Category Archives: Fake News

Chicago Police Release Jussie Smollett Investigation Footage

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Newly-released police body-cam footage of Jussie Smollett shows the actor with an alleged noose around his neck. Chicago police have released around 70 hours of video footage and hundreds of files from the investigation into Smollett’s alleged attack earlier this year.

Some of the video shows him with a white rope looped around his neck, which he said his alleged attackers had placed on him. He can also be heard telling officers he had bleach poured on him, and asking them not to film him. Smollett was indicted on multiple felony accounts for allegedly staging the attack, but the charges were later dropped.

A special prosecutor will now be investigating the handling of the case, which could result in new charges against the actor.

Brokaw Rails Against Accuser

(SL) – Tom Brokaw is firing back against sexual harassment allegations made by former NBC news colleague Linda Vester. In a letter published yesterday, Brokaw described Vester as a “character assassin” with a “grudge against NBC News.”

Vester accused Brokaw, the former anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” of harassing her in the early 1990s. In the letter, first published by “The Hollywood Reporter,” Brokaw compares Vester’s statements to the press to “a drive-by shooting.” Brokaw describes her as a disgruntled employee who was angry over her failed pursuit of stardom. Vester left NBC in 1999 for a job with Fox News. She left the business in the mid-2000s.

Twitter Cracks Down On Bots

(San Francisco, CA) — Twitter is cracking down on bots that spread false stories. The social media platform says that it will no longer allow users to post identical messages from multiple accounts. Twitter also said it will not allow people to use software to simultaneously like and retweet from multiple accounts.

U.S. authorities say Twitter bots disseminated propaganda before the 2016 elections and have continued to create political discord anonymously. On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies, including a troll farm in St. Petersburg, with trying to disrupt the U.S. political system.

U.S. Grand Jury Indicts 13 Russians For Election-Related Fraud

(Washington, DC) — Thirteen Russian nationals are being indicted for election-related fraud in the 2016 presidential campaign. In a Justice Department news briefing today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants waged “information warfare” in the U.S. Rosenstein stressed there is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election. But the effort was definitely there. With damaging releases aimed to tarnish Hillary Clinton’s chances.

Rosenstein said Russians violated U.S. laws to interfere with the American political process.

He noted that the Russians recruited Americans to stage rallies but said the Americans were not aware of the Moscow connection.

A Politico article by Cristiano Lima says,  Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday unveiled an indictment against 13 Russian nationals and three foreign entities on charges relating to the 2016 election meddling.

The indictment, which includes conspiracy to defraud the United States and aggravated identity theft, depicts an elaborate web of initiatives aimed at influencing the presidential race.

Here is a look at some of the most startling findings from the Department of Justice announcement.trump-russia-interactiveRussians paid Trump rally-goers to simulate Clinton jailing

According to the document, the Russian nationals and their associates paid people attending pro-Donald Trump rallies in Florida to carry out numerous “tasks,” including asking one to construct a cage at an event and another to dress up as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton behind bars.

“Defendants and their co-conspirators asked one U.S. person to build a cage on a flatbed truck and another U.S. person to wear a costume portraying Clinton in a prison uniform,” the indictment read.

Calls for Clinton to be jailed were persistent at Trump rallies throughout 2016, with crowds often breaking out into chants of “Lock her up!” In local reports from 2016 rallies in Florida, rally-goers can be seen staging Clinton displays with caged mannequins.

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{Video} Jake Tapper Shuts Down Stephen Miller: “I’ve Wasted Enough Of My Viewers Time.”

(SL) – White House aide Stephen Miller got a hard lesson in sticking to the topic today when he was a guest on CNN Host Jake Tapper’s show.

Miller clearly had an agenda. He wanted to attack CNN and its journalistic views while painting Donald Trump as a genius who can write 10 talking points in less than an hour after hearing a speech and recite them perfectly.

We all know that Donald Trump rarely sticks to the script which is why he finds himself in a contradictory and untruthful position 80 percent of the time. What Miller should’ve done was come prepared to answer questions honestly about Fire and Fury, the book that has become a best seller over night and paints what some say could be an accurate picture of what’s going on inside the White House.

As for whether or not Steve Bannon made certain comments about Donald Trump, Miller had no knowledge but insisted on saying the book was full of lies and trash. Trump’s meeting with the Russians, again no solid answer outside of what his agenda was. On the letter that he wrote to get James Comey released…again no solid answer outside of his agenda.

Tapper like the rest of us had had enough and pulled the plug on the interview. Check it out for yourself

Fifty-One Percent Of Trump Supporters Believe Kellyanne Conway’s Fake News About Fictional Bowling Green Massacre

(SL) – The Trump Administration has once again put a foot in its mouth after Donald Trump’s go-to girl released more ‘Fake News’ to the masses as she tried to justify Trump’s attempt to keep Immigrants out of the country.  On at least 3 separate occasions, Conway  spoke of a massacre that NEVER happened and it wasn’t until she was memed to high heaven that she attempted to backtrack. The international Business Times has the story.

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International Business Times

When White House counselor Kellyanne Conway last week cited the “Bowling Green Massacre” as a reason why President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries was necessary, the response was immediate. The criticism poured in and an internet meme was born as her fictional account of a non-existent terrorist attack was widely condemned and mocked.

But it appears not everyone got the message that the event never happened.

Indeed, a poll released Friday indicated that a majority of Trump’s supporters believe it took place. Asked by Public Policy Polling about Trump’s travel ban, which an appeals court refused to reinstate Thursday, 51 percent of Trump voters said “the Bowling Green Massacre shows why we need Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.” Only 23 percent disagreed with the statement.

170203092312-kellyanne-conway-msnbc-bowling-green-massacre-exlarge-169For voters of the three other candidates in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, the percentages of those who agreed with the statement were all in the single digits.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Conway brought up the fake atrocity as an example of attacks that Trump’s controversial policy would help prevent.

“I bet there was very little coverage — I bet — I bet it’s brand-new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” she said.

White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway talks with reporters while walking back into the White House following an interview with FOX News, Feb. 9, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image

The truth lay some way apart from the fiction. While there were Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, who were arrested for attempting to send weapons to al Qaeda in Iraq, there was never any attack.

Conway later attempted to explain her comments by stating she simply misspoke, intending to instead say “Bowling Green terrorists.”

On @hardball @NBCNews @MSNBC I meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” as reported here:
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-kentucky-us-dozens-terrorists-country-refugees/story?id=20931131 

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Exclusive: ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists May Be in US as Refugees

Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI…

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However, it later emerged that Conway had also previously referenced the nonexistent attack in separate interviews with Cosmopolitan and TMZ.

As Trump’s travel ban continues to be thwarted by the courts, the new poll indicated that only 45 percent of voters are in support of the executive order, while 66 percent said they believe the country is already safe.