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

 

Dear leader “Trump”occhio just won’t stop lying and lying

Yesterday morning, before heading out for a round of golf, Dear Leader Donald Trump tweeted this:

“This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!”

The “memo” in question is the one released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, that alleges that a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was the sole reason a FISA warrant was granted to surveil one-time Trump aide Carter Page. (like that would be enough by itself)

Trump’s ridiculous tweet is 47 words long. In those 47 words, he managed to say at least 4 things that are simply bald face lies.

Bald face lie number 1. “This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.”

First things first: Like you, we have no idea why Trump put “Trump” in quotes in the tweet. Maybe he means the collective Trump crime family, advisers and family advisers?

That’s not the really important thing, though. The really important thing is that the Nunes memo — even if you were stupid enough to believe every word of it — does not “totally vindicate” Trump or even start to.

Presuming the “probe” Trump is referring to here is special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, it’s important to note here that the “probe” is an actual criminal investigation looking into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any conspiracy between Russia and members of the Trump campaign.

What the Nunes memo alleges — and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee insist that Steele dossier wasn’t the only reason the FISA warrant for Page was approved — has zero to do with Mueller’s probe. Trump is conflating the possibility the FISA warrant against Page with the broader investigation into Russia’s attempted meddling in a national US election.

Don’t believe us? Here’s what House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, tweeted after the Nunes memo release: “As I have said repeatedly, I also remain 100 percent confident in Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The contents of this memo do not – in any way – discredit his investigation.”

Bald face lie number 2  “The Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on”

It is true that Mueller’s criminal investigation continues. As do the House and Senate congressional committees’ probes into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

But to describe these investigations as a “witch hunt” simply doesn’t comport with known facts. Witch hunts are specious investigations driven by preconceived notions that wind up not being born out.

So far in the Mueller criminal investigation, two Trump associates — former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos — have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in regards their relationships with Russia — and are cooperating with the Mueller probe. Two more one-time aides — campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates — have been charged with a series of counts including money laundering.

Even if you were to discount the serious Manafort/Gates charges — they haven’t been found guilty yet although Gates is now cooperating– how can you forget the guilty pleas by Papadopoulos and Flynn? If this was a “witch hunt,” then why did these two men plead guilty? If they hadn’t done anything wrong, why plead guilty and agree to cooperate with this serious criminal investigation?

Bald face lie number 3 “Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction”

It’s “there.” But ya know, whatever…..

Both the Mueller criminal investigation and House and Senate Intelligence committees’ investigations are ongoing. It is, therefore, totally impossible to make definitive statements about what has or has not been found and The Mueller investigation is looking at criminal conspiracy and possible espionage.

“The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, said last fall, adding: “The issue of collusion is still open.”

All Trump can accurately say that no evidence has been made public that proves beyond a reasonable doubt any conspiracy between his campaign and Russia. But that’s not what he’s saying. And therefore, he’s saying is completely wrong.

Bald face lie number 4 “After one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead.”

Trump and his sycophants keep saying collusion, which isn’t a crime in this situation, its conspiracy or working with a hostile foreign power that Mueller is looking at.

Again, there is simply no way Trump can know that for sure, based on what we has been made public. Mueller hasn’t spoken publicly about the status of his investigation since he was appointed in the middle of 2017. The last time Burr gave any sort of major update on the working of his committee’s investigation was in early October 2017. The House Intelligence Committee has been derailed by supposedly recused Devin Nunes

All we know for sure is that they haven’t announced any findings one way or the other. So, in reality, we don’t know the full story yet. Saying that nothing has been found is pure speculation and collusion is dead is very wishful thinking on Trump’s part.

This article is a reworked version of a CNN post yesterday

Trump and his team’s constant conflating and lying is taking a toll on his supporters

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Yesterday Trump used BuzzFeed’s controversial publication of unverified memos to try to discredit all the press and attack CNN for the network’s substantiated report revealing that a two-page synopsis of those memos had been presented last week to Trump and to President Obama.

“That fake news was written about primarily by one group and one television station,” Trump said. Refusing to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta, he said “your network is terrible” “you are fake news.”  This is classic Fascism.

Trump’s press person Sean Spicer claimed that CNN had picked up the unsubstantiated claims against Trump, which is a lie.  It’s obvious the Trump’s game is to use the BuzzFeed memo to confuse, conflate and ignore the blockbuster CNN report.

