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North Korea Will Change Its Time Zone This Week

It's another conciliatory gesture

(Newser) - South Korea will remove propaganda-broadcasting loudspeakers from the border with North Korea this week, officials said Monday, as the rivals move to follow through with their leaders' summit declaration that produced reconciliation steps without a breakthrough in the nuclear standoff. During their historic meeting Friday at a Korean border village,... More »

S. Korea Just Tried to 'Create a Peaceful Mood' With the North

Propaganda loudspeakers near border silenced before summit between 2 nations this week

(Newser) - The last top-level meeting between North and South Korea took place 11 years ago, and tensions have since "risen dramatically," per the Los Angeles Times . And so South Korea is offering an olive branch ahead of this week's summit, silencing the speakers it uses along the border... More »

Sinclair's Local Anchors Decry Fake News Via Same Script

Broadcast outlet under fire for newsroom tactics and 'state media' tactics

(Newser) - Sinclair Broadcast Group owns a growing number of local TV stations across the US, and it's come under fire previously for newsroom tactics dictated by its Maryland headquarters. But criticism reached new heights over the weekend when Deadspin stitched together a video showing dozens of anchors reciting the same... More »

Fox News Attacked—by One of Its Own

Network responds to Ralph Peters' dig at 'propaganda machine'

(Newser) - Criticism of Fox News as a "propaganda machine … wittingly harming our system of government for profit" is making waves because of its source: longtime Fox military analyst and retired US Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. In a letter to colleagues announcing he would not be renewing his contract... More »

North Korea Reportedly Moving Aircraft to Coast

Analysts doubt US planes are in danger

(Newser) - The promised countermeasures to President Trump's supposed "declaration of war" on North Korea may already be in the works. A South Korean lawmaker briefed by the country's spy agency says North Korea is moving aircraft to its east coast in an effort to bolster its defenses, per... More »

Report: Russian News Agency Under FBI Investigation

Ex-WH correspondent for Sputnik reportedly turned over thousands of files to bureau

(Newser) - There are plenty of investigations happening on Russia, but a new one may have just been added to the pile. Yahoo News says it learned the FBI is poking around to get info on Sputnik, the news agency funded by the Russian government, with one of the FBI's lines... More »

New ISIS Video Features Boy Claiming to Be American

US is investigating

(Newser) - A new ISIS propaganda video features alarming footage: a small boy, who claims to be an American, promising "the fighting has just begun"—and appearing to train to join the fight himself. The 10-year-old, who speaks fluent English but appears to be reading from a script, claims to... More »

Raid on 'Cesspool' Yields Drugs, Nazi Propaganda

5 arrested in central Florida

(Newser) - A raid on a mobile home described as a "cesspool" by police in central Florida yielded drugs, guns, and propaganda from a group called the American Nazi Family. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office named the suspects as Alexander Nowokunski, 33; Gabrielle Price, 24; Steven Crumbley, 31; Melinda Zalneraitis,... More »

Critics Liken Trump's 'Real News' Videos to State TV

Kayleigh McEnany, who just left CNN, hosted the most recent one

(Newser) - Kayleigh McEnany stood out at CNN as a conservative voice and fierce defender of President Trump during the campaign. Now she's left the network and has turned up, at least temporarily, as the host of a pro-Trump broadcast via the president's Facebook page . McEnany appeared over the weekend... More »

Facebook's Big Problem: Its Own News Feed

To break 'fake news' cycle, Facebook may have to reconfigure most prominent feature

(Newser) - Facebook has become a formidable player on the news, political, and entertainment landscapes, with more than 1.8 billion active viewers a month. But its "gargantuan influence" has become its "biggest liability," Farhad Manjoo writes in the New York Times , unpacking how the site was the ideal... More »

N. Korea Propaganda Clip Shows US Warship 'Exploding'

Happy Tuesday from Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea wasn't shy about disseminating apocalyptic (and even just plain weird ) propaganda during former President Obama's tenure, and it appears that President Trump is going to get equal time. Per the Telegraph , Pyongyang released a fiery clip on YouTube over the weekend depicting a US aircraft... More »

Here's What North Korean Propaganda Actually Shows

One staged photo can reveal a lot about realities in North Korea

(Newser) - North Korea's propaganda photos aren't just good, well, propaganda; they can also help the West understand what's going on with the country's nuclear program and within Kim Jong-un's regime. In a fascinating piece, the New York Times uses one such photo—Kim debuting what is... More »

200 Sites Peddled Fake Election News From Russia

'It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump's campaign'

(Newser) - Some of the anti-Hillary Clinton news stories that popped up in your social media feeds during the election campaign may have been put there by Russia. That's the conclusion of independent propaganda research group PropOrNot, which provided its report to the Washington Post . PropOrNot found more than 200 websites,... More »

Weird New Propaganda War: North Korea Lapel Pins

Meanwhile, Pyongyang says it's being attacked by snakes

(Newser) - North Korea has apparently kicked off a new propaganda war ahead of planned war games between the US and South Korea next month. South Korea says its military found hundreds of propaganda leaflets floating down a river near the border last week, boasting that the North won the Korean War... More »

China: Stop Calling President 'Big Daddy Xi'

Officials seem to fear nickname is creating a Mao-like cult of personality

(Newser) - It seemed a good idea at the time, but China's propaganda officials are now reportedly walking back one particular attempt to paint President Xi Jinping as the "people's president" by asking state media to stop referring to him by his nickname, per the Guardian . That nickname is... More »

Taliban App Yanked From Google Play for 'Technical Issues'

Says the Taliban; Google's being a little more cryptic

(Newser) - The Taliban has been taking pointers from the Islamic State's online presence, keeping its social media accounts and website updated and fresh, and even launching a new app through the Google Play store last week. But that app—called "Pashto Afghan News—Alemarah," per the Guardian —... More »

German Historian: AP Was in Cahoots With the Nazis

Claims that Nazis even had a propaganda plant as an AP photographer

(Newser) - A historian at Germany's Martin Luther University has uncovered what she says is proof from Associated Press archives that it was in formal cahoots with Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime in exchange for being the only Western news agency to report from there, the New York Times reports. In... More »

'One of Best Relics of the Third Reich' Returns to Germany

2-volume 'Mein Kampf' edition with 3,500 annotations meant to 'shatter the myth'

(Newser) - An attempt to put Adolf Hitler's most famous written rants in context will be on the market in January, thanks to a three-year effort by a group of Munich historians. Ending a 70-year ban on publishing Mein Kampf in German, the team from the Institute for Contemporary History will... More »

Utah Students Assigned ISIS Recruitment Posters

The class project proved surprisingly controversial

(Newser) - If you ask a couple dozen freshmen in a small Utah town to create recruitment posters for ISIS, it tends to stir up controversy. Who knew? The AP reports a first-year teacher at Salem Junior High School did exactly that with her world civics class this week. The assignment listed... More »

ISIS Rolls Out Own Currency, Music Video

Propaganda recording intros new coins to replace 'satanic conception of banks'

(Newser) - Fed up with what it describes as the "satanic conception of banks," ISIS says it's releasing its own new currency, and it's put out a nearly one-hour-long video to explain it, the Jerusalem Post reports. The video released by the group's media arm explains its... More »

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