RNC Chair: CNN Should ‘Apologize for Their Attempt to Block’ Trump Ad

cnn The RNC is now weighing in on CNN’s decision to reject a Trump campaign First 100 Days ad, even saying they should apologize. CNN explained they refused to air the ad because of this graphic: trump ad “The mainstream media is not fake news,” CNN said, “and therefore the ad is false. Per our policy, it will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted.” The Trump campaign responded by accusing CNN of censorship and saying this epitomizes the kind of fake news they’re talking about. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel released a statement in response, explicitly calling for the network to apologize:
The network’s clearly biased decision to block President Trump’s message to the American people is incredibly troubling,” said Chairwoman McDaniel. “Freedom of speech is a hallmark of our nation’s founding, and it is concerning that CNN, who I assume to be a strong supporter of the first amendment, would Continue reading "RNC Chair: CNN Should ‘Apologize for Their Attempt to Block’ Trump Ad"

Fueling a flight to quality

Storyful and Moat — together with CUNY and our new News Integrity Initiative*— have announced a collaboration to help advertisers and platforms avoid associating with and supporting so-called fake news. This, I hope, is a first, small step toward fueling a flight to quality in news and media. Add to this:

  • A momentous announcement by Ben Gomes, Google’s VP of engineering for Search, that its algorithms will now favor “quality,” “authority,” and “the most reliable sources” — more on that below.
  • The consumer revolts led online by Sleeping Giants and #grabyourwallet’s Shannon Coulter that kicked Bill O’Reilly off the air and are cutting off the advertising air supply to Breitbart.
  • The advertiser revolt led by The Guardian, the BBC, and ad agency Havas against offensive content on YouTube, getting Google to quickly respond.

These things — small steps, each — give me a glimmer of hope for supporting news integrity. I will even go so far as to

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Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have blocked 22 social media applications, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. An official state circular issued on April 26 said the social media services were “being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements” in the Kashmir Valley to disturb “peace and tranquility” and could be blocked for up to 30 days. Other banned sites include QQ, Baidu, WeChat, Google Plus, Skype, Pinterest, Snapchat, YouTube and Flickr. The move comes in the face of increasing unrest in Kashmir. Student protests, both in person and on social media, have intensified in recent days, in opposition to the heavy-handed tactics deployed under India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which significantly expands military power in regions considered to be “disturbed”. Writing for EZine Dailyo.in, Angshukanta Chakraborty
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Corey Lewandowski Promises Meetings with Trump Officials to Foreign Clients

Corey Lewandowski (Shutterstock) Corey Lewandowski —  who last month set up a super PAC to “drain the swamp” in Washington — is promising foreign clients face-to-face meetings with President Donald Trump, VP Mike Pence and other high level White House officials. According to a Politico report, Lewandowski recently cofounded Washington East West Political Strategies, a consulting firm pitching its services to clients in Europe:
A document provided to an Eastern European politician by an international consulting firm that Lewandowski co-founded this year promises to arrange “meetings with well-established figures,” including Trump, Pence, “key members of the U.S. Administration” and outside Trump allies. The Washington East West Political Strategies document boasts that its clients will benefit from its partners’ ability to “leverage” their “trusted relations with the U.S. Administration,” as well as European parliamentarians and leading Western journalists.
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RJI Futures Lab #191: Vice’s Cinematic Approach

Vice News has set itself apart from traditional broadcast news outlets with a more cinematic approach to its visual report. We find out how they do it from Maral Usefi, director/producer at Vice News Tonight. Reporting by Lindsey Miller.

Mentioned in our report:

Steadicam Smoothee
This handheld device helps stabilize a mobile phone to produce smoother shots. The universal smartphone mount works with the various sizes of Android and iPhone models. A separate mount is available for GoPro HERO cameras.
https://tiffen.com/steadicamsmoothee/ Filmic Pro Mobile Video
$9.99 for Android, $14.99 for iOS
This smartphone camera app enables manual adjustment of exposure, ISO, shutter speed and color settings. It also has sophisticated audio controls that include visual audio meters and support for stereo microphones.
http://www.filmicpro.com GoPro Karma Grip
Handheld stabilizer for GoPro cameras.
https://shop.gopro.com/stabilization GoPro Karma Drone
A compact
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Ivanka Breaks With Dad: Says U.S. Accepting Refugees Must be ‘Part of the Discussion’

Ivanka Trump is off script. On an official trip to Germany, The first daughter made a series of dramatic departures from her father, lauding her relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and saying the United States needs to consider taking in Syrian refugees. “I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening, and we have to come together and we have to solve it,” said the younger Trump during an interview with MSNBC. On the question of whether the United States should take in Syrian refugees, Trump said, “that has to be part of the discussion. But that’s not going to be enough in and of itself.” Ivanka also had very warm words for Chancellor Merkel, a woman her father is less predisposed to. “I think she sees me as a woman who’s aligned with her on many issues and I think she has a great relationship with my Continue reading "Ivanka Breaks With Dad: Says U.S. Accepting Refugees Must be ‘Part of the Discussion’"