Facebook lets Trump lie at will

Facebook lets Trump lie at will

Trump and Facebook

Facebook has denied a request from Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to remove a false video advertisement posted by President Trump’s campaign. The refusal comes weeks after Facebook changed its policies and decided to allow advertisements pushing misinformation from Trump and other political figures.

According to The New York Times, Biden’s campaign sent a request to Facebook asking the company to remove a Trump campaign advertisement that falsely suggested the vice president had offered Ukraine $1 billion in aid to fire a prosecutor investigating a company tied to his son. On Tuesday, Facebook refused to take the ad down, responding, “Our approach is grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression” and “respect for the democratic process.”

In September, Facebook changed its policies to no longer prohibit ads that include “deceptive, false, or misleading content, including deceptive claims, offers, or methods.” Additionally, Facebook said that “ads from political candidates are ineligible for fact-checking.”

Even before the policy tweak, the Trump campaign had repeatedly posted false and misleading Facebook ads, along with ads using “invasion” rhetoric invoked by white nationalists, even though Facebook’s policies prohibit “violent” or “dehumanizing” attacks against a group of people based on immigration status.

Along with the issue of misinformation proliferating in its ads, the platform continues to struggle with detecting and removing propaganda and other misinformationincluding from foreign actors such as Russia. These current challenges add to Facebook’s history of problems with privacy, fake news, civil rights, and more.

https://www.mediamatters.org/facebook/facebook-refused-take-down-false-trump-ad-after-request-bidens-campaign

 

Foxnews 1st freaks then tries to flip the script on Trump’s unlawful behavior

 

Donald Trump’s Fox lackeys are frantically scrambling to defend him following the revelation of a whistleblower complaint regarding a promise to a foreign leader. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Trump pushed Ukraine’s president at least eight times to work with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani for an investigation into Joe Biden’s son.

Fox News was slow to pick up on the story initially. While other networks covered bombshell revelations for hours starting Wednesday night, Fox News talked about it for just a few minutes. Rush Limbaugh gave a blanket defense of Trump during the day on Thursday, saying that Trump can say what he wants to anyone.

By Thursday evening, the Fox puppets started to roll out the propaganda. Sean Hannity claimed that the whistleblower had a “political agenda” — even though we still don’t know who the person was or even the full scope of their report. Lou Dobbs suggested the complaint is “pure nonsense.” Laura Ingraham called the entire story a distraction.

On Friday, the Fox sycophants went all-in against the story. A Fox & Friends co-host called Trump’s reported actions just part of “The Art of the Deal.” Geraldo Rivera called the whistleblower “a deep state punk snitch”. Jesse Watters called the whistleblower a snake. Fox so-called “straight news” correspondent Ed Henry said, seriously, that the story may be overblown because a “senior administration official” assured him there was no story here. Sean Hannity said that he was told that no crime occurred and then also accused the whistleblower of breaking the law.

The Fox puppets also began to lie about the seriousness of the charge. Both Fox puppet Brian Kilmeade and Fox guest puppet Matt Whitaker (the lame former acting U.S. attorney general) claimed that the whistleblower’s complaint was just a policy disagreement with Trump. That claim is demonstrably false given that the intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson has said the whistleblower’s complaint is valid.

It’s still early to say where this is going for sure (but just this morning, Trump admitted on camera that he discussed the Bidens with the Ukrainian president), all indications are that Fox News wants to flip this and turn this into a story about Joe Biden — instead of a story about Trump once again inviting a foreign power to interfere in an American election. Even worse, there are signs that elite mainstream media will be only happy to join in and help Trump.

Giuliani: In the middle of all of this, Trump’s personal attorney and frequent Fox News guest Rudy Giuliani went on CNN, where he melted down in an interview with Chris Cuomo, conforming that he asked Ukraine to look into Joe Biden. Fox News covered up for Giuliani by cutting the video to omit Trump’s attorney contradicting himself. The next day, Sean Hannity said that State Department officials asked Giuliani to contact Ukraine for an “official mission.”

