Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold started reporting on President Trump’s charitable donation promises last summer, crowdsourcing names of charities from his Twitter followers and painstakingly recording in public the list of charities he’s called in an attempt to find some that Trump actually donates to. Interest in his work has decidedly risen: Fahrenthold now has 345,000 followers on Twitter and regular gig on CNN.
“When he first started, Dave’s work wasn’t getting the audience it’s now getting. It took a while for people to recognize what he was doing,” Terri Rupar, digital editor for the Washington Post’s national desk, said. To reach an even broader audience, “what if we could use a network that already exists, using some of that network he’s built up?”
The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is condemning Tim Allen for a comment he made on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week comparing Hollywood to Nazi Germany. Allen attended President Donald Trump‘s inauguration and when host Jimmy Kimmel asked him about it, he got defensive.
“I’m not attacking you,” said Kimmel.
Allen responded, “You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. It’s like ’30s Germany.”
The Center posted on Facebook regarding Allen’s comments, demanding an apology. Steven Goldstein, the executive director asked, “Tim, have you lost your mind?” He elaborated, saying “No one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s.”
Goldstein concluded, saying “It’s time for you to leave your bubble to apologize to the Jewish people and, to be sure, the Continue reading "The Anne Frank Center Wants an Apology From Tim Allen For Comparing Hollywood to 1930s Germany"
In March 2007, New York Times developer Jacob Harris had some spare time and decided to create a Times account on a fledgling service that is today the preferred communication platform for the president of the United States.
Harris set up @nytimes and wrote the code that powered it in an afternoon. “Using twitter’s APIs, I was able to get headlines from the New York Times feeds to my cell phone with only an idle afternoon and a few lines of Ruby,” he wrote later.
The account ran off an RSS feed of the Times’ top stories, tweeting out just the headlines. By the middle of March, it had accrued all of 72 followers, most of whom were either Harris’s friends or other developers.
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Azerbaijani video blogger Mehman Huseynov was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of slander over videos he shared on his Facebook page. His page, where he covers a range of topics including working conditions and the wealth of government officials, has more than 300,000 followers.
Arresting, silencing, and intimidating journalists, bloggers, and activists is par for the course in Azerbaijan these days, but Huseynov is the first blogger or journalist to be officially sentenced for slander by a court in Azerbaijan. Prior cases of journalists or bloggers being sentenced typically involved charges like narcotics possession (often bogus), hooliganism, abuse of power, and tax evasion.
Targeted surveillance of human rights advocates also appears to be increasingly common. New reports and technical research confirm that multiple advocates in