Tapper Grills Cory Gardner (But Not Chuck Schumer) Over Florida Vote: ‘Any Specific Evidence at All’ of Fraud, Theft?


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On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, host Jake Tapper grilled Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) about accusations of fraud and attempts to “steal” the election in Florida. Tapper repeatedly asked for specific evidence of “criminal” activity, and Gardner cited major procedural issues and questionable decisions made by Democrats, as well as the Florida courts ruling in favor of Republicans against the county boards committing those errors. “A statement from your organization the NRSC says of Florida, quote, ‘it’s clear the Democrats vote here is not to count every vote fairly but to steal an election’. In a tweet, President Trump accused Democrats in Florida of committing fraud. Governor Rick Scott, who is running for Senate, has made similar comments,” said Tapper. “Is there any specific evidence at all of anyone committing fraud or trying to steal the election, trying to change the outcome?” “Well here’s the specific evidence Continue reading "Tapper Grills Cory Gardner (But Not Chuck Schumer) Over Florida Vote: ‘Any Specific Evidence at All’ of Fraud, Theft?"

Why We’re So Polarized


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Last week on our show, Bob spoke with Lilliana Mason, a University of Maryland political psychologist and author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity, about the reasons behind the tribalism and enmity that characterize our politics. The conversation covered a lot of ground, and much of it — including the political decisions that have shaped the two major parties over the past 50 years, as well as the distinct ways that Republicans and Democrats deploy partisan rage — didn’t make it into our tightly packed show. But, it’s too interesting and important to leave on the cutting room floor, so we’re sharing it as this week’s midterm edition podcast extra. Enjoy!

Knock, Knock


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With the midterms approaching, Democrats and Republicans are fighting to control the national conversation. This week, On the Media looks at how to assess the predictions about a blue or red wave this November. Republican messaging — especially from the White House — has emphasized the dangers presented by the so-called caravan. How did that caravan begin? And, what is the history behind the documents that regulate international travel? Plus, how transgender rights activists in Massachusetts are deploying a counter-intuitive door-to-door tactic.
  1. Clare Malone [@ClareMalone], senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight, on the electoral reporting tropes that dominate midterm coverage. Listen.

  2. Sarah Kinosian [@skinosian], freelance reporter, on the origins of the current Central American caravan. Listen.

  3. John Torpey [@JohnCTorpey], historian at the CUNY Graduate Center, on the history of passports. Listen.

  4. David Broockman [@dbroockman], political scientist at the Stanford Graduate Continue reading "Knock, Knock"

A referendum on media experiments? Here’s what news organizations are toying with in the 2018 election cycle


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The needle is back. It’s okay to shudder. We’re rapidly approaching the first major election since American media largely flopped (The New York Times’ election-night needle included) in adequately reporting on the 2016 race and forecasting a Trump presidency. National elections are, alongside the Olympics, the premier staging ground for American media experiments with technology and formats. (Both are really big events, scheduled years ahead of time, that produce a ton of real-time data to crunch and present.) The midterms are an opportunity to test what works — and what flops — halfway through Trump’s first term, with (hopefully) a substantial swath of America heading to the polls November 6 to vote for governors, senators, congresspeople, and various other local officials. Innovative coverage of the 2016 election featured Slack tools, podcasts, and even a quasi-time capsule. But those are so 2016. In this election
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Bill Maher on His $1 Million Donation to Democratic Senate PAC: ‘I’m Worried About This Country’


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HBO talk show host Bill Maher has donated $1 million to the Senate Majority PAC. The PAC is aligned with Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and is aimed at helping to get Democrats elected to the Senate. “Does everybody agree that this election coming up is the most important election we’ve seen?” he asked his panel, who agreed  it “absolutely” was. “That’s why this donation I made,” Maher said, before showing a graphic of a Hollywood Reporter article talking about his million dollar donation. He continued on: “In 2012, I did this, and this is different. That was for my country and i thought it was very important that the first black president get a second term. All the money in the country was going to the Republicans. This time it’s a little more personal. I’m worried about this country and really what’s going to happen to Continue reading "Bill Maher on His $1 Million Donation to Democratic Senate PAC: ‘I’m Worried About This Country’"

Twitter Memes the Heck Out of Trump’s ‘5 For 5’ Election Boast: ‘He’s Thinking Arby’s’


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President Donald Trump tweeted “5 for 5!” Wednesday, and people were quick to check him on it. Trump wrote the tweet referring to the elections which occurred Tuesday night, but two elections were too close to call as of Wednesday morning. Twitter didn’t miss a beat on it and conjectured that “5 for 5” may be referring to any number of other things; of course, some others merely called bs:

Exiting the exit poll: The AP’s new plan for surveying voters after a not-so-hot 2016


