Facebook ‘Fact-checker’ Poynter Slams BuzzFeed for ‘Irresponsibly’ Publishing Unsubstantiated Trump Dossier

BY AARON KLEIN

The Poynter Institute, the group helping Facebook determine whether certain news stories are “disputed,” has slammed BuzzFeed for “irresponsibly” publishing in full an alleged intelligence report claiming Russia possesses blackmail dirt on Donald Trump.

“BuzzFeed drops a Trump bombshell, irresponsibly,” was the title of the Poynter piece authored by media ethicist Kelly McBride, who serves as Poynter’s vice president for academic programs.

“The act of publishing the dossier in its entirety isn’t journalism,” McBride chided.

McBride wrote:

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith explained his choice to publish the dossier in a memo to the newsroom Tuesday, arguing the decision reflects “the job of reporters in 2017.”

That’s certainly what Wikileaks does. But publishing an entirely unvetted document is a significant departure from the way editors of most significant publications would define the role of reporting.

Sure, editors everywhere get queasy when they consider withholding information from the public. But historically, when editors have wrestled with this challenge, they agonized over information reporters had already vetted.

The Poynter writer provided a list of sentences that she states she wished BuzzFeed had included in an editor’s note inside the site’s article containing the full report:

“Here’s what we are doing to verify or debunk the claims…”

“Here’s a list of the people that helped us identify the harm we might cause in publishing this…”

“Here are the most important facts we’ve already independently verified…”

McBride lectured, “Vetting the document and determining its veracity? That’s the work of journalists in 2017, or any other year.”

BuzzFeed on Tuesday published an un-redacted document of mysterious origin purporting to be an intelligence report alleging that Russia had collected compromising videos and information on Trump.

“The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors,” a BuzzFeed sub-headline cautioned.

However, BuzzFeed’s publication of the document prompted a flurry of news media reports drawing attention to the salacious and unproven details. CNN fanned the flames by reporting that “classified documents” presented to President Obama and Trump included “allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information” on Trump, the news network claimed, citing “multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings.”

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which is a project of the Poynter Institute, drafted a code of five principles for news websites to accept, and Facebook last month explained it will work with “third-party fact-checking organizations” that are signatories to the code of principles.

Facebook says that if the “fact checking organizations” determine that a certain story is fake, it will get flagged as disputed and, according to the Facebook announcement, “there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”

FACEBOOK KILLS PRO-TRUMP ACCOUNT IN FREE SPEECH CRACKDOWN

Social media titans continue to purge populist voices

| Infowars.com – JANUARY 10, 2017

‘God Emperor Trump’ had become one of the most powerful Facebook personalities supporting Donald Trump, with over 200,000 followers and another 40,000 followers of a back-up account, before both were eliminated by the social media giant in the past 48 hours.

The account’s creator was notified that the page had been unpublished by Facebook, without any warning or specifically cited violation.

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God Emperor Trump (GET) issued a press release on their new website, stating:

“God Emperor Trump, a pro-Trump Facebook page with roughly 212,000 ‘Likes’, was unpublished by Facebook at approximately 1 a.m. on January 10, 2017. No reason was given, no content was removed, and no admins received individual punishment. The notification at the top of the page implies ‘hate speech’ is what provoked the action. Yet, we have not been given any evidence of hateful speech on the page, and actively try to be as open and welcoming to all people as possible.”

“We went out of our way to be open to all races, creeds, ethnicities, and nationalities, even though we are a pro-America, pro-Trump page. We never once posted something derogatory about race, gender, ethnicity, or nationality. All were welcome at God Emperor Trump, so long as they supported the President-elect, and loved the United States of America.”

A thread discussing GET’s ban on Reddit has exploded into the top 5 hottest subreddits on the site at the time of this writing, with outraged users voicing their disgust with Facebook in droves.

Facebook is notorious for their double-standards on what they consider “welcoming” or “respectful.”

