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‘Defeated US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called on Congress to take action against the ‘epidemic of malicious fake news’ that she said represents a ‘danger’ to the ‘lives of ordinary people.’

‘Let me just mention briefly one threat in particular that should concern all Americans,’ Clinton said on Thursday speaking at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, honoring retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. ‘Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike — especially those who serve in our Congress.”

Read more: Clinton to Congress: Take action against ‘epidemic of fake news’

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‘As the Hillary Clinton campaign slogged toward victory in the long primary campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders, word came from WikiLeaks that it had scored a trove of hacked emails to and from the Democratic National Committee. Among other things, they proved that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, along with their organizations, had been working hand-in-glove to skew the primaries in Clinton’s favor.’

Read more: Rather Than Exposing Propaganda, Washington Post Shows How It’s Done


‘Facebook is already blocking links to so-called ‘fake news’ stories, despite the Washington Post being forced to admit that its own definitive article on ‘fake news’ was based on shoddy research.

A Twitter user revealed how he tried to post an Alex Jones Channel video about ‘PizzaGate’ on Facebook but was blocked from doing so because Facebook characterized the YouTube link as ‘unsafe’.’

Read more: Facebook Already Blocking Links to ‘Fake News’


‘Controversial human rights lawyer Phil Shiner should apologise to the Iraq War veterans he pursued over war crimes after he admitted a string of misconduct charges, the Defence Secretary has said.

A disciplinary tribunal heard Mr Shiner, a solicitor who worked for the now-defunct Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), accepts he will be stuck off following an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) watchdog.’

Read more: Top human rights lawyer faces being struck off for bringing war crimes claims against British troops

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‘Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was not representing the government’s views on Saudi Arabia when he accused the close ally of abusing Islam and acting as a ‘puppeteer’ in proxy wars throughout the Middle East, Downing Street has said.

Theresa May’s official spokesperson said the prime minister had ‘full confidence’ in Johnson, but told reporters the comments he made at a conference in Italy last week were his own personal views and did not reflect government policy.’

Read more: Boris Johnson’s Criticism Of ‘Puppeteer’ Saudi Arabia Disowned By Downing Street


‘The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and frequent source of information for Western media, is funded by the British government and is managed by Westerners operating out of Turkey, according to emails provided to AlterNet by a Middle East reporter RFS tried to recruit.

The outlet stirred controversy this November when it released a video at the height of the Mannequin Challenge, a pop culture craze in which people compete for how long they can freeze in place on video. The RFS video depicted a staged rescue by the White Helmets, the Western-funded rescue group that operates exclusively in rebel-held territory. RFS quickly removed the video and issued an apology out of apparent concern that the staged rescue could raise questions about the authenticity of other videos by the White Helmets.’

Read more: British Govt-Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels


‘Amid the mainstream U.S. media’s current self-righteous frenzy against ‘fake news,’ it’s worth recalling how the big newspapers destroyed Gary Webb, an honest journalist who exposed some hard truths about the Reagan administration’s collaboration with Nicaraguan Contra cocaine traffickers.

Webb’s reward for reviving that important scandal in 1996 – and getting the CIA’s inspector general to issue what amounted to an institutional confession in 1998 – was to have The New York Times, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times lobby for, essentially, his banishment from journalism.’

Read more: Big Media’s Contra-Cocaine Cover-up

In a blow to police accountability, Lt. Daniel Stephenson was found by his own department to have acted in accord with department policy for shooting and killing Todd Browning.

The facts of the case are simple. On August 19, police were called because of reports of a man armed with a knife. Shortly after the call, police encountered Browing, 54, less than a mile away. Within less than a minute after Stephenson walked to the front of his cruiser, he would put four .223 rounds into the chest of Browning.

Read more: Video proves cop, who fired AR15 rounds into ‘charging’ victim, lied