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"A new investigation from Buzzfeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist alleges that many of these same banks have a shadow financial system with money used to fund illegal activity from organized crime groups to terrorist organizations has been allowed to flourish. Investigation alleges that many of these banks as well as the United States government have done little to nothing to stop these transactions and what many Americans may feel removed from issues involving big banks and so called dirty money. Our next guest says that what these banks do could have implications on our everyday lives. Evan and Cornea is a senior investigative reporter with Buzzfeed news, and he joins me now, Anthony, Thank you for being with me. Thanks for having me. So bank employees are supposed to look for suspicious activity in an almost all of these cases, they did their jobs. They filed suspicious activity reports. Where did those reports go? And what happened? Right. So every bank in that transaction U S dollars when they note suspicious behavior. They're supposed to send it to a department inside the Treasury called the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. And those folks are the ones that keep this sort of vast database. Of all of these reports from around the globe of, you know, transactions that bear the hallmarks of money laundering or other kinds of financial crime. So is this a question of folks who were doing their jobs reporting suspicious activity? And then maybe folks who were higher up the managerial chain inside of these banks, ignoring that suspicious activity or did The financial crimes enforcement network. Ignore that. What did your investigation? Fine. I think you've got both both issues here, Right? You've got these folks who are filing the reports as they should. And you. We don't see is the bank's cutting off those suspicious client. So, for instance, I'll use Pat Paul Manafort. Keep him working Chase allowed Paul Manafort to send or receive Millions of dollars and flagged his accounts. A TTE least eight times We see this again and again. So you just PC Hong Kong with clients who they deemed suspicious, 12 times eight times So We know that the compliance officials are flagging them and their but the bank executives are not cutting off the accounts from the flip side from the government's view. They're sitting on all of these records. They don't have enough staff to frankly read them all. And what our investigation found is they're not taking action when they when they read these reports when they get these issues Know what's behind that. I mean, if they know that this is an issue that's happening. It's clearly not supposed to happen. Why aren't they taking action? Well, it's a really complicated issue. I think the Justice Department says that their best course of action is this. Kind of deal with the corporate entities. Banks called a deferred prosecution agreement. They feel that they can best get these banks or corporate, you know, actors in line by forcing them to change their ways. They don't prosecute the executives. They don't take individuals or hold individuals accountable. They They're forcing them to pay fines and to sort of clean up their compliance department's And they were talking about your investigation found about two trillion That's trillion, with a T $2 trillion that have circulated through these banks, both global globally and and domestically, right? Correct? Yes, And that's to be fair, a small window into a much larger system now, very few stars or suspicious activity reports have ever been made public before. We have about 2100. But consider that each that last year fins and received two million of these reports so far, 2100 flagged $2 trillion Imagine the figure on two million of these reports a year. And of course, those reports were leaked to you correct. They were disclosed to Buzzfeed News. Got it. Tiffany. You know this is something when a lot of Americans here with $2 trillion circulating around the globe with all sorts of unsavory characters and big banks like they kind of feel, I think like most of us, like, well, what does that have to do with me? But your reporting shows that it does have really life consequences for everyday folk who have regular accounts and regular lives. So what effect? How do you make that connection between what's happening in this big, dark money world and what's happening with the average everyday? Ah Americans Absolutely way reckoned with this in, you know, throughout the course of the reporting and No money laundering is a crime that makes other crimes possible. It accelerates economic inequality, drains public funds. It undermines democracy destabilizes nations, the banks for playing a huge role in this and what we found. Is that these transactions are showing up in the sort of world that we all live in. We found just suspicious payments flowing into international sports and Hollywood entertainment, luxury real estate sushi restaurants. The gas that you put in your car, even the granola that you might put in your cereal or your yogurt. So, Anthony. I mean, the big question, I guess now is what happens next. Have politicians responded have has Vince and responded to this. Well, Pinson issued Ah, a rather unusual statement a couple of weeks before we published when we first approached them with our questions, they said they were going to refer the matter to the Justice Department. But the banks I have not been able to comment to us on the's reports. They're saying that large part that they can't comment on these types of of reports at the market has responded. We've heard this week. Politicians respond as well about Senator was Warren put out a very powerful statement. Suggesting that the system needs reform or overhaul will see where that goes, and we're gonna keep reporting until the and, frankly you said that the banks have not responded. Have they said anything about what's happened so far? You know quite a lot. I mean, I think they've said that there were acting in good faith and that they are trying to stand in the tide of suspicious activity and in fairness in a vase. It's important to note that the criminal's act very quickly and are very agile and the schemes that they're using to filter the money into the banks are rapidly changing. So On a day to day basis. These banks are facing an enormous task. They've got to be smarter than the criminals that have no with latest scheme is and I think it's important to note that they are They're trying to pivot all of the time to catch up with the criminal networks. I will be watching Anthony Cormier, A is a senior investigative reporter with Buzzfeed news, and you could read the full investigation on buzzfeed dot com. Anthony Thanks so much for joining us. Thanks for having me..
Top producers leave "Ellen" following allegations
"Ellen de generous producers air out after misconduct allegations So now This goes back to a story you may remember. Some of our listeners may not know this because there's been a lot of other stuff going on in the world. But three senior producers at Ellen Had been accused of sexual harassment and a number of misconduct accusations and those three individuals who have those allegations against them. I have been well, the way they put it is that they've parted ways with the popular Daytime talk show that's like the fancy way of saying they got fired. Yes or well, you know, the thing is, I think when you reach a certain level of power and privilege Your you don't have to be fired. They just look at you and go on and you go and you probably walk away with some. You know, some fat stack? Yeah, they pull the rip cord on the golden parachutes. So let's see how that all plays out. I'm gonna work. Stain my judgment until I find out more. But what we do know is that executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Lehman, the show's had writer as well as a coed executive producer named Jonathan Norman. Those are the people that left now they okay, So here's the thing that you may have not remembered. Okay. These allegations totaled Or or I should say these accusations were made by a total Of 36 employees. Holy buckets. Yes. So thie accusations of sex, not nothing. That's not nothing. The accusations of sexual harassment misconduct against these three were made by 36 former employees to BUZZFEED news. Those accusations Came just two weeks. Two weeks after 11 current and former employees came forward to Buzzfeed, and you might remember this story. To complain about the toxic work environment and Ellen and that included things but not limited to racism, workplace intimidation and other quote mistreatment. So this is like just the tip of a much larger iceberg clearly, but this tip is a very important tip. And that's just the tip. These are three very key players in putting this. You know, behemoth. Of a show together. Yeah.
‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ Ousts Three Top Producers
"No longer top executives for the Ellen, too generous show let go after an investigation triggered by claims of Ah toxic workplace environment. Well, CBS news correspondent Jamie You Cus. She talked with some of the former staff members scribe for me with the culture was like at the Ellen Show. Culture was very poisonous. It was very toxic. Hedda Muscat worked as a producer for the Ellen Show in its early years and won two Emmys. There. She describes a work environment where she had a walk on eggshells. Ellen didn't know And if she wasn't the P that I would defend her Shiyu Buzzfeed News last month was the first to report allegations that did generous is mantra of be Kind Mast, a toxic work culture. One former employee claimed it's all an act for the cameras Generous, announced the changes to our staff in a video conference yesterday, in which he wants again apologized.
The Executive Order To Ban TikTok and WeChat
"He went ahead and did it president trump has signed an executive order to block all transactions with tiktok maker Bite Dance, as well as all transactions with Chinese tech giant tencent beginning on September twentieth. Now, it's worth noting that September twentieth would be five days after Microsoft's deadline to acquire the non-chinese parts of Tiktok or not. Quoting the verge, the spread of APPs controlled by the Chinese government continues to threaten the national security foreign policy and economy of the United States. The order reads the United States must take aggressive action against the owners of Tiktok to protect our national security and quote a parallel order. Banda transactions with we chat a texting APP in China that maintains a small user base in the US in both orders, the president names, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act as authority for the move, as well as the national emergencies act effectively naming talks continued operation within the United States as a national. Emergency such. A move is highly unusual and will likely be subject to a legal challenge. The executive branch has the power to levy sanctions against individuals and corporations by them on the entity list as the US did against Y. and Z., t. e. last year but such sanctions are typically put in place by the Commerce Department rather than the White House and Senate to specific rulemaking procedures that seemed to have been short-circuited by surprise executive order. The president also has the power to force the divestiture of US companies from foreign ownership through the committee on foreign investment in the United States or. But doing so also requires a specific process that seems to have been discarded in favor of a broader executive order. It's unclear how the order will affect talks ability to operate in the short term unlike Weiwei Z. T. The company does not require licenses to operate its network and nothing in the order seems to require APP stores to seize hosting the APP. However, it explicitly covers subsidiaries of by dance specifically, the US based TIKTOK division, and we'll apply to any and all financial transfers to and from those subsidiaries as a result. TIKTOK. Likely to seek a stay of the order in court or be forced to abruptly discontinue services as it takes effect and quote. So everyone basically scrambling to figure out what all this means. There does appear to be a loophole in the order because the order has a clause that reads quote to the extent permitted under applicable law and quote. But also, as Alex, tweeted quote, if I'm reading this correctly, it obliges apple to remove chat from the Chinese APP store, which would effectively kill the company's phone business in China. China represents a little under fifteen percent of Apple's global revenue. But at the same time, the order says we chat quote has over one billion users worldwide, which means it's counting Chinese users as we chat users given the references to chat having more than a billion users. It's clearly intended to apply to the APP globally I. think that would be substantially more damaging for apple in China then losing Google services was for way in the West. I. Think and yet this is the US government doing it to both and quote indeed, Bloomberg has a piece of art that we chat is banned from the Chinese APP store. The ramifications would be huge because we chat is a communication and transaction cornerstone in modern Chinese life. Being without chat would be a big enough deal for Chinese users as to essentially possibly kill the iphone business in China, and at the very least would probably be a big deal as to go to China into some major form of retaliation. Now tencent owns wechat tencent has a market cap of six, hundred, eighty, seven, billion dollars. Its stock was down more than ten percent afterward of this executive order came down. As Dan primack tweeted quote the tencent we chat order maybe more consequential for us tech companies because it seems to ban any transactions with tencent tencent invest in lots of us, companies including fortnight maker EPIC Games. Let's play this out. tencent has an investment in read it tencent can't do transactions after forty five days. So must tencent divest within forty five days if not, how would it ever sell trying to get clarity on this to end quote? Yeah I WANNA put aside the questions as to whether or not Chinese apps represent a security threat for the moment. I for one have uninstalled Tiktok on my phone because I don't trust it. But more immediately, I think most in silicon valley are watching to see if there is. Any immediate cascading of retaliatory actions by the Chinese that could put a cramp in wet silicon valley can do globally. Sources are telling buzzfeed news that an all hands meeting Mark Zuckerberg told facebook employees that banning tiktok would set a bad precedent code I. Just think it's a really bad long-term precedent and that it needs to be handled with the utmost care and gravity whatever the solution Zuckerberg said. I'm really worried. It could very well have long term consequences in other countries around the world and quote. While noted that tick Tock Band in India in June was being hit. Now he alluded to the idea that facebook products could become a target for another country. Later, he did however sympathize with the trump administration's national security concerns. Quote. I. Certainly think that there are valid national security questions about having an APP that has a lot of people's data that follows the rules of another country government that increasingly is kind of seen as a competitor Soccer Berg said quote.
