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Substack’s first media company is The Dispatch, a center-right site founded by former Weekly Standard and National Review editors » Nieman Journalism Lab
On the conservative side, more attention was paid to pro-Trump, highly partisan media outlets. On the liberal side, by contrast, the center of gravity was made up largely of long-standing media organizations steeped in the traditions and practices of objective journalism…Prominent media on the left are well distributed across the center, center-left, and left. On the right, prominent media are highly partisan…


Interesting that they linked to this video—("an earlier iteration of") Tucker Carlson urging a bunch of conservatives at a CPAC meeting to prioritise more high-quality fact-based journalism (like the NYT), and getting booed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tD2H6AX1fE

From their newsletter welcome email:
We aim to make The Dispatch a place that thoughtful readers can come for fact-based news and commentary from a conservative perspective that doesn’t come either through the filter of the mainstream media or the increasingly boosterish media on the right. Importantly, we want to build a genuine community, with regular engagement between those of us who work here and those of you who pay our salaries.
conservative  news  factbased  newsletter  politics 
october 2019 by kme
Opinion | Meet the Man Behind Trump’s Biden Tweet - The New York Times
“The 30 second spots on TV aren’t the way to market anymore. The stuff online that people dismiss as memes — that’s the way to motivate people,” he added. “It’s the viral political marketing of the future.”

In theory, his story is a perfect realization of the utopian understanding of the utopian promise of the internet: a truly democratic system of communication where anyone, anywhere can create things and get them seen by important people — even the president!

But in keeping with our current political moment, that utopian vision is used for vapid, divisive ends. The reality, as we should all know by now, is darker and a whole lot dumber.
presidenttrump  memes  politics  misinformation 
september 2019 by kme
The Horror of a 'Secure Golden Key'
So hackers have (1) stolen everyone's credit cards, and (2) stolen celebrities' personal pictures. Up next: your personal pics, videos, docs, messages, medical data, and diary. With the Washington Post's proposal, it will all be leaked, a kind of secure golden shower.

When you host your data and your keys "in the cloud", your data is only as strong as the weakest programmer who has access.

Threat #4. It Protects You From the future

This is the greatest threat of all.

Our cloud data is stored for eternity, not the moment. Legislation and company policy cannot guarantee backups are destroyed. Our government may change, and what qualifies as a "lawful" warrant tomorrow might be illegal today. Similarly, your eternal data might be legal today and a threat tomorrow.


Except, as I learned in trivia the other day, "ex post facto" legal proceedings are forbidden by (Article 1) of the Constitution--in *criminal* matters. Some ex post facto laws (like ones related to violent offenders and sexual predators) do get passed, though, so...
crypto  privacy  security  backdoors  masterkey  politics  government  lawenforcement 
june 2019 by kme
Newt Gingrich Suggests That Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Is a Trump Guy
Well, the implication here is....Hell, we all know what Newt is saying. We knew it when Kavanaugh’s name randomly appeared as a frontrunner for the job. We knew it when all of the Congressional white boys went apeshit over the way that Kavanaugh was treated during a sexual-assault investigation in which he was the accused, not the accuser. We knew it when the Congressional frat boys pushed to get him confirmed.
supremecourt  presidenttrump  politics  partisanship 
october 2018 by kme
Rod Rosenstein Will Meet With Trump to Discuss His Fate - The New York Times | https://www.nytimes.com/
The day after Mr. Comey’s firing, in an at times tense conversation with Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, Mr. Rosenstein stressed that he did not want to be part of an effort to obfuscate or “massage” the facts about it, according to a person with knowledge of the discussion.

Nearly a week later, The Times reported that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey in February to drop the inquiry into his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, who had misrepresented his communications with Moscow. That suggested that the president was seeking to influence the Russia investigation and raised the specter of obstruction of justice.

The next day, Mr. Rosenstein named Mr. Mueller, a former F.B.I. director, as the special counsel to lead the investigation.
politics  electionmeddling  justicedept 
september 2018 by kme
U.S. embassy cables warned against expelling 300,000 immigrants. Trump officials did it anyway. - The Washington Post | https://www.washingtonpost.com/
John Feeley, a career U.S. diplomat and Latin America expert who resigned as U.S. ambassador to Panama in March, said the TPS decision “was precisely the kind of disregard for professional nonpolitical advice that we saw under Tillerson.”

