WATCH: Ted Cruz Confronted By Anti-Kavanaugh Protestors at Restaurant Chanting ‘We Believe Survivors!’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the latest political figure to be ambushed by angry protestors in a public setting, this time over his support for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. In a video shared by the Twitter account Smash Racism DC, it appears Cruz was dining with his wife Heidi Cruz when several protestors approached their table. One protestor got uncomfortably close to his face. “Excuse me,” Cruz calmly told the man standing within inches in front of him. One female protestor is heard telling the Texas senator, “Beto is way hotter than you.” That is obviously Continue reading "WATCH: Ted Cruz Confronted By Anti-Kavanaugh Protestors at Restaurant Chanting ‘We Believe Survivors!’"

Trump Accidentally Tweets That Dems Are Pushing ‘False Acquisitions’ Against Kavanaugh

On Monday night, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast Democrats over their handling of the sexual misconduct claims made against his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Within the last two weeks, Kavanaugh has faced multiple allegations, the first being from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in a letter sent to Democratic lawmakers in July with a claim from when the two of them were in high school And on Sunday, Deborah Ramirez alleged Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in college. Kavanaugh has categorically denied these allegations, even the one being floated by Michael Avenatti. Early on, the president had a rather calm demeanor when weighing in on the controversy. But lately, he has expressed his frustrations on Twitter. In an already deleted tweet, Trump said the following: “The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Continue reading "Trump Accidentally Tweets That Dems Are Pushing ‘False Acquisitions’ Against Kavanaugh"

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Receives Praise For Kavanaugh Interview: Pressing Him ‘More Than I Would Have Guessed’

On Monday night, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum was widely praised for her sit-down with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Her interview with the judge was his first televised interview since the first sexual misconduct allegation surfaced almost two weeks ago. MacCallum specifically pressed him on claims made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, as well as the allegations being publicized by Michael Avenatti. Kavanaugh denied any wrongdoing. While Twitter remains divisive on Kavanaugh, there seemed to be a consensus on MacCallum’s interview performance.

Twitter Blows Up Over Report Rosenstein Has Verbally Resigned

Axios reported the rather shocking news this morning that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has “verbally resigned” to John Kelly, following last week’s New York Times bombshell. Other reports are saying Rosenstein is currently headed to the White House and expecting to be fired. Either way this news is stunning pretty much everyone, sending an already chaotic Monday into overdrive:

Paypal is No Longer Doing Business With Alex Jones

PayPal Holdings Inc has decided to end their business relationship with Alex Jones’ Infowars websites, citing cases where Jones’ sites promoted hate speech and discriminatory content. Jones was informed late Thursday night, according to the New York Times. Jones has 10 days to find a new payment processor. “We’ve made a decision to end our relationship with Infowars Web sites, including PrisonPlanet,” a PayPal spokesman said. “We undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions, which run counter to our core value of inclusion.” Paypal’s decision to yank Jones and his websites’ account is just the latest blow to Jones. Earlier this month, Twitter also decided to nix their relationship with Jones. “Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope,” Twitter Safety posted in a statement. “We took this action based on Continue reading "Paypal is No Longer Doing Business With Alex Jones"

Facebook’s attempts to fight fake news seem to be working. (Twitter’s? Not so much.)

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

“The overall magnitude of the misinformation problem may have declined.” It’s fun to hate on Facebook, but credit where credit’s due: The platform’s attempts to get fake news and misinformation out of people’s feeds seem to be working, according to a new working paper from NYU’s Hunt Allcott and Stanford’s Matthew Gentzkow and Chuan Yu. Looking at the spread of stories from 570 fake news sites (the list, here, includes sites that publish 100 percent fake news and sites that publish some pure fake news along with other highly partisan/misleading stories), and using BuzzSumo to track monthly interactions (shares/​comments/​reactions/​likes/​tweets), they find that “the overall magnitude of the misinformation problem may have declined, at

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