Carly Fiorina’s Big Lie – By Dahlia Lithwick – SEPT. 2015

 Carly Fiorina, April 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C.  -- Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty

Carly Fiorina, April 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
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For reasons I can’t even explain to myself, Carly Fiorina’s big fib at the GOP debate last week truly surprised me. Fiorina claimed a video of a Planned Parenthood clinic showed this: “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ ”

The enormity of the fabrication surprised me; the fact that nobody had ever seen this extraordinary smoking gun before stunned me; the fact that not one of the journalists moderating the debate followed up on her claim surprised me. The fact that contemporaneous mainstream media reports of the debate—more theater criticism than journalism—failed to fact-check it surprised me. The people who did fact-check it all immediately agreed that it wasn’t true, and yet Fiorina’s word-picture was touted for days as the emotional zenith of the debate. This all surprised me: the notion that journalism and fact-finding are demonstrably unrelated enterprises.

I’m a chump that way.

Watching Fiorina double down and then double down again in the days that followed also surprised me, as did the following exchange with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday:

Wallace: Do you acknowledge what every fact-checker has found, that as horrific as that scene is, it was only described on the video by someone who claimed to have seen it? There is no actual footage of the incident that you just mentioned.

Fiorina: No, I don’t accept that at all, I’ve seen the footage. And I find it amazing, actually, that all these supposed fact-checkers in the mainstream media claim this doesn’t exist. They’re trying to attack the authenticity of the videotape.

Indeed, even Fiorina’s super-PAC’s effort to manipulate the grossly manipulated and misleading Center for Medical Progress videos—videos that have been conclusively debunked—with its own YouTube version of the Fiorina claims surprised me. The video uses spliced footage from the Grantham Collection, an unsourced image of a stillborn, and a CMP image of a Pennsylvania woman’s stillborn baby, used without her permission.

Actually, the very meta nature of the enterprise stunned me—trying to doctor doctored videotapes and still failing to produce an image that corresponds to Fiorina’s narrative. It’s truthiness elevated to almost cosmic levels.

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ISIS Video Presents Grim Choice for News Media – By RAVI SOMAIYA FEB. 3, 2015

The images spread rapidly online Tuesday, some more graphic than others: A caged Jordanian pilot, captured by the militants of the Islamic State late last year, was shown apparently being burned alive.

The video was readily available, particularly on social media. It raised a sensitive issue for news outlets once again: Should they show the images, just a click away for most readers anyway, or refrain?

The slickly produced video, showing what appeared to be the burning of First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was captured on Dec. 24 after his jet went down over northern Syria, was perhaps the most shocking in a series of filmed killings by the extremist group; previous videos had all shown beheadings.

The Daily News in New York published an image of the flames appearing to engulf Lieutenant Kasasbeh. And BuzzFeed posted a series of images, following the flames as they approached him.

But most other outlets chose to use images from earlier in the 22-minute video. The New York Times initially showed Lieutenant Kasasbeh standing outside the cage in an orange jumpsuit, with militants behind him. Online, The Washington Post published a photo of him in his uniform. The paper’s editor, Martin Baron, said by email that he would probably settle on an image similar to the one used by The Times: “Outside the cage and before any flame. That’s in line with what we’ve done previously with the beheadings.”

A Reuters story on the death showed the pilot’s family holding up image of him at a rally calling for his release. The Associated Press used a similar photograph with its story.

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Sharyl Attkisson releases video of alleged computer intrusion – By Erik Wemple October 31 at 1:17 PM

Former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has released to Politico a video clip that shows an alleged hacker attack against her Apple computer. The video’s release comes just days before the Nov. 4 publication date of her book “Stonewalled,” which inventories her efforts to hold the Obama administration accountable, along with providing a running narrative about intrusions into her home and work computers.

The video itself shows a computer with a moving cursor erasing words from a document. In the background, a voice — purportedly Attkisson’s — says “not touching it” and “just deleting everything.” At one point, the footage shows a partial view of the computer’s keyboard, which is free of hands.

In “Stonewalled,” Attkisson provides a blow-by-blow account of this moment. It’s September 2013 and White House officials Jay Carney and Eric Schultz both are complaining to CBS News higher-ups about Attkisson’s Benghazi reporting. In an e-mail to CBS News Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Carney slights a piece by Attkisson that he calls an “exclusive preview of a Darrell Issa press release,” in reference to the California Republican congressman who chairs the House oversight committee. Schultz pitches another CBS News staffer, Major Garrett, on a story that contains “exonerating material.”

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NRA Hipster: Give All Kids a Gun – Brandy Zadrozny 07.23.14

The newest pro-gun propaganda: make firearm education compulsory in schools and create gun-required zones.

National Rifle Association News contributor, Billy “I’m a thinker” Johnson, has a new idea for education in America: give everyone a gun, starting with kids.

“Gun policy driven by our need for guns would insist that we introduce young people to guns early and that we’d give them the skills to use firearms safely,” the resident hipster gun enthusiast says in a YouTube video posted to the NRA’s channel Sunday.

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Sporting a beard, black plastic frames, and a Louis C.K.-like black T-shirt, he calls for adding guns to school curriculum.

