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Fascinating story from Axios. I wonder what Rupert will do going forward. Will he stick with Trump or stick it to Trump?

Newsmax is working to pull ahead of conservative rival Fox News, trying to lure away its vital booking agents with promises of higher salaries, two people who have been contacted by Newsmax tell me.

Why it matters: The battle to serve as the venue of choice for conservative viewers has intensified as President Trump has chastised Fox for declaring Joe Biden the election winner and Newsmax has pandered to his believers.

Newsmax is owned by Trump friend Chris Ruddy. The bookers — who try to land guests at a moment's notice — said they believe his network courted them because it wants to gain their contacts.

They said several other colleagues — mostly younger Fox employees with lower salaries — also have been approached.
A spokesperson for Newsmax did not respond to a request for comment. Fox News did not provide a comment.

9 Tips for Covering Election Misinformation - American Press Institute 08/06/2020

9 Tips for Covering Election Misinformation - American Press Institute


9 Tips for Covering Election Misinformation - American Press Institute Experts warn that much of the discourse voters see this election will be laced with false information, misleading or out-of-context claims, and targeted disinformation. Most of that will be designed to suppress voter turnout and undermine confidence in our election system and election results. And i...


We wear masks because the person passing us in the store may have Covid and be asymptomatic. Or, it could be me. We won’t know until we can test freely. Wear masks. Be thoughtful.


Crisis communications 101:
Do not hide information; do not funnel everything through one office (which is run by someone incapable of this coronavirus job), or curtail relevant, thoughtful and honest speech on the topic. You will breed distrust and panic.

Being obsessed with being productive ... is unproductive 02/17/2020

Being obsessed with being productive ... is unproductive

Gotta say no to some things!

Being obsessed with being productive ... is unproductive A wave of writers and researchers are redefining how we view useful work.


The majority of U.S. adults in a new poll by Edelman Intelligence would feel more favorably toward a company whose CEO backs tougher background checks for gun purchases.

Why it matters: CEOs traditionally were reluctant to wade into polarizing issues, but they face pressure from shareholders, employees and customers to show their values.

The global communications firm, which has conducted the Edelman Trust Barometer research for 19 years, gave Axios a first look at the poll.

The bottom line: Companies have "more to gain than they put at risk by taking a stand" on guns.

Just this week, Walmart halted ammo sales for handguns and assault-style weapons. Kroger joined Walmart in asking shoppers not to carry guns openly.
Edelman's advice to CEOs, based on the research:

"Executives have the public's permission to use their platforms to draw visibility to the issue and support gun safety laws."
"Businesses can choose from a variety of unifying initiatives — like background checks, red flag laws and educational program funding."
"Consumers are 3x more likely to respond positively than negatively to a CEO or company that takes action to address gun violence."


Poynter: Allies of President Donald Trump have started a campaign to discredit news organizations and journalists they consider to be anti-Trump. The “aggressive operation” aims to publicize damaging information about journalists to “undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting.”

This is all according to a story in Sunday’s New York Times by Kenneth P. Vogel and Jeremy W. Peters. According to the story, the group already has released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times. The information comes from closely examining more than a decade’s worth of public posts and statements by journalists. The story said, “Only a fraction of what the network claims to have uncovered has been made public … with more to be disclosed as the 2020 election heats up.”

The Times said it is impossible to independently assess the claims about how much damaging information this group has, but that material publicized so far has “proved authentic, and much of it has been professionally harmful to targets.”

The White House has denied knowing anything about the operation. The Times named Arthur Schwartz, a conservative consultant and “friend and informal adviser” to Donald Trump Jr., as a key figure in the force to take down journalists. (As CNN’s Oliver Darcy noted, The Daily Beast’s Maxwell Tani wrote about Schwartz and this topic in January.)

Last week, a New York Times political editor got into trouble for tweets nearly a decade old, when he was in college, that ridiculed Jews, Native Americans and the Amish. The story first appeared on Breitbart News then spread quickly when Donald Trump Jr. tweeted it to his 3.8 million followers.

Schwartz then tweeted:

“If the @nytimes thinks this settles the matter we can expose a few of their other bigots. Lots more where this came from.”

The Times story goes on to say that the group not only is targeting high-profile journalists, but anyone who works for news outlets who are seen as being hostile toward the president to undermine the credibility of that outlet.

