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  • Jan 28th, 2019 @ 9:14am

    Proposed definition

    Fake news here in the U.S. is more than just news that you don't like. For example, a few days ago there was the Buzzfeed hoax article which claimed that the Robert Mueller office had proof that President Trump instructed his staff to lie to investigators. This story recieved wall-to-wall coverage all day on 1-18-2019, with much pontification that the President would be impeached, until the Robert Mueller office itself sent a press release declaring that the article was not true.

    You gotta admit, that's some really fake news!

    So I would propose Fake News to be news articles later disproven, whereby shoddy investition or the over-reliance on anonymous/unverifiable sources by reporters who should have known better led to the dissemination of information now known to be phony.

  • Jan 11th, 2019 @ 7:06am

    Hard to believe

    I find it hard to believe that ONLY this one article has "derrogatory user comments" and coincidentally happens to be an article critical of Dont-Be-Evil-Google. My bullshit meter is pinging on this one. More likely, they really do hate the article, and they want to censor it.

  • Oct 24th, 2018 @ 5:08pm


    Mike says that google isn't doing it deliberately. Well, there seems to be no functional distinction between "doing a really bad job" and "deliberate". I think it's time that Mike reconsiders the out-of-control algorithm excuse, or the lowly-intern-reviewer excuse. This is what deliberate corporate censorship looks like.

  • Oct 23rd, 2018 @ 7:43pm


    If you don't present the best arguments from both sides, you will definitely never reach the truth. If you only want to present one side, that's fine, and it's your right to do so, but then you don't get to claim that you're objective. And I think a lot of folks do want a switch back to objective reporting, rather than opinionated reporting.

  • Sep 28th, 2018 @ 9:34pm


    Do legitimate viral stories ever get labelled as spam when shared on Facebook? If there are no counter-examples, then it would seem that it was deliberate, and Facebook got caught censoring a news article that was non-favorable to the corporation.

  • Sep 9th, 2018 @ 6:49pm

    Conspiracy by any other name

    If it keeps happening, and there's no other explanation for it, then it's deliberate. I know you don't WANT to call it a conspiracy, but... yeah that's kind of what it is.

  • Apr 22nd, 2018 @ 2:41am

    Re: Re: "the people have spoken"

    "Strictly no - although Gore also won the popular vote he did in fact also win the election according to the prevailing rules - as was discovered when the votes were finally counted properly."

    This is false.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/po litics/2001/11/12/florida-recounts-would-have-favored-bush/964f109e-c871-4050-af25-f7978cc25dfa/?utm _term=.621f33c807d8

    Florida newspaper the Miami Herald conducted several recounts after the election. Algore still would have lost in the recount that he wanted, or the recount that the Florida Supreme Court wanted. In fact the only recount scenario that Algore might have won was a full state-wide recount, under the most restrictive standards, with ballot judges that favored Algore. However, this was the recount type that he feared most, and never asked for it as his recount remedy in court. Algore was the one bullying the courts to accept a limited recount, only in areas that favored him, under standards that favored him. It turns out that he would have lost that recount as well.

  • Jan 24th, 2018 @ 7:10pm

    My take on trust

    "The most effective forms of censorship today involve meddling with trust and attention, not muzzling speech itself."

    It seems to me that the problem right now is trust. Government isn't trusted; corporations aren't trusted. TV networks aren't trusted; Silicon Valley Tech companies aren't trusted. We happen to live in a time when trust in a lot of important institutions seems to be very low. Until someone re-earns it (by being correct most of the time, instead of being rich) then there will be a constant desire for people on the internet to route around the un-trustworthy, leading to possibly undesirable outcomes through trial and error until it is re-established.

  • Nov 6th, 2017 @ 4:01pm

    Re: Re: Way off base

    News media companies are losing large audience shares because they are no longer trusted. Once upon a time, anyone who was biased was kicked off the news floor. News presenters were preferred because they had no perceived bias. If a reporter wanted the job, they needed to have no stake in the news that they were covering.

  • Jun 30th, 2017 @ 8:50pm

    Re: R.I.P. Germany tech

    It seems to me that a number of nations have wished to cultivate a tech sector, similar to the U.S. and Silicon Valley. But despite their best efforts and a lot of subsidies and planning, it hasn't happened. While in the past, several European countries have excelled at technological developments, they seem to be poorly equipped for the Internet Age. Computer development requires free speech, and it doesn't appear that all nations realize that yet.

  • Jun 26th, 2017 @ 2:23pm

    Neutral Forums are not a problem

    >>And it's worth reminding everyone considering supporting this bill that its words can cut both ways. Just because today we're talking about a topic a person on one end of the political spectrum cares about doesn't mean the other end can't use this law to force their views on campus in the same way.