This shit never ends and the media is partly to blame because of their never-ending quest to be fair and balanced and claim both sides do it. What do you get when you balance truth with lies? We don’t know, but we damn certain it’s no longer the truth.

 

Original story in Media Matters

 

Lying Trumplicans just keep lying

The queens of mean……..Rep. Liz Cheney with White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Secret memo tells House GOP to blame white supremacist violence on ‘the left’
The document also instructed members of Congress to parrot NRA-style talking points on gun safety.

House Republicans have been circulating a memo internally that instructs members of Congress to blame violence initiated by white supremacists, like the recent El Paso mass shooting, as something that is the fault of “the left.”

The Tampa Bay Times reported on the existence of the memo on Friday.

A spokesperson for Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) said the memo was “provided by the House Republican Conference,” is currently chaired by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). Bilirakis included talking points from the memo in a newsletter he emailed to constituents this week. The memo provides Republican members a series of questions they are likely to face from constituents and gives them the language to respond.
One question on the document is, “Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?” Republicans are instructed to respond, “White nationalism and racism are pure evil and cannot be tolerated in any form. We also can’t excuse violence from the left such as the El Paso shooter, the recent Colorado shooters, the Congressional baseball shooter, Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter, and Antifa.”
The El Paso shooter’s manifesto contained references to anti-immigrant sentiment, echoing the message that has for years been promoted by Trump and the right.
In fact, many of the Republicans who received this memo ran for office in 2018 on explicitly anti-immigrant campaign messages.

After the shooting, Republicans have sought to blame everything but the factors that directly contributed to the event. Instead of addressing guns and anti-immigrant/white supremacist sentiment, they blamed video games, mental health, “screens,” social media, and the lack of school prayer, among other excuses. Other questions in the memo reference concerns about Republican inaction on the gun show loophole and the availability of high-capacity magazines. “The answers are boilerplate Republican arguments against tougher gun restrictions,” the Tampa Bay Times noted. The boilerplate language reflects the influence of the NRA, who has urged Republicans to hold steady and not enact gun safety legislation. The troubled organization’s message is decidedly out of touch with the vast majority of Americans, who support a host of gun safety measures.

The memo adds to the growing evidence that the Republican response to the shooting is disinformation and inaction, following the path that the NRA has demanded for years.

from SharedBlueMedia By Oliver Willis

Time to call out Marian Brady for lying

At Eureka Elks Lodge Harbor District debate Marian Brady just straight up lied claiming the Harbor District has never studied the feasibility of a rail connection to the port. This is a tactic that Brady has used repeatedly throughout her career as a politician. Starting back in 2010 with her lies and spin about Arkley’s failed Big box mall Marina Center. (remember her campaign promise to get the site cleaned up and the project built…oops)

From the Times-Standard:  Talk of potentially building a railroad in Humboldt County has sparked discussion over whether such a thing is feasible or affordable, while some believe a rail industry would trigger local job creation.

Brady said “the district hasn’t ever looked into the feasibility of rail, noting a commissioner needs to have an “open mind” to the possibilities it could bring.”

Marks noted a feasibility study has already been done — it’s on the harbor district website, he said, and it makes clear that a railroad is feasible in theory but tremendously costly.

Here’s the proof that Brady is lying, Read the news story about it:

STUDY: NEW RAIL IS ‘HIGH COST, HIGH RISK’ 

by Daniel Mintz – McKinleyville Press – August 7, 2013

A draft feasibility study prepared for the county’s Harbor District has identified several challenges to railroad development and deemed it to be a “high cost and high risk” venture.

Authored by the Washington-based BST Associates and the Portland-based Burgel Rail Group consulting firms, the draft study’s focus has disappointed rail advocates who believe imported manufactured goods are an important source of rail cargo.

The study only considers export of bulk goods such as coal, grain and iron ore, describing them as high volume, strong growth rail traffic commodities that “represent a key source of revenue to railroads.”

High cargo volume is described as a requirement for recouping investment, debt and operation costs of a new rail line. Developing an east-west railroad is estimated in the study to cost up to $1.2 billion. The cost of redeveloping the North Coast Railroad Authority’s unused north-south line from Windsor to Samoa is estimated at $609,000 in the study.