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One hundred and seventy-four days remain until the United States’ midterm elections (421 until the next presidential election, but who’s counting) — which means there’s still time to “evolve” how polling is conducted. The 2016 presidential election wasn’t polling’s shining moment, with many post-mortems pointing to opinion polls misleading election forecasters and underestimating now-President Trump’s support. It didn’t help that some polls were tied to news organizations that don’t really have the resources anymore to support this work — at least doing this work well. There’s no perfect poll aside from (maybe) the ballot itself, but the polling system — both conducted by the media and reported on in the media — has faced critics since long before November 8, 2016. These issues contributed to the Associated Press’ and Fox News’ departure from the Election Day polling data shared by the major networks last year. But now the wire Continue reading "Exiting the exit poll: The AP’s new plan for surveying voters after a not-so-hot 2016"

Trump Dishes on His Phone Chat Congratulating Putin on Election Win: ‘We Had a Very Good Call’


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Bosom buddies Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump had a rip-roaring time on the horn when Trump congratulated the Russian president for winning the “election.” This is according to… Donald Trump. After answering questions about the bombings in Austin during a joint press conference with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House, a reporter asked an inaudible question, to which Trump responded: “I had a call with president Putin and congratulated him on his election victory.” “The call had to do also with the fact that we will probably get together in the not-too-distant future so that we can discuss the arms race,” Trump continued. “As you know, he made a statement that being in an arms race is not a great thing … and we are spending $700 billion this year on our military, and a lot of it is that we are going to Continue reading "Trump Dishes on His Phone Chat Congratulating Putin on Election Win: ‘We Had a Very Good Call’"

Watch Guardian’s Stunning Interview With Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: ‘A Grossly Unethical Experiment’


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A 27-year-old data scientist named Christopher Wylie revealed extraordinary information about his time working for Cambridge Analytica in an interview with The Guardian published Saturday. The controversial company harvested 50 million Facebook users’ personal information in an attempt to “build a psychological profile of each voter” throughout the United States, Wylie said. Among other charges, the whistleblower said the company was capable of pulling users’ private information without their consent, including status updates and direct messages. He also directly contradicted statements made by Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Group, who denied the use of Facebook data in a testimony before Parliament. “That’s just fundamentally not true because we spent a million dollars harvesting tens of millions of Facebook profiles, and those profiles were used as the basis of the algorithms that became the foundation of Cambridge Analytica,” Wylie said. “The company was founded Continue reading "Watch Guardian’s Stunning Interview With Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: ‘A Grossly Unethical Experiment’"

Trump Says ‘Mueller Probe Should Never Have Been Started’ in Scathing Tweets After McCabe Firing


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President Donald Trump unleashed a series of scathing tweets on Saturday, blasting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation and Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI. The president’s tweets were unusual — even for him — in that they arrived the same day his personal lawyer said the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election should come to an end, before walking that statement back shortly after. “The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime,” the president tweeted Saturday night. “It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!”

The Best Evidence of ‘Russian Collusion’ Is Trump World’s Reaction to the Allegation


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I see the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election as Robert Mueller slowly painting a giant mural from the edges of his canvas and working towards the center, with all of us guessing as to what the final product will reveal when he’s finally done. Through that prism, in the last few days we have gotten to see several more important brush strokes, but where it is all really going is still mostly a mystery. Opinion on the Russia probe has now become extremely divided, with the two basic sides entrenched in their own realities which have almost nothing in common. The left seems convinced that Mueller is the process of removing Trump from office, maybe even putting him and his family in prison, and eradicating the cancerous polyp from our collective faces that is the result of, what is to them, a catastrophic Continue reading "The Best Evidence of ‘Russian Collusion’ Is Trump World’s Reaction to the Allegation"

MediaShift Podcast #255: Upheaval at LA Times, Tronc; Facebook to Rank News Sources According to Surveys; Al Jazeera’s Julie Caine


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In the news this week, the Los Angeles Times is coping with major turmoil, as employees vote to form a union, a new strategy is unveiled including a contributor network, and new publisher and CEO Ross Levinsohn is under attack for past sexual harassment charges, taking a leave of absence. Facebook announced that it would rank news sources according to reader feedback, but critics don’t think it will help weed out fake news. Snapchat finally lets people post snaps outside of the app, but will it help the struggling social video service get more users? Our Metric of the Week is Mobile Page Speed, and Al Jazeera’s Julie Caine, who’s helping to launch a new podcast network there called Jetty joins us. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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MediaShift Podcast #248: Thirty Governments Stifling Internet Freedom; Sexual Harassment at Vice; Sports Podcaster King Kaufman


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“The Collaboration of the Week” is a new podcast segment highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. In the news this week, a new Freedom House study found that 30 governments around the world had been spreading disinformation online and attacking the media, with 18 elections affected by misinformation online and on social media. The Daily Beast reports that a dozen current and former employees at Vice Media describe a culture of sexual harassment, with older men preying on younger female colleagues. Leaked correspondence between Donald Trump, Jr. and WikiLeaks give insight into coordination during the campaign, including WikiLeaks asking for Julian Assange to be made ambassador to Australia. Our first Collaboration of the Week, presented by Airtable, is the Paradise Papers and how they
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U.K. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s High-Five Turns Into Awkward Boob Slap


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Jeremy Corbyn, the U.K. Labour Party leader, got a bit carried away with his election celebration. In a major upset, the Labour Party shocked the world by outperforming expectations and managed to nab seats of Parliament away from the Conservative Party, which is currently headed by Prime Minister Theresa May, but while celebrating with fellow Labour Party politician Emily Thornberry, things got very awkward when he went in for a high-five… and ended up slapping her breast. It was a gaffe seen around the world, but Thornberry kept her cool. And let’s just say, Corbyn could have “handled” it better.

