Fox’s Outnumbered Not Thrilled With Trump’s Mueller and Sessions Tweets: ‘Kind of Ridiculous’


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On Fox News Channel’s Outnumbered on Monday, the hosts and guest, Fox Business anchor Charles Payne, discussed the Special Counsel investigation at length, and at one point expressed some exasperation with how President Trump is handling things on Twitter. Co-host Lisa Kennedy, in the clip above from Fox News, asked Fox’s Melissa Francis what the impact might be if it turns out, in the end, that Robert Mueller has nothing and the President is exonerated. Francis says that the investigation would have served its purpose because, after all, the point was to find out what happened. She also referred back to a previous discussion with The Weekly Standard‘s Andrew McCarthy, a former prosecutor himself, pointing out that the President’s Tweets are just antagonizing the prosecutor for, assuming Trump is innocent, no reason. “He says the president should stop tweeting because he is trash talking and antagonizing Continue reading "Fox’s Outnumbered Not Thrilled With Trump’s Mueller and Sessions Tweets: ‘Kind of Ridiculous’"

Trump Tells Hannity He’ll Campaign for GOP ‘6 or 7 Days’ a Week Ahead of Midterms


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President Donald Trump reportedly told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he plans to campaign “six or seven days a week” for Republicans ahead of the all-important midterms. Trump said this to Hannity on the Fox personality’s radio show, according to Politico who flagged the quote: “I am going to work very hard, I will go six or seven days a week when we’re 60 days out and I will be campaigning for all of these great people that do have a difficult race and we think we’re going to bring them over the line.” Yet, in another case of there is a tweet for every Trump claim, here is Trump kvetching Barack Obama was busy campaigning when he should have been doing more presidential things, like dealing with Hurricane Sandy.

Disney Severs Ties With Director James Gunn After Unearthed Offensive Tweets


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Disney has severed ties with director James Gunn after offensive tweets referencing pedophilia and rape and other controversial topics were unearthed. According to Deadline, which reported on theGuardians of the Galaxy director’s Disney demise:
In the latest shocking #metoo development in the entertainment industry, Gunn was severed from the Marvel Comics Universe after a slew of social media posts he wrote before getting Guardians of the Galaxy surfaced. According to Fox News, they were posted because Gunn is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and the effort was to knock him down a few pegs.
“I like when little boys touch me in my silly place,” one tweet read, according to Deadline. Another one read: “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!’” “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed
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WATCH: Kanye West’s Nonsense Gets Everyone Killed in SNL’s A Quiet Place Parody


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Saturday Night Live tackled Kanye West‘s recent antics with a sketch ripped right from a horror flick. A Kanye Place parodies hit movie A Quiet Place and features a cast of characters unable to stay quiet in the wake of Kanye’s nonsense. “Kanye just tweeted,” a character played by Donald Glover says. “He said he would have voted for Trump.” “Oh, come on, Kanye!” Kenan Thompson‘s character finally says breaking the quiet. He gets eaten by a monster. Then, it happens again. Aidy Bryant‘s character reacts to Kanye’s nonsense lyric “poopity scoop” and gets eaten. Finally, another succumbs to West’s TMZ slavery tantrum and gets eaten too before Glover’s character heads to a bunker and obsessed with Kanye’s distractions becomes a monster snack. Watch above, via NBC. [image via screengrab]  

Did Farhad “Unplug”?


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Last week we spoke with New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo after he published an article titled, “For two months, I got my news from print newspapers. Here’s what I learned.” He wrote that, earlier this year, "after the breaking-newsiest year in recent memory, I decided to travel back in time. I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers.” It was a crash diet.  Lots of healthy analog, and just a little digital — podcasts, email newsletters — for dessert. Farhad found the experience so uplifting and liberating that he was moved to evangelize. He told Bob during their conversation, which you can still listen to, "I boiled it down into three Michael Pollan-esque prescriptions: Get news, not too quick, avoid social." The only problem was, according to analysis by Dan Continue reading "Did Farhad “Unplug”?"

#MAGA, Hannity, the Wendy’s chicken nuggets guy, and 2017’s other Twitter-topping people and topics


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The Twitter of 2017 might best be remembered as the platform for the U.S. president’s morning complaints and (un)diplomatic sparring, followed by, nesting ground for Russian troll accounts. (Other notables: Uneven or even bad enforcement of policies, congressional testimony, pushes into livestreaming…) @realDonaldTrump’s tweets were not, however, among the top most retweeted on Twitter in 2017, according to Twitter’s year-end data. The global honor went to — wait for it — the kid who really wanted a year’s worth of free Wendy’s chicken nuggets, and was told directly by the brand he needed 18 million retweets to secure the prize (he sadly got 3.6 million, but also the nuggets). Second place went to former president Barack Obama’s Nelson Mandela tweet (1.7 million).

