‘When I say the enemy of the people, I’m talking about the fake news,’ the US president told Fox News. Claiming the media holds him to a higher standard than his rivals, President Donald Trump doubled down Monday night on the type of rhetoric his critics have argued influenced the perpetrators of a mail bomb scare against CNN and high-profile Democrats last week and a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend. “When I say the enemy of the people, I’m talking about the fake news, and you know it better than anybody,” he told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. “You have news out there that is so fake.” In his first network television interview since those stories of domestic terrorism came to dominate headlines side-by-side, the president said that journalists did not seek to implicate former President Barack Obama in a racially motivated shooting at an African-American church in Charleston that left nine parishioners dead in … [Read more...] about Trump cries media bias in fallout from bomb scare, synagogue shooting
20 September 2018 Social Media Allegations that Facebook and other platforms have bias in content moderation decisions may not be so far fetched, Jillian York writes Amidst a surge of articles about social media companies over the past few months, one small piece of news may have gotten lost: A manual used by Facebook to train its thousands of content moderators contained a photograph of red-robed monks standing amongst heaps of dead bodies, whilst below it a caption read ‘The Body of Muslims slaughted [sic] by Buddhists (Barma) [sic].’ According to Motherboard, the adjacent slide from Facebook reads: ‘This is a newsworthy exception for the victims of violence in Burma [Myanmar].’ (Disclosure: I’m quoted in that article.) What made this image troublesome wasn’t the dead bodies (though indeed the photo represented a tragedy) or the glaring typos in the caption but the fact that the photograph wasn’t from Myanmar at all, but was rather … [Read more...] about Does social media bias in content moderation exist?
Life by Press Association September 18, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The state-funded RT network is currently subject to 10 investigations into media bias, including its coverage of the Salisbury poisoning. Ofcom is investigating the broadcaster, funded by the Russian government, following concerns over due impartiality in its news coverage and discussion shows. The coverage of the fatal Salisbury incident in March of this year is the most recent broadcast to spark an investigation by the UK media watchdog. This news comes as media minister Jeremy Wright is set to castigate the perceived misinformation of the “Kremlin-backed” news sources in a speech to the Royal Television Society. RT’s Sputnik programme is being assessed for its discussion of former FSB secret service officer, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and whether it was sufficiently balanced. The programme was hosted by George … [Read more...] about RT subject to 10 investigations into ‘media bias’
Life by Press Association September 18, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Media minister Jeremy Wright will call for strong public broadcasting after “blatant disinformation” in the wake of the Salisbury incident. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to criticise “Kremlin-backed” sources for spreading false narratives about the poisoning on March 4 this year. In a speech to be delivered to the Royal Television Society (RTS) conference, he is expected to specifically target RT, formerly Russia Today, for its programming. Mr Wright is set to highlight the state-funded station a “major concern”, and call on the UK’s own public broadcasters to fight back against disinformation. RT recently conducted an interview with two suspects in the Salisbury incident, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who both said they had simply been tourists in the … [Read more...] about Jeremy Wright set to slam ‘Kremlin-backed’ media after Salisbury incident
Ken Livingstone is an English politician, he served as the Mayor of London between 2000 and 2008. He is also a former MP and a former member of the Labour Party. Today it seems like we are in another Cold War. It was breathtaking to watch our PM Theresa May immediately blaming Russia for the poisoning of the Skripals before the police had conducted their investigation into the evidence. Growing up after the Second World War our news was dominated by the threat from the Soviet Union, but when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 I don’t think anyone could have guessed that just over two decades later we would be once again talking about the threat from Russia. Anyone who only gets their news from the British or American media is kept in ignorance of the truth; the endless accusations about the Skirpal poisoning or the conflict over Crimea is presented in a completely biased way in which most of the facts are ignored. But there is nothing new about this: dishonest reporting and … [Read more...] about ‘Be careful about what you believe’ – Ken Livingstone on US, UK media bias & lies