“This is not a partisan issue; it’s a practical one,” he said. “Does deporting people who have been here legally, following the rules for years, help us achieve our goals of having safe, orderly migration and alleviating the conditions that drive illegal immigration in the first place?”
america  politics  immigration 
may 2018 by kme
Hillary Clinton Ignited a Feminist Movement. By Losing. - The New York Times | https://www.nytimes.com/
After Mr. Trump’s victory, the concerns that women would be reluctant to come forward with accusations of sexual assault and harassment spread, given that millions of Americans and a majority of white female voters seemed unfazed by an audio recording of Mr. Trump bragging about violating women.

“To watch him win was to make women feel like ‘I just exposed myself for absolutely nothing,’ ” said Joan Walsh, a writer for The Nation and a CNN political analyst.

Conservative critics argue that a second Clinton administration would have allowed Mr. Weinstein to maintain his status as Hollywood kingmaker and powerful Democratic donor. “The predators, most of them media and Hollywood liberals, would still be in power,” Michael Goodwin wrote in a column in The New York Post that Mr. Trump recommended to his 46.6 million Twitter followers.

Liberals say, policy advancements aside, Mrs. Clinton’s victory would probably have led to a brief period of euphoria and a return to complacency — or worse, a backlash against ambitious women.


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Linda Sarsour, a co-founder of the Women’s March who supported Mr. Sanders in the primary, credited Mr. Trump’s victory — not Mrs. Clinton’s defeat — with the current reckoning among women. “People were so aghast and felt betrayed that so many of our fellow Americans voted for a misogynist, accused sexual predator,” she said.


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From the comments:
During that time, I wrote about how we would look back at the Obama years as a time of peace.

Well, that's certainly true thus far, with Hawaiians running for their lives yesterday morning while 45 golfed. And that we are all relieved that he WAS golfing when that alert went out to the people in our 50th state.


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Quote by Oveta Culp Hobby, head of the Women’s Army Corps in WW II, inscribed on the WW II Memorial in Washington: “Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women. This was a people’s war, and everyone was in it.” She served in Ike’s cabinet and it’s said he tried to convince her to run for president. But she went home, ran the Houston Post, and served on numerous boards. I don’t remember people thinking of her as “that woman,” though one member of Ike’s cabinet is said to have called her “the best man in the cabinet.”
hrc  politics  feminism  activism  presidenttrump 
january 2018 by kme
Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle | Opinion | The Guardian [https://www.theguardian.com/]
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Trump is unpredictable. This sudden kowtowing to China and its ascendant leader this week could be abandoned as quickly as it has arrived, perhaps as soon as Trump’s visit to Vietnam or the Philippines in the coming days. There is a recent precedent, after all. In the summer, Trump abruptly abandoned his scripted statesmanship over the racist violence in Charlottesville in favour of an attack on anti-racists, and an indulgent defence of the 19th-century pro-slavery Confederacy.

Even so, it is hard to disagree with the Obama-era official Tony Blinken in his assessment that the Trump visit to Beijing showed two leaders heading in very different directions. While Trump builds walls, Blinken wrote this week, Xi builds bridges. While Trump shuns multilateralism and global governance, Xi embraces them. While Trump makes quixotic and backward-looking attempts to reinvent the coal industry, even promoting the role of fossil fuels in this week’s climate-change conference in Bonn, Xi has a 30-year programme designed to ensure China dominates the global economy, including in information technology, robotics and AI.</blockquote
presidenttrump  china  politics 
november 2017 by kme
French Voters Defy Putin’s Meddling, but You’d Hardly Know It in Russia - The New York Times
On Monday the Kremlin tried to put the best possible outlook on the election of her opponent. President Vladimir V. Putin sent Mr. Macron a congratulatory message, expressing the desire to “overcome mutual distrust” and wishing him “good health, well-being and success.”

Never mind that before the vote Russian-state run media profiled Mr. Macron as probably gay, in thrall to Jewish bankers and among the enthusiastic “demons of globalization.”

Over all, experts said, Russia has been able to obtain a toehold in the influence game because it is addressing angry populations alienated by current governments.

