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The far right is at its strongest since the 1930s, and the media is helping | Owen Jones

Prominent far-right figures being given airtime on the BBC, LBC and ITV are not being properly challenged on their views, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The far right is on the march, and it is being legitimised and enabled by parts of the mainstream media. The shambolic interview of contempt of court was allowed to present himself as a legal expert. His link to the far-right Breitbart website was not mentioned. His claim that there was nothing far-right about us was not challenged, despite his sympathy for Donald Trump from…

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‘Disgusting news’: Donald Trump whips up crowd anger as he vilifies media

President was campaigning for Senate candidate but continued his increasingly alarming verbal vendetta Donald Trump ramped up his attack on the media on Thursday night, criticizing the press as fake, fake, disgusting news and describing journalists in attendance as horrible, horrendous people, despite finally his meeting with the Queen in July. Trumps most intense criticisms came during an anecdote about the latter. Trump said he and the Queen got along fantastically well and enjoyed good chemistry, but told the thousands-strong crowd that the fake news had instead reported that he…

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Jameela Jamil: ‘I won’t become a double agent for the patriarchy’

The former presenter turned The Good Place star on why she refuses to stay silent about the aftermath of #MeToo, unhealthy body ideals and the tabloid media When British celebrities make it big in the US, they go through a by now familiar process of becoming Hollywoodified: they get thinner, more groomed, less fun, all the while insisting that their occasional deployment of a quaint British swearword proves they havent changed a bit. This is not James Blake. But as we walk through the club she decrees it a bit…

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Democracy at risk due to fake news and data misuse, MPs conclude

Parliamentary inquiry to demand urgent action to combat relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views Democracy is at risk unless the government and regulators take urgent action to combat a growing crisis of data manipulation, disinformation and so-called fake news, a parliamentary committee is expected to say. In damning conclusions to a report leaked by former Vote Leave campaign strategist Dominic Cummings before its official publication on Sunday, the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee in a post on his personal blog, saying that it had been leaked to him. Cummings,…

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Following tragic shooting, the Capital Gazette persists by releasing its front page

'The Capital Gazette' still published a paper on Friday, despite the shooting tragedy at its offices.Image: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Despite a shooting tragedy that claimed the lives of five people at its offices, the Capital Gazette declared it would still put out a paper on Friday. “I can tell you this: We’re putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” declared Capital reporter Chase Cook, just hours after an active shooter opened fire inside the newspaper’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.  Early on Friday morning, the paper released its front page.  SEE…

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Fox replaces ESPN’s cult of British accents with maximum volume at World Cup

US viewers have a new broadcaster in charge for Russia 2018, and it looks like Fox is not afraid of a gimmick or eight No one likes to be condescended to unless youre talking about the American soccer public. That, it appears, is the core of the strategy Fox Sports is applying to its World Cup coverage. This is, of course, virgin territory for Fox, the six previous World Cups having been beamed out to American households by ESPN. In 2011, when Fox won the bidding war to show the…

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Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1

After an Facebook campaign against Simon Cowell's chart domination, music fans celebrate their victory In recent years, it had become as predictable as elections in North Korea singer wins X Factor, singer’s debut single goes to No 1. So when Joe McElderry won the TV talent contest, he was no doubt confident he would celebrate Christmas at the top of the charts. Alas for the 18-year-old from South Shields, it wasn’t to be: a song almost his own age denied him the top spot after a successful online campaign. Killing…

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Ted Nugent likens Democrats, media, academics to ‘rabid coyotes’

(CNN)Ted Nugent compared multiple groups he opposes to “rabid coyotes” on Friday, adding that you “keep your gun handy” to shoot them on sight. Nugent’s comments come days after he called the Parkland, Florida, shooting survivors “liars” and “poor, mushy-brained children.” Last year following the shooting of Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise as he and others practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, Nugent told a New York radio station that he would stop “the hateful rhetoric.” “I cannot and will not and I encourage even my friends, slash, enemies…

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John Oliver Goes Off on Sinclair, Calls News Anchors Members of a Brainwashed Cult

Last year, Last Week Tonight aired an broke the news that Sinclair was planning on forcing its local news anchors to read a media-bashing promo script that sounds like it came directly from Trumps lips: courtesy of Deadspin. Yeah. Nothing says We value independent media like dozens of reporters forced to repeat the same message over and over again like members of a brainwashed cult, said Oliver. I guess what Im saying here, Sinclair, is that as a news organization, I believe you make no sense. Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/john-oliver-goes-off-on-sinclair-news-anchors-members-of-a-brainwashed-cult

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Laura Ingraham is a victim of a totalitarian campaign from the left, apparently

The American right have revealed a vision of free speech that is very expansive for conservatives but far less accommodating for those who disagree with them In the past week, the American right has rallied around a number of their own who have spoken unwisely. In doing so, they have revealed a vision of free speech that is very expansive for conservatives, but far less accommodating for those who disagree with them. The biggest fight has been centered on Laura Ingraham, Fox News star, talk radio host, bestselling author and…

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Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? Im going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. Google knows where youve been Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where youve been from the very first day you…

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Where’s Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds

Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has remained silent over the more than 48 hours since the Observer revealed the harvesting of 50 million users personal data, even as his company is buffeted by #DeleteFacebook. Facebooks shares slid 6.77% on Monday following the news, knocking $36bn off the companys valuation as investors worried about the consequences of the revelations. Zuckerberg owns 16% of the company and personally saw his fortune fall…

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How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook likes into a lucrative political tool

The algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender and even intelligence and childhood trauma The algorithm at the strong prediction of which party a user will vote for, reveal their gender and whether their partner is likely to be a man or woman, provide powerful clues about whether their parents stayed together throughout their childhood and predict their vulnerability to substance abuse. And it can do all this without delving into personal messages, posts, status updates, photos or all…

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Death of investigative journalist sparks mass protests in Slovakia

Jn Kuciak and his fiancee were killed after he wrote an article linking politicians to the mafia Tens of thousands of Slovaks have rallied to demand the resignation of prime minister Robert Ficos government following the murder of a journalist that has shocked the central European nation and stoked anger over sleaze in public life. Jn Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kunrov, both 27, were found shot dead at their home near Bratislava on 25 February. Police have said Kuciaks death was most likely related to an investigation of his…

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Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans

British writer Michael Hirst joins forces with the mega-filmmaker to tell story of the Caesars Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans US director Martin Scorsese and British writer Michael Hirst will focus on youth and vitality of ancient Romes rulers Dalya Alberge Last modified on Sun 11 Feb 2018 12.24EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Katheryn Winnick in Vikings. The series writer, Michael Hirst, will join forces with Martin Scorsese for a TV drama about the Caesars. Photograph: MGM/Allstar…

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