When Facebook users reported a video livestreamed by Chicago thugs torturing a disabled Trump supporter as being “graphic violence,” administration replied that it did not go “against one of our Community Standards,” and allowed the video to remain posted.

The Guardian reported, “Facebook refused to comment on how many people – if any – reported the content, although there appear to have been many comments under the live stream made by horrified viewers who may have also used the report tool. Nor would Facebook tell the Guardian when it first became aware of the video and how long it took to decide to take the footage down from the site.”

Facebook allows pages such as “Damn Those Racist, Homophobic, Bigoted Republican Born-Again Christians” and a wide variety of “F**k Donald Trump” pages and groups to operate without impediment.

Over the course of the Republican primaries and general election, GET became a wrecking ball on behalf of the President-elect, and against his adversaries.

After Trump officially secured his win over Hillary Clinton, GET leveled its sites on the lying mainstream media.

GET was instrumental in exposing CNN for using an image from a video game to support their propaganda about “Russian hacking” of the election, with a post that reached nearly one million users and launched an international scandal.

SILICON VALLEY CEO: MIDDLE AMERICA A “SH*THOLE” FULL OF “STUPID PEOPLE”

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“Clean up your act” by electing progressives. she says

| Infowars.com – JANUARY 9, 2017

A Silicon Valley tech CEO suggested that jobs are disappearing from middle America because “educated people” do not want to live in a “sh*thole” with “misogynistic, racist, stupid, and violent people.”

Melinda Byerley, founder of the Silicon Valley-based startup company Timeshare CMO, tweeted a Facebook posting in which she advised middle America on how to bring jobs back to their communities.

She premised her advice by noting “one thing middle America could do is to realize that no educated person wants to live in a shithole with stupid people. Especially violent, racist, and/or misogynistic ones.”

Corporations do not want to locate “call centers, factors, development centers, etc” because they must also deal with the fact that small towns “have nothing going for them. No infrastructure, just a few bars and a terrible school system.”

If you live in middle America and want jobs, you must “clean up your act and make your town a place that people like us want to live in.”

“Add fiber internet. Make it a point to elect a progressive city council and commit to not being bigots,” she suggested.

While Byerley noted that many educated people such as herself “would like to live a more rural lifestyle, or at least a less urban one,” they do not want to “sacrifice tolerance or diversity to do so.”

“We especially do not want to live in states where the majority of residents are voting for things against their own interests just because they don’t want brown people to thrive.”

Despite advising middle America to install fiber internet, Byerley claimed there is more to attracting jobs than just offering internet and tax breaks, as corporations have to struggle with the fact that “their best and brightest would rather scrape by in SF than live in a huge house somewhere if it meant dealing with bigots and backwards ideologies every day.”

TEN BASIC FORMS OF FAKE NEWS USED BY MAJOR MEDIA

Basic purpose is the presentation of a false picture of reality

Jon Rappoport | Infowars.com – JANUARY 5, 2017

The basic purpose of these ten forms is the presentation of a false picture of reality.

You could find more forms, or divide these ten into sub-categories.

The ten basic forms are:

* Direct lying about matters of fact.

* Leaving out vital information.

* Limited hangout. (This is an admission of a crime or a mistake, which only partially reveals the whole truth. The idea is that by admitting a fraction of what really happened and burying the biggest revelations, people will be satisfied and go away, and the story will never be covered again.)

* Shutting down the truth after publishing it—includes failing to follow up and investigate a story more deeply.

* Not connecting dots between important pieces of data.

* Censoring the truth, wherever it is found (or calling it “fake news”).

* Using biased “experts” to present slanted or false “facts.”

* Repeating a false story many times—this includes the echo-chamber effect, in which a number of outlets “bounce” the false story among themselves.

* Claiming a reasonable and true consensus exists, when it doesn’t, when there are many important dissenters, who are shut out from offering their analysis.

