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>Jill Abramson, former New York Times executive editor, finds herself embroiled in controversy over charges of inaccuracies and plagiarism in her new book Merchants of Truth, out this week.
>The book was skewered by Vice correspondent Michael Moynihan in a series of tweets Wednesday that showed passages where Abramson's language strongly echoed that of articles penned by others.
>In an interview Thursday with NPR's Michel Martin, Abramson admits she "fell short" in attributing her sources for some passages of the book. She also argues that much of the criticism now surrounding her has come from Vice, whose reporters have not taken kindly to her portrayal of the media organization in the book. Abramson also says had ample time to review the sections of the book about it before publication.
>In her book, Abramson tracks the rise of BuzzFeed and Vice, alongside the struggles of The New York Times and The Washington Post to stay afloat in the digital age. The subtitle of Abramson's book is "The Business of News and The Fight for Facts."

>write a book on Ethical Journalism™
>heavily plagiarize the entire thing
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It sounds more like Vice is butthurt about a tell all book coming out about them. Still doesn't make what she said wrong.

Butthurt can prompt good journalism now and then, apparently.
I'll believe it when I see it
guaranteed jew

I mean it prompted them to unveil the ironic plagiarism.

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Guys I am super nervous I have been trying to call David but it keeps going to voice mail. I need a coherent narative on why this is a nothing burger. And why it's drumpf's fault.
I mean just look at this Republican smear piece.


Suggesting a black man would rape a girl, and suggesting another black man would cover it up.
Utterly racist and ridiculous!
It is 2019 ffs
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They're even more openly racist. It's not a hard thing to infer. This is why autists shouldn't be allowed on the internet.
If anything this is proof we need to speed up the tearing down confederate statues. As long as glorifying treason is allowed to exist, this behavior will be considered acceptable.
Shill here. I'm rustled.
> Suggesting a black man would rape a girl
Suggesting a white man wouldn't
> no group on the planet as openly racist as "African Americans".
> Makes racist statement to state that other people are racist
Wait, what?

Bit of satire to lighten the apocalyptic political landscape

Bird Box is some show from Neflix, right? Do you really think anyone on 4chan watches your pathetic normalfag dribble? Go back to plebbit. This isn't news. Fucking sage.

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There always being one around, so give up, is a miserable argument. It's the same as arguing that ome people get away with murder so why keep it illegal. Of course you'll never completely eliminate guns, nor would you even want to: you kinda need them for the military, prison guards, animal control, yadda. But gun control is why there isn't a gun vending machine on the corner of every ghetto street corner, and you can hardly argue that's a bad thing
Congrats on getting the (you)s from three anons with this high-visibility bait.
Don't you know, Anon? There are two types of people in the world: people who have fired guns, and people who know nothing about them.
Very little overlap between the two.
I think shooting victims count as an overlap
>But gun control is why there isn't a gun vending machine on the corner of every ghetto street corner
Yes there is. His name's Tyrone and if you hit him up he can give you the finest selection of firearms with the serial numbers filed off.

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>Even as concerns about global warming grow, energy firms are planning to increase fossil-fuel production. None more than ExxonMobil


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>drugs are totally safe my dude
Didn't say that
Just like putting gas in your car and starting it in an enclosed area isn't safe.
> implying the current executives care about the next generation
> Imagine that a faggot pretending he cares about future generations.
> What's the point?
It's like two children in a burning house, arguing about who likes the sofa more.

>In america, the world’s largest economy and its second biggest polluter, climate change is becoming hard to ignore. Extreme weather has grown more frequent. In November wildfires scorched California; last week Chicago was colder than parts of Mars. Scientists are sounding the alarm more urgently and people have noticed—73% of Americans polled by Yale University late last year said that climate change is real. The left of the Democratic Party wants to put a “Green New Deal” at the heart of the election in 2020. As expectations shift, the private sector is showing signs of adapting. Last year around 20 coal mines shut. Fund managers are prodding firms to become greener. Warren Buffett, no sucker for fads, is staking $30bn on clean energy and Elon Musk plans to fill America’s highways with electric cars.