In a statement, New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger said, “They are seeking to harass and embarrass anyone affiliated with the leading news organizations that are asking tough questions and bringing uncomfortable truths to light. The goal of this campaign is clearly to intimidate journalists from doing their job, which includes serving as a check on power and exposing wrongdoing when it occurs. The Times will not be intimidated or silenced.”

Sulzberger also wrote a note to the staff, which the Times published online. In it, he showed support for the journalists at the Times, but added, “I also want to be clear: No organization is above scrutiny, including The Times. We have high standards, own our mistakes and always strive to do better. If anyone — even those acting in bad faith — brings legitimate problems to our attention, we’ll look into them and respond appropriately.”

So, you might say, if journalists never tweeted or said or did anything embarrassing then they have no need to worry, right? And if they have, shouldn’t it be exposed?

It’s not that simple.

According to this story, what this group is doing seems to be two-fold. One is to blackmail news organizations from questioning, criticizing and holding the president accountable. The other is to chip away at the media’s credibility so it cannot effectively keep the president in check.

In other words: stop the media from getting out information and, if they do get it out, make sure it’s not believed.

That’s incredibly damaging to our country because it’s an attempt to undercut one of the most essential parts of our democracy: a free and open press whose primary role is to hold the powerful accountable.

Yes, absolutely, the media should be held accountable, too. But stories published or aired by reputable news organizations stand up to scrutiny through the use of facts, sources and citations. Because this operation can’t discredit such stories, the next best thing to do is discredit the journalists and outlets by combing through tweets and Facebook and Instagram posts from years gone by.

Will this group find examples of stupid social media activity? Probably. Might it find journalists who had some legal or financial trouble in their distant past? Perhaps. Might there be some embarrassing text messages or emails uncovered? Possibly.

But ask yourself, what’s more important: What the president is doing right now or what some unknown copy editor who has nothing to do with a Trump story said on Twitter a decade ago? Which is more important to our democracy: holding the president accountable or seeing to it that a production assistant at CNN is punished for an Instagram post from a New Year’s Eve party five years ago?

This operation has no interest in making our country better or supporting an independent press. It only is interested in distracting the public with unimportant items to allow the president to rule ungoverned, unchecked and unhampered.

Tweet of the day

Not sure I actually believe this is what world leaders were asking, but here’s what President Trump tweeted on Sunday:

“The question I was asked most today by fellow World Leaders, who think the USA is doing so well and is stronger than ever before, happens to be, ‘Mr. President, why does the American media hate your Country so much? Why are they rooting for it to fail?’”


@CNN’s vile food-fight ratings quest didn’t work for me at all. I hope they never do another debate.

Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray in Kiss? Or as Crocodile Dundee? 07/14/2019

Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray in Kiss? Or as Crocodile Dundee?

Enjoy, tennis fans!

Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray in Kiss? Or as Crocodile Dundee? Meet the man behind the film, art and music parodies that form a unique chronicle of Andy Murray's career.


Happy summertime!

Opinion | How to Get Every Email Returned 05/29/2019

Opinion | How to Get Every Email Returned

This is applicable for any writer. #Writing #WriteWithPower

Opinion | How to Get Every Email Returned Or at least how to try.


The universe never ceases to amaze. Have a great weekend!

Opinion | I’m not the grammar police. But writing well is an act of resistance. 02/10/2019

Opinion | I’m not the grammar police. But writing well is an act of resistance.

This is SO important, especially for those who write about technology. If the writing isn't clear and succinct, your company loses. If the CTO can't verbalize on the product with clarity, the technology can't be effectively communicated to, say, the media, which is what you are about.
#writing #technology

Opinion | I’m not the grammar police. But writing well is an act of resistance. People are acutely interested in good writing, even in the age of tweeting.

Line Riders - Beethoven's 5th 11/06/2018

Line Riders - Beethoven's 5th

Enjoy this wonderful creation while you #VOTE!!

Line Riders - Beethoven's 5th I spent over 3 months synchronizing a line rider track to Beethoven's 5th drawing everything by hand. There is no animation happening here. Any time a charac...