Curtains!


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The Trump-Comey story is largely missing from the far right-wing media. A look at how pro-Trump outlets choose to cover, or ignore, unfavorable news. Plus: the Montana special election has been described as a "referendum" on Trump... but the truth is actually more interesting. And we hear from a reporter who is training citizen journalists in Syria to cover life, not just war. 

Trump: If Election Were Held Today, ‘I Would Win By a Lot More’ Than I Did in November


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It is no secret that President Donald Trump likes to talk about his election win last November. Whether speaking to leaders of other countries, media outlets, members of Congress or those gathered at press conferences, he finds a way to highlight how amazing his victory was. However, in a one-on-one interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, he went a bit further. POTUS let it be known that his victory would be even greater if the election were held now. With Holt asking him if he feels his legitimacy as president is under attack and if he feels like he’s fighting for it, Trump noted that this is a very divided country, but the Republicans are Continue reading "Trump: If Election Were Held Today, ‘I Would Win By a Lot More’ Than I Did in November"

Hollywood Celebrities, Please Stay ‘Woke’ for Jon Ossoff


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2017-03-28-MSNBC-Alyssa_Milano Democrat Jon Ossoff failed to reach the required majority in Tuesday’s special election to win the former congressional seat of HHS Secretary Tom Price in Georgia — even though he had raised $8 million in campaign funds, with the help of celebrities like Jane Fonda. Many liberal denizens of Hollywood did their best to push Ossoff across the finish line. Actor John Leguizamo, best known for his role in the Ice Age animated movies,  hyped the need for his peers to come to the aide of the candidate: “We have to do whatever we can, [so] we all gotta get woke, and that’s the mandate. I wish there were more outspoken celebrities, athletes, artists, people with high profiles.” It appears that their efforts weren’t enough to say the voters in the 6th congressional district. However, this hasn’t stopped some of the star power from staying involved. Actress Alyssa Continue reading "Hollywood Celebrities, Please Stay ‘Woke’ for Jon Ossoff"

British PM Theresa May Announces Early General Election Over Brexit


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British Prime Minister Theresa May unexpectedly called for a snap general election on Tuesday, in order to strengthen her government’s mandate for the upcoming Brexit talks.

“I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on June 8,” May announced in front of 10 Downing Street.

CNN covered the breaking news in a Tuesday article. The outlet pointed out that “May, who commands only a slim majority in parliament’s lower House of Commons, said that a new mandate would strengthen her hand in negotiations in Brexit talks.”

The British politician underlined that the referendum to leave the European Union was “the right approach, and it is in the national interest. But the other political parties oppose it.” She continued by specifically blasting the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, and the Scottish National Party.

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Samuel L. Jackson Channels Pulp Fiction Character in Anti-Trump Radio Spot


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Samuel L. Jackson has never been shy about his politics, or about his feelings on President Donald Trump. During the election, he accused the then-candidate of cheating at golf, which sparked a feud between the two. Now, he’s trying to help out with Georgia’s special election this Tuesday by recording a radio ad, made by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In it, Jackson encourages people to vote Democrat. “What can you do? Go vote. Your vote goes a long way toward setting things right in this country. Vote for the Democratic party. Stop Donald Trump, the man who encourages racial and religious discrimination and sexism. Remember what happened the last time people stayed home. We got stuck with Trump,” he says. He goes on, ‘We have to channel the great vengeance and furious anger we have for this administration into votes at the ballot box.” Listen to Continue reading "Samuel L. Jackson Channels Pulp Fiction Character in Anti-Trump Radio Spot"

Report: Israel’s Labor Party Is Postponing an Election Due to Britney Spears Concert


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shutterstock_434288206 Israel’s Labor Party has reportedly decided to postpone their upcoming primary election because Britney Spears is coming to town. According to Haaretz, she’ll be performing a concert in Tel Aviv on July 3rd, the same day the important vote was scheduled, so the party decided to postpone it by one day. Apparently the concern isn’t that people will skip the polls in favor of the concert, but rather that it creates a logistics and security issue. Spears will be performing at Hayarkon Park, which is very close to the convention center, a likely polling place, and the spot where votes are counted. Because Spears’s concert is outside, it requires a lot of security, and of course the election does as well. There isn’t enough personnel for both. There were also some traffic concerns, since roads near the convention center will be blocked to traffic that day. [image via Kobby Dagan Continue reading "Report: Israel’s Labor Party Is Postponing an Election Due to Britney Spears Concert"