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My original post article is from NPR and their investigation into a creater (Jestin Coler) of fake news.

 

Stand up guy that Jestin.  Transparent about his process and the whys of it.

Are you just sore that dt creates fake news, from a NY Times article he read on his inauguration day ("could have been") and furthermore, he'll have the proof of Obama's felony "in a matter of days" - even without talking to any US Intel !?  A repeat of his fake news re investigative reporters in Hawaii.

 

There were other fake-news creators.  Mr. Putin for instance paying teenagers in places like the Balkens while the more skillful were hacking the DNC and at least 12 state's electoral systems.  The details of this attack on our country will be sorted out in Congress and not by the good people reporting for NPR on a citizen's individual fake news story.  Are you following those leads?

 

PS  Today dt made a verbal mistake in his joint press conference.  He said "this company" and then corrected himself to say, "this country".  dt has no country to watch over.  He has his Big League company instead and as always, HE is entitled.  Hello $$ mar a lago $$.  "Too busy to play golf".  THAT was certainly 'fake-news'.

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Wasting money on trips back and forth across the country--going to FL. again this weekend.  Wasting our money with false allegations against Mr. Obama. Asking for an investigation, again wasting time and money, when idiot could have just picked up a phone.  Wasting our money with stupid election fraud accusations.  LIE AFTER LIE AFTER RIDICULOUS LIE.

We need to get rid of this fool, send him back where he belongs, and then he can sit in a boardroom watch all the garbage on channels like FOX--which by the way just threw Trump under the bus, saying they couldn't substantiate Trump's claims about wiretapping.  Must be that they know ya can't screw around with one of our closest allies--United Kingdom.

Anyway, send Trump back to boardroom, so he can sit in the corner watch, or TRY to read Breitbart, and drool on his own dime. He will be happy--think of all the demented, delusional "Fake News" he can come up with.  WHAT A DISGRACE TO NOT ONLY AMERICANS, BUT TO THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE IN GENERAL.


I think you are replying to the wrong thread.

 

My original post article is from NPR and their investigation into a creater (Jestin Coler) of fake news.

 

 

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Wasting money on trips back and forth across the country--going to FL. again this weekend.  Wasting our money with false allegations against Mr. Obama. Asking for an investigation, again wasting time and money, when idiot could have just picked up a phone.  Wasting our money with stupid election fraud accusations.  LIE AFTER LIE AFTER RIDICULOUS LIE.

We need to get rid of this fool, send him back where he belongs, and then he can sit in a boardroom watch all the garbage on channels like FOX--which by the way just threw Trump under the bus, saying they couldn't substantiate Trump's claims about wiretapping.  Must be that they know ya can't screw around with one of our closest allies--United Kingdom.

Anyway, send Trump back to boardroom, so he can sit in the corner watch, or TRY to read Breitbart, and drool on his own dime. He will be happy--think of all the demented, delusional "Fake News" he can come up with.  WHAT A DISGRACE TO NOT ONLY AMERICANS, BUT TO THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE IN GENERAL.

Gee, I miss having a real President!!
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   This  meme has been investigated by a source that most sane and intelligent people agree is not a political group.    

 

    So Asked / Answered.    The qustion is, will the Donald supporters read and then are they going to honestly say that the results are accurate?   http://news.wgbh.org/2017/03/15/politics-government/major-new-study-shows-political-polarization-mai...

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You didn't really need to waste so much time looking for fake news since a major creator of fake news is currently residing in the White House (except on the weekends when he is wasting $3,000,000 taxpayer dollars trying to play golf while lining his pockets with some of those dollars)

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A dose of reality.

We have a President that actually believes what he is saying. in the same manner that for years he believed that Obama was not born in the US.

And promissed constantly proof of this assertion.  Presently he doesn't have to proof anything. Just like many others "if is done by the President. is not against the law." I believe that Nixon more or less said that.

It is time that we all realize that continuing with this issue  is a waste of time. No matter who says so, or whatever comes out of all of this , Trump will continue to say that Obama "tapped" or surveyed  Trump tower. 

so, it is intelligent on our part to drop it, and really start by focusing of the issues that are more important to all of  us.

The Budget, Are we now a militaristic country?  are we telling the world "don't mess with us" and why?  Will we get involved in a useless war, to show off? Finally the "truth"  Climate change does not exist.  LOL

I never thught that i would say this. But I am glad that there will be vouchers for people to get their kids into private schools. Perhpas this is the solution of creating a generation that is not so dumb  and that actually can think, perhaps this will all be worthwhile.

CDC  not important, Cancer research  not important Meals on Wheels not important. our railroads not important.  After school programs  not important.  and PBS the only source of culture in our very stupid and illiterate TV programming out. not necessary.
Now, we have finally emulated all of those banana republics,  but  in this instance a rich banana republic.

These two years will be quite interesting, living in a society of alternative facts is quite new for all of us. Let's see where any of this will take us.

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We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned

 

A lot of fake and misleading news stories were shared across social media during the election. One that got a lot of traffic had this headline: "FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide." The story is completely false, but it was shared on Facebook over half a million times.