“If our societies continue to stumble because we have a large segment of disaffected voters, Russia might be able to undermine the system that we built,” said Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “In many respects the best way to deal with Russia is getting our own house in order.”
politics  france  russia  elections 
may 2017 by kme
Trump aides' use of encrypted messaging may violate records law | ZDNet
Every record, such as documents, memos, and even emails and instant messages of government business, has to be preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) within a few days of its creation. That said, presidential records are treated slightly differently from federal records. Most of the president's senior aides are not subject to freedom of information requests until after the president leaves office, but they must still retain and archive their work communications for later release.
politics  government  crypto 
may 2017 by kme
Jared and Ivanka’s West Wing Vanishing Act | Vanity Fair
The White House, at the request of the president, was drawing a hard line with intransigent conservatives, who had already extracted concessions to remove the law’s provision mandating "essential benefits" like maternity care and prescription drug and mental health coverage, in an effort to reduce premiums. Trump had made the case to members of the Freedom Caucus for an hour in the Cabinet Room earlier on Thursday that if they didn’t vote for his bill, their own electoral fate would hang in the balance. (The threat was diminished by the fact that the Koch brothers have vowed to fund the election coffers of Republicans who vote against the bill.) He then invited to the White House members of the more moderate Tuesday Group, who had spent the afternoon plowing their way through an avalanche of policy details and seven boxes of pizza in Ryan’s office, for a final round of browbeating.
politics  america  elections2016 
march 2017 by kme
Donald Trump Finally Pays a Price for His False and Reckless Words - The New Yorker
What can’t be denied is that, yet again, the White House is in the soup. The President and his aides now know that words and truth do matter. Yet they continue to act as if they are oblivious. At a press conference with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, on Friday afternoon, a German reporter asked Trump, “Why do you keep saying things you know are not true?” Trump didn’t answer directly. When another German reporter asked Trump about the White House citing claims that the British government bugged him, he refused to take responsibility. “We said nothing,” he said. “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it.” And, once again, Trump refused to back off the discredited claim that Obama bugged him. Looking at Merkel, whose phone the N.S.A. reportedly tapped for years, he said, jokingly, “At least we have something in common, perhaps.”
politics  elections2016  presidenttrump 
march 2017 by kme
While Trump tweets grab spotlight, appointees make crucial changes - San Francisco Chronicle
The Environmental Protection Agency has dumped an Obama administration rule requiring oil and natural gas companies to provide information on their methane emissions, a key contributor to global warming. New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explained that the administration wanted to “reduce burdens on businesses.”

On his first full day in office Thursday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke angered environmentalists by reversing an Obama ban on the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle in federal wildlife refuges. The outgoing administration said the the order would protect birds from lead poisoning — Zinke said its repeal, and another order seeking to expand federal lands open to recreation and fishing, would boost industries that create “thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.”
presidenttrump  politics  misdirection 
march 2017 by kme
White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds - Jan. 21, 2017
Former Democratic congressman Steve Israel, who recently joined CNN as a commentator, said, "This isn't a petty attack on the press. It's a calculated attempt to delegitimize any questioning of @realDonaldTrump by a free press."
presidenttrump  politics  journalism 
january 2017 by kme
Stop Being Trump’s Twitter Fool - POLITICO Magazine
This Trump tweet was especially delicious for invoking a liberal shibboleth—the need for “safe places”—as a dig at his opposition. He put them in the position of having to attack safe spaces as crazed coddling! The safe spaces concept is a modern example of crazed coddling, of course, and Trump doesn’t really believe in them. But he’s willing to engage in this sort of psy-ops as long as it sends the opposition chasing a red herring.
twitter  politics  flamebait 
december 2016 by kme
DARRELL HUCKABY: Take a seat — history class is in session | Opinion | newtoncitizen.com
For the record, Abraham Lincoln did not get a majority of the popular vote in 1860, and Bill Clinton did not get a majority of the popular vote in 1992 or 1996.

“Oh, yes he did!” screamed one of my Facebook friends this week. “I know Lincoln got the most votes and so did Clinton.”

Most means plurality, y’all. A majority is 50 percent plus one. And while we are on the subject, we are not a democratic republic, either, no matter what the revisionist history books might claim. That’s just a term Andrew Jackson coined for political purposes in the 1820s and it stuck with some people. We are a republic. We have a federalist form of government where the power is supposed to be divided between the states and the central government and neither is subservient to the other. Both are supposed to get their powers directly from the people.

And by the way, the U.S. Constitution does not give any of us the right to have a say so in who becomes president of the United States. Oh, no, it doesn’t. That power is vested entirely in the Electoral College, and under the Constitution states still have the authority to decided how those electors are chosen. It wasn’t until 1842 that the last state started allowing the people to vote for those electors.

If we eliminated the Electoral College people in two-thirds of the states would be virtually disenfranchised when it came to presidential elections. All the time, money and effort would be spent wooing voters in California, New York and Florida.
elections2016  us  politics  explained 
november 2016 by kme
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