Gunman kills son, wounds husband of federal judge, suspect dead
"Described anti feminist attorney posing as a delivery person fatally shot 20 year old son of a federal judge in New Jersey home. I wanna feel. Murphy offered his condolence offering my prayers and I know my colleagues joined me to Federal court Judge Chester sell us whose son was murdered and husband seriously wounded yesterday in a brazen and cowardly act of gun violence at their home. The judge was not heard. Authorities later found the suspect Roided Hollander, dead of an apparently self inflicted gunshot wound at a location in the Catskills. Buzzfeed News reports Review of holidays Writings online, She'll numerous derogatory statements about the judge's gender and race.
Former Ellen DeGeneres Show Employees Claim They Were Subjected to ''Toxic Work Environment''
"The Ellen show getting called out by her staff. Yeah, you heard that right? One current and ten former employees spoke to buzzfeed news anonymously about what they're calling toxic work environment at the Ellen Degeneres show staffer said they were fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days face microaggressions and were even subjected to favoritism by executive
Protecting your digital privacy during a protest
"So we've all seen the footage of protesters clashing with police, but beyond the fiscal confrontation police another law enforcement officials are using a lot techniques to monitor and identify protesters. Give me a rundown on what they're doing yet. So police have had tools for a very long time, and they used things like IAMs eye catchers, a more simple name for that would be sting rays which are tools that serve as fake cell phone power. So when you're when you're texting somebody when you're calling somebody, it would connect to them rather than. Than, connecting to whatever service provider that you have, and they would be able to use that to intercept all your calls, and all your text message that you're sending they also have been using tools like Gio fence warrants where they can send requests to police to tech companies, or they can send requests to sell service providers and say we want. Data on all the mobile phones that were in this specific area. Can you please provide that kind of information and Google and companies like t mobile at and t horizon? They have complied with these requests because they're legally obligated to. Other tools include facial recognition that they use to identify people in protests. There was another tool used during protests in Baltimore where they used. A company called Geo Fida with social media surveillance to basically help identify protesters. That were demonstrating again. Police brutality, so you? You actually wrote about Gio. Fence warrants yesterday, and it's an interesting thing. I don't think people really understand. How specific or how narrow is that geographic target that they can get? Can you get them to square block, too? Like a ten square feet patch of land like how specific talking about so these you fence warrants to threat is more about the fact that. They don't have to be specific at all more so versus how specific it can get so a case in Virginia that I had found, they narrowed it down to within the range of like just a bank or the block that a bank was on because they were trying to figure out who was behind this bank robbery, and they didn't have a name they didn't have. Any details about what the person looks like or anything like that, but they. They knew that happened at this bank at this time, so they send us warned request to Google that says we're looking for data on all the phones that was in this area during this hour, but the problem is. Is that with these warrants? You can have it, you know the. The size of entire neighborhood these are this is essentially a dragnet surveillance kind of thing. Where imagined the non tech? Like version of this right? It would basically be cops knocking on every single door, being able to go in and search every single home and say and and seeing you know hey, where you at this bank at this time that kind of thing. That happened in colonial times. I was called a general warrant. And that's part of the reason why we have the fourth amendment now say you need probable cause, and you need a specific reason to search someplace, and that was understood for a very long time with search warrants GIO fence warrants. It seems like you know because the law hasn't really caught up with technology. They're able to just do these widespread searches and gathered data on on. An entire range of people there are so many cases where you know innocent people have had their data swept up by these searches just because they've just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well, and it's not very difficult for police obtained warrants right? It's not difficult at all from what we've seen in other cases so out of Minnesota. The Minnesota public radio did an investigation on this where judges will sign off on this within with like just looking at it for like five ten minutes, or so the another issue with that being that it's hard for to visualize something when you just get the latitude and longitude so these war requests. They don't show they don't show like. Oh, we're looking for something in this area. They'll say something like we're looking for data on devices between the coordinates of negative, one, hundred and ten. Latitude and positive one hundred five launched your. I don't know where that is. That could be in the middle of the ocean for all I know, but. That's the point like you. When you hear something like that, you don't know how large that whole area is. And you kind of just an judges have just signed off on warrants like that well, and you also mentioned in your store today. The DA is now authorized mantra protesters. What are the implications with that? So th Buzzfeed News? Take a memo. I'm from the Justice Department basically signing off or the DA to do covert surveillance, which basically means they're allowed. They have a blank check to basically secretly spy on George Floyd protesters. Now the argument from the Justice Department has been. You know were doing this kind of surveillance to look for riders and members of Antigua and things like that, you know the people that are causing damage during these peaceful protests. Outside of police, and the consequences of the being do blanket surveillance means that you now have the full force of the federal government. Able to do secret surveillance, and that includes things like. Catchers. But not just at the scene of a of what are these? Protests are because they have planes that can fly around and just gathered data on thousands of people. All at once, and you think about the surveillance tools at the NSA
Coronavirus pandemic intensifies Democrats' vote-by-mail push and ignites longstanding fight over voting rights
"Two female Democrats are stepping up to defend Joe Biden following allegations of alleged sexual assault by his former Senate aide terror read read is accusing Biden of pushing her up against a wall and sexually assaulting her when she was his Senate staffer in nineteen ninety three the former vice presidents not yet publicly addressed the matter but buzzfeed news reports in his campaign circulating talking points on how to respond former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams who some say has been publicly lobbying to become by its running mate says that she quote believes all women deserve to be heard in that she believes Joe Biden Abrams appeared to speak from the bind campaigns talking points claiming that the new York times found terror Reid's allegations to be quote not credible but in fact the times investigation made no conclusion either way in a call with reporters yesterday New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand said that she supports and stands by bite and children's comments significant you may remember she was actually first Senate democratic call for former senator al Franken Franken to resign when sexual misconduct allegations were brought against him Frank eventually resigned in January two thousand
Curbing the spread of coronavirus disinformation online
"During the global pandemic some nations hostile to the US for using the term well to spread disinformation this month post on social media pushing for California to secede from the country have risen in those post thousands of them have now been traced back to run your case your W. speculum you might remember cal exit the very long shot twenty seventeen effort to get a measure on the ballot have to Golden State secede well it stayed alive online as hashtag cal exit it trended in twenty sixteen after Donald trump's election and then again this month the hashtag saw a surge on Twitter two weeks ago a British professor working in the Middle East analyzed thousands of recent tweets using the hashtag and found many are tied to Iran while most post written in Farsi others are in English Russian and Chinese professor Marco in Jones tells buzzfeed news that while the Tweetsie analyze didn't mention corona virus the virus was being used as a political instrument what other country see an opportunity to spread discord and further polarized an already divided nation Jones says they'll
‘We’re in a Petri Dish’: How a Coronavirus Ravaged a Cruise Ship
"When passengers of a luxury ship were quarantined in their rooms after one person tested positive with the coronavirus it may have seemed like a good idea yeah as the days went on dozens and then hundreds became infected with code nineteen the largest outbreak site outside of China was on board that ill fated ship docked in Japan now two passengers are dead the closed environment of the diamond princess as our next guest was essentially a Petri dish Dan rigano is a science writer for buzzfeed news and he joins me now welcome hi the bigger cruise ships as you wrote are notorious for spreading illnesses I have to start by asking our epidemiologists really surprised that after two weeks more than six hundred people have been infected on one ship alone the people we spoke to study this sort of thing the past aren't surprised at all and it's sort of cute on the question of how does this virus behave and now it's becoming apparent or it seems apparently have to be very careful right that it's more like the flu like influence a where airborne transmission earlier in an infection during sneezing rather than coughing stage seems to be a factor here that brings the play the question of how the ship was ventilated and now airborne transmission in general well let's talk about the ventilation system so are the people who study this and one of surprises here was it actually been a lot of research looking this question say that ventilation systems on cruise ships aren't any good at stopping airborne diseases from spreading that there been studies of flu where you have in a week's time you know one patient infecting forty people and likewise the air filter simply aren't designed to screen viruses after awhile the whole system gets gummed up with it and to speaking sneezing coughing in your ward room that gets picked up by their system you know and and it doesn't get filtered out maybe gets passed on in the past that's what happened in lysis cruise ship had some kind of impossible have ventilation system that was going on but it just seems that people knew about what happens on board ships and so it might not have been the best thing to keep well there that what your criteria is clear the Japanese government's goal was to keep this thing bottled up on a ship right there you have all these people there are two thousand six under sixty six passengers and another thousand crew there on the ship but they're not in Japan right and so if you just pull them off one by one as they get sick and put them in the hospital that's better than dumping three thousand some people who are potentially signature pan at once but actually contaminating an entire island which likely was there thinking well I've spoken to have speculated so like this was a way to keep the thing contained on the ship more than a way to to treat the patients although of course they treated them you know they were they were getting checked in that sort of thing so with the benefit of hindsight what should have officials in Japan done when a ship with more than thirty seven hundred crew and passengers anchored there with the crown of ours is a concern the consensus seems to be they should have bitten the bullet found places to put these people up like they've done in Singapore where they have them in university dorms separate from each other the air flow should have been cut off from central air initiative use fresh air pumped into individual rooms turn on space heaters to keep them warm and you know don't intermix on a giant container bunch of sick people well people and expected to turn out well mmhm with air travel and there is still largely free movement of people do you see the widespread outbreak of cover nineteen is inevitable most of the experts I talked to seasonable they think that this is gonna end up being one of them and Democrata viruses that too many has to deal with the question is how soon does that happen and it seems like it's coming closer right now with what's going on and South Korea and Iran and elsewhere where we have cases that look are looking more and more like community based ones rather than travel related that's the big worry in the nice thing about the diamond princess people as we know who they are and we can watch them the cases where we we can't do that I mean those the ones that are real worry
