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2017 IN REVIEW CARTOON-WISE!!!

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YEAR IN REVIEW!








FAKE NEWS IS FAKE NEWS NO MATTER WHERE!

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In urban Sweden and heartland America, xenophobic fake news looks the same

By:  Nina MAT
Media Matters for AmericaMedia Matters for America,
26 December 2017
In 2016, the story of a juvenile sex crime in an Idaho town swept through the national right-wing media ecosystem, picking up fabricated and lurid details along the way; several months later, the newly inaugurated President Donald Trump falsely suggested that a terrorist attack had recently taken place in Sweden, baffling the country. The two incidents, though seemingly unrelated, were spurred by the same sentiment: rabid anti-immigrant bias fueled by a sensationalistic, right-wing fake news ecosystem. In the global culture wars being waged online and in real life -- from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Malmo, Sweden -- influencers successfully mobilize anti-Muslim extremists, far-right media, and fake news websites in coordinated campaigns to promote misinformation. Their motivation may stem from an ideological agenda, the desire to crea…

THE COFFEE BOY DELIVERED

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How the Russia Inquiry Began: A  Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk  of Political Dirt


By:  SHARON LaFRANIEREMARK MAZZETTI and MATT APUZZO
The New York Times 30 December 2017









WASHINGTON — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage he

FACT CHECKER: THE SKINNY ON TRUMP'S NYT INTERVIEW

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In a 30-minute 

interview, President 

Trump made 24 false 

or misleading claims



By: Glenn Kessler
The Washington Post
30 December 2017


President Trump gave an impromptu half-hour interview with the New York Times on Dec. 28. We combed through the transcript and here’s a quick roundup of the false, misleading or dubious claims that he made, at a rate of one every 75 seconds. (Some of the interview was off the record, so it’s possible the rate of false claims per minute is higher.) “Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. . . . I saw Dianne Feinstein the other day on television saying there is no collusion.” Trump appears to be referring to an interview with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. She did not flatly say there was no collusion and instead was more nuanced. Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Nov. 5 whether she had “seen any evidence that this dirt, these emails, were ever given to the Trump campaign,”…