Spicer spars with media over ‘always negative’ reporting

White House press secretary Sean Spicer held his first regularly scheduled press briefing, two days after he entered the room, read an angry statement disputing media reports about crowds size at the inauguration, and left without taking questions.

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Spicer answered a wide range of questions, from the administration’s plans regarding Obamacare to fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) to no longer participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

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When asked if Trump’s administration is ready to work with Russia in the fight against I, Spicer replied that they are ready “to work with any country that helps us defeat ISIS,” including Russia. When asked if he’s ready to work with Syrian President Bashar Assad, he said: “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”

The Trump administration’s relationship with the media got off to a rocky start on Saturday, President Donald Trump’s first full day in office. First, Trump spoke at CIA headquarters in front of the memorial to fallen agents, where he told agency employees that the “dishonest media” was to blame for his supposed “feud with the intelligence community.” He also claimed that the press  skewed attendance figures for his inauguration, saying that there were “a million, a million and a half people” at the ceremony, while media said there were between 250,000 and 500,000 attendees.

Hours later, Spicer headed into the White House Brady Briefing Room, where he berated the media for for “deliberately false reporting” on the crowd’s size during a five-minute statement.

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On Sunday, Kellyanne Conway, a Trump surrogate, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where she told host Chuck Todd that Spicer used “alternative facts” in his statement about attendance.

“You’re saying it’s a falsehood and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that,” she told NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“Alternative facts aren’t facts, they are falsehoods,” Todd responded.

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White House chief of staff Reince Priebus also made the rounds on the Sunday morning talk shows, blasting the media for their “obsession by the media to delegitimize this president,” even as the press fought back against misinformation from the administration.

“I mean he has people comparing him to Baghdad Bob the first day in office, saying, ‘I can’t trust this guy,'” CNN media analyst Bill Carter said.

Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, said that the Trump administration got off on the wrong foot by using “shaky statistics” to pitch their first battle to “push back” at the media.

RUSH: Madonna And Ashley Judd ‘TEMPER TANTRUM’ Is Not Gonna Rebuild

Published on Jan 23, 2017
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Crystal Corey

Madonna needs to be arrested and tride like, Charles Manson.
TheMechanic

We all know Madonna is a slut. And Ashley Judd can’t get any movie roles without taking off her cloths. I guess that makes her a slut also.
Magnús Másson

Madonna’s jaws will hurt when she has finished giving BJ to Hillary’s male voters.
Ivy Hawks

As a woman, I could care less about their marching, crying and temper tantrums. GO NUTS!
Bonni Walls

No, if you’re ever listened to women talk I guarantee they are 10x worse. These feminist only want women in power they are anti-men point blank period. I was ashamed for the first time in my 50+ years to be a woman yesterday. I was like a march of The Walking Brain Dead. So women to the left, Ladies to the right.
NoRINO212

Madonna offers free oral copulations to every men voted for Clinton on stage at Madison Square Garden just before the election, this is the type of celebrities cheered by liberals and Democrats nowadays.
Fortified Fortresses

And this behavior helps us women. Pathetic
Rod Parkinson

I can only hope they keep this up, it will drive more and more people to flee from the undemocratic mantra that is destroying the free world.

Trump signs executive order withdrawing US from TPP

Published on Jan 23, 2017

With a stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump has unraveled the Trans-Pacific Partnership, withdrawing the US from the controversial free-trade pact. Without Washington’s participation, the TPP would have to be renegotiated or scrapped altogether.

Trevor R.N.

Son of a Bitch, he actually did it. Wow, I’m impressed.
Irina Rakhsha

Yay. Liberals rioting, Trump making everyone butthurt. Hey, this is pretty good!
Gyva02

America first bitches, it’s happening! 🙂
Han Boetes

I thought he would close it like Obama closed Guantanamo. I’m astonished!
Brickandfanal ³

Yipi yaye !!! Victory. After all the letters I had send to my Canadian representatives to withdraw Canada from the TPP, one single memo form Trump, and we`re clear from the TPP threat.
panty dropper

Trump drinks tigers blood and pisses out kryptonite. Keep it going god damnit!!
Otto Drolkar

I like to get such a man as my president here in Germany

International researchers develop ‘vaccine’ against ‘fake news’

Scientists at Cambridge, Yale and George Mason are seriously considering a “vaccine” against fake news, and believe they’ve found a solution – one that’s not too different from immunization against an ordinary viral pathogen.

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According to social psychologist Dr. Sander van der Linden, “Misinformation can be sticky, spreading and replicating like a virus.” Therefore, new research has found that treating it like an actual virus may do the trick.

