Homeland Security Chief Tells Trump He Can Use Saber ‘On The Press’

After President Donald Trump received a ceremonial saber at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly could be heard on an open microphone telling him, “You can use that on the press.”
“Yeah,” Trump replied with a chuckle as Kelly smiled at the commencement ceremony in New London, Connecticut.
The exchange occurred after Trump delivered the commencement speech to new graduates, remarks in which he complained about how he’s being covered by journalists.

“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media,” Trump told the crowd. “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” 

The Trump administration has Continue reading "Homeland Security Chief Tells Trump He Can Use Saber ‘On The Press’"

Trump Gave Info To Russians CNN Was Asked Not To Report For Fear Of Losing Lives

When a CNN reporter was asked by Trump administration officials not to report the name of the city where intelligence had been collected on ISIS, the network agreed not to do it. President Donald Trump, though, slipped the details to Russian officials.

In March, CNN’s Evan Perez learned from intelligence officials that ISIS was developing explosives to be hidden in electronic devices and activated on international flights. Perez was asked not to reveal the city where the intelligence came from, because “it would, they insisted, get people killed,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said Tuesday. Perez did not include the name of the city in his story for the cable network.
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Ann Coulter Rejects Rescheduling Offer From UC Berkeley

After threats of violence aimed at conservative pundit Ann Coulter’s planned speaking event rattled officials at the University of California, Berkeley, the university proposed to reschedule the date. Coulter has rejected the offer.
“What are they going to do? Arrest me?” Coulter asked Fox News host Tucker Carlson Wednesday night after the university initially said she couldn’t speak on campus on April 27.
The decision to cancel that event came amid worries that it could spark the same kind of politically related violent protests the campus has seen in the last few months. Coulter was invited by the Berkeley College Republicans. University spokesman Dan Mogulof told The Huffington Post that police had learned that groups responsible for earlier violent demonstrations planned to target Coulter’s speech.

‘Clean Sheets’ Means An ‘Easy Life’ For Jailed Immigrants, Fox News Says

If there’s one thing guaranteed to make these anchors nearly squeal in delight, it’s the suffering of others.
On Friday morning’s ​”Fox & Friends,”  hosts Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earhardt simply couldn’t control their glee when talking about jailed immigrants.

“The party is over for illegal criminals in jail,” Kilmeade said, referencing a new plan by President Donald Trump that would massively curtail protections for detained immigrants.
“Get this: They’re enjoying seven hours of outdoor activity,” Kilmeade continued. “Who gets that anymore? Fresh sheets ― I don’t get that. No need to learn English. I was born with that. But the Trump administration vowing a new plan to cut back on Continue reading "‘Clean Sheets’ Means An ‘Easy Life’ For Jailed Immigrants, Fox News Says"

CNN Analyst Compares Syria Strike To Kentucky Basketball

Looking for a way to talk down to your audience? Just tell them a U.S. military strike on foreign soil is not, in fact, like Kentucky basketball. 

That’s what happened on CNN Thursday night following President Donald Trump’s surprise missile attack on a Syrian air base. Speaking to Anderson Cooper, retired Army Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks, a military analyst for the network, contrasted the strike in Syria with ― of all things ― Kentucky’s college basketball program.
“This is not like Kentucky basketball, one and done,” Marks said, referring to the Kentucky Wildcats’ program that tends to focus on players who play a single season before heading to the NBA. “This is the start of a series of operations.” 
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Say Goodbye To Twitter Eggs, Not Trolls

Twitter eggs have finally hatched, and from their shells have emerged amorphous human blobs.
On Friday, Twitter announced that its iconic eggs would no longer be the default profile pictures for new users. Instead, they’ll be replaced with the silhouette of a “generic, serious, unbranded” avatar. What a time to be alive!
In a press release, Twitter explained that they hope the new change will prevent people from sticking with the “fun and cute” egg, and spur them to quickly switch the setting to something more personalized. 
An empty state, essentially, is what we wanted it to be,” senior manager of product design Bryan Haggerty told Co.Design.
The eggs are perhaps most synonymous with internet trolls hell-bent on harassing other users under a cloak of anonymity. 
“We’ve noticed patterns of behavior with accounts that are created only to harass others ― often they don’t Continue reading "Say Goodbye To Twitter Eggs, Not Trolls"

A Satire Website Posted Fake News To Trump Supporters. Many Believed It.

The idea was simple enough: publish as many absurd, obviously fake stories imaginable, and see if anyone actually falls for it. The results of this experiment were both fascinating and disheartening. 

“BREAKING: Satire Makes Fools Of Gullible Trump Supporters.”

That’s the headline James McDaniel published on his intentionally fake news website, UndergroundNewsReport.com, earlier this month.

Within just two weeks of his website going online, McDaniel had already amassed more than a million views, thousands of comments on his stories, and hundreds of thousands of “likes” and “shares” on Facebook. 

“While writing them, I was aiming for stories that no one would believe, but rather would be satirical in an age where disinformation is so prevalent,” McDaniel wrote on his website. “Just for fun, I decided to post Continue reading "A Satire Website Posted Fake News To Trump Supporters. Many Believed It."