Amazon responds to investigation on delivery driver safety
"An investigation by pro publica and buzzfeed news reporting that Amazon delivery drivers have been involved in crashes several crashes causing injuries or death in the past four years CBS's mauling gave that joint investigation found that drivers reported feeling tremendous pressure to meet deadlines Chad and Ellen Kennedy's ten month old daughter Gabrielle was killed in January when a delivery driver hit Ellen's car according to the pro publica buzzfeed news investigation from September the driver was hauling packages for an Amazon subcontractor those contractors are often liable if there's an accident not Amazon really serious things that go wrong with these deliveries it's never Amazon's problem Amazon has actually sued to enforce the terms of these agreements ProPublica senior reporter Patricia Callahan says despite avoiding liability Amazon has a tight grip on day to day on rations the company can even tell drivers to turn left or right on a particular route Amazon knows where they are on the road it's telling them that order in which they need to deliver each package there's a dispatcher in an Amazon warehouse they can check on their progress and call them and say where are you why isn't there through work orders Callahan found that Amazon requires nine hundred ninety nine out of one thousand deliveries to arrive on time Amazon refuted that claim Callahan says the driver who hit Ellen Kennedy said he was feeling pressured that day because he was running behind but the contractor who employed him refuted that in an exclusive interview with CBS news Dave Clark senior vice president of worldwide operations at Amazon said safety comes first were focused on the background and driving check to make sure that the people we put in the vehicle that come from a place of good driving record a good safety record and then we train them before they were hit the road Clark highlighted the technology they used to monitor drivers actions as an added safety net but sometimes Clark said accidents
House releases transcripts from key witnesses in Trump impeachment inquiry
"We are now starting to see the actual testimony from the depositions in the impeachment inquiry so far the transcripts and they are as damning as expected for the president and and his allies now Republicans wine for weeks and weeks of the fact that depositions were being held behind closed doors despite the fact that many of them were actually attending those very same hearing the president tried to get out ahead of the release of the word for word transcripts today by saying they would be faked and Republicans should release their own indicating indicating that he was clearly not happy with what was about to come out well today we got the first two transcripts from forward top State Department official Michael Mckinley and crucially former US ambassador bastard Ukraine Marie Ivanovich we already know a lot about what McKinley testified about including that he said he resigned his post in part because of quote the failure of the State Department urban to offer support to foreign service employees caught up impeachment inquiry McKinley who was senior advisor Secretary State Mike Pompeo also testified again under growth in this deposition that he told not pompeii about his concerns multiple times before he resigned which makes what pump said last month so much more interesting listen listen to the way the pompeo gives himself absolutely no wiggle room on this question Mike McKinley third me well for a year and a half I chose him my head people tell me he was a great foreign service officer in fact he served America wonderfully for thirty seven years he had in fact had the office that was just just behind mine had a door that he could walk in any time and say whatever he wanted you know from the time that embassador yvonna bitch departed Ukraine until the time that he came to tell me that he was departing harding I never heard him say a single thing about his concerns with respect to the decision you never ask not once not once George did ambassador McKinley say something it to me during that entire time period that's interesting so maybe set it outside that time period or maybe McKinley is lying or maybe pompeo's lying the story though that has has told these depositions of of someone who was in the way of the corrupt quid pro quo abuse of office the President Rudy Giuliani were running to try and squeeze Ukraine to manufacture a dirt the president's political rival particularly in that of the ousted US ambassador Devante vish Ukraine whose career was a casualty of that scheme she testified that she learned from and Ukrainian officials that Rudy Giuliani plan to target her Ivanovich was asked what she thought President trump meant when he said on the phone call with Ukrainian president that she was quote going wing to go through some things Ivanovich said I didn't know what it meant I was very concerned I still am. She testified that a concern senior Ukrainian official told Oldie quote told me I really needed to watch my back former ambassador also told Congress the same Ukrainian official wonder about quote to individuals from Florida Mr Parnasse and Mr Freeman who were working with Mayor Giuliani they were interested in having a different ambassador to the post because they wanted to have business dealings in Ukraine or additional additional business dealings I didn't understand that because nobody the embassy had ever met these two individuals now the president gets to appoint ambassadors and he gets to recall them but in the case of Ambassador Basser Uganda Bitch let's remember her position and removal are also at the center of a criminal case that's currently being brought by the US attorney in the Southern District of New York doc against two men who are associates the president's personal were John Juliani reportedly paid Guiliani at least half a million dollars who hung out Yankee Games among other places with with Rudy who got prime seats at a twenty thousand trump rally and who represented themselves to Congress in an official letter as members of the president's legal team and and let's remember that part of the charges against these two men love Parnasse and eager fruman is that they were giving donations to a member of Congress as part of this sprawling effort to get rid of ambassador of rich so that they could corruptly install from the associates to promote their business interests in Ukraine Ivanovich was standing being in the way of making Ukraine more corrupt on behalf of president trump and Rudy Giuliani and I should tell you we just learned tonight that one of these guys parnasse seems to be ready to cooperate with congressional investigators Reuters reports Parnasse is prepared to comply with requests for records and testimony from congressional impeachment investigators PARNASSUS lawyer has confirmed that that me see news joining me now from Warren What we learned today so he told me legal reporter for Buzzfeed News and Tasha Berkshire National Security correspondent political NS NBC contributor. Natasha let me start with you on the Parnasse news his old lawyer had been the president's old lawyer John Dowd who'd written a letter being like he's part of the team and he's not going to show up and do anything he's now jumped don't John Doubt and now he's GonNa cooperate is that what's happening. Yeah Chris I mean it certainly seems seems like Parnasse is angry he's angry that the president has said that he doesn't know who he is he feels like the president has completely mischaracterized their relationship and you have to be inclined to believe a bit because there are so many photos of them together over the last two or so years a political events at gallows at fundraisers Parnis and firmin were everywhere and they surrounded the president at many pivotal moments so what we're seeing now is they've opened the door to cooperation with the congressional committees that doesn't necessarily Sara Lee mean of course that it's going to happen because a lot of the documents at the Congressional committees want are in the hands of the FBI which of course rated partisan ferments belongings as part of their indictment it also is remains to be seen whether or not their lawyers are even going to his learned this case has even going to let him testify because he's in the middle of a criminal probe but this does indicate at least a shift for now in how he perceives the president and trump really hasn't learned this lesson that you know when these people are are under scrutiny and he continues to criticize them his former allies and says I don't know them well they usually have receipts Zoe what did we learn today in the Ivanovich Ivanovic testimony in terms of the nexus between this sort of strange plot that was hatched by nuts room in for variety of reasons perhaps APPs personal business reasons as well as Ingraham themselves the president and the president and Rudy Giuliani's attempt to squeeze Ukraine government for for dirt on their political what we saw was perspective from yet another witness in the impeachment inquiry sort of explaining how they learned that there was this other her channel between the White House and Ukraine that was unofficial not sanctioned involved a cohort of non-government officials in this case Rudy Rudy Giuliani left parnasse eager freeman who for months had been traveling around trying to set up connections and Ukraine in an effort to dig up dirt on Joe Biden trying to discredit the Mueller investigation but all while making entrees into very official circles in Ukraine to the dismay dismay of the career civil servants who you know whose job it was to establish those formal channels between the administration and these foreign government entities and what we heard what we saw in the transcript was the former ambassador Marie Ivanovich saying you know learning about this back channel and being perplexed and concerned -cerned by it but not really seeing away out and being told that if she wanted to keep her job she needed to ingratiate herself with the president and not make waves about this both the one in one point she testified she was told to tweet US support for the president. I mean what what's fascinating here and attach you had these sort of comparative means of of of conducting yourself Marie Ivanovich the lifelong foreign service officer who's there who's trying to like steer American policy and then the Parnassus Fruman and Giuliani's of the world old who are wheeling and dealing and taking meetings and doing God knows what God knows who's behest and those are the people president is listening to and who had the imprimature of the entire hire American state behind them exactly Chris and Marie Ivanovich testified that this wasn't something that the State Department could just ignore they felt really hamstrung owned by the fact that this dual foreign policy track was taking place and at one point she said the Ukrainians didn't know who to talk to didn't know whether we represented US policy whether they should be listening to Giuliani and Parnasse Freeman and the rug really felt like it was being pulled out from beneath us we have to remember also that this is a very sensitive moment what what has been a very sensitive moment in Ukraine for the last five years since the Russians invaded eastern Ukraine and at this moment there trying to negotiate peace in the east with the russian-backed separatists separatist so for the aid to be withheld at this sensitive time was extremely troubling to the Crohn's and on top of that they didn't even know who the interlocutors were are there was supposed to be communicating with fast forward to mushy Ivanovich getting removed recalled from Ukraine someone that they really trusted now they have no choice really okay but to try to negotiate with the president and the best way that they can which is Zilenski you saw on that phone call kind of saying to the President Yes we'll investigate ah yes we'll do what you want essentially to try to appease him because again Ukraine faces an existential threat to its east and they are trying to navigate that right now the best way they can we're also getting a lot more back story on the origins of this I think deranged saying conspiracy theories about Ukrainian involvement in the two thousand sixteen election the idea that actually the DNC hack was a Ukrainian op that they conspired to frame Russia for it doesn't actually make sense when you sort of square it up but this this article near that Manafort was actually spreading that back in twenty sixteen it's been germinating and sold to the president time and time again what do we know about uh-huh so over the weekend buzz feed at CNN received a new cash of documents from the Justice Department then it was as hundreds of pages of records of notes that were taken during the investigation and in one seer set of notes from Rick Gates who had been the deputy campaign manager Paul Manafort's right hand man Rick Gates told investigators that basically as soon as news broke in two thousand sixteen the DNC had been hacked that wikileaks had these messages and they were going to release them. Paul Manafort was immediately saying it wasn't Russia it was Ukraine and Michael Flynn who was at the time a senior advisor to the campaign later became trump's short-lived first national security adviser also was immediately saying adamantly it wasn't Russia it wasn't Russia look at Ukraine so we had at the time three years ago to senior officials in the trump campaign trying to you direct the narrative away from Russia towards Ukraine it raises all sorts of questions of who they were talking to us who's ear they had and it's the theory that it has really persisted notwithstanding the findings of the US intelligence community that it was Russia that orchestrated the hack of the DNC that was