Etching an east-west rail corridor from here to the Gerber/Redding area and its connection to a national rail line is a challenging proposition due to the “extreme ruggedness” of the terrain, according to the study. The distance is about 100 miles but 200 miles of rail track would be needed as the route would wind and curve around slopes and mountains.

Three primary east-west route alternatives are outlined in the study, beginning in the Eureka/Arcata/Samoa areas and ending at Union Pacific railheads in the Redding/Gerber/Red Bluff areas.

The study questions whether rail development is economically feasible, as there are several existing West Coast port/rail connections.

“Humboldt County would face several competitive disadvantages relative to these other ports, including the need to cover the cost of constructing the new line and the lack of a rail distance advantage,” the study states.

It references a 2009 study sponsored by the Security National Company, which operates a shipping terminal in Fairhaven. Drafted by the U.K.-based Drewry Shipping Consultants firm, that analysis focused on imports of container (manufactured) goods and part of its executive summary is quoted in BST/Burgel study.

“This report concluded that ‘Under no foreseeable circumstances should Security National consider building a new container terminal at the port, without the prior contractual support of at least one shipping line, in the hope that ‘the lines will come when it is built,’” the study states.

Also included is this quote from the Drewry report summary: “The difficulty will lie in convincing the shipping lines that the Port of Humboldt Bay offers sufficient competitive advantages over Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Oakland for it to fully support the project before construction commences.”

Returning to its focus on exports, the study adds that “it is assumed that if Humboldt County were to attract a commodity that is not currently shipped through another West Coast port, it would most likely be destined for Asia.”

Coal is identified as the commodity that fits the assumption, as the amounts shipped from the U.S. have “risen sharply” in recent years. Corn and petroleum products are also named as high volume Asian export commodities.

Humboldt would have an export distance advantage over some West Coast rail-connected ports, such as the one in Coos Bay, but the study deems it to be insubstantial. Far greater is the basic advantage offered by other shipping hubs compared to Humboldt, according to the study.

“A critical advantage that all of these other ports have relative to Humboldt County is that the rail lines are already in place,” the study states. “In addition, most of these existing rail routes are capable of handling large volumes of heavy rail traffic, without the billion-dollar-plus investment needed for an east-west route to Humboldt County.”

The draft study was presented to the Harbor District’s Board of Commissioners and an audience of railroad advocates and skeptics on July 25.

Brian Winningham of BST described various financing scenarios and said higher-interest borrowing may be more appropriate for a high risk project like rail development. Depending on the interest rate for financing, a north-south rail would need to move anywhere from 5.6 to 42 million tons a year of cargo and an east-west operation would need 11.5 to 100 million tons to cover costs, he said.

Winningham compared that with the “top export ports” of Portland, Oregon and Kalama, Washington, which each handle 10 to 12 million tons a year. “When you get up to some of the higher volumes, these are beyond what anybody on the West Coast does right now,” Winningham said of the Humboldt cargo estimates.

Commissioner Richard Marks said he attended a forum whose participants said they’ve been negotiating with the Wal-Mart corporation on importing its products to Humboldt’s port.

When Winningham said Humboldt would be competing with Oakland’s port – which he said has additional capacity – Marks pointed out that Humboldt has a two-day shipping time advantage when fielding imports from Asia.

But Commissioner Pat Higgins, a rail skeptic, said the expansion of Oakland’s port was government-supported and lower payback on borrowing would allow Oakland to “undercut” Humboldt if it came down to a bidding war.

Winningham said container volumes peaked in 2005 and there’s “new competition” from Canadian ports and even more will be introduced with the widening of the Panama Canal. “It’s a riskier business now,” he said, adding that ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach are also expanding.

The study cost $19,000 and was paid for by the California Department of Transportation.

Trump’s house of lies, lies and more lies

Blackwater founder Erik Prince got caught lying

Special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained evidence that suggests Blackwater founder Erik Prince lied to Congress about his meeting in Seychelles with a Russian financier close to Vladimir Putin.