* Employing a panoply of effects (reputation of the media outlet, voice quality of the anchor, acting skills, dry mechanical language, studio lighting, overlay of electronic transmissions, etc.) to create an impression of elevated authority which is beyond challenge.

These are all traditional forms and methods.

Here’s an example of a big story that deployed all ten forms of fake news: the Swine Flu pandemic of 2009.

In the spring of 2009, the World Health Organization (elevated authority beyond challenge) announced that Swine Flu was a level-6 pandemic—its highest category of “danger.” In fact, there were only 20 confirmed cases at the time (direct lying about “danger”). And W.H.O. quietly changed the definition of “level-6” so widespread death and damage were no longer required (another aspect of direct lying).

The story was, of course, picked up by major media outlets all over the world (echo chamber effect, fake consensus, never connected dots re W.H.O. lies), and quite soon, Swine Flu case numbers rose into the thousands (direct lying, as we’ll soon see).

Medical experts were brought in to bolster the claims of danger (biased experts; important dissenters never given space to comment).

In the early fall of 2009, Sharyl Attkisson, then a star investigative reporter for CBS News, published a story on the CBS News website. She indicated that the CDC had secretly stopped counting the number of Swine Flu cases in America. No other major news outlet reported this fact (omitting vital information).

Attkisson discovered the reason the CDC had stopped counting: the overwhelming number of blood samples taken from the most likely Swine Flu patients were coming back from labs with: no trace of Swine Flu or any other kind of flu. Therefore, a gigantic hoax was revealed. The pandemic was a dud, a fake.

Despite Attkisson’s efforts, CBS never followed up on her story (shutting down the truth after exposing it). Never probed the lying by the CDC (failure to connect dots). In a sense, CBS turned Attkisson’s story into a limited hangout—a further investigation would have uncovered acres of criminal behavior by both the CDC and the World Health Organization, to say nothing of the governments and media outlets that supported these lying agencies. The mainstream press essentially censored Attkisson’s revelations.

Then, about three weeks after CBS published Attkisson’s story, WebMD published a piece in which the CDC claimed that its own (lying) estimate of 10,000 or so cases of Swine Flu in the US was a gross understatement. Truly, there were 22 MILLION cases of Swine Flu in the US (doubling-down on lying).

And that was that.

Which leads to an 11th form of fake news: if one lie doesn’t quite fly, tell a much bigger lie.

And these mainstream sources are currently shouting and bloviating about independent media spreading fake news. I guess you could call that number 12: accusing their opponents of committing the crimes they are, in fact, committing.

This article first appeared at NoMoreFakeNews.com.

What Pisses Me Off About The “F@&K White People” Chicago Kidnapping Stefan Molyneux

Da Negist 

CNN and the Chicago PD are already saying it wasn’t a hate crime and that he was targeted because of his mental handicap.
Aleksandra Ostrowska

This is what happens when the media pretends blacks can’t be racist.
adobo777

Funny, I don’t see this on any of the news… take a look at BBC or CNN.. NADA! Now why is that?
StopWatch

He was mentally disabled? So these sick fucks couldn’t even kidnap and torture a white man capable of defending himself? Unfucking believable.
Bob Lake

I managed to make it to 60 years old as a peaceful old hippy, not hating anyone. In the past year , I have been exposed to radical feminism and BLM and now i find myself seething at the world.
Jae Phøenïx

History and culture matter, you can’t turn Africa into Japan. Africans left to their own devices create societies like Somalia and Ethiopia.
Clorox Bleach

White lives matter
Frig Off

it’s the media’s fault, all the bs “Trump is a racist” rhetoric that has no basis is reality. BLM ideology is cancerous and needs to be put on the terror watchlist
k4yser

if it was a black guy, hollywood would pull out a movie about this within this year.

EVIL: CNN Claims Racist Facebook Beating NOT a Hate Crime!?

BY TEAM CROWDER

Let’s do some math: [People from one race] + [person from other ace] + racial slurs + violence = hate crime. No? Because there’s actually some debate over whether to call that brutal Facebook livestream beating (see Four Arrested For Kidnapping, Torturing Special Needs White Man) as a hate crime.