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on Recode Media with Peter Kafka
"I think so that was our point interview on him from the start. You kind of have a New York like this didn't seem the one thing that we thought he wasn't gonNA run. I mean that we were totally wrong about that and there's sort of a running joke on twitter. The probably has a little truth to it it that McKay trolled trump into running and this is all his fault but trump in a way that again is become familiar totally lost his mind about the story and among other things put out an article got it depicts six or somewhere that Breitbart Breitbart that McKay had been like ogling and hitting on the staff mar-a-lago. McKay is a devout more part of the story. Even though he's a devout Mormon he was still women who but who lives his faith and he'd just was not applause of all of of all the ways to go at him and there were other ways like that was crazy it was it was just so obviously out just a blatant lie. It was like Oh this is how this is how we deal with this guy and then we started showing servants and we were banned from them which is fine accesses a curse. That's I really believe that but it was really Kinda just lucked into like an early experience of what this was going to be like but there was the initial he's a joke cartoon all right he's running for real and now he's leading but this can't be real and he's going to be this year's version men. Carson or whomever and or Herman Cain Herman Cain who is the woman from Minnesota thank you she had a great week very ashamed of my my fellow citizens she had amazing week in two thousand twelve so much fun and then vet that wasn't true and and then by the time you you know we cut to the fall of two thousand sixteen. You already have a sort of what what did we miss and also how do we cover a person who says things that are demonstrably untrue and we don't can't even bring ourselves to call it a lie yeah rolling discussion. That's continuing up through now the the newest one. I read The New York Times about the media the MSNBC turned turned away from a live press conference yeah do we should we do that should we should we carry the news live but then fact check it in real time. I am however you guys changing your approach. Well I would say he's like really you know Genius Television EXEC who have the TV system. I'm in a way that was really effective like he provided free programming to these networks love to get things for free. I mean like there were things I think. TV has a harder challenge challenge. What do you do with this thing that your audience really does want to watch is being provided to gladys. I mean that's the and I don't think that the kind of web and print media had quite the same set of challenges and I think they didn't screw up badly. I would say they're still very many especially on the web but I do think there's this critique of that this long outstanding critique of American journalism that Jay Rosen sort of embodies. which is you know which was when? I was covering John McCain or Mitt Romney or it was that's. Why aren't you saying he's a liar. Why aren't you saying he's a fascist and to me actually the refusal by most journalists to say that you know when Romney says that his health healthcare plan was in Massachusetts not identical to the obamacare. We should be saying he's a liar right. I think it's like no no now. We see what that's a policy. Policy Dispute and all politicians lie in various ways and it's but it's but these are our policy arguments that it's appropriate arguments. There's if you want and you should reserve the word life when you really know that the person it's a very high bar that the person you know they know it's false extremely high bar. It should be an extremely high bar yeah. I don't think that the thing that it so much that journalism has changed as that. We are covering something really different. If knowledge how different it is and what is your audience telling telling you about how they want. Trump covered you guys are are demonstrably a left leaning left. I mean just like anybody else. In New York media concerned about so. I don't don't think of us as being to the political left of of the New York Times. I think we're generational coming from a somewhat different place. I think that it's tricky. I think that a lot of I'd rather talk about the times than us. I think the Times is the challenge but that many others have to where your audience will read any bad thing about New York about Donald Trump and they have to resist the temptation just to feed it to them and then when they write something that contradicts progressive narrative they get people beating them up and canceling subscriptions and that's a real problem so I don't know if you said this publicly or privately inside buzzfeed because someone who worked works. There told me that you said that Buzzfeed News. Would it'd be successful if the president knew you were at some point. Oh yeah maybe that's always true of cover anyone you cover if you're not. I think people underestimate how much the subjects of news coverage and if you've ever been a subject of news coverage do not underestimate this care about what you rate like a lot and if you're not if the person you are covering doesn't know who you are. You're like you got a problem. So I wrote a story another writer early in the trump administration sort of based around the idea that trump was gonna come after Buzzfeed News and you explain to me this. This is a terrible story based on stupid premise you're at least half right but he did. He did call you out at the beginning. He said you guys are garbage right. This is you you know well. Let's say we like we did some reporting. He didn't like them. We thought we were into so he calls you out at the beginning of the administration from what I can tell L. His Media Diet is almost entirely TV news that he watches during -secutive time and then print newspapers that come out of New York that he used to read in the seventy s in ninety s and maybe someday someone prints out a federal Breitbart or politico thing for him and hands. It doesn't seem like he would be consuming Vino. We know you said to him. Hey find me buzzfeed or or Breitbart and gave him a computer. I'm not sure he would know how to do that and that's I think. Actually I think that's a real challenge. A business challenging away for the new media I think when you think about like new media I mean the old St and new media valuations we're very very high and crashed and they're you know and there's a lot of like crash lower than they were and I think there's a lot of reasons related to the advertising industry around on that but I also think that trump kind of like looked backward and kind of really centralized attention and at least the idea of what media media was around the media. The nineteen eighties like it's crazy. People are paying attention to broadcast television. That hasn't happened in years. It's weird because he's partly TV and then he's hundred percent twitter yeah total but it's twitter primarily as a method of programming television. That's really fundamentally what he's using twitter for us to program television the vision and to and to dictate what you see on television what he sees on television. I do think that you know it's this roadrunner like he's like those media are just way he's he's. I think extended ended the life of a certain kind of cable news broadcasts when he says you guys need me me when I go away. You're GonNa Miss Me. She's right yeah and I think that obviously Asli still digital social. Mobile Communications are GONNA win like that's not really bad but he definitely has postponed that reckoning in a way that has I think been tougher for the folks that are business actually. Do you think about how buzzfeed going to operate in the post trump era. No we're just trying to survive whereas the day moved here because you're on the road I got recode is brought to you by express. VPN wondering why you might WanNa use express vp and I have two scenarios for you one. 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Google Is Promoting Climate Change Denialism On Its Apps And Mobile Homepage
"Is promoting climate change denial ism on its APPS and mobile home pages so I'm getting this from right mack in Zara Zhou Asia at Buzzfeed News so pretty much what's been going on is multiple climate change activists this people who are actively speaking climate change running blogs reporting on it doing podcast have been noticing that in their Google discover tab which is pretty much algorithm with Mickey generates slash user input generated where you tell it what you look for in news and things are happening about and just a curated feature of the News Tab and they are saying that they're constantly finding headlines and articles and websites. They're being selected for them. That are straight up climate change denial and are anti science or anti anti like logic in the sense of having to our planet and what was found was is that this is something that of course is not having to just a few people. It's happening to like anyone who's probably using Google and of course by extension everything we've ever talked about with. Youtube is like involved at this as well so they have examples of articles articles like bipartisan panel of scientists confirm. Humans are not responsible for the past twenty thousand new climate change like the entire headline directly is denying climate change is not like some obscured thing that you can read it and then I kind of hinting at that or just coming. That's like here like it's not what you think it is. you kidding me. No it's actually I'd like that. Literal in the people the weird thing was that allow people are no snus were course people who had speak out about it are people who really do believe and know that climate climate change is real and our activists poured speaking about it so they are immediately trying to disqualify any of these other ideas from Papa getting just like we a- leftist communist podcasts are not going to let pro capitalist pro fascist ideologies just prayed completely freely. You have to speak out against it so the people that have been that are usually on this cover type to agree all the Newsday possibly concered now certainly that come up to almost the top of the page in these organizations as buzzfeed looked into it that have like no the like. No backings are like very small blogs. Maybe like a few thousand. Maybe ten thousand like active readers within like a month or something like down these websites any politician. This happened to the the other week where not the other week. This happened a while back I believe it was the New York Times and there was an article about like you know parents like being very worried for their children who are like gender non conforming and would like to get like gender affirming medical processes underway like teens and the New York Times cited an organization that was against allowing teenagers and children to undergo gender affirming firming procedures and or where gender affirming close or start medications young and people looked into it and found out that this organization John was like as far as anyone knew one person and didn't actually really exist but they were somehow able to get into the New York Times by creating the name for themselves and like a website and then of course because you are like some sort of organization and you're like I'm reaching out on behalf of this to let you know that like this of course is not okay like the New York Times is going to quote you on that because all interested in fairness and it's like of the other side of the oil like their organizations against its but this organization organization is one person there is no actual infringe airy like lobby group. Yes in the case of this literally. There's a climate change now. Blackhawk what's up without that you can tell us by like one person does not matter but there's another one called the global warming policy foundation which is a UK based lobbying group that contest the scientific consensus on global warming so that is the party that will fight against it and be used by. Let's say oil companies or refineries or any large corporation that obviously will profit off the avoidance of switching degree technologies and resources so knowing that that is being led through because of a recent change the algorithm so that's the thing that's really interesting. Is that like why now so when you see that just months people been seeing this come up these are people who have been using google discover page and had been researching and been and involved in topics for years decades so when just a few months recently we start seeing this propaganda more it means something has had to have changed in. Google's like infrastructure or at least there was a loophole or hole in the system that allows these people to sneak through but at least from what buzzfeed is saying in here. Would they contacted the people that ran some of these websites. Not all of them will get through but of course a lot of them are like Oh that's great that's cool but like they actually had no idea how how in did not pay for that tap and they did not say that the advertised extra or you know somehow got themselves integrated into the Google News Roundup.