Prince, a campaign adviser to Donald Trump and brother of education secretary Betsy DeVos, told lawmakers that he ran into Russian sovereign wealth fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev by chance at a bar, but Mueller now has evidence that calls that into question, reported ABC News.

According to his congressional testimony, Prince says he was introduced to Dmitriev by a brother of United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed al-Nayhan, who said the Russian financier was also involved in oil, gas and mineral exploration.

“So, as I recall, I met him, this same guy I talked about, Kirill Dmitriev,” Prince testified. “Met him down in the bar after dinner, and we talked for 30 minutes over a beer, and that was it.”

However, Lebanese-American businessman George Nader told Mueller a different story after the special counsel granted him limited immunity.

Nader, who has been arrested twice in the U.S. and convicted once for possession of child pornography, has been interviewed seven times by prosecutors in the Russia probe on a wide variety of subjects, ABC reported.

The naturalized U.S. citizen told investigators he set up the Seychelles meeting between Prince and Dmitriev, and he told the Trump associate that the Russian financier had been appointed by president Vladimir Putin to oversee the state-run sovereign wealth fund.

Nader, who worked at the time for the UAE leader, said he personally facilitated and attended the meeting between Prince and Dmitriev at a resort owned by the crown prince.

He told Mueller that one of the primary goals of the meeting was to set up a line of communication between the Kremlin and the incoming Trump administration, sources told ABC News.

Prince did not mention Nader, who once represented Blackwater in Iraq, to congressional investigators — even after he was asked to list anyone present at his meeting with the Russian financier.

He told lawmakers no one had been present but him, Dmitriev and Dmitriev’s wife, who he said left after a few minutes while they discussed terrorism and oil prices.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/mueller-evidence-blackwater-founder-erik-prince-lied-congress-secret-meeting-russian-banker-report/

The bravest man in the world

Dear leader and fulltime blatant liar Trump on Monday delivered his most off the wall remarks to date on gun control. A few actual policy points where brought up in between ridiculous comments about how he would have run inside the Florida school during the Feb. 14 shooting there “even if I didn’t have a weapon” and how he wants to arm only teachers who have a “natural talent, like hitting a baseball or hitting a golf ball or putting,”

Let’s get this straight. Our five-time deferred president (aka Cadet Bone Spurs) has claimed that if he had been at the Florida school shooting he would have run inside even if he hadn’t had a gun. Based on his illustrious record, I’m betting that the only way he would have run inside is if the shooter were outside chasing him.

Donnie “bone spurs” comments about what he would have done had he been at the shooting in Florida: This human being has absolutely no shame. The whole country is embarrassed.

His statement that he would have jumped in there with or without a gun is mighty bold talk for a five-time draft-dodger.

Where was “Macho Donny” he during the Vietnam War when his country called? Talk is cheap. Action talks and bullshit bravado walks. He simply is exploiting a tragic event to boost his own self-image.

Too much emphasis has been placed on the campus sheriff school resource officer and the four sheriffs deputies called to the scene. Some people think they all should have gone after the shooter, but wouldn’t you hesitate if you heard an assault weapon blistering away and only had a handgun and no armor? There needs to be proper training and outfitting to make that a plausible solution.

The odds that those officers could have done something to stop the shooter are slim and none. Statistics show that a trained shooter should make 85 percent-plus on target hits but, in an active shooter scene, the percentage of target hits is only 17%. Certainly, you have to agree, that those odds would be much worse against an assault rifle.

The bottom line is that assault weapon ownership needs to be carefully regulated. They are a weapon of war. Also, we need more train and properly outfitted law enforcement present on campuses.

We just can’t wait until this delusional dotard and his cadre of sycophants are out of power, and most of them in jail.

Submitted by commenter  – re:pete

“My guess is what Trump is hiding has to do with money”

We usually don’t agree Thomas L. Friedman’s view of the world but we think he’s hit the bullseye with this one.

Code Red!

 

Our democracy is in serious danger. “Dear Leader” Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.