The smart money is on climate change being very real an potentially much worse than many expect.
They're just being good Keynesians: in the long run we're all dead.


Today the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously that when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. Users don't need to prove an injury like identity fraud or physical harm—just losing control of one’s biometric privacy is injury enough.

In Rosenbach v. Six Flags, a 14 year old brought a challenge against an amusement park for collecting his thumbprint without his informed consent, in violation of Illinois law. The law in question, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), prohibits companies from gathering, using, or sharing biometric information without informed opt-in consent. EFF, along with ACLU, CDT, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, PIRG, and Lucy Parsons Labs, filed an amicus curiae brief urging the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt a robust interpretation of BIPA.
The Illinois Supreme Court agreed with us and soundly rejected the defendants’ argument that BIPA required a person to show an injury beyond loss of statutory privacy rights. The Court rejected the company’s argument that violation of a privacy statute is a mere “technical violation of the law.” In fact, the Court ruled, it inflicts a serious harm that supports a lawsuit.

The court recognized that, through BIPA, the legislature had codified an individual’s “right to privacy in and control over their biometric identifiers and biometric information.” The need to codify this right was supported by the legislature’s findings that biometrics may be used to access sensitive information, but unlike other identifiers like social security numbers, biometrics are unique to each individual and can’t be changed. As a result, the Court ruled, quoting the legislature: “once compromised, the individual has no recourse, is at heightened risk for identity theft, and is likely to withdraw from biometric-facilitated transactions.”
For these reason, the court held, a person is “clearly ‘aggrieved’” under BIPA through the mere violation of the act alone:

When a private entity fails to adhere to the statutory procedures, as defendants are alleged to have done here, “the right of the individual to maintain [their] biometric privacy vanishes into thin air. The precise harm the Illinois legislature sought to prevent is then realized.” This is no mere “technicality.” The injury is real and significant. (Emphasis added.)

Illinois’ BIPA is the strongest biometric privacy law in the United States. As biometric collection, use, and sharing become more widespread and invasive every year, it only becomes more important that private citizens can sue under laws like BIPA to protect their privacy. More businesses than ever are capturing and monetizing our biometric information. Retailers use face recognition to surveil shoppers’ behavior as they move about the store, and to identify potential shoplifters. Employers use fingerprints, iris scans, and face recognition to manage employee access to company phones and computers. People have filed BIPA lawsuits against major technology companies like Facebook, Google, and Snapchat, alleging the companies applied face recognition to their uploaded photographs without their consent.
This seems like trying to punch the wind.

26 Jan 2019

Man interrogated by police for liking a ‘transphobic’ tweet

A man said he was questioned by police for over 30 minutes after he liked a tweet that appears to mock the transgender community.

Harry Miller, who believes ‘trans women are not women’, says the formal probe by Humberside Police was into his ‘thinking’ and his reasons for liking the limerick on Twitter.

The limerick referred to trans women as ‘stupid’ and made comments about vaginas and ‘synthetic’ hormones.

Mr Miller, who used to be a policeman, says an officer told him he was investigating reports of a hate crime.

‘Cop said he was in possession of 30 tweets by me,’ he recalled on Twitter.

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Holy shit captain caps lock apparently having a dissenting opinion on social media is now equivalent to pulling a fire alarm falsely in a hospital.

Does it hurt being that stupid? Do you receive disability for your retardation?
Well considering he probably doesn't live in the United Caliphate of socialism I'd assume he's pretty safe.

From a second anon, go kill yourself kid

dont care. UK i a fucking medival shithole.
The Irish REPUBLICAN army didnt like her. Checkmate.
Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA as they used to be know, are avowed leftists.

Not sure that's related to yet another lazy excuse for journalism from the Metro. There obsession with the transgender community should be investigated in my opinion. Smells like agitprop.