Amazons Choice does not vouch for product quality
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I need a glacken spiel because why not thing is. I know pretty much. Nothing nothing about what makes for a good clocking spiel and when you search for glacken spiel on amazon you get flooded with more than two thousand results fortunately one of the results. Let's has the label of amazon's choice but it turns out that label isn't always a great indicator of quality nicole. Newman is a technology reporter. Ed buzzfeed news. The amazon's choice label helps boost item sales which also helps amazon since it gets a cut but new and says there's not much known about how the designation gets awarded who is choosing this product is it jeff bezos and selfish amazon employees at a robot and amazon is pretty much a black box walks in terms of how big their marketplaces how many products get amazon's choice the designation and the reason why they don't publicize numbers ars is because they're changing all the time because amazon's choices partially automated that label is awarded and then taken away every single minute of every day okay so it's impossible to track but anecdotally amazon's choice is not indicative of high quality products necessarily. How can this be manipulated. Well because review manipulation is so widespread on the platform and by review manipulation. I mean like fake reviews reviews for an entirely different product. That isn't the product in the listing. As long as reviews are one of the metrics used to gauge whether or not a product should get this very special label. There's really no reason for consumers to trust amazon's choice. So what is the solution here. I mean do i need to double. Check all my purchases. It gets like consumer reports or something like that. Yes i highly recommend doing off. Amazon research do a cursory google does does that brand exist outside of amazon. A quick search can really mitigate a lot of that. <hes> read the reviews if the reviews are suspiciously all five stars. That's that's a huge red flag. If the reviews don't even refer to their product that's being sold. That's a huge red flag and there are sites like consumer reports and wire cutter and good housekeeping that scientifically review recommend products so i would highly recommend using those sites while you're shopping sounds like a lot of work. I'm shocked that the five star thing is a red flag because my goal is to find the product that does close to five stars possible but you're telling me that's a mistake. I know it's deeply upsetting because us you know rating systems are everywhere tripadvisor yelp amazon and they can be manipulated very easily and this is twenty nineteen eighteen and that is the story of two thousand nineteen. The coal new one is a technology reporter buzzfeed news by the way the reviews of amazon's choice squawk and spiel not not so great. I'm going to ask our music what he recommends. You'll this one he's left in the studio. It's this why i can't stop thinking about guada- feels and now for some related related links the wall street journal writes that amazon has essentially given up control of its site to third party sellers. That's led to a whole lot of unsafe products being listed for sale. The journal says it found more than forty one hundred items that were quote declared unsafe by federal agencies are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators emma's legal defense because there have been lawsuits over deaths related to some of the items is that it just provides a platform for third party sellers others by the way third party sales now account for sixty percent of what gets sold on amazon amazon owned audible is being sued by several major book publishers. There's over a new feature. It's releasing in some public schools. The verge explains that the feature provides captioning of audio books so that listeners can read along in real time the problem kim is that audible hasn't licensed the audiobooks it bases its speech to text captioning on audible believes it's protected because the words are generated by artificial intelligence. Gotta have more glacken spiel. We've got a link to a video of a pretty epic marimba and vibraphone performance and yes. I know no. It's not a glacken spiel. I want you to know what i'm gonna. Look like when i play mine that thirty seven hughes-produced marketplace tech eve tro wpro is our senior producer. We had to help this week from jody becker. Serve gary is our engineer. Our intern is seuss el dorado. I'm dead kim and that's marketplace. Take a this is a p._m. This marketplace podcast is brought to you by entercom intercom intercom. What's more of the nice people visiting your website to give you money so they took a little chat bubble in the corner website and packed it with conversational bots product product tours n._p._s. Surveys all sorts of things that amplify your team and help you reach more nice people in our comm- customer unity got forty five percent more loyal users. There's with entercom in just twelve months. Go to intercom dot com slash podcast to start making money from real time chat then everything else intercom can do. That's intercom dot com slash podcast.
YouTube plans to ban thousands of extremist videos
"Kelley YouTube says it is removing thousands of white supremacist and extremist videos from its platform. Now, this does not happen. A vacuum YouTube was under intense pressure and it's move comes as a broader debate unfolds over whether social media companies are responsible for hate speech posted to their platforms, and peers Allom is here to talk about YouTube snoop policy, and the wider challenge of trying to police hate online. Hi there. Hi, so what exactly is you to announce it's going to do and company blog post today? Youtube said it was going to ban what it called supremacist content so videos that you to says justify discrimination, segregation exclusion of specific groups of people and this goes beyond a twenty seventeen policy to introduce that made it harder to recommend or commenting or share videos with hateful content. And so this move today, really? Beyond that, to thousands of videos by white supremacist Neo Nazis, and other types of extremity extremists. And YouTube says it's also going to apply to videos that deny well-documented violent events. So that means holocaust deniers and deniers of the sandy hook elementary shooting, for example, all of that will be banned going for it kind of mind blowing to think that all of that was allowed on YouTube until now. So what prompted this why know the context is bigger debate going on about the responsibility of tech companies like YouTube Facebook and Twitter to police hate speech on their platforms. There's a political and public pressure to clean up those sites. Facebook and Twitter announced similar efforts to remove hateful content but YouTube is seen as a specially resistant and why what was going on? Specifically, you only had one clear example this week in experience of Carlos Maza journalist for vox who'd been targeted for two years by a right wing YouTube creator, who has a following of more than three million. Subscribers Maza was referred to vice slurs about his keeping heritage his sexual orientation. And that creators, fans even published his cell phone number one point Maza reported the harassment YouTube, which said the slurs did not violate its policies, and here's what Maza had to say about that today in an interview with BuzzFeed news. It should not be all that you're allowed to get away with arrested each of us as long as you're popular enough to make them uncomfortable. Shutting down there is this big social media backlash echoing Mazas, outrageous examples like his show, how when when tech companies failed to act on this quickly. It can really spiral into a PR problem for companies like you to bandits parent company Google. I'm also imagining the challenge of, how do they enforce this new policy with the I don't know what the numbers, but the zillions of new videos getting posted on YouTube everyday, and that's the big question you, too, was already under fire for not doing more to enforce the, the old measures that had which were supposed to make it harder for people to. Find and profit from these kinds of videos. So the blog post posted really go into enforcement into into much detail. Critics like Maza. The vox journalists have set all ready that they're skeptical. This is going to make a difference. NPR's HANA Allom reporting on the new YouTube policy announced today. Thank you.
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"As journalists. You cannot get just right? I have to get it. All I get every single. Syllable. Correct. And this case I did not that I wrote that it was an explicit instruction. When in fact, the evidence now shows that it was not explicit. I'm Benjamin witness. And this is the law fair podcast April thirtieth two thousand nineteen on January seventeenth of this year. Buzzfeed news reported a blockbuster. The headline reads President Trump directed. His attorney Michael Cohen to lie to congress about the Moscow tower project. It was a remarkable story and within twenty four hours of its publication. The special counsel's office had issued an unprecedented statement taking issue with it, and describing unspecified components of it as quote inaccurate, unquote. It wasn't clear at the time. What parts of the story were inaccurate? And how much of it was true. But in light of the actual Muller report. We can now identify the parts of the story that had problems and the parts that did not the two reporters who wrote the story Anthony cormier. A and Jason Leopold joined me yesterday to do a kind of after action report on the story. How did they come to report what they report what parts of the story? Do they stand by what parts do they think they messed up on? How was the story sourced? And what does the discrepancy between the story and the Muller report tell us about the conduct of Donald Trump? It's the law. Fair podcast episode four hundred thirteen a BuzzFeed after action report with Leopold and cormier. All right before we talk about and do the kind of after action report on your guys story about Trump directing Michael Cohen to lie to congress. I wanna start actually much earlier, which is with some of the other stories that you guys have reported on the Trump Russia stuff because I. I think people tend to look at the story in a kind of vacuum. And I wanna situate it in the context of a much broader range of reporting that you guys did. So I which ever of you wants to take this a try let's start with a kind of overview of the work that you had done prior to January seventeenth two thousand nineteen. So, you know, we started covering the Trump administration really from the first offer stays at BuzzFeed news and both started. I started early January Jason shortly after that. And the editor asked us pretty simply to figure out what happened in twenty sixteen who are these characters involved what were their potential roles in twenty sixteen. What were they doing before that we started? I started personally to look Michael Cohen some of his own dubious business ceilings before he acts. We reached the Trump organization. Our job was never to really examine the dossier. But we knew the Toan in. This case was was a big part of that knew that he must have played some kind of role in twenty sixteen and began to look at what he had done. We were very fortunate to work with some pretty incredible sources who who gave us insight into not just Mr. Cohen. But eventually a number of entities, it surrounded Trump and his campaign in particular able to glean insight into their finances..
How Facebook is Eating Our Seniors Alive
"Enough time technology blows past everyone every day. We're basically just trying to keep up. Where online foreign meddling in the fall federal election. That's the warning from Canada, cyber spy agency as the government puts social media companies on notice. Servicemen actors continued to manipulate online information in order to influence voters opinions and gave us. The modern internet is a living breathing ecosystem, really. And if you're not living in it. Then it's rapid evolution is probably incomprehensible. I mean, do you remember the I mean that you just didn't get the first social media platform that you decided was for the kids instead of a place to set up a new account. Now, imagine that every social media platform is for the kids. And there are no longer any kids around the house to teach it to you in the middle of our first real attempt to grapple with digital literacy as a society, we've largely left out an older generation, and that's unforgivable because they use the internet to the use it as a way to socialize. And sometimes as their only way to socialize and the people out there, we're using the internet to prey on the misinformed either through digital scams or fake news or malware or hacking, they know that and they know we've done a half ass job, preparing our seniors to cope with today's digital landscape. We've brought them online. We've sign. Signed them up, and we friend them on Facebook. And we've sent them our baby picks, and we taught them how to taxed, and in many cases, we then left them to fend for themselves. And now, we're paying the price. Jordan, heath Rawlings. And this is the big story. Craig Silverman is the media editor at BuzzFeed news. Here's an expert on the internet. But also on how we use it as good. Thank you. You've spent time recently examining how seniors use the internet. Yes. In one word. How do they use the internet? I don't want to generalize. But can I give a preamble? The data tells us the one word might be poorly. Yes. It's not my opinion. This is this is the direction we're going in fractionally. Yeah. How did that happen? I think there's a lot of people who are reaching for easy answers in this. And I would encourage an element of embracing complexity on this. So so one piece of it is the natural process of aging. You know, we are not as connected to the things we might have been when we've roar, for example in the workforce. And we're. Living longer. So you have more people at a more advanced age who are more disconnected from, you know, maybe from what was going on in their workplace in that kind of threat and the everyday interactions. Yeah. And that's not to say that older people are engaged in life around the many of them are. But, but you know, the there are more older people than ever before. And there will soon be more older people than we've ever had in Canada, and in the United States, another piece of this is we have a very rapidly advancing information technology environment. So even somebody who ten fifteen twenty years ago was using the internet was up-to-date had all that that doesn't mean that they're necessarily able to stay with it. And this is something that I think even people in their forties and fifties start to feel. I mean, how many people out there are looking at tick tock, one of the most popular apps right now that everybody's talking about how many people feel connected to that. Not a lot in the time. It happened to me was Snapchat. Yeah. I was like, oh, I'm not a savvy internet user anymore. It's it's Snapchat. Do the thing. I like Sabo Snapchat is if you open it, and you don't understand it. -gratulations your old and. And and I've felt that in other people feel it. So we have the changing environment we have the aging population. And then also in our in our family life. We don't have as many multigenerational households. Whereas before right grandparents lived with the parents and the grandkids often for for a long time. But now everyone's living longer and a lot of older people end up living on their own and the data around isolation and around loneliness shows that older people are feeling those things, and if you put all these things together, and for people to be able to stay up to date with what's going on is a genuine challenge. It is not about inherit intelligence is not a, you know, about accusing people of, you know, being left, you know, left and and completely out of touch. There's a bunch of factors that some people can control and some things that we actually can't control that I