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Madam45for2923's Journal
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August 30, 2017

Presidential Pardons Might Not End Russia Prosecutions


While presidential pardons can halt the federal case, local prosecutors could then pursue any Americans suspected of aiding Russia’s election meddling. In fact, legal experts say presidential pardons could make that prospect more likely.

According to a new MSNBC legal analysis, federal pardons could open the door to local criminal investigations in several states.

Why So Many States Might Have a Case
The most likely places are New York, Virginia and Illinois, three states where there is evidence that election-related crimes occurred — though it is unclear if any Americans assisted with those Russian efforts.

Beyond the three main states, the legal arguments for potential criminal jurisdiction are even broader, extending to many of the 39 states that were subject to Russian hacking.

According to U.S. intelligence and public accounts, Russian efforts included criminal hacking into Democratic National Committee emails, a conspiracy to distribute that stolen material, and separate computer intrusions into state election systems. That activity could form the basis of felony cases in several states, and conspiracy charges if any Americans were found to be involved.

Local prosecutors have not disclosed investigations of such conduct. Typically, state and local prosecutors defer to federal investigators, especially in national security cases. But pardons could change that.

According to a source with knowledge of one state attorney general’s preparations, the office is already studying its potential state jurisdiction for Russia-related crimes. The source told MSNBC that state investigators typically defer to federal inquiries, but there is a perception the Russia inquiry may not turn out to be a typical situation.


August 26, 2017

Studies agree: Media gorged on Hillary Clinton email coverage / Washington Post

A December report from Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy delivered some sobering news for all those investigative reporters who may have supposed that their Trump exclusives were changing the world: None of them were breaking from the pack. “Clinton’s controversies got more attention than Trump’s (19 percent versus 15 percent) and were more focused,” noted study author Thomas E. Patterson. “Trump wallowed in a cascade of separate controversies. Clinton’s badgering had a laser-like focus. She was alleged to be scandal-prone. Clinton’s alleged scandals accounted for 16 percent of her coverage—four times the amount of press attention paid to Trump’s treatment of women and sixteen times the amount of news coverage given to Clinton’s most heavily covered policy position.”

Another study-producing instrumentality of Harvard University couldn’t agree more. In a report released last week, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard put together this chart documenting coverage of various Clinton-Trump issues from May 2015 through the November 2016 election.

“Clinton – Email” is clearly the beast of this lot, though the category includes not only the scandal over the candidate’s use of a personal email server during her run as secretary of state, but also emails that surfaced on WikiLeaks relating to her campaign. Whereas the Shorenstein Center conclusions featured inputs from the major broadcasters and newspapers over the final months of the 2016 race, the Berkman Klein results stem from online content over a longer period. That they both reached the same conclusion says something. “I think the fact that we get the same results as Shorenstein using significantly different methodologies yields a high degree of confidence,” Robert Faris, the center’s research director, tells the Erik Wemple Blog.

So just how did this disparity evolve? “One of the possible explanations of this is that these scandals associated with Hillary Clinton spanned the entirety of the whole campaign. The Trump scandals came and went over time,” says Faris. Of course, scandals don’t behave entirely of their own accord; they need media attention or inattention to live another day or expire. As Faris himself notes, the Trump campaign and its allies — particularly in Congress — found ways to keep the email server in the news. The story, says Faris, “just kept getting updated repeatedly over time.” Take it from the Erik Wemple Blog, who has written millions of posts on topics like Fox News, “Fox & Friends” and Rolling Stone’s disastrous rape story: Updating a story whose facts and outlines are already familiar is a great deal easier than starting a fresh topic.

more... https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/08/25/studies-agree-media-gorged-on-hillary-clinton-email-coverage/?utm_term=.f3ebe5b5c727

Edit: Reminder form 2016.

