him. Forty-six percent of voters believe that major news organizations fabricate stories about Trump, while 37 percent do not and 17 percent are undecided, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll. Among party lines, 76 percent of Republican voters believe the media puts out untrue stories about the president, while only 11…

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Trump and the Fox & Friends show. Think ego, not news

Trump and the Fox & Friends show. Think ego, not news

Television can be a welcome relief for a president. Ronald Reagan liked to watch Family Ties in his spare moments. George HW Bush was said to enjoy Murder, She Wrote. Barack Obama loved The Wire. But the show Donald Trump most enjoys isn’t fiction. At least, not strictly. Trump’s favorite program is Fox & Friends – Fox News’s flagship breakfast show. Fox News, which gave Trump a platform for his conspiracy theories about Barack Obama long before he ran for president, has always been a platform for the right. When it launched…

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Watch Adam Driver Deliver Scholarship News in Emotional Clip

Watch Adam Driver Deliver Scholarship News in Emotional Clip

Adam Driver was probably the last person one military family expected to turn up on their doorstep recently, but he did, and he came bearing great news to their corner of Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania. The Accidental Success of Adam Driver How an alienated kid from a small town in the heartland became Hollywood’s oddest star The Star Wars actor, who was a U.S. Marine following the September 11th attacks, presented Hayley Grace Williams, a 21-year-old nursing student, with a full scholarship courtesy of Budweiser and Folds of Honor in a heartwarming video released…

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China announces tighter regulations for online news

China announces tighter regulations for online news

The Chinese government has issued new regulations tightening its control over online news content. Companies that publish, share or edit news will need a government licence, and senior editors must be approved by the authorities. Other staff will be required to undergo government training and assessment, and receive official accreditation. The legislation will bring online news providers into line with traditional news media operating in the country. From 1 June, when the rules come into force, they will be expected to follow “information security protocols”, including “emergency response” measures such…

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Top Asian News 4:56 a.m. GMT

Top Asian News 4:56 a.m. GMT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — To get a feel for how North Korea’s economy works, go buy a roll of toilet paper. Or start up a mobile phone network. As capitalist-style markets have grown more important in North Korea, so has a market-friendly exchange rate for the much-coveted U.S. dollars, euros and Chinese yuan that lubricate the North’s economy. But the official and unofficial rates are totally out of whack. And as one big investor recently found out, the difference can mean hundreds of millions of dollars in lost profits….

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Good News for MBA Aspirants: IIM-A Now Offers an Online PG Course Too!

Good News for MBA Aspirants: IIM-A Now Offers an Online PG Course Too!

The premier management institute has launched a two-year e-Post Graduate Programme in Management (ePGP) for working executives and entrepreneurs. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Source: By Mahargh Shah, via Wikimedia Commons The course will have a hybrid learning structure, offering a mixture of online as well as classroom learning. According to a report in The Indian Express, the technology partner for the course is Hughes Global Education, an online learning solutions provider. The programme will facilitate satellite-based education through an interactive onsite learning (IOL) platform across more than 85 classrooms in over…

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Cambridge scientists consider fake news ‘vaccine’

Cambridge scientists consider fake news ‘vaccine’

The appearance of fake news on websites and social media has inspired scientists to develop a “vaccine” to immunise people against the problem. A University of Cambridge study devised psychological tools to target fact distortion. Researchers suggest “pre-emptively exposing” readers to a small “dose” of the misinformation can help organisations cancel out bogus claims. Stories on the US election and Syria are among those to have caused concern. “Misinformation can be sticky, spreading and replicating like a virus,” said the University of Cambridge study’s lead author Dr Sander van der…

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Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation. Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health…

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Russian Effort Helped Spread Fake Election News, Report Says

Russian Effort Helped Spread Fake Election News, Report Says

A concerted Russian propaganda campaign helped spread fake election news and undermine the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, according to two research reports cited by the Washington Post. Russia’s campaign include technology like botnets as well paid human trolls to spread false news, particularly about Clinton’s health and supposedly nefarious connections. The reports—one from the national security magazine War on the Rocks and another from the group PropOrNot—suggest a significant coordinated effort to undermine U.S. democracy and weaken Clinton. Those allegations are part and parcel of broader allegations of Russian attempts…

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Fake stories outperformed real political news over the election’s final months

Fake stories outperformed real political news over the election’s final months

As the election season came to an end the fake news sources were just getting started. During the final three months of the US Presidential campaign, viral fake news sites crushed the real thing in terms of Facebook engagement. According to reporting from BuzzFeed News, the 20 top-performing fake election stories — those coming from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs — generated more than 8.7-million engagements. That’s shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook, for those keeping score at home. During the same period, the 20 best-performing election stories from legitimate media outlets…

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