think have put us in a position where the data's showing that older people particularly those over sixty five or having a lot of trouble with fake news with scams with other elements on the internet are they more prone to. Falling four fake news and falling for scams or are the people who create this kind of content and these kind of scams going after them specifically this to me is one of the interesting things to think about so I think it's a little bit of both. So the first thing is we have four studies that have come relatively recently that have all looked at the sharing of fake news like completely false stuff on the internet. And one of them looked at Facebook two of them looked at Twitter some looked at web browsing and every case even when they controlled for all the elements, and did, you know, good social science. They found that age was actually a significant factor people over sixty five and we're talking about in the United States where the data was were more inclined to consume and share real actual fake news. So there is something that that is suggesting that age is a factor. And so then when that happens because of our digital media environment when you start to realize who is susceptible to something. Right. Who is vulnerable? Well, you can target them. You can hammer them with stuff nonstop. And so it's true. If somebody shows a little bit of owner Bill. Suddenly, they can be identified and say we need to, you know, hit this group more and over time their defenses that they had might actually start to fall down. And they're not really sure which is which for your examination of this. You weren't just looking at studies you were talking to people, and I found some of the people you chatted to or about just fascinating. So to take an example of what you just described sort of somebody falling down the rabbit hole of being targeted. Tell me about Betty Mandla, Betty, man, love is woman or eighties. She lives in the United States. I know her grandson grandson is a journalist who used to work with PBS. He actually specializes in investigating misinformation in some ways has been based at Harvard for a few months, and when he was looking into a story about kind of false, but also misleading what he called junk news. He started looking at the Facebook pages, really, hyper partisan political pages and sort of seeing who liked them. And he realized that his grandmother had liked so many of them and he. Realized that she had in fact, like more than fourteen hundred pages on her Facebook profile, and she didn't realize that she also didn't realize that she was being fed ads where people would say, hey, if you if you think Obama should be imprisoned like this. She didn't realize that that wasn't just her kind of voting she it was actually her subscribing and liking a page on Facebook. So she ended up with this profile with just tons and tons of extremely like getting to the extreme edge of stuff that tended to be a little more far. Right. And then the other group has stuff where we're just, you know, religious pages it was like hardcore, hyper partisan in sometimes far, right stuff. And you know pages about Jesus do we have any sense of? I mean, that's an extreme example. I guess, but do we have any sense of the scale of this problem in North America? Well, I think when we look at the US and Canada, we all know that we have aging populations there, and it is aging at a at a rate that we've never experienced before. And so we can also look, for example, we know. That since twenty eleven if you take the data for the United States more people in that kind of fifty five plus sixty five plus age group have joined Facebook than in any other group. So we naturally, of course, have older people who are still engaged in the world around them who are still online who are flocking to Facebook who are who are buying smartphones who are buying ipads. And so we have a huge amount of online seniors, and what we don't have when I started looking into this is as many programs that are really focused on supporting them in the digital life that they're going to leave longer into their livelihoods,
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"That's medal lab dot CO. And when you get in touch, tell them Brian sent you. Face because announced that it will curb vaccine misinformation by reducing the ranking of anti vaccine pages and groups halting recommendations for those pages rejecting ads for those pages and more again I wanted to flag. This not to weigh in on this topic on any side of the debate. But to highlight something interesting, you'll notice that a lot of platforms have been acting swiftly around vaccination, topics and content Pinterest straight up band, the topic entirely last month, the seems odd because there's a lot of other controversial topics that platforms like these don't want to wait into or drag their feet on adjudicating because they don't want to get into any sort of editorial or curatorial brouhaha. So why is vaccine stuff different? Well, there has been some recent legislative noise around this. You might have seen that teenager that testified before congress about getting vaccinated when he turned eighteen and how. His mom was convinced to join the anti vaccine caused because of online content and quoting BuzzFeed following a measles outbreak in the Pacific northwest in January, California Representative Adam Schiff sent Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO. Sooner Pachon a letter that outlined concerns with the way, the big tech platforms surface, anti vaccine content and urge them to take action last month after inquiries from BuzzFeed news YouTube said, it would prevent channels that promote anti vex contact from running advertising, the company said explicitly that such videos fall under its policy prohibiting the monetization of videos with quote dangerous and harmful content, and quote, and it's that last bit that I've heard through the grapevine about it's the lawyers. Apparently, the lawyers have told these platform companies straight up that this particular topic is a potential topic of liability mass destruction again that phrase dangerous and harmful content. There is already legal precedent for liability. If platforms do not take down content that threatens or implies imminent danger or harm to the broader public in a sense. It's the terrorism, content example. So apparently, the lawyers have warned these companies that all it would take would be some measles. Outbreak say to happen and infect tens of thousands of people. And then if those people who got sick or died sued the platforms for hosting content that they would claim led to a drop in vaccinations in a given area. If that were to happen, the potential liability would be so massive that it could wipe a company out. Yes. Even a company as massive as Pinterest or even Facebook.
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"Earlier this week Google had to admit that it put microphones in its nest home security system thing is the microphones were not mentioned in any product information. That's enough for presidential candidates to pile on the privacy train, and then cameras pointed at passengers have been noticed in the inflight entertainment systems used by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines this is according to BuzzFeed news. Although the airlines in question say, the cameras are in active. They still present privacy risk because any camera attached to a connected device has at least some risk of
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"The yellow vest. Protests are real. Those are real people with real politics. Putting on that clothing and countries around the world and taking to the streets yell of protesters were out for the twelfth weekend of demonstrations, yellow vespers, March to denounce release violence as well as the government and the protests after yellow vest demonstrators hit the streets of France over taxes and the high cost of living similar movements of popped up around the world, including in Berta were bitter resentment about economic uncertainty are about to hit the road headed east. This movement is giving everyone inoperability to come out and say what they're unhappy with when those protests are over those people go home and log onto Facebook and Twitter and other platforms. They jump right in to the muddy as hell waters that make up any political debate online in those waters. There are extremists. And there are moderates, and there are curious bystanders. And there are people with worse intentions people who are either trying to make a buck or make you angry. Or both the world of politics is consumed with conversation about Botts spam and fake news as they should be the conversation is when he joined project between the Toronto Star. And BuzzFeed news began examining the online presence of Canada's yellow vest movement. There was one Facebook group that stood out to them as strange who was behind it. What was its purpose? And how could they pull that one page and particular out of the murk and focus on Wyatt existed? The story of the trail they followed leads us into the ugly underbelly of the internet where monitoring outrages lucrative, and where the citizens of become so mistrustful that even well-meaning real people might as well be robots that is sadly a big place, and it's eating up more digital real estate every day and this year Canada is one of its main targets. Jordan heath rulings. And this is the big story. Craig Silverman is the media editor at BuzzFeed news. And Craig before we get to what's fake about all of this can you please lay out. What exactly are the real yellow vest? Protests yellow vests is a popular movement originated in France, lers Lee started as a result of protests against a proposed new kind of gas tax that was going to be there. And then really morphed and became the kind of popular uprisings in France. It's not just kind of left and right. It's a whole smorgasbord of people who are in the streets in Paris and other parts of France, and they've been protesting there and it spread to some other places in here in Canada. We've now got kind of a burgeoning little yellow vest movement. It's not as big as what you saw in France. We you know, when the protests happened at the most the biggest have had like a couple or few hundred people a lot of times. It's people standing on the side of a highway with some signs, and it's very much rooted in opposition to the carbon tax and opposition to a lot of Trudeau's policies in. General right? And so what is yellow vest group dot com? And how does it tie into the movement in general one of the things that we've seen over the last? I don't know four to six months or so as the Elvis movement started to spread up and candidates that Facebook has been a big place where they've been organizing. So the main sorta yellow vest group has over one hundred thousand members on Facebook going back to the fall. We've just been kind of monitoring groups on Facebook pages on Facebook, not just yellow Vespa groups on the left groups on the right that we expect to be really active around you do. Well. So I have this weird beat and we have a small little team here in Toronto that does this particularly for for the whole world actually for BuzzFeed news, where we're very much focused on online misinformation, you know, trolling as well as all attempts to kind of manipulate or deceive using our new media world. So that could be social media websites. Botts trolls, all these kinds of things we have a sort of specialty in all the ways. People are faking stuff manipulating stuff online. Which kind of brings us right back to yellow vest group. Yeah. So explain what started happening or what you started to see when you're keeping your eye on it. So we're watching a lot of the right and left stuff in Canada online. We're also watching some of the Elvis groups because they're kind of political. It's interesting to see what's being shared there. And I saw this. This website pop up yellow vest group dotcom. I'd never seen a yellow vest website before. So that was the thing that piqued my interest. So now somebody's driving people to website is this like an official yellow vest website for Canada. Or is it something else? And so in looking at it, it only had two articles on it. And the thing that really stood out to me was it had ads on it. And I'm like, okay. So now, we have a scenario where perhaps there are people trying to make some money off of this movement. And this is a really common thing. I mean, we did a lot of reporting leading up to an after the twenty sixteen election in the US where we saw this huge explosion in what people came to call hypertension news. Very very pro right? Pro left. Not just disagree. With the other side. But the other side is terrible and whipping up sentiment whipping motion primarily on Facebook and people made huge amounts of money. Facebook is a great place to get people's attention. And if you can get their attention with a really outrageous or sometimes false headline. They're going to click, and they go to your website, and you make money for each visitor that comes to your website, and this this was a big thing in the US. And as we've been sort of thinking about what might happen in Canada this year, we sort of expect there to be some players who are profit driven rather than ideologically driven. So there's only two articles. But one of them stands out to you. Tell me what was in the article the one that had misinformation it so the article was built on three actual real new stories. But the key thing was the headline. And so the article was reporting how the town council in the sort of fort McMurray area had decided to put moratoriums on new job cans being built. So these were job camps from big oil companies where people would fly in they'd work their away from their family and then fly out and the. Town wants people to be more focused in the town itself, and they put a moratorium on these. And so that's real and the second thing that's real is that since about twenty fifteen there's been construction taking place on a new very large Islam center there. So for the Muslim community in the fort McMurray area. They've got a project that they're doing and the article connected. Those two things to basically say that there's no more job camps being billed in the oil sands because they're building a huge Slavic center. And a lot of the material that was being shared on the Facebook pages groups associated with this website was very anti Muslim a lot about sharia law and all these kinds of conspiracies a lot about and so that article got about fifteen thousand shares reactions and comments on Facebook, which is a pretty good amount of engagement for an article about you know, Canada and for an article in Canada in general from Canadian news media. So clearly, it was that misleading headline making people think, oh, there's no more job camps in jobs in the oil sands. Because of the biggest lung center. And what happened when you started this website picture interest? You started looking behind. Yeah. So the first thing that was clear is that nobody was actually claiming this. There is nobody saying, hi, I'm Jerry, and this is my website. And I love the elevators, and you know, I've been involved for a long time. And so one of the things that we looked at one. Of course, you know, there's ads on it. So is somebody making money? And then we also looked at how this website was being shared online. And we saw that there were accounts sharing. It very frequently basically spamming it all over Facebook into different yellow vest groups, and to me that again is behavior that says, okay? This is somebody who knows how to get traffic from Facebook and make money off of it. And so we just kind of went down the rabbit hole. Can we figure out who is actually behind this? Because it turned out that the two main Facebook accounts that have been sharing a lot of it were not really attached to real people. So we had kind of sock puppet or fake accounts. That were spreading this content. Driving people to the site making some money on it. And it certain point even started trying to get people to buy t shirts that had yellow vest slogans on. It how do you determine who's