    Many people actually want it to cut both ways. Conservative ideas are currently being censored. But if the shoe ever goes on the other foot, then leftist speech ought not be censored or shut down by rioting either.

    By the way, this isn't forcing views on the campus, this bill prevents the University from forcing views upon the students. You have a very strange viewpoint that if a speaker is tolerated to speak, that you must therefore agree with the speaker.

  • May 9th, 2017 @ 5:39pm

    Bothers To Mention

    "I'm not sure why it even bothers to mention that Trump himself is not a target of an investigation (or that Comey told him that three times)"

    He bothers to mention it because the first thing liberals say (demonstrated to me by reading several other discussion boards within the past hour) is "I bet Comey was fired because the FBI is investigating Trump."

  • Apr 12th, 2017 @ 7:17pm

    Re: Re: Choice

    Remember, socialists don't like it when you have an economic choice in the matter. By there simply being a choice, it is a threat to the crony government monopoly system that they create.

  • Feb 3rd, 2017 @ 7:23pm

    Socialist Communist

    >>Huh? I'm still stumbling over "socialist communist" that I'm already having difficulty figuring out how parodying someone is proof of "actual malice and negligence."

    It seems to be fashionable nowadays to equate Republicans with Nazis. Most modern Republicans abhor Nazi ideals, considering that Republicans are unabashedly capitalist. In case you didn't know, Nazi stands for nationalist SOCIALIST. It's essentially the opposite of what Republicans believe, and many believed in the 1940s that Nazis and Communists were closely aligned.

    While this lawsuit is certainly ill-advised, it perhaps does bring up an interesting question: Can someone slander another person, if the slander makes no sense as parody, and still use the "oh I meant it to be parody" as a defense? If so, have we discovered a loophole by which anything can be claimed about anyone else? Simply create a second account, slap on a parody tag, and unlimited-spech away?

  • Jan 31st, 2017 @ 6:40pm

    Paralysis No More

    >>Executive orders and presidential directives are being issued without legal guidance or consultation with the agencies affected.

    This is exactly why nothing "gets done" in Washington, because it will probably take 10 years to do studies and get buy-in and legal guidance from everyone and each stakeholder and department. Even assuming that he gets a second term, he will finally be able to act exactly two years after he's out of office. In the meantime, the bureaucracy will continue to spiral out of control.

    Instead, Trump is running things like a corporation, with a chain of command. Everyone in Washington dreams of being some kind of policy-maker, but Trump is going to change this. Instead, certain people that Trump trusts will develop the policy, while everyone else carries out the directives. It's probably going to make a bunch of the career bureaucrats very unhappy.

  • Jan 23rd, 2017 @ 3:10pm

    So tough

    It's tough for some authors to admit that a political opponent like Trump could do a better job of trashing these corporate trade agreements than their golden boy Obama. I'm hopeful Trump is going to prove that all sides of the political spectrum need to NOT elect the usual cronies during the primary process, which will result in far superior decisions being made than the usual career politicians, no matter who wins the November election.

  • Jan 10th, 2017 @ 4:14pm


    Apparently, up to 18000 email hacking attempts is not an indication of a state-sponsored actor. It can be accomplished by a brother and sister duo according to Bloomberg News. Also, the two were capable of a much more sophisticated hacking method that involved a malware network, instead of just phishing.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-10/draghi-renzi-among-victims-of-cyber-spyi ng-italy-s-ansa-says

  • Jan 9th, 2017 @ 6:06pm

    For Sure?

    How do we know that this John Podesta spear-phishing email was the only successful attempt? If we don't, then there may be no connection to the Pwn All The Things sleuthing and the actual leaker.

  • Dec 29th, 2016 @ 7:57pm

    A fascinating loophole

    If Amos Yee is granted asylum, it poses a potential loophole for immigration. That is, anyone who lives in a country with some kind of anti-free-speech laws can willingly violate those laws in a manner critical of their own government, hop on a plane, and force the United States to grand them indefinite legal status? Ought 4 billion+ people get an entry ticket into the USA?

  • Nov 28th, 2016 @ 6:40pm

    (untitled comment)

    The traditional media outlets have tried to position themselves as neutral and objective reporters; however, they are not, and a large segment of the population has now identified them as having a severe leftist bias. This is why the traditional media is in a downturn. It is also why Donald Trump appears to be continuing his twitter campaign.

    Michael Wolff is largely correct, that if the traditional media wants to survive and not simply get bypassed by new formats, then they need to change back to the formala that led to their success. They need to ditch the front page editorials and TV personalities. "Just the facts, sir."

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