Twitter Erupts Over 280 Character Tweets: ‘140 Characters Closer to Armageddon’


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“It’s What’s Happening” will now be happening at twice the character-count, as the social media platform Twitter finally increased the length of tweets from the original 140-characters to a doubled 280. This afternoon, the official Twitter management account excitedly stated they are “expanding the character limit!” However, Twitter users — or, at least, a lot of them — did not sound off with the same level of enthusiasm when the news broke. Many prominent figures who use the platform blasted the new 280-character limit, citing concerns that the new length will take away from the speed and character of Twitter. Others just want an edit button already. See a number of reactions to 280-characters below:

The freedom-of-speech institute suing @realDonaldTrump to unblock his critics on Twitter has its eye on other lawsuits, too


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The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University made waves last month when it threatened a First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of users blocked by @realDonaldTrump after criticizing him on Twitter, the U.S. president’s well-used, most-followed Twitter account (more than 33 million followers; official @POTUS has 19 million). In a letter addressed directly to President Donald J. Trump in early June, Institute director Jameel Jaffer and attorneys Katie Fallow and Alex Abdo had argued that blocking users who criticized or mocked Trump from accessing and engaging with his Twitter is actually unconstitutional, because @realDonaldTrump is used in such a way that it counts as a public forum under the First Amendment. Today, the Institute followed through, filing a suit in the Southern District of New York. (The official complaint is here; in addition to Trump, beleaguered press secretary Sean Spicer and White House social media director Dan Scavino
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Old Trump Tweets About Attacking Syria Were a Prescient Message to His Future Self


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As bombs rained down in Syria Thursday evening, Twitter users took to the microblogging platform to drudge up old tweets on the subject from then-private citizen Donald Trump.

Look at this tweet from August 2013, claiming that the president must get congressional approval before waging any attack on Syria:

A few days later came this tweet that laments what could happen if the attack goes wrong, and notes that it could cause “worldwide hell”:

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When the primary source is Trump himself: Factba.se compiles all Trump, on all platforms, at all times


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“Back in November during the election, I was crunching some numbers and somewhat confidently, like many of us in the media, decided, it’s in the bag, everyone go to sleep by 9 p.m. I was wrong. We were all wrong,” Bill Frischling, then a VP and an entrepreneur-in-residence at U.S. News & World Report, recalled. “Like most nerdy people, being wrong doesn’t bother you, but understanding why you were wrong bothers you.” Fake news, filter bubbles, and the media elite’s inability to write for underserved communities were all tossed around as reasons and excuses, and Frischling, who found himself particularly unsettled by the influence of fake news and conspiracy sites, settled on tackling a better way to offer up primary sources to researchers and reporters and the interested public. “How do you counter fake news? I latched onto primary sources. If you hear and see what
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‘I Have No Information That Supports Those Tweets’: Comey Shoots Down Trump’s ‘Wiretapping’ Claims


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On Monday, Representative Adam Schiff asked FBI Director James Comey whether President Trump‘s claims that his predecessor had wiretapped Trump Tower were true. “I have no information that supports those tweets,” said Comey flatly. “We have looked carefully inside the FBI.” Comey added that it also held true for the Department of Justice. “The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components, the department has no information that supports those tweets.”

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Trump Tweets in Honor of International Women’s Day: ‘I Have Tremendous Respect for Women’


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President Donald Trump began his Wednesday with a pair of positive tweets in honor of International Women’s Day.

“I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy,” wrote Trump around 6:15 a.m. “On International Women’s Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world,” he followed up.

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Mark Hamill Came Back as The Joker to Read Donald Trump’s Tweets About John Lewis


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shutterstock_374033983Over the weekend, President-Elect Donald Trump responded to John Lewis saying he won’t be a “legitimate president” with a series of tweets saying that Lewis is “all talk, no action,” and that he should be focused on “burning, crime infested cities.” Mark Hamill decided that this was the perfect time to drop a second recording of himself reading Trump’s tweets in the voice of The Joker. For his first masterpiece, he read the President-Elect’s New Year’s message. Now, he’s giving us his version of Trump’s attacks on Lewis.
The bit is pretty brilliant, and if history has taught us anything, Hamill may very well be able to make himself a career out of these readings. Listen above, via Mark Hamill. [image via Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock, Inc.]

Pictures and Links Will No Longer Infringe on Your Right to a Full 140 Characters Per Tweet


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Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 4.07.53 PMMaybe this isn’t going to be as big to you as it is to me, but Twitter is no longer counting links and photos toward the 140-character limit imposed on tweets! Yay! I post a lot of photos and I link to a lot of articles, so to me, this is huge! Certainly, I’m not the only selfie- and documentation-obsessed Millennial or digital reporter on Twitter, either, so I know I’m not alone in this excitement. In fact, when I was talking about this story to my colleagues, Mediaite’s own Ken Meyer summed it up with an enthusiastic, “Yes, please, Twitter!” You see, the microblogging site already automatically shortens links, but those still take up 23 characters. Blessedly, those days are over, my friends. Here’s what Bloomberg is saying:
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23 Twitter Tips for Media Companies


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This article was originally published on Medium. The most important word in that headline is “media.” This isn’t a content marketing post on 11 ways to monetize trending topics. It isn’t for someone selling clothes or beans or clothes made from beans. I’m focusing solely on the needs of digital media—nurturing engagement and building followers — through Twitter’s realtime stream of information. Twitter is both conversation and service. Now we at the Chicago Tribune have had a nice run on Twitter, as regional media go. Happy half-a-million day cake. Our @chicagotribune account has grown from fewer than 100,000 followers in late 2012 to more than 500,000 at the end of 2015. And we’ve done it without gross things like promoting posts. What follows are the official newsroom guidelines for the team running some institutional accounts at the Chicago Tribune, primarily but not limited to @chicagotribune. Part of this has
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