The research focused on fake news about climate change, though the model can potentially be applied anywhere else to “inoculate” the public against misinformation. It discovered that when two types of information are presented consecutively, the wrong information would completely cancel out what was said before. In other words, the opinion would go full circle.

So the solution would then be to introduce small amounts of misinformation together with the correct information. They would stand out obviously, and act not as distortion, but as something the mind could immediately compare with the correct information, preventing a shift of the resulting opinion to either side too strongly.

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Regardless of any follow-up exposure to fake news, the method would still do the trick, researchers discovered.

“We wanted to see if we could find a ‘vaccine’ by pre-emptively exposing people to a small amount of the type of misinformation they might experience. A warning that helps preserve the facts,” van der Linden went on.

The point was to create “a cognitive repertoire that helps build up resistance to misinformation,” thereby weakening its effect the next time around.

The researchers tested their hypothesis – the so-called ‘inoculation theory’ – by inventing a pretend scenario that would closely mimic the dynamics of misinformation on a highly-publicized subject as they play out in real life.

The study was performed on Republicans, Democrats and Independents equally, and achieved a high degree of efficacy with their sample size of 2,000 people. The participants were all given popular false statements on prominent topics. Each was rated for familiarity and the persuasiveness of its arguments.

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In the end, results showed that the most popular falsehood was that there is no scientific consensus on climate change being caused by man, or that the CO2 we release will directly lead to it. This was exemplified by the Global Warming Petition Project, which claims to have conducted a test to find that “over 31,000 American scientists” support the view that there is no singular consensus.

Another, correct statement was also used: that “97 percent of scientists agree on manmade climate change.” The decision to use this was inspired by van der Linden’s previous work, which proved that scientific consensus has a bigger chance of influencing people.

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The 2,000 participants were then secretly tested on their attitudes on the online Amazon Mechanical Turk platform. They were gauged for changes in opinion over time – but some people were shown only one statement, while others were shown the opposing view.

It was found that viewing the correct opinion on consensus led to a 20-percent increase in agreement. Those only shown the incorrect view (by way of a screenshot from the erroneous website poll) changed their views negatively by a total of nine percentage points. However, most surprisingly, the group shown the two views in succession was found to be exactly on the fence, figure-wise. Thus, the incorrect view evened things out.

Van der Linden finds it “uncomfortable to think that misinformation is so potent in our society. A lot of people’s attitudes toward climate change aren’t very firm. They are aware there is a debate going on, but aren’t necessarily sure what to believe. Conflicting messages can leave them feeling back at square one,” he added.

After these results were in, two of the groups were used to hand-pick individuals who would then be given a dose of inoculation by way of two strong statements in support of the correct conclusion: one – that there are “some politically-motivated groups [using] misleading tactics to try and convince the public that there is a lot of disagreement among scientists”; and two – that most of the people who signed the quasi-scientific Oregon petition were none other than celebrities, or people with no science background whatsoever.

This tactic was found to work like a charm: for, even after being presented with the incorrect poll, the inoculation evened things back out, and turned the respondents back against climate change deniers. The ‘inoculation’ was found to raise the percentage of those agreeing with the scientifically-sound view by 6.5 percentage points.

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Of the two above statements intended to inoculate the public, the second one belonged to the category of ‘detailed inoculation’. And it raised the average positive shift in opinion by nearly 13 percent. By using names, professions and specifics on respondents to the unscientific poll, researchers were able to further invalidate its conclusions.

While the study is certainly among the first of its kind, the scientists warned that such tactics had previously already been used by fossil fuel and tobacco companies to increase public disagreement with scientists and doctors and their warnings.

The positive conclusion, however, is that the same can be done to reverse the incorrect views. Van der Linden is not altogether surprised, as his entire premise was based on the view that there is, after all, room for change in even the most stubborn individual.

Swedish politician resigns after suggesting someone should ‘shoot’ Trump

A municipal council member of a Swedish town called Kalmar has resigned due to a Facebook post he made asking if someone could “shoot” America’s new president, Donald Trump.

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“I believed that Donald Trump would calm down after he became the president [of the US]. But how wrong I was! He exceeded my worst fears! Could anyone shoot him?” Swedish Social Democratic Party member Roland Peterson, a municipal official in Kalmar’s Soedermoere district, wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday, though he removed it an hour later.

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Nonetheless, Peterson decided to step down as member of both his party and the Soedermoere Municipal Council and Planning Board after making the post, announcing his resignation on Monday morning.

