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One Country Just Banned 'Fake News'

But critics say Malaysia is really just muzzling media, putting lid on scandal ahead of elections

(Newser) - Malaysia passed a new law Monday prohibiting "fake news," a move critics fear will be used to silence dissent ahead of elections, reports the AP . Despite criticism from opposition lawmakers that the legislation will lead Malaysia closer to dictatorship, the bill was approved after heated debate, with 123... More »

'I Am Ashamed,' Read the Email. Then Facebook's Problems Grew

An 11K-word 'Wired' piece delves into Facebook's 'tumultuous two years'

(Newser) - "I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed." So read an email Roger McNamee sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg just days before the 2016 election. McNamee is the Zuckerberg mentor who convinced the Facebook CEO to hire Sandberg in the first place, and as an... More »

Trump Reveals Winners of 'Fake News Awards'

4 CNN stories made list of 10

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert and other late-night hosts experienced real disappointment Wednesday night when President Trump revealed the winners of his inaugural Fake News Awards: The "honors" went to the New York Times, CNN, ABC, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. In a list of 10 winners posted on the GOP... More »

5 Lines From Jeff Flake's Speech Against Trump

President 'uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies'

(Newser) - Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on Wednesday gave the speech he's been promising to give about President Trump, one in which he finds it chilling that Trump borrows a phrase from Josef Stalin to describe the media as the "enemy of the people." CBS News has the transcript... More »

Trump's 'Fake News Awards' Could Put Staff in a Pinch

Ethics rules likely bar them from helping out, say experts

(Newser) - The "losers" are set to get their moment in the spotlight Wednesday, when President Trump will reportedly hold his "Fake News Awards," and its impending nature has spurred Politico and Politifact to speculate on what form it could take—and the thorns involved. The blind spot seems... More »

France Takes on Fake News

Critics wonder what a new law will mean for freedom of the press

(Newser) - Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts—and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of authoritarianism, will be... More »

Trump in War of a Word With Wall Street Journal

Did the president say 'I' or 'I'd'?

(Newser) - President Trump is taking his battle against "fake news" to one of his most reliable supporters. This morning the president started his day by slamming the Wall Street Journal on Twitter for allegedly misquoting him in an interview published Thursday, Politico reports. In the interview Trump is quoted as... More »

Trump Delays His 'Fake News Awards'

'Losers' will be announced next Wednesday, he says

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert and other late-night hosts are going to have to wait longer to find out whether they've won the "honor" they've been campaigning for : President Trump says he is delaying his "Fake News Awards," Politico reports. The awards, "those going to the most... More »

Colbert Billboard Has a Message for Trump

'For your consideration'

(Newser) - "Nothing gives you more credibility than Donald Trump calling you a liar," says Stephen Colbert, explaining why he's campaigning hard to be crowned the King of Fake News . Responding to President Trump’s announcement Tuesday of the "most dishonest & corrupt media awards of the year,... More »

Trump Announces 'Corrupt' Media Awards

President says 'most dishonest' outlets will be named Monday

(Newser) - The Golden Globes are Sunday, but President Trump has another awards ceremony he's promoting, one scheduled for the very next day. Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to announce, in all caps, the "most dishonest & corrupt media awards of the year," set for 5pm ET Monday. "... More »

Trump Supporters Asked to Choose 'King of Fake News'

Trump tweeted about 'Fake News Trophy' last month

(Newser) - The "Fake News contest" that President Trump tweeted about last month is now a reality. The Trump campaign emailed supporters Thursday, asking them to choose the fakest news story of the year, USA Today reports. "Americans are sick and tired of being lied to, insulted, and treated with... More »

US Ambassador's Dutch Interview Does Not Go Well

Pete Hoekstra denies his own words, twice

(Newser) - Are we sure Pete Hoekstra, President Trump's new ambassador to the Netherlands, doesn't have that Memento condition ? Hoekstra demonstrated some impressive memory loss—both long-term and incredibly short-term—during an embarrassing interview with Dutch news program Nieuwsuur, the Guardian reports. "You mentioned in a debate that... More »

Trump Watches 4 Hours of TV a Day? 'Wrong!'

President disputes 'NYT' report

(Newser) - The New York Times over the weekend detailed President Trump's daily routine , and the paper painted television as a major part of it. Not so, declared Trump in a Monday morning tweet. The article characterized him as watching four to eight hours a day, though it noted the sound... More »

Trump Goes After Post Reporter in Photo Flap

Trump calls on Dave Weigel to be fired

(Newser) - President Trump is calling on the Washington Post to fire reporter Dave Weigel after Weigel tweeted out a photo that gave a false impression about crowd size at a recent rally. The trouble started early Saturday morning after Trump tweeted that the arena he had spoken in the night before... More »

Jeff Flake Plans Senate Speeches on Trump, Truth

'Alternative facts' are damaging democracy, he says

(Newser) - Sen. Jeff Flake is free to speak his mind after deciding not to run for re-election in Arizona —and the Republican plans to do so in a series of speeches on the Senate floor targeting President Trump and stressing the value of telling the truth. Flake tells NPR that... More »

Let's Pick Worst Coverage of 'Your Favorite President (Me)'

Trump suggests contest in tweet

(Newser) - President Trump is back in the White House after spending the Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago, and he's back on the media attack, on Monday morning suggesting—"seemingly tongue-in-cheek," per Politico —that the media go head-to-head in an unusual contest: "We should have a contest as... More »

Trump's Favorite Phrase Named Word of the Year

'Fake news'

(Newser) - Some real news on fake news: Newsweek reports President Trump's favorite phrase has been named the 2017 Word of the Year by Collins Dictionary, which defines "fake news" as "false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting." Collins states the phrase, use of... More »

White House: Obama Didn't Call John Kelly When Son Died

Trump had earlier Tuesday suggested Kelly be asked if he got a call

(Newser) - President Trump addressed his Monday comments regarding how his predecessors communicated with the families of fallen soldiers without budging, and this time he brought chief of staff John Kelly into it. He originally claimed that "most of" his predecessors didn't make such calls, including President Obama, a stance... More »

Trump Claims He Invented the Term 'Fake'

He defends throwing paper towels in Puerto Rico

(Newser) - President Trump defended his throwing of paper towels to Puerto Rican hurricane victims in a weekend interview on a Christian network—and claimed to have invented the term "fake." The towel-throwing, which San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz described as "terrible and abominable," was simply a... More »

Vegas Victims, Families Upset Over Conspiracy Theory Videos

And YouTube, Facebook, and Google are all helping to spread them

(Newser) - Scrolling through YouTube, one might assume the Las Vegas shooting was carried out by a member of "antifa," or perhaps government agents. That's because dozens of conspiracy theory videos—including one from Alex Jones, viewed more than 1 million times—are being promoted by YouTube in the... More »

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