behind it? And who is behind it. Did you find out? Yeah. So we managed to figure out who is behind it. And one of the big kind of tip-offs was that the website where they were selling the t shirts is a site where anybody can sign up, you uploaded design, and you can start, you know, selling t shirts or mugs, and there was a username on that. And that username was different than the names of the Facebook accounts that have been sharing it, and it went to a guy named Craig Collins who lives in Albert who has worked in the oil sands, and who actually used to have a kind of side hustle, where he would create a jobs website jobs, like oil patch jobs dot com, where he posted job links and again the ads on the site, and he was flipping these sites. He earned over fifty thousand dollars the last three years creating and then selling to other people these jobs website. So we have somebody who understands how to kind of build a site monetize it, and then sell it, and who was actually actively concealing their identity as they were putting this yellow vest one out there did you find him. Found him send a bunch of emails. Tried calling didn't get a response. And then what we do a lot in journalism tickly within investigation is when you're about to publish something. And somebody is being cited in it. You send them what we call a no surprises. So I sent an Email with point by point by point saying, we're gonna report that the site is yours we're gonna report that you have a history flipping websites. We're gonna report that this. You know, indicates that this was a profit driven enterprise. And I also explained him that we were going to report that one of the articles that he created which went pretty viral on Facebook was also very misleading, and so just a few hours really before we were planning to publish got a phone call that was Craig Collins on the on the line how the conversation go. Well, I mean, his first words to me were total invasion of privacy, man. And so his feeling was that he had every right to conceal his identity into not have anyone know who was behind this website who is behind the Facebook accounts who is selling t-shirts and earning money from that. And that was his feeling and I explained. To him that, you know, this was a public website public issue. There was misinformation coming from his site. And that that doesn't give him the right to kind of hide who he is. And I also want to say like the person they don't necessarily understand the dynamics of libel and privacy law and things like that. So the fact that he was upset isn't surprising to me. But we ended up actually staying on the phone for like close to an hour. Talking a lot about it. We had quotes from him in the story. And he really wanted to emphasize that this was not him trying to explain the Elvis movement. He does agree with a lot of the stuff. But yes, he understands how to kind of you know, run a site and make money online. Where is the line? Is there align even between pages like this that are associated with real protests that you know, exist to coordinate the yellow vest movement and pages like this one perhaps that are dedicated to helping somebody profit off of it? How do you determine which is which looking at the website? The first thing was it has ads on it. A lot of advocacy sites. Don't have ads and also is this person going to great lengths to really promote the site and push it out there and the answer is yes, he was. And he was using to misleading impersonation Facebook accounts to spam. The stuff out there to drive that traffic. And so these are classic internet marketing techniques that we see. So with us having these hearings looking at this stuff that really fits that profile. But I think he believes the stuff, but I think he also saw an opportunity to capitalize on it. And so both things are kind of true. What are you guys do when you find things like this, which must be all the time? Do you take an active role in trying to get them removed or get them regulated or you simply reporting on them? And then kind of standing back, you know, there's a little bit of both, you know, one this is activity that's taking place on Facebook. And so if you're going to write about, it there is I think duty to go to Facebook and say, hey, you know, we found in this case we found to Facebook pages together close to about ten thousand likes. We found a Facebook group that he was running a private group that had about two thousand members. And then we found those two accounts that was spamming the content. And so we set all of that to Facebook and. We said, you know, we're gonna report on this. And I sent them the evidence that these accounts are probably not linked to real people, and we're probably violating their terms, and they did respond by removing the groups the two pages and the two accounts. Have you been seeing this kind of stuff not necessarily just associated with the Elvis, but this kind of hyper partisan political misinformation ramp up as we head into an election year absolutely us having spent the last roughly four years or so very focused a lot on US. But also, we done coverage about Germany, France, Brazil, even Japan other countries, we know that of course, this stuff kicks up a lot more when there's an election. So as baseline, you know, that's going to happen. But also Justin Trudeau has become a bit of a global icon of liberalism global icon of oke nece in some ways right of which some people love and some people hate, and so he is inspiring a lot of very strong emotions. And the second thing is that Canada has been pretty strong in measures against. Russia. And in fact, our foreign minister Christopher Lind is banned from Russia. And so all of those things, you know, as our team has been looking at it, we expect this to be really high water Mark for, you know, online campaigns and online manipulation and digital deception we expect a lot of those things to happen for this campaign in Canada. And the the increase in hypertension, news will absolutely be a part of that. I might be asking you to take me kind of down the rabbit hole here. But obviously there's a ton of partisan issues in Canada right now that people real people feel incredibly strongly about when you're looking at sites like this or or looking at the general spread of information Candida, how do you determine what is kind of good faith, angry partisanship, and what is an attempt to manipulate discord? So one piece of it is that there's nothing wrong with partisanship. And that's really really important because the danger in going too far with this stuff is that you start to squelch free speech or you start to get Facebook to have a really strong arm tactic. And that's not what we want. So you have to look at you know, one figuring out who's behind the stuff. That's really. Important who are these people are they genuine passionate person for politics or do they not care in? They're simply somebody trying to make money, and we found this in the US where literally there were companies whose job is just to run kind of niche websites would say oh politics is doing really, well, let's spend a Republican Silat spin up democratic site. So that was one indication was you had people playing both sides that clearly is not genuine partisanship. The Ellen of also the monetization piece are people actively making money from this, and you can have partisans for making money from it. But as people I've spoken to over the years, you know, they may start as a partisan, but eventually becomes a business for them. So that peace is aligned walk, but you really just have to investigate and figure out who's there and the patterns of the content that they're putting out in other cases, you know, the stuff that is completely false is it deeply misleading in terms of the headline creating false impression. So that kind of thing that doesn't help public debate that doesn't help disagreement and that kind of stuff, you know, needs to be looked at and needs to be flagged. And I think that's. Is important. And then there's also the element of attribution is this people actually in Canada who are actively involved in these sites, or can you actually trace it back to people outside of the country who are not Canadian to state entities to other people who want to influence the process, and that obviously is very problematic has it been weaponized in the other way now because one thing that I've seen a fair bit of is people accusing anyone who has a different opinion of them specifically when it comes to heated political stuff of being bought or being drills. And it's almost like now the disagreement itself has become a suspect. Yeah. We've we've gone over to somewhat into the other extreme of anytime. There's someone on Twitter who disagrees with them. Suddenly there bought their troll. And in our -bility to actually have a reason and fact face disagreement is a core part of democracy. It is a terrible thing of getting to the point where people will just write off anyone who disagrees with them as part of some kind of campaign. This is where I think journalists have to be really diligent about this work and actually figure out where is this coming from and not do lazy work where we just argue that anything that's anti Trudeau is, you know, part of some kind of disinformation campaign. Everybody has responsibility for this. And I think journalists again like us in the Toronto Star trying to look at this and trying to be diligent about it and show our work. So that people can make up their minds for themselves. What can ordinary digital citizens do not just necessarily to sort of diagnose the stuff and be wary about what they're reading and consuming, but also to sort of prevent the spread of it. Do you report it, do you reply to it and say, I know, you know, this is coming from somewhere else with the citizens arrest here. I think there's a few things that the average person can do the first piece is is just having awareness that in this median virement the stuff that you see that maybe has a lot of re tweaks or maybe has a lot of likes. It's easy to buy those. It's easy to manipulate those. So don't just go buy popularity alone. The second piece is to. About having a kind of pause. So in a lot of cases, especially with political stuff. They wanna get emotional rise to you that makes you share it. And I really encourage people before you take that action of liking or sharing a retreat or retweeting to actually pause and think about, you know, why do I wanna share this? Why do I wanna pass along is a possible that they are trying to get me to do something manipulating me? So the awareness and the pause or two really important things. And then the last thing is that you absolutely can report posts that you know, that are misleading that you think are part of some kind of larger operation or that you think are suspicious. It's absolutely something you can do. And of course, you could also, you know, send it to journalists local journalists national journalists to me, just tag you. And Jane, basically, and everything we we are absolutely happy to have that happen. And so, you know, those are those are things people can do. And I think overall I hope folks come away with it feeling like there is something for you to do you shouldn't feel overwhelmed by this. There are basic things that you can think about and do that are going to. You in the bigger picture? What is the long-term plan for this BuzzFeed Toronto Star project? The the overarching thing is we wanna look at the different players that are trying to influence public opinion and kind of play in the public debate. And so that's actually a pretty broad umbrella about it. It doesn't mean that everybody that we write about is going to be nefarious. You know, we're very interested in operations like on terra proud, and how started as an anti Kathleen Wynne thing. It's now expanding to be more national what role are they going to play in this election? And you know, this isn't a registered organization, it's somebody who's clearly a right of center partisan who's running it. They can exist in this space. But that kind of entity is a newer in terms of what we've seen in Canada. So we're looking at that. We are of course, interested can we find stuff that is originally from outside of Canada trying to influence the public debate. And also, I think we need to pay attention to any potential overreach by the social networks and also the government of Canada. You know, they're talking a lot about this elections can. Is looking at it. We don't wanna have hand government response either. And so we're certainly not just looking at you know, calling out stuff and exposing stuff. We're also trying to think is there any overreach by the platform. So the government as well to hate the term fake news. I do. I am tired of it. It must great on you after a while. It does. I mean, this is a term. I started using in twenty fourteen when I was doing a research project into the spread of rumors and misinformation online, and I didn't put a lot of thought into using it. And then, you know, used it again as we were publishing research, we're doing in two thousand sixteen you know, there was a certain amount of rigor that I used for it. It was completely false content. That was created to Steve and that had an economic motive that those are the three things that I use to identify fake news. There's no resemblance to what it's used to describe. You know, now, it's a catch all term mostly it's used by Donald Trump to condemn reporting that he doesn't agree with other politicians have kind of picked that up as well. I think Donald Trump has actually been very effective taking it and make. What he wanted to be? And so have unfortunately lot of autocratic leaders around the world, passing so-called fake news laws that are actually restraining press freedom in those places. So it's become a very loaded dangerous term in some ways. Did you coin you didn't coined the phrase? I mean, no, I didn't want it. It's a phrase that's been around for a long time. I think the most I would say is certainly helped popularize it in late twenty sixteen with some of the research and reporting that we put out there and graduations. Yeah. It's a great honor. And I will never escape it. I suppose do you think the government's need to regulate social media? I'm really big fan of governments threatening to regulate social media. I'm a big fan of them using it as a threat and getting the companies to actually take some responsibility for what is on their networks for a long time. The Facebook's and Twitter's and YouTube at the world have said, you know, we're just a platform. Yes. We have some rules. But you know, we're open and we're we're not like a new site moderate moderating content. Now, they have finally realized that they absolutely do have a responsibility. They finally realized that the outcomes of not taking you know, basic responsibility can really put people's lives in danger. I mean, the big sample of this is me, and mar where ethnic cleansing has happened. And you know, Facebook was the platform where a lot of this hate speech, and we're a lot of the organizing for this was taking place. So I like governments really putting the pressure on them to come up with better solutions putting pressure on them to be more transparent. But there's a very you could see a lot of bad laws potentially being drafted that could end up siphoning, free speech. So I am a bit wary of. Of seeing a lot of legislation come into play. My last question. Do you have a personal Facebook account, the us to talk with your great, enter, whomever? I do how do you feel about that? I. So I recently deleted in the Instagram off my phone for variety of reasons. One of which is just a mandated that they collect. I keep the Facebook app on my phone mostly because use Facebook so much for work. There's only so much research you can do of things happening on Facebook without being signed in. So I'm very conflicted about it. I don't post a lot. I don't share a lot. I don't engage a lot because I look at Facebook, and I see all of the data collection. And you know, it's sort of like seeing through the matrix. I can't look at it. And just enjoy my friends photo of their kid. I see all the other stuff around.
