Cambodian dictator Hun Sen has ruled since 1998, and when an opposition leader used Facebook to challenge his election in 2013, Hun Sen teamed up with a fake news outlet called Fresh News to deploy a Facebook-based strategy to consolidate his control and neutralize democratic opposition.
Hun Sen and his attack-dog mediaRead More
Libertarian wisdom holds that “the answer to bad speech is more speech,” but if you’re a Peter Thiel libertarian (that is, the kind of “freedom lover” who doesn’t think women should vote, wants to spy on everyone in the world, and secretly wields power to censor the free press), then “the answer to badRead More
Threatening to sue journalists who paint you in an unflattering light has been a pretty effective tactic for the Trump crowd — hell, Trump’s special advisor Peter Thiel managed to destroy an entire media company in retaliation for their coverage of him, by secretly fronting legal fees for a clownish wrestler who had sexRead More
UK public broadcaster Channel 4 sparked a presswide panic with a story: “Potentially deadly bomb ingredients are ‘frequently bought together’ on Amazon.”
But the ingredients are common black powder ingredients. Black powder is useful for many hobbyist applications (“fireworks, model rockets, antique firearms, or to blow up the occasional stump”) but it’s notRead More
FAIR surveyed the discussion of Nazi protesters in the month since the Charlottesville demonstration in America’s six top broadsheet newspapers (“Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, San Jose Mercury News and Washington Post”) and found “virtually equal amounts of condemnation of fascists and anti-fascist protesters.”
The press devoted manyRead More