"FAKE news" was named Collins Dictionary's official Word of the Year for 2017 - and there's a good reason why. The term has become popularised by US President Donald Trump and its usage is said to have risen by 365 per cent since 2016. Who did Donald Trump name in his 'Fake News Awards'? Donald Trump had touted his "Fake News Awards" before the list was published on the Republican Party website. Unfortunately the website crashed within seconds of the president tweeting a link to the results. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was awarded the number one spot for a tweet saying "on the day of President Trump's historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover". It also included ABC veteran reporter Brian Ross and networks and publications Newsweek, TIME and the Washington Post. On August 28, 2018, he attacked Google by accusing the search engine giant of prioritising "fake news" in its search results - a claim the company denies. He took to Twitter to claim the results … [Read more...] about What is ‘fake news’, what is Theresa May’s new security unit and what were Donald Trump’s Fake News Awards?
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opinion Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 4:27 p.m. UTC Aug 6, 2018 “(The people) have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right, to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” — John Adams, 1765 President Donald Trump last week called many media outlets “the enemy of the American people.” His press secretary, when given the chance to retract, deny, or at least clarify that statement, refused to do so, instead listing off times that she herself has felt mistreated by journalists. Presidents come and go. So do press secretaries. Ideas stick around longer. The idea of a free press, for example, as essential to America — protected by the First Amendment of our Constitution — predates this President by nearly 230 years. So when the idea that the press is the “enemy” of America starts to float around, we ought to be concerned. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s ‘fake news’ press has exposed government corruption despite its flaws
Donald Trump has rushed to the defence of a broadcasting company criticised for ordering dozens of its news anchors to recite the same pre-scripted lines echoing his attacks on "fake news" In a set of promos Sinclair Broadcasting, which owns more than 170 US TV stations, reportedly ordered its presenters' to claim that the media was behaving in a way that was “extremely dangerous to democracy”. The adverts, which began airing last week, are part of a campaign by Sinclair to warn of the dangers of "one-sided news stories plaguing our country" and have been met with widespread criticism. Read more Russian hackers 'targeted Tumblr during the US election' Malaysia plans 10-year prison sentences for fake news under new law Fake news travels much further and faster than real news, study finds NRA post video showing man smash 'fake news' TV with a sledgehammer Mr Trump has now taken to Twitter to defend Sinclair claiming it is "far superior" to other the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump defends Sinclair Broadcasting for getting dozens of anchors to parrot his attacks on ‘fake news’
Donald Trump personally phoned Roseanne Barr to congratulate the actor on her TV show revival which saw an estimated 18.4 million people tune into the sitcom's debut. The US President also called Barr, who has endorsed Mr Trump despite previously voicing left-wing views, on Wednesday to thank her for lending him support. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the call between the actor and Mr Trump - who is famed for his obsession with ratings - had taken place. Read more A ridiculous number of people watched the Roseanne reboot Roseanne is back: But does 2018 actually need her? 'Roseanne' star says hit sitcom returning to tackle Trump's America Roseanne returned to screens more than two decades after it ended its original run. The series, which focused on an Illinois working class family called the Conners, became the most watched show in the US from 1989 to 1990. The revival’s debut sees a family row erupt between … [Read more...] about Donald Trump calls Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on sitcom reboot
President Donald Trump kept up his attack on the escalating Russia investigation, insisting in a new tweet Monday that it was "a total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!" The comment came a day after a top White House lawyer tried to calm speculation that the president was considering firing the special counsel leading the probe.White House lawyer Ty Cobb offered a statement late Sunday after top congressional Republicans warned of repercussions if Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into contacts between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia and Russian meddling in the presidential election.In a series of weekend tweets, Trump jabbed directly at Mueller by name for the first time. The president challenged the investigation's existence and suggested political bias on the part of Mueller's investigators. Trump has long been frustrated by the lengthy and intensifying probe, and insists his campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the election in his … [Read more...] about Donald Trump keeps up attacks on escalating Russia ‘WITCH HUNT!’