Trump inciting 'violence’: Nearly 200 retired journalists condemn president’s ‘un-American’ attacks on press 10/25/2018

Trump inciting 'violence’: Nearly 200 retired journalists condemn president’s ‘un-American’ attacks on press

Trump inciting 'violence’: Nearly 200 retired journalists condemn president’s ‘un-American’ attacks on press "Trump's condoning of political violence is part of a sustained pattern of attack on a free press--which includes labeling any reportage he doesn't like as 'fake news,'" the letter said.


From Poynter: HOW SINCLAIR IS MOVING LOCAL TV TO THE RIGHT: Employees of the company with the largest number of local TV stations say Sinclair: a) orders them to air biased political segments produced by the corporate news division, including editorials by the conservative commentator Mark Hyman, and b) feeds interviewers slanted questions intended to favor Republicans.

The big question, asks Gene Kimmelman, the president of the consumer-protection group Public Knowledge, is "whether Sinclair is fit to be a licensee, period. Whether it is fit to own any stations, not two hundred. Any.” By The New Yorker's Sheelah Kolhatkar.

Register to Vote 10/04/2018

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SCOTUSblog - The Supreme Court of the United States blog 10/02/2018

SCOTUSblog - The Supreme Court of the United States blog

I believe there is one main reason that the GOP desperately needs to get Kavanaugh confirmed as soon as they can: the upcoming SCOTUS case Gamble vs. U.S., No. 17-646. www.scotusblog.com/...

With Gamble vs. U.S., No. 17-646, the results of this case will have the power to change the lives of Donald Trump and every Republican scumbag in Congress (and beyond), as well as America as we know it. Gamble vs. U.S. deals with the “separate sovereigns” exception to the double jeopardy clause and, if overruled, will allow a sitting president to pardon both federal and state-level crimes.

Obviously you can see where this is going…

It’s a given that, with Kav seated as the fifth partisan Republican judge on the Supreme Court, he will be the deciding vote to overturn the seperation sovereignty exception, thus giving Trump and the GOP a get-out-of-jail card. This is terrifying, infuriating, sickening and will ultimately be the very death of American democracy. With this kind of power, the Republican party will forever be unstoppable

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America, help! The freedom of the nation depends on you, hundreds of news outlets write 08/16/2018

America, help! The freedom of the nation depends on you, hundreds of news outlets write

“Trump’s references to us as the 'enemy of the American People' are no less dangerous because they happen to be strategic,” the Star says. “That is what N***s called Jews. It’s how Joseph Stalin’s critics were marked for ex*****on.”

America, help! The freedom of the nation depends on you, hundreds of news outlets write Here are excerpts from a nationwide drive of news editorials to promote a free press and reject President Donald Trump’s drive to scapego

Opinion | A Free Press Needs You 08/16/2018

Opinion | A Free Press Needs You

Support freedom of the press!

Opinion | A Free Press Needs You Don’t just take it from us. Scores of publications from around the country are raising their voices.

How Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News 08/09/2018

How Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News


How Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News 'It’s the equivalent of a public health crisis.’


Cool beans!


It’s hard to understand why Zuckerberg hasn’t spoken. It’s also hard to understand why the people who are so unhappy working for Trump don’t resign and save their integrity (if possible).

Hacked Hikvision IP Camera Map 12/20/2017

Hacked Hikvision IP Camera Map

Amazing reporting.

Hacked Hikvision IP Camera Map Interactive map showing Hikvision hacked IP cameras.

Photos from MightyScribe's post 12/11/2017

Have a Twin Peaks Christmas!

Hikvision Chinese Government Owner CETHIK Exposed 11/21/2017

Hikvision Chinese Government Owner CETHIK Exposed

The truth always comes out. Companies and people should know this by now, don’t ya think?

Hikvision Chinese Government Owner CETHIK Exposed Hikvision marketing deceives. Proof provided.


Happy to see Manafort getting busted for conspiring against the USA. Trump will go nuts. Kelly Ann is not up to this.

Some brief notes on BuzzFeed's Breitbart bombshell 10/06/2017

Some brief notes on BuzzFeed's Breitbart bombshell

The opposite of truth, and they love Trump. 🤔

Some brief notes on BuzzFeed's Breitbart bombshell BuzzFeed confirms Breitbart solicits ideas and gives editorial control to white supremacists and neo-N***s


This is quite a pickle Donald.


Trump has given up on crisis communications. He's dropping bombs instead and communicating with distraction.

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