Last night Anderson Cooper asked Kellyanne Conway “What you still haven’t answered, though, is what is inaccurate in our reporting?” Conway repeated her false claim that CNN “linked to the BuzzFeed story.” She brought up this imagined “link” a dozen times during a long conversation with Cooper. “Why are you linking to fake news?” Of course Conway’s claims are completely false.

polling-plunge

The Quinnipiac University Polling:

Trump squeaked his way into the White House with a very narrow win in the electoral college and lost the “actual vote” only getting 46 percent of the ballots cast, but won the key states he needed by less than a point, as voters told pollsters said they had huge reservations about him.

People set aside those reservations a little after he was elected. Recent polling suggests that those concerns have returned, as real as ever. And that’s bad news for Trump’s political mandate 10 days before he’s sworn in.

As honeymoons go, Donald Trump’s wasn’t much to write home about. He was voted in as the most unpopular president-elect in modern history and has gotten less unpopular as the weeks go by. He clearly remained the most unpopular president-elect in modern history. Again, that was the honeymoon.

And we can call it DOA. It’s officially over.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that Trump has reverted to his pre-election standing, with Americans having major concerns about his temperament and the direction in which his presidency will lead the country. Trump’s continued controversies seem to have put him right back where he was when he lost by 3 million votes and barely won the election through the Electoral College.

Quinnipiac is the first high-quality pollster to poll on Trump twice since the election. And while its poll in late November showed his favorable rating rising from 34 percent to 44 percent, that number has dropped back to 37 percent, which is about where it stood for much of the campaign. That’s tied for Trump’s worst favorable rating in a poll since his election. And a majority — 51 percent — now have an unfavorable view of him.

Likewise, the Quinnipiac poll shows a drop in confidence in Trump across the board. Although 59 percent were optimistic about the next four years under Trump in November, today that number is 52 percent. While 41 percent thought he would be a better leader than President Obama, it’s now 34 percent. While 52 percent thought he would help the nation’s economy, it’s now 47 percent. While 40 percent thought his policies would help their personal financial situation, it’s now 27 percent. While 53 percent thought he’d take the country in the right direction, it’s now 45 percent.

You get the idea. There are similar drops in views of his honesty (42 percent to 39 percent), his leadership skills (56 percent to 49 percent), his compassion for average Americans (51 percent to 44 percent), his levelheadedness (38 percent to 33 percent) and his ability to unite the country (47 percent to 40 percent).

And then it gets worse. Toward the bottom, Quinnipiac asked respondents whether they thought Trump’s behavior since the election made them feel better or worse about him. Although “better” won out in late November, 36 percent to 14 percent who said they felt worse, that showing has been flipped. Today, 28 percent say they feel worse about Trump since Election Day; just 23 percent feel better.

And clearly people still aren’t enamored of Trump’s social-media habits and fight-picking; by a 2-to-1 margin (64 percent to 32 percent), they think he should give up his personal Twitter account as president — bigger than the 59-to-35 margin in November.

sources: Washington post and CNN

 

The low ethical bar to hold office in Humboldt

Johnson (ncj)

Johnson (ncj)

Wow! Remember the Dan Johnson’s plagiarism saga and the public outcry for him to resign? Now we have another elected, a Harbor Commissioner named Aaron Newman, who pleads guilty to poaching and lies to California Fish and Wildlife Department on June 4, 2009 and then again in 2012! Considerably more egregious than plagiarism!

Newman

Newman

 

Newman is quoted as saying “I haven’t heard anything negative, so I don’t see how it’s going to affect me in any way,” “Just planning on keeping up the good work.” (ya like, lying your ass off)

From the TS: On Oct. 29, Newman pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges as part of an offer from the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded to two violations of state Fish and Wildlife code for obtaining more than one set of hunting tags within one year and lying to a state agency under oath, as well as a code of regulations violation for misuse of abalone tags.

As part of the deal, the district attorney’s office dropped Newman’s two felony perjury charges and two misdemeanor charges. He was sentenced to three years probation, during which time he will be banned from recreational hunting and fishing anywhere in the United States.

Well let us be the first voice of outcry he hears:

“Aaron Newman you should resign immediately!”