>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House Intelligence Committee is set to pursue a wide investigation into attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including a look at Donald Trump’s financial transactions, the panel’s Democratic chairman Adam Schiff said on Wednesday.

>A day after the Republican president warned Democrats against “ridiculous partisan investigations” in his annual State of the Union address, Schiff said they would not be intimidated.

>“We’re going to do our proper oversight,” he told reporters after the intelligence panel’s first meeting, which was closed.

>The committee voted to provide transcripts of testimony it took behind closed doors in its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to the special counsel for use in any prosecutions, something Schiff promised to do last month after a second Trump associate was charged with lying to Congress.

>Schiff has said that an area of particular interest related to investigations of Trump are allegations that Russians might possess financial leverage over him.

>“Our job involves making sure that the policy of the United States is being driven by the national interest - not by any financial entanglement, financial leverage or other form of compromise,” he said told reporters on Wednesday.

>Trump, asked about Schiff’s comments at a White House appearance, retorted: “Under what basis would he do that? He has no basis to do that. He’s just a political hack. ... There would be no reason to do that.”
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Pelosi explained to the Times that Congress has a constitutional duty to engage in oversight and investigations, and “if we didn’t do it, we would be delinquent.”

The day after Trump made his threat, Schiff announced a sweeping revival of an investigation into Trump and Russia related to the 2016 campaign.

Later this week, a House Ways and Means subcommittee will hold a hearing about obtaining Trump’s tax returns.

Later this month, Trump’s longtime attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, will testify in a closed-door hearing with the Intelligence Committee.

“The days of the House operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trump administration are over,” Jeffries told the Times. It’s a new day in Congress, with serious investigations and real accountability.
>Supreme court DECIDES WHAT IS A CRIME AND WHAT IS NOT. That's their job.
The branch of government charged with writing the laws (ie, determining what is a crime and what's not) is the legislature.
>dual citizen Schiff
Nice nickname, how long did it take you to come up with? Gotta love these Trumpets and their third grade name calling.
At least it's better than, Nancy Pelosi, or Nancy as they call her.
I can't believe he didn't go with Negative Nancy. It's right there, man.


>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A conservative U.S. political activist romantically linked to admitted Russian agent Maria Butina has been indicted by a federal grand jury on wire fraud and money laundering charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Dakota said on Wednesday.

>Paul Erickson, 56, was indicted on 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges in an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno, the office said in a statement. Erickson’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

>Erickson is a well-known figure in Republican and conservative circles and was a senior official in Pat Buchanan’s 1992 Republican presidential campaign.

>He was romantically linked to Butina, a 30-year-old native of Siberia, who pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy.

>Butina admitted working with a top Russian official to infiltrate the powerful National Rifle Association gun rights group and to make inroads with American conservatives and the Republican Party as an agent for Moscow.

>Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington, had publicly advocated for gun rights. She was the first Russian to be convicted of working to influence U.S. policy during the 2016 presidential race.

>Erickson’s indictment did not specifically refer to Butina by name, but it indicates he made a payment of $8,000 to an “M.B.” in June 2015 and another payment of $1,000 to “M.B.” in March 2017. The indictment also indicates he paid American University $20,472.09 in June 2017.
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>Implying were human in the first place
Fuck you shill I am not a Russian bot!
No fuck you Ivan!
Shut up bot
>implying you aren't a butthurt bot


>President Donald Trump reignited his feud with the late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, according to a New York Times report published on Tuesday.

>During a private luncheon with TV news anchors, Trump reportedly mentioned McCain's infamous vote against the "skinny" plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. In 2017, McCain made waves after he joined the 49-51 vote against repealing portions of the ACA with his decisive thumbs-down vote.

>And Trump took another jab at the now-deceased senator and Vietnam veteran: "By the way ... he wrote a book and the book bombed."

>McCain died on August 25, 2018 after a long battle with brain cancer. Trump was not invited to his funeral.