That is, either Trump’s real estate empire has taken large amounts of money from shady oligarchs linked to the Kremlin — so much that they literally own him; or rumors are true that he engaged in sexual misbehavior while he was in Moscow running the Miss Universe contest, which Russian intelligence has on tape and he doesn’t want released; or Trump actually believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says he is innocent of intervening in our elections — over the explicit findings of Trump’s own C.I.A., N.S.A. and F.B.I. chiefs.

In sum, Trump is either hiding something so threatening to himself, or he’s criminally incompetent to be commander in chief. It is impossible yet to say which explanation for his behavior is true, but it seems highly likely that one of these scenarios explains Trump’s refusal to respond to Russia’s direct attack on our system — a quiescence that is simply unprecedented for any U.S. president in history. Russia is not our friend. It has acted in a hostile manner. And Trump keeps ignoring it all.

Up to now, Trump has been flouting the norms of the presidency. Now Trump’s behavior amounts to a refusal to carry out his oath of office — to protect and defend the Constitution. Here’s an imperfect but close analogy: It’s as if George W. Bush had said after 9/11: “No big deal. I am going golfing over the weekend in Florida and blogging about how it’s all the Democrats’ fault — no need to hold a National Security Council meeting.”

At a time when the special prosecutor Robert Mueller — leveraging several years of intelligence gathering by the F.B.I., C.I.A. and N.S.A. — has brought indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups — all linked in some way to the Kremlin — for interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections, America needs a president who will lead our nation’s defense against this attack on the integrity of our electoral democracy.

What would that look like? He would educate the public on the scale of the problem; he would bring together all the stakeholders — state and local election authorities, the federal government, both parties and all the owners of social networks that the Russians used to carry out their interference — to mount an effective defense; and he would bring together our intelligence and military experts to mount an effective offense against Putin — the best defense of all.

What we have instead is a president vulgarly tweeting that the Russians are “laughing their asses off in Moscow” for how we’ve been investigating their interventions — and exploiting the terrible school shooting in Florida — and the failure of the F.B.I. to properly forward to its Miami field office a tip on the killer — to throw the entire F.B.I. under the bus and create a new excuse to shut down the Mueller investigation.

Think for a moment how demented was Trump’s Saturday night tweet: “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign — there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”

To the contrary. Our F.B.I., C.I.A. and N.S.A., working with the special counsel, have done us amazingly proud. They’ve uncovered a Russian program to divide Americans and tilt our last election toward Trump — i.e., to undermine the very core of our democracy — and Trump is telling them to get back to important things like tracking would-be school shooters. Yes, the F.B.I. made a mistake in Florida. But it acted heroically on Russia. What is more basic than protecting American democracy?

It is so obvious what Trump is up to: Again, he is either a total sucker for Putin or, more likely, he is hiding something that he knows the Russians have on him, and he knows that the longer Mueller’s investigation goes on, the more likely he will be to find and expose it.

Donald, if you are so innocent, why do you go to such extraordinary lengths to try to shut Mueller down? And if you are really the president — not still head of the Trump Organization, who moonlights as president, which is how you so often behave — why don’t you actually lead — lead not only a proper cyberdefense of our elections, but also an offense against Putin.

Putin used cyberwarfare to poison American politics, to spread fake news, to help elect a chaos candidate, all in order to weaken our democracy. We should be using our cyber-capabilities to spread the truth about Putin — just how much money he has stolen, just how many lies he has spread, just how many rivals he has jailed or made disappear — all to weaken his autocracy. That is what a real president would be doing right now.

My guess is what Trump is hiding has to do with money. It’s something about his financial ties to business elites tied to the Kremlin. They may own a big stake in him. Who can forget that quote from his son Donald Trump Jr. from back in 2008: “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” They may own our president.

But whatever it is, Trump is either trying so hard to hide it or is so naïve about Russia that he is ready to not only resist mounting a proper defense of our democracy, he’s actually ready to undermine some of our most important institutions, the F.B.I. and Justice Department, to keep his compromised status hidden.

That must not be tolerated. This is code red. The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office.

Thomas L. Friedman in The New York Times Opinion section https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/opinion/trump-russia-putin.html