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Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

U.S. President Donald Trump would love to make his version of reality the official version, fact-free though it may be. Leah McLaren talks of some technologies that could help make that happen.

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Wed, March 1 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Back in his celebrity, New-York-City-developer heyday, Donald Trump could fake himself in late-night calls and get favourable stories planted in that city’s tabloid papers. Nowadays? He’s shrieking about leakers.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

The president setting out to tame the White House press corps and undermine the First Amendment is doing the right thing and staying away from the April 29 White House Correspondents’ dinner.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

Everyone knows how much U.S. President Donald Trump loves to use Twitter to beak at the mainstream news media, but some of his campaign staffers found a way to calm him.

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Wed, February 22 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

‘Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact’

The lede: “The press will destroy Trump and Trump will destroy the press.”

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Tue, February 21 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on ‘Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact’

Meet Trump adviser Seb Gorka

A man once so far on the fringes of Washington foreign policy conversation he had a job with Breitbart News, Seb Gorka now has the president’s ear on such sensitive topics as dealing with Islamist terrorism.

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Mon, February 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Meet Trump adviser Seb Gorka

Old fake news about Trump

Click on the Twitter link within to see the quote that Ms. Maples refuted. The day after this story ran, Marla Maples said the quote was a blatant lie. https://t.co/HhS2GM5qfY — Mark Mooney (@mxmooney) February 20, 2017

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Mon, February 20 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, politics » Comments Off on Old fake news about Trump

Swedes confused by Trump’s terrorism remarks

The lede: “Donald Trump’s comments during a rally in Florida on Saturday night that seemed to suggest a non-existent terrorist attack had taken place in Sweden have pitted the Scandinavian nation against some fervent supporters of the US president.”

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Sun, February 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Swedes confused by Trump’s terrorism remarks

Alex Jones of Infowars an infosource for Trump

Alex Jones is one of the most lunatic right-wing truthers out there. And now he apparently has telephone access to U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Sun, February 19 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Alex Jones of Infowars an infosource for Trump

Canada’s populist wave might not be white

Columnist Doug Saunders says if you look closely at Rob Ford’s success in becoming a populist mayor of Toronto seven years ago, one can see how a Canadian populist swell could occur with significant recent immigrant participation.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Canada’s populist wave might not be white