Hillary Clinton Interview: One-On-One | Andrea Mitchell | MSNBC

August 26, 2017

Harvard study: Breitbart dominated 2016 immigration coverage

Harvard study: Breitbart dominated 2016 immigration coverage
Research from Harvard University shows that the media was tilted towards Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Robert Faris and Farai Chideya join Ari Melber to discuss. Duration: 7:27

Video here: http://www.msnbc.com/the-beat-with-ari-melber/watch/harvard-study-breitbart-dominated-2016-immigration-coverage-1032779843998

August 26, 2017

Harvard study: Breitbart dominated 2016 immigration coverage

Harvard study: Breitbart dominated 2016 immigration coverage
Research from Harvard University shows that the media was tilted towards Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Robert Faris and Farai Chideya join Ari Melber to discuss. Duration: 7:27

Video here: http://www.msnbc.com/the-beat-with-ari-melber/watch/harvard-study-breitbart-dominated-2016-immigration-coverage-1032779843998

August 25, 2017

Become an OFA community engagement fellow this fall https://www.ofa.us/ofa-training-updates/

Become an OFA community engagement fellow this fall

OFA supporters are change-makers. We're bold. We speak out for progress. And we fight for change by getting organized. Right now, we need folks like you—smart, passionate people—more than ever. Whether you're new to organizing or just need to brush up on your skills, the Community Engagement Fellowship equips organizers of all levels with the tools and training to successfully run events that bring communities together around important issues.

For six weeks, fellows learn from experienced organizers and trainers through weekly webinars. Fellows get a deep dive into the theory of change behind community organizing, then work side-by-side with experienced community organizers where they live.

Throughout the program, fellows are challenged to build community relationships, develop fundamental organizing skills, and explore their leadership potential.

What you’ll do as a community engagement fellow:

Attend the fellows onboarding in your area
Attend weekly webinars every Wednesday at 7:30 pm CT from September 27 to November 1
Complete weekly assignments after each webinar
Work with your fellows manager to execute a community engagement event
Application process and timeline:

Application deadline: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Acceptance date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Program onboarding training: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Ready to apply? Please complete the fields below.

The OFA Community Engagement Fellowship is unpaid, is primarily for educational and training purposes, and is not expected to lead to an offer of permanent employment.

First name*
Last name*
Best phone number to use to reach you

How have you been involved with OFA?*

How did you hear about the OFA Fellowship?*

Fellows must commit to attend live webinars every Wednesday (March 8 - April 12). Trainings are held from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Central Time and cannot be rescheduled. Can you commit to attend the weekly trainings?*

What's at stake this year isn't trivial. From access to affordable health care, to protecting our planet, to ensuring we are an open and welcoming country, communities across the United States are taking action on the most important issues of our day. In 300 words or less, describe a pressing issue that is currently affecting your community, explain its personal significance to you, and outline what you would do to organize an event that engages your community around this issue.*

As an OFA fellow, you will participate in weekly online webinars, complete weekly assignments, and engage in weekly meetings with your fellows manager. Successful fellows are self-motivated and comfortable guiding their own learning experience. In 100 words or less, describe a challenging learning experience and what you did to overcome it. What shaped your response?*

What questions do you have for the interviewing team?

August 25, 2017

Despite Disavowals, Leading Tech Companies Help Extremist Sites Monetize Hate


Btw, this is the story that caused trolls to attack our emails.

It's a good story. You should share it.


Despite Disavowals, Leading Tech Companies Help Extremist Sites Monetize Hate

Most tech companies have policies against working with hate websites. Yet a ProPublica survey found that PayPal, Stripe, Newsmax and others help keep more than half of the most-visited extremist sites in business.

By Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Madeleine Varner and Lauren Kirchner, Aug. 19, 2017, 1:45 p.m.

