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The Embarrassingly Bad Handling of the Fake Wikileaks Story By CNN, CBS, and MSNBC

Most embarrassing of all was what MSNBC did. You just have to watch this report from its “intelligence and national security correspondent” Ken Dilanian to believe it. Like CBS, Dilanian also claimed that he independently “confirmed” the false CNN report from “two sources with direct knowledge of this.” Dilanian, whose career in the U.S. media continues to flourish the more he is exposed as someone who faithfully parrots what the CIA tells him to say (since that is one of the most coveted and valued attributes in US journalism), spent three minutes mixing evidence-free CIA claims as fact with totally false assertions about what his multiple “sources with direct knowledge” told him about all this.

via The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened

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Twitter Admits It Ran Interference on Podesta Email Leaks

Since I know some of you are going to just disregard this because of the source, the testimony is linked to the House page.

Before the election, we also detected and took action on activity relating to hashtags that have since been reported as manifestations of efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. For example, our automated spam detection systems helped mitigate the impact of automated Tweets promoting the #PodestaEmails hashtag, which originated with Wikileaks’ publication of thousands of emails from the Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account.

The core of the hashtag was propagated by Wikileaks, whose account sent out a series of 118 original Tweets containing variants on the hashtag #PodestaEmails referencing the daily installments of the emails released on the Wikileaks website. In the two months preceding the election, around 57,000 users posted approximately 426,000 unique Tweets containing variations of the #PodestaEmails hashtag.

Approximately one quarter (25%) of those Tweets received internal tags from our automation detection systems that hid them from searches.

As described in greater detail below, our systems detected and hid just under half (48%) of the Tweets relating to variants of another notable hashtag, #DNCLeak, which concerned the disclosure of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Do I need to draw a diagram here?  And to think, amidst all this “help” Clinton got, she still blames the Russians, and she still lost.

Twitter literally systematically hid damaging tweets.  This is no longer in the realm of theory or conspiracy tin-foil-hattery.

via Twitter Admits It Buried “Podesta Email”, DNC Tweets Ahead Of The Presidential Election | Zero Hedge

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11 Years of Hate Crimes Not Rising; Narrative Contradicted

There was no significant rise in American “hate crimes” between 2004 and 2015, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). But the types of prejudice suspected in such incidents has shifted, with crimes peceived to be motivated by racial bias on the wane but those seen as motivated by gender or gender-identity bias spiking.

Despite the now-popular perception that bias-based violence is getting worse overall, “the rate of violent hate crime victimization” in 2015 “was not significantly different from the rate in 2004,” BJS reports. And this absence of a statistically significant change “held true for violent hate crimes both reported and unreported to police.”

We’ll have to see what happens when 2016 stats come out; from what I’ve been told by the reputable guardians of truth in the media, this will be an obvious turn about 180 degrees from prior years due to “Trump’s America.”

Source: No Rise in Hate-Crime Rate Since 2004 – Hit & Run : Reason.com

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CNN Stages Fake Protest, And It’s Caught On Video

Full video at the link, but it includes some real gems including the person holding the mic showing the “protesters” where to stand and a clear shot of the utterly empty street behind that’s hidden to give the impression that the crowd is dense.

Absolutely 100% disgusting.

Source: CNN Caught Staging Fake News – Trots Out Anti-ISIS Muslims To Express Outrage After London Attacks | Zero Hedge

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Protests, Shutdowns of St. Olaf College Due to Fake Hate Note

Saint Olaf College had a massive problem with a “hate note” and spent a day or two in chaos.  Care to venture a guess on the outcome?

A note that used the n-word and threatened a black female student at St. Olaf College — sparking an intense protest that led to classes being shut down for a day as student demonstrators accused the school of institutional racism — “was not a genuine threat,” the school’s president said Wednesday.

President David Anderson said in an email to students that an investigation into the note identified a person of interest “who confessed to writing the note.”

“We’ve confirmed that this was not a genuine threat. We’re confident that there is no ongoing threat from this incident to individuals or the community as a whole,” he said.

This is his hysterical.  It’s also very typical.

Source: CONFIRMED: Racist note that prompted St. Olaf College shut down is hate-crime hoax – The College Fix

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Swedish Minister In Hot Water For Lying About Rape Problem

Sweden’s Integration Minister Ylva Johansson has done a U-turn after she told the BBC that the number of reports of sex crimes in Sweden was dropping.

During a recent interview with the BBC, the minister said: “When we make surveys about if any woman has been… if there has been a rape towards her or sexual harassment, we can see that the level is going down, and going down and going down”. However, this isn’t the case. The latest stats actually show a 13 percent increase in reported sex crimes in Sweden in 2016, and a general increase over the last ten years (more on this later).

Swedish social media users – including MPs, economists, and criminologists – flocked to Twitter to point out the minister’s mistake following her TV appearance.  The Moderate party’s labour policy spokesperson Elisabeth Svantesson was among those to criticize Johansson. “We don’t need more fake news,” she wrote on Twitter, calling for the minister to explain herself.

Source: Swedish minister does U-turn on comments about Sweden’s sex crimes – The Local