>McCain wrote numerous memoirs spanning his storied career in the US Navy and as a longtime Arizona senator. In his last memoir published in May 2018, the senator warned of "spurious nationalism" and criticizes Trump for downplaying the threat Russia poses to Western democracies, as noted by the US intelligence community.

>"I'm not sure what to make of President Trump's convictions," Sen. McCain wrote in "The Restless Wave."

>"The appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values."

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Sure cause John is such a reputable guy. America's darling really.
Let me ask you. Did the media's 180 on him from 2007 till his death garner any red flags from you.
Anyone surprised he's still butthurt over McCain? This is the guy who has randomly sent a journalist a picture of his hands for like 25 years because he call them stubby.
>vanity fair
Surely you jest
>resident /news/ schizo-leftist left with nothing else to post but buisnessinsider and vanity fair wonders why no one takes him seriously, more at 11
>Everything I Don’t Like is Fake News: An Emotional Child’s Guide to Political Discourse

In another not so surprising let down for a liberal Democrats 72% of viewers who watched the State of the Union Address agree with Donald Trump's ideas on immigration

CBS News Instant Poll: 72% Approve Of Trump's Immigration Ideas
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On Date February 5, 2019

'CBS Evening News' anchor Jeff Glor reports in an instant poll conducted by the network, 72% of those who watched President Trump's State of the Union approved of his ideas for immigration


Liberals once again show that their ideas are extremely unpopular and just how brainwashed they are
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The Democrats took the House. Characterize it as "pitifully small" if you want, but it still flipped a chamber. As for the Senate, the Republicans had the most favorable election map in recent memory, with only six Republicans defending seats, and somehow only flipped a net two. By all rights, there should have been a red wave in the Senate.

But go ahead, keep thinking that everything is fine for Trump and company. Surely you won't be completely blindsided in 2020.
2018 election happened
As did the 2016. Both weren't landmark victories, showing the increased level of polarization
Did you say the same thing when Obama got 83% for his state of the Union?
We didn't mention it at all, because the number is high for the same reason.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday night made her first public appearance since undergoing cancer surgery in December, attending a celebration of her life presented in song.

The 85-year-old justice attended a production of “Notorious RBG in Song” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. The program about Ginsburg’s life in the law was created and performed by Ginsburg’s daughter-in-law, the soprano Patrice Michaels, and presented for high school students by the National Constitution Center.

Ginsburg did not speak, and many in the crowd did not know she was there. She sat in the back, and most saw her only as they left the performance. Michaels did not announce her presence.

Ginsburg had not made public appearances since undergoing a pulmonary lobectomy Dec. 21 after doctors discovered cancerous nodules in her left lung. Recovery from such surgery typically takes six to eight weeks, according to medical specialists, and Ginsburg, for the first time since joining the court in 1993, missed a round of oral arguments in January.

Some on the extreme political right had insisted that the justice’s ailments were graver than the Supreme Court has acknowledged, suggesting it would be an ominous sign if she skipped President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Actually, it would be more like par for the course. Ginsburg did not attend either of Trump’s previous speeches to Congress.

The court has said that although Ginsburg missed oral arguments last month, she will vote in the cases based on briefs and transcripts and that she has participated from home in deciding which cases the court has accepted for its docket and rejected, and in some emergency decisions.
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Of course she wasn't
She apparently hasn't been to a State of the Union in years, even when she was regularly appearing in other public events. Presumably she (and some other SC justices) finds the event stifling because they're not allowed to react at all to the speech (even the smallest expression could be considered a bias in a future case), so they just don't show up and watch from home like everyone else.
>the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Key Republicans on Capitol Hill are warning the Maduro government in Venezuela, as well as Cuba, that they could be officially designated as state sponsors of terrorism, a status that carries the harshest of U.S. sanctions.

The Trump administration—at the same lawmakers' urging—is also weighing new sanctions on Cuban generals and other officials, as well an even harsher action: ending a waiver, known as Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which has been in effect since 1996, according to several government officials.