 

We wondered who was behind that story and why it was written. It appeared on a site that had the look and feel of a local newspaper. Denverguardian.com even had the local weather. But it had only one news story — the fake one.

We tried to look up who owned it and hit a wall. The site was registered anonymously. So we brought in some professional help.

 

By day, John Jansen is head of engineering at Master-McNeil Inc., a tech company in Berkeley, Calif. In the interest of real news he helped us track down the owner of Denverguardian.com.

 

Jansen started by looking at the site's history. "Commonly that's called scraping or crawling websites," he says.

 

Jansen is kind of like an archaeologist. He says that nothing you do on the Web disappears — it just gets buried — like a fossil. But if you do some digging you'll find those fossils and learn a lot of history.

The "Denver Guardian" was built and designed using a pretty common platform — WordPress. It's used by bloggers and people who want to create their own websites. Jansen found that the first entry ever for the site was done by someone with the handle LetTexasSecede.

 

The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right, publish blatantly or fictional stories and then be able to publicly denounce those stories and point out the fact that they were fiction.

 

"That was sort of the thread that started to unravel everything," Jansen says. "I was able to track that through to a bunch of other sites which are where that handle is also present."

 

The sites include NationalReport.net, USAToday.com.co, WashingtonPost.com.co. All the addresses linked to a single rented server inside Amazon Web Services. That meant they were all very likely owned by the same company. Jansen found an email address on one of those sites and was able to link that address to a name: Jestin Coler.

 

 

Online, Coler was listed as the founder and CEO of a company called Disinfomedia. Coler's LinkedIn profile said he once sold magazine subscriptions, worked as a database administrator and as a freelance writer for among others, International Yachtsman magazine. And, using his name, we found a home address.

 

On a warm, sunny afternoon I set out with a producer for a suburb of Los Angeles. Coler lived in a middle-class neighborhood of pastel-colored one-story beach bungalows. His home had an unwatered lawn — probably the result of California's ongoing drought. There was a black minivan in the driveway and a large prominent American flag.

 

We rang the front doorbell and a man answered, his face obscured by a heavy mesh steel screen. I asked for Jestin Coler. The man indicated that's who he was. But when I asked about Disinfomedia, he said, "I don't know what to tell you guys. Have a good day."

 

We left Coler our contact information thinking he wasn't likely to talk. But a couple of hours later he had a change of heart. He sent us an email and we set up an interview.

 

Coler is a soft-spoken 40-year-old with a wife and two kids. He says he got into fake news around 2013 to highlight the extremism of the white nationalist alt-right.

 

"The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right, publish blatantly or fictional stories and then be able to publicly denounce those stories and point out the fact that they were fiction," Coler says.

 

He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it. He wrote one fake story for NationalReport.net about how customers in Colorado marijuana shops were using food stamps to buy pot.

 

"What that turned into was a state representative in the House in Colorado proposing actual legislation to prevent people from using their food stamps to buy marijuana based on something that had just never happened," Coler says.

During the run-up to the presidential election, fake news really took off. "It was just anybody with a blog can get on there and find a big, huge Facebook group of kind of rabid Trump supporters just waiting to eat up this red meat that they're about to get served," Coler says. "It caused an explosion in the number of sites. I mean, my gosh, the number of just fake accounts on Facebook exploded during the Trump election."

 

Coler says his writers have tried to write fake news for liberals — but they just never take the bait.

Coler's company, Disinfomedia, owns many faux news sites — he won't say how many. But he says his is one of the biggest fake-news businesses out there, which makes him a sort of godfather of the industry.

 

At any given time, Coler says, he has between 20 and 25 writers. And it was one of them who wrote the story in the "Denver Guardian" that an FBI agent who leaked Clinton emails was killed. Coler says that over 10 days the site got 1.6 million views. He says stories like this work because they fit into existing right-wing conspiracy theories.

 

"The people wanted to hear this," he says. "So all it took was to write that story. Everything about it was fictional: the town, the people, the sheriff, the FBI guy. And then ... our social media guys kind of go out and do a little dropping it throughout Trump groups and Trump forums and boy it spread like wildfire."

And as the stories spread, Coler makes money from the ads on his websites. He wouldn't give exact figures, but he says stories about other fake-news proprietors making between $10,000 and $30,000 a month apply to him. Coler fits into a pattern of other faux news sites that make good money, especially by targeting Trump supporters.

 

However, Coler insists this is not about money. It's about showing how easily fake news spreads. And fake news spread wide and far before the election. When I pointed out to Coler that the money gave him a lot of incentive to keep doing it regardless of the impact, he admitted that was "correct."

 

Coler says he has tried to shine a light on the problem of fake news. He has spoken to the media about it. But those organizations didn't know who he actually was. He gave them a fake name: Allen Montgomery.

 

Coler, a registered Democrat, says he has no regrets about his fake news empire.

 

He doesn't think fake news swayed the election.

 

READ MORE and THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INTERVIEW HERE:  http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/11/23/503146770/npr-finds-the-head-of-a-covert-fa...

 

 

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