Well, not debate as much as leftist media personality acting like galactic douchelords.

I see. So it’s Donald Trump’s fault. Kids hear their parents pushing hate (Boy Votes Trump in Mock Election. Mother Kicks HIM OUT of the House). Kids hear it from their teachers (Professor Says Trump Election an ‘Act of Terrorism’). They hear it from their favorite celebrities (see Irrelevant B-List ‘Celebrities’ Plead Congress to Stop Trump). But yet it’s Donald Trump’s fault that these thugs kidnapped a handicapped kid, beat him, and yelled racial slurs at him.

I love how this woman keeps calling the thugs who tortured a kid for him being white and/or handicapped, as “young people.” Thanks, lady.

And it’s not just CNN. Here’s the Chicago police chief…

“Some of it is just stupidity.” You know, just kids being kids the way kids tie someone up, shout racial slurs at him, and broadcast it on Facebook. And slash the kid with a knife. It’s just KIDS. Come on, don’t be silly.

Remember all this when you hear “Why can’t we ever have a serious conversation on race?” Because the people who want the conversation aren’t serious about ever having one. Unless of course it’s to point out how white people hate black people by using words they don’t like. But when four black kids kidnap a special needs white boy, make him drink toilet water, tie him up and slash him with a knife while screaming “f*ck white people”? Let’s not talk about how this is a racial hate crime. These “young people” listen to the President Elect. They turn on the TV. They’re just impressionalbe kids! Come on, don’t be silly.

This media response is 100% proof positive that leftists (as a whole) do not care about racism. Actual racism. They only care to use racism as a political tool. But only if it helps them craft their narrative that white people drool, black people rule.

Remember all this when someone says they don’t like Obamacare, for which that someone is labeled as a “covert racist.” But these kids aren’t racist. They’re just stupid.

Come on. Don’t be silly.

Josh

I can’t fucking believe what I’m seeing, what the actual fuck?
D T

“I don’t think it’s evil… I think these are young people and they have bad home training” CAN YOU FUCKING IMAGINE HIM SAYING THIS IF THE RACES WERE REVERSED IF WHITE PEOPLE HAD SCALPED A BLACK KID WHILE SAYING RACIST THINGS YOU FUCKING RACIST CUNT FUCKER PIECE OF SHIT CUNT
Will Rueb

Symone Sanders is a piece of shit and Don Lemon has sold his soul to the devil. I hope he burns in hell for eternity for the toxic bullshit he spreads.
Carl Mannerheim

-Wasn’t racially motivated “Fuck donald trump & fuck white people!” Bruh
William Clarke

So good, its ok then for me to kick the shit out of black people because I don’t like Obama! NOTED!!!!!

FACEBOOK: Video Showing Torture Of Disabled White Trump Supporter “Doesn’t Violate Our Community Standards”

On Tuesday, the shocking 30 minute video showing the beating and torture of the man was live streamed on Facebook from Brittany Herring’s account. In the video, the four attackers are heard yelling “Fuck Donald Trump. Fuck white people” while assaulting the man, forcing him to drink toilet water. At one point in the video, the attackers used a knife to cut off the man’s clothing. It is being reported that the man was held hostage between 24-48 hours.

 

As word of the video spread, thousands of people posted comments of disgust and outrage and reported Herring’s page for inappropriate content.

Facebook seems to be operating under a double standard. They won’t censor a brutal, violent, and racist attack against a disabled Trump supporter, but they have no issue censoring and blocking conservative’s posts about terrorism carried out by Muslims, as demonstrated by Facebook’s ongoing attack of Pamela Geller.  If a video showing a white man being pummeled by Black Lives Matter supporters doesn’t violate Facebook’s standards, what does? Does it really get any worse than that? Perhaps Facebook needs to re-evaluate its “community standards”.