“After my blunder on Facebook, there is a risk that I will become a burden for the Social Democrats in Kalmar. I do not want it, so I chose to leave all my posts,” Peterson wrote in a letter to his party members, as cited by the local Oestra Smaland newspaper.

Person’s post provoked an angry reaction from his party members and fellow councilors.

“It is good that he [Peterson] removed it [the post],” councilor Johan Persson told Oestra Smalan, adding that people should “never call for violence” regardless of their opinion of Donald Trump or other issues.

The Social Democrats’ leader in Kalmar, Roger Holmberg, denounced the post as “inappropriate and “idiotic,” while stressing that “even thinking about the idea of violence is completely wrong.” He told Swedish broadcaster STV that he had had a conversation with Peterson and said that new party members would receive training in working with social media.

Holmber said that Peterson “is deeply remorseful,” explaining that he “did not understand the impact of the post in the social media.”

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Peterson told STV that he “would have never written” the post if he had considered the consequences, while promising he “will never do it again.” He also explained to Oestra Smalan that it was Trump’s environmental policy that had deeply upset him.

“He [Trump] risks the future of the entire Earth,” he said, adding that “now, when the world has started going in the right direction,” Trump plans to increase oil and coal production.

Trump’s ideas about the environmental are a source of controversy in the US. Social media went into meltdown after Trump’s inauguration when certain hot topic issues disappeared from the White House website, including climate change.

Many mainstream media outlets initially reported on the conspicuous disappearances, but are adopting a more cautious ‘wait-and-see’ approach for the time being.

Anti-Trump angst was running high both in the US and abroad after his inauguration. On Saturday, Donald Trump’s first full day in the White House, thousands of women marched through US cities to protest Trump and call for the protection of civil liberties and diverse cultures.

Sister rallies took place in Japan, Australia, and Europe. Inauguration Day also witnessed violent clashes between anti-Trump protesters and Washington police.

Hacked NYT tweet claims Russia will attack US with missiles

After apparently being hacked, a Twitter account belonging to the New York Times reported that Russia intended to launch a missile attack against the US. The newspaper is investigating the situation.

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The gaffe affected the NYT’s video account, @nytvideo, which tweeted out the hoax on Sunday at around 9:40am ET, citing a “leaked statement” from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Though the alarming tweet was quickly deleted, others followed that were claimed by the hacker group OurMine, which has previously taken responsibility for hijacking a number of high-profile accounts on social media.

OurMine said it had “re-hacked” the account in order to stem the spread of misinformation after noticing that it had been broken into by a third party. Their messages were eventually deleted too.

The newspaper later confirmed that it had deleted a number of tweets published by @nytvideo “without authorization,” saying it was investigating the situation without elaborating.

Trump signs executive order withdrawing US from TPP

With a stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump has unraveled the Trans-Pacific Partnership, withdrawing the US from the controversial free-trade pact. Without Washington’s participation, the TPP would have to be renegotiated or scrapped altogether.
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The largest global trade agreement in 20 years, the TPP would have included the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. It was championed by former President Barack Obama as a way to open Asian markets for American goods and create a trade bloc to counter China.

Opposition to the TPP was one of the key planks of Trump’s presidential campaign, with the billionaire businessman calling the trade pact a “potential disaster” for the US. He said he would prefer bilateral trade deals with individual TPP countries instead. Monday’s executive order signaled the new administration’s determination to address its priorities quickly.

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Vietnam backed out of the pact in November, citing uncertainty created by Trump’s election and the refusal of the US Congress to ratify the TPP.

Trump has also targeted the North American Free Trade Association, which eliminated commercial barriers between the US, Canada and Mexico during the Clinton administration.

If Wilbur Ross gets the Senate confirmation to head the Department of Commerce, he will be charged with renegotiating the trade deals, alongside US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and chief of the newly established White House Trade Council, Peter Navarro.

“We are going to start renegotiating on NAFTA, on immigration and on security at the border,” Trump said on Sunday, after the swearing-in ceremony for senior White House staff.

Trump’s animosity for the TPP was shared by some of the Democrats, led by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. His rival in the November 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, initially supported the trade pact.

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On Monday, Trump assembled chief executives of major US corporations at the White House and promised to lower the tax and regulatory burden on doing business within the country. His administration will be scrapping free trade in favor of fair trade, he said.

“The regulations are going to be cut massively, and the taxes will be cut with them,” Trump said, warning that those who relocate factories will face a “substantial border tax.”

Trump signed two more executive orders on Monday, freezing all federal government hiring – with the exception of the US military – and prohibiting federal funding to US organizations promoting abortion overseas.