“Just like we teach them reading and writing, necessary skills. We would teach shooting and firearm competency. It wouldn’t matter if a child’s parents weren’t good at it. We’d find them a mentor. It wouldn’t matter if they didn’t want to learn. We would make it necessary to advance to the next grade.”

Johnson draws an equivalency between the right to own guns and the right to education, public parks, and non-discrimination policies in hiring.

“It wouldn’t matter if they didn’t want to learn.”

“The point is,” he says, “that as a country we often write policy to protect access to something; education, parks, jobs. But for one of the most important protections, a constitutional right, we write policy designed to limit access.”

His solution? Stop regulating access to guns, as if “they’re bad or dangerous.” Instead, he muses, why not regulate as if all people need guns, everywhere? “What if instead of gun free-zones we had gun-required zones?” he asks.

Johnson’s video mirrors some 80 other heavily produced video op-eds, from seven “NRA Commentators,” meant to attract specific demographics (mostly millennials) into the gun-rights fight.

Not mentioned in the video: firearms kill or injure 10,000 American children each year.

Boko Haram video mocks #BringBackOurGirls campaign, advocates killing Christians – By Jessica Chasmar Monday, July 14, 2014

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The Nigerian jihadist group responsible for kidnapping 223 schoolgirls in April issued a new video Saturday mocking the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign that even U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participated in.

Boko Haram’s video, obtained by the Agence France-Presse, was apparently released to mark the girls’ third month in captivity.

Flanked by at least 10 gunmen in front of two armored vehicles, the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau declared in the 16-minute minute video that the girls would not be freed until the government released the “army” of Boko Haram prisoners detained in Nigeria, The Telegraph reported.

“I trust in Allah. I trust in Allah,” Shekau says in the video in a singsongy voice.

“You have been going around saying, ‘Bring Back Our Girls,’ ” he says in broken English, mockingly, and with a giant smile. “Bring back our army.”

In what appears to be more broken English, Shekau then orders his troops: “Gentlemen! Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill Christians!”

“Bring back our army,” he repeats into the camera.

Boko Haram also claimed responsibility in the video for a bomb in a shopping center in Abuja last month that killed 22 people and for two explosions the same day at a fuel depot in Lagos, The Telegraph reported.

Shekau also expressed support for the Islamic State leader Abubakar Al-Baghdadi, as well as al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and Taliban leader Mullah Omar. He described them as his “brethren,” saying “May Allah protect you,” The Telegraph reported.

The video reportedly served as a direct snub to Pakistani activist teen Malala Yousafzai, who arrived in the Nigerian capital of Abuja over the weekend to voice support for the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and hold private talks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

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The Chinese stream China’s online-video market is the largest and most innovative in the world. It is also the most competitive Nov 9th 2013 | BEIJING |From the print edition

LATER this month PPTV, a Chinese online-video firm, will release a new reality show called “The Goddess Office” (pictured) about four young women living together in a house, trying to create their own e-commerce company. Viewers will be able to ask the stars questions and send them money and ideas for their start-up. The show will employ familiar television elements: the comedic rapport of the characters in “Friends” and the commercial ambitions of contestants in “The Apprentice”. But this “television” show will run exclusively online, rather than on a traditional TV network.

Around the world online video is becoming a bigger and more sophisticated business, but nowhere is that truer than in China. The country has the largest number of online-video viewers: around 450m, or nearly 80% of the internet-connected population. Their numbers will rise to around 700m by 2016, according to iResearch, which tracks the industry. In America and Europe, online video has yet to supplant broadcast- and pay-TV, but in China it seems rapidly to have done so. A government news source has said that in 2012 only 30% of households in Beijing watched TV, down from 70% three years earlier—although official figures are not always reliable.

Google’s YouTube video service is blocked in China, but local companies, including Youku Tudou and Sohu, are wildly popular (see table). There is lots of user-generated content, but viewers spend most of their time watching professional shows, such as the full-length films, television dramas and comedies that the websites license from China and around the world. Media gluttons can devour all this content without charge, as long as they sit through the advertisements.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said to be considering rehab

 The video that emerged on Thursday shows Mayor Ford in a rage

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, under pressure to quit after admitting he smoked crack cocaine and had a drink problem, could enter rehab, his lawyer says.

Dennis Morris told the Globe and Mail that the mayor of Canada’s largest city was “considering options”.

“And we’ll stay tuned to see what he says in the next few days,” Mr Morristold the newspaper.

His comments come a day after Mr Ford apologised for a video of him threatening to kill an unknown person.

The 44-year-old married father of two said he was “extremely, extremely inebriated” at the time it was filmed and he was “embarrassed” by it.

Toronto police said last week they have a separate video apparently showing Mr Ford smoking crack cocaine, which has not been made public.

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Hillary Clinton’s 2008 slaps still sting President Obama

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“Friendship” was the main course during Hillary Clinton’s lunch with President Barack Obama this week, according to an Obama spokesman, but no one could have blamed Clinton for ordering a small side of I-told-you-so.

Much of the bombastic campaign rhetoric from 2008 — think “3 a.m. call” — proved as ephemeral as the thousands of half-melted “Hillary” candy bars Clinton’s staff handed out on Super Tuesday five years ago.

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