Because of its “extreme hostility toward Muslims,” the website Jihadwatch.org is considered an active hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The views of the site’s director, Robert Spencer, on Islam led the British Home Office to ban him from entering the country in 2013. ... But its designation as a hate site hasn’t stopped tech companies — including PayPal, Amazon and Newsmax — from maintaining partnerships with Jihad Watch that help to sustain it financially. PayPal facilitates donations to the site. Newsmax — the online news network run by President Donald Trump’s close friend Chris Ruddy — pays Jihad Watch in return for users clicking on its headlines. Until recently, Amazon allowed Jihad Watch to participate in a program that promised a cut of any book sales that the site generated. All three companies have policies that say they don’t do business with hate groups.

Jihad Watch is one of many sites that monetize their extremist views through relationships with technology companies. ProPublica surveyed the most visited websites of groups designated as extremist by either the SPLC or the Anti-Defamation League. We found that more than half of them — 39 out of 69 — made money from ads, donations or other revenue streams facilitated by technology companies. At least 10 tech companies played a role directly or indirectly in supporting these sites.

Traditionally, tech companies have justified such relationships by contending that it’s not their role to censor the Internet or to discourage legitimate political expression. Also, their management wasn’t necessarily aware that they were doing business with hate sites because tech services tend to be automated and based on algorithms tied to demographics.

In the wake of last week’s violent protest by alt-right groups in Charlottesville, more tech companies have disavowed relationships with extremist groups. During just the last week, six of the sites on our list were shut down. Even the web services company Cloudflare, which had long defended its laissez-faire approach to political expression, finally ended its relationship with the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer last week.

... https://www.propublica.org/article/leading-tech-companies-help-extremist-sites-monetize-hate

Update, Aug. 22, 2017:
The name of Taboola’s spokeswoman was removed at the company’s request.

Update, Aug. 19, 2017:
This story has been updated to include a comment from PayPal.

Update, Aug. 24, 2017:
This story has been updated to include actions taken by PayPal and Plasso to shut down services.
August 24, 2017

Fake News Podcast: Join anti-Alex Jones as he uncovers the corrosive effects of alternative facts

In an unfathomable political landscape, Oliver Chinyere is willing to trudge through the swamp to investigate the greatest racket of our time: Fake News. Decode the week’s articles, follow the biggest players, and go behind enemy lies with expert interviews and shamelessly incisive analysis. How deep will you get? How far does this crime go? Join the “anti-Alex Jones” as he uncovers the corrosive effects of alternative facts on our media, our democracy, and our minds.


Also there's this with lots of linked resources:

Can Librarians Save Us from Fake News?


Fake news "is not journalism that changes over time; it's not journalism in which a reporter conveys wrong information because sources have given that reporter wrong information; none of that is fake news," Schneider said. "That's the reality of imperfect journalism, day in and day out, trying to do the best it can." The distinction, Schneider added, is intent. When a news outlet or reporter sets out to purposefully deceive or mislead, or knowingly publishes fabricated information, that is fake news.


Mostly, librarians are fighting fake news with education. Schneider and the journalism school are partnering with the university's library to create a news and information workshop or tutorial. At the University of Michigan, a group of librarians have developed a "Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda" course for fall 2017.
Many libraries are now directly participating in curriculum development, said Julie Todaro, president of the American Library Association (ALA). Others have added "fake news" resources to their websites to teach news consumers to be more discerning.

"This is in our wheelhouse, this is what we've always done," Todaro said. "And we call it a variety of things—information literacy, information fluency."

Todaro often directs news consumers to the CRAAP test, a list of criteria put out by the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico. The test includes a list of several questions to ask in each of five categories: currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose.

She also suggests people view an online guide with over 2,000 pages of vetted information about fake news, or "alternative truth," and to her own library's website, which offers a tutorial on fake news.

"For us as librarians, this is exactly what we do," said Doreen Bradley, one of the librarians who helped with the course proposal. "We collect everything, whether we agree with that perspective or not."

What's the curriculum like for a fake news class? The Michigan librarians are not entirely sure yet. Ideally, students will learn to understand their own perspectives and realize no source or individual is completely objective. Instructors will also urge students to avoid contributing to the spread of fake news by pausing to verify information before sharing an article on social media, Bradley said.


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