Just days ago, the Trump administration imposed broad sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil company, aiming to strike a crippling blow against Maduro's hold on power.

Ending the Helms-Burton waiver would allow U.S. citizens to sue individuals and companies in U.S. courts for the use of property seized by the Cuban government during the communist revolution in 1953.

It would freeze billions of dollars in foreign investment in Cuba, including imposing serious penalties on America Airlines, Carnival Cruise Line, and Marriott—all U.S. companies that expanded operations in Cuba during the Obama-era rapprochement with Havana.

With reports that Cuban intelligence officers are monitoring Venezuelan military leaders to prevent them from jumping ship and backing the opposition government, Florida's senators are urging the U.S. government to consider the harshest penalties in its arsenal.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) Wednesday afternoon said that the U.S. government is considering all of its options to penalize Maduro's government and Havana's support for it.

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Well, an attempt, at any rate. Like every other example it fell into authoritarianism.

I wonder if there's any practical difference between a regime that claims to be socialist but isn't, and a regime that's just authoritarian from the word go? Attempting to implement socialism inevitably leads to authoritarianism, so I doubt it.
>The Saudia royal family wasn't behind the murder of a American critic.
>Look they arrested someone not related to them
>There's no way it won't be a show trial!
Your delusions are impressive.
So, the exact same as Libya?
I mean there are plenty of authoritarian regimes that call themselves democratic or Republican.
Those get conveniently ignored though, whenever the word socialism is involved. Not sure why there's such a double standard.
The sanctions on Venezuela are weak and are in place only since august 2017.

The first sanction on Venezuela was a prohibition of the purchase of venezuelan bonds by american citizens. That's all.
The most serious sanction, from last month, is one that freezes the assets of PDSVA in the US and prohibits transactions with them. That's the only trade related sanction there is (aside from a weapons sanction from last decade).

There's free trade between the US and Venezuela, except for PDSVA assets. All sanctions apply only to US citizens. The rest of the world is free to engage in commerce with Venezuela.

The sanctions don't offer nearly enough explanation for the economic situation of venezuela and the way the government is handling it. It's just an excuse, and bootlickers will bootlick.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that state income tax revenues plummeted by $2.3 billion since he introduced his new budget plan last month — a bombshell that will force him to curb spending.

Cuomo attributed the revenue drop in December and January largely to the new federal tax code, as well as volatility in the stock market and other uncertainties.

“That’s a $2.3 billion drop in revenues. That’s as serious as a heart attack. This is worse than we had anticipated,” the governor said in Albany.

“This reduction must be addressed in this year’s budget.”

In a rare joint appearance with Cuomo, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli confirmed the deteriorating finances.

“This is the most serious revenue shock the state has faced in many years,” he said.

He urged Cuomo and the Legislature to sock more money away in the state’s rainy day fund to prepare for the worst.

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>Raise taxes on the rich
"I am a genius!"
>[the rich leave]
"Oh no!"
>cut taxes
>huge loss in tax revenue
>we cant raise taxes because theyll leave despite paying the taxes before the cuts
Pretty big discrepancy between raising taxes and raising taxes +1
You're talking out of both sides of your mouth here.
Look, we need to tax you, and small businesses, so we can afford to cut taxes for Amazon, because if they had to pay taxes like the rest of you, they'd never show up.

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19 year old dies of drug overdose after festival, partygoers take photos of body instead of helping

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Yeah I remember that thread. It had like 500 replies. I think people give at least a couple fucks about this. Hence all the "opioid crisis" headlines.
The point of the story has gone right over your useless heads.
Enlighten us, oh wise one. What in the everloving fuck is the point of this goddamned story?
lol fuk off m8
I can only imagine the point of this story being "drugs are bad, mmmkay kieds?" Which is true. It's a true fact. It sounds lame. And people care about what is cool and what is lame when they are young. But it is true all the same.

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