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"AM six thirty birth hand account of what exactly went down by the Lincoln Memorial on the day of the March for life. The media have been lying about it for legitimately days at this point suggesting that a bunch of racists, white high school students decided to surround and then mock and threaten an elderly native American Vietnam veteran and all of that turns out to have been false. But we're going to get their story of what exactly happened the story that you haven't seen directly in the mainstream mainstream media, we'll get to all of that. We're also going to get a tribute to Martin Luther King day. Because of course, it is Martin Luther King day. We're also going to be talking about a media attempted hit us here at the Ben Shapiro show. You listen to the show on a regular basis and last Friday show became quite a subject of controversy. We'll discuss that in just a minute we begin however with BuzzFeed making a report that completely fell apart over the weekend. So as a recall last Friday, we discussed this story from BuzzFeed news in which the reporters Jason. Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormet suggested the President Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Collins lied to congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter from ball supporting a plan set up by Collins visit Russia during the presidential campaign in order to personally meet Vladimir Putin and jumpstart the tower negotiations make it happen. One of the source says sources says that Trump told Michael Cohen. Even as from till the public had no business deals with Russia. The sources said Trump and his children avant Donald junior receive regular detailed updates about the real estate development from Khan, whom they put in charge of the project. Most importantly, they suggest that they have documents that back the idea that Trump told Cohen to lied to congress according to BuzzFeed special counsel's office. Learn about Trump's directive for to lied to congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump organization, an internal company emails text messages and a cash of other documents. And they said last Friday if they have Trump informing Cohen that he needs to lie to congress. That's basically you've got the president did the right on impeachment charges because if the president is in fact emailing people saying I need you to congress. That's an obvious subornation of perjury. It's an obvious obstruction of Justice. It's serious problem for Trump's electoral, and frankly non-criminal prospects, but then it came out late Friday, not so much according to CNN special counsel, Robert Muller's office disputed an explosive story from BuzzFeed news has not accurate on Friday night. After the news reported that the president has directed. His personal attorney Michael Collins ally to congress. Cohn was later prosecuted buzzfeed's description of specific statements to the special counsel's office and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office regarding Michael Collins, congressional testimony are not accurate said Peter Kara spokesman for Muller's office. In a statement. It is highly unusual says CNN for the special counsel's office to provide a statement to the media outside of court filings and judicial hearings about any of its ongoing investigative activities in response. Buzzfeed says we are going to continue to report and determine what the special counsel is disputing remain confidence in the accuracy of our port. Well, first of all they're disputing. It seems pretty much everything. Right. The characterization of documents itself is not sufficient to uphold the BuzzFeed reports, if I guess what I think is that if you're not on any credence at all to the BuzzFeed report, maybe Muller thinks that Trump told coned alive, but he has no hard proof of it. And BuzzFeed saying there's documentary evidence of it ends Smith says we stand by our reporting in the sources who informed it, and we urge the special counsel to make clear what he's disputing. So now, Ben Smith. Telling the special counsel whose legally bound not to speak publicly about this case, the he needs to speak publicly about the case or everybody's gonna go with the BuzzFeed narrative. What a crock one unbelievable crock. Immediately, of course, upon the upon the ending of the upon the release of the BuzzFeed reports democrat members of congress began talking immediately about impeachment the BuzzFeed story again asserted that Trump had told to buy to congress. Here's Ben Smith on CNN trying to defend himself a lot of limits around what we can say, I think that we have set a circuit. I respect what we have what we have. We have some in the story..
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"A police officer. It was immediately apparent that. This line of work was in her blood starting Eric lobby with Davis. Police was right. Her father's Moore said was in law enforcement for years. One of my proudest moments after pinning her badge was when she asked me. Can I now call you brother Coronas sisters called her a hero? Jackie Coronas said she knows Natalie. We'll be watching over them and protecting them from above just like you did down here. Your end of watches now and your brothers will take over from here. I'm Ed Donahue, corona was killed international Bush. I'm Tim Maguire AP radio news. AP radio news. I'm Tim McGuire special counsel, Robert Mueller's office says, bud. The BuzzFeed news was inaccurate in its report, the President Trump had his former personal Turney lied to congress. If he's Mike Grassi has more spokesman for the online news site. Buzzfeed says we stand by our reporting, but the office of special counsel, Robert Muller says BuzzFeed got it wrong in a rare public statement, the special counsel's office is shooting down a BuzzFeed report that says attorney Michael Cohen told baller that President Donald Trump personally instructed him to lie to congress about the timing of talks for a Trump Tower in Moscow in response to the special counsel statement, Trump re tweeted a post that said, sadly, so many will never get the memo that it was fake Cohen is scheduled to testify publicly before the house oversight of reform committee on February seventh Mike Rossier? Washington. President says he'll make a major announcement tomorrow afternoon about the partial government shutdown and the border with Mexico this evening. He tweeted a video calling on Democrats to work with them. Take the politics out of. Let's get to work, and let's make a deal the partial shutdown is impacted some eight hundred thousand federal workers and their families for the past four weeks. There hasn't been any direct talks between Trump and the democratic leadership since he walked out of a meeting more than two weeks ago. Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for the shooting death of seventeen year old Liqun McDonald his sentencing following a day long hearing, including the Reverend Martin Marvin Hutter McDonald's, great uncle addressing the hearing as his the seventeen year old. Why should this person who has ended my life forever? Because he chose to become judge jewelry and execution. And has never asked for forgiveness be free when I'm dead. Van Dyke was convicted last year a second degree murder. This is AP radio news. A funeral held for a twenty two year old rookie California police office you only race IRAs provided the music at Natalie Coronas funeral. She's a light in this world that won't be forgotten. Corona was on the job for only a few weeks. She was shot and killed responding to a crash. So it was not only well trained and well verse as a police officer. It was immediately apparent that. This line of work was in her blood starting Eric lobby with Davis. Police was right. Her father's Moore said was in law enforcement for years. What am I proud is moments after pinning her badge was when she asked me. Can I now call you brother Coronas sisters called her a hero? Jackie Coronas said she knows Natalie..
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on AP News
"Robert Mueller's office says, bud. The BuzzFeed news was inaccurate in its report, the President Trump had his former personal attorney lied to congress. If he's Mike Grassi has more spokesman for the online news site. Buzzfeed says we stand by our reporting, but the office of special counsel, Robert Muller says BuzzFeed got it wrong in a rare public statement, the special counsel's office is shooting down. Buzzfeed report that says attorney Michael Cohen told baller that President Donald Trump personally instructed him to lie to congress about the timing of talks for Trump Tower in Moscow in response to the special counsel statement, Trump re tweeted a post that said, sadly, so many will never get the memo that it was fake Cohen is scheduled to testify publicly before the house oversight and reform committee on February seventh Mike Rossier. Washington. President says he'll make a major announcement tomorrow afternoon about the partial government shutdown and the border with Mexico. Oh this evening. He tweeted a video calling on Democrats to work with them the politics out of it. Let's get to work, and let's make a deal the partial shutdown is impacted some eight hundred thousand federal workers and their families for the past four weeks. There hasn't been any direct talks between Trump and the democratic leadership since he walked out of a meeting more than two weeks ago. Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for the shooting death of seventeen year old Liqun McDonald his sentencing following a day long hearing, including the Reverend Martin Marvin Hutter McDonald's gray uncle addressing the hearing as his the seventeen year old. Why should this person who has ended my life forever? Because he chose to become judge jewelry and execution. And has never asked for forgiveness be free when I'm dead. Van Dyke was convicted last year a second degree murder. This is AP radio news. A funeral held for a twenty two year old rookie California police office. You'll only Ray Cyrus provided the music at Natalie Coronas funeral. She's a light in this world that won't be forgotten. Corona was on the job for only a few weeks. She was shot and killed responding to a crash was not only well trained and well versed as a police.
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on WLAC
"Robert Muller's office. I'm Carmen Roberts. Fox news. The special prosecutor takes the unusual action of disputing a news story about the Russia investigation. The BuzzFeed news site reported that President Trump had directed his longtime attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to lie to congress about a Trump real estate deal in Moscow Mola's office issued a statement Friday saying the story is not accurate fee. Does have credibility issues including multiple accusations of plagiarizing and stealing original content. A Pew Research survey also found the publication to be unreliable. And of course, BuzzFeed published the uncorroborated and salacious Steele dossier, which was labeled an unverified smear of President Trump. Even Democrats eager to impeach the president had to qualify. Their comments saying if the information is true fact says trace Gallagher, President Trump hopes Americans will. Tune in Saturday afternoon for his big announcement. He tweeted Friday that he'll deliver some news about the government shutdown and the border wall, and that will be live from the White House at three eastern the shutdown is now in its fifth week. The White House says President Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Hoon the president is expressed interest in meeting chairman Kim again and his exchanged several letters with the reclusive leader. Even though there's been a lack of tangible progress on a denuclearization agreement reached it their first historic meeting last June in Singapore. Fox's Rachel Sutherland the summit set for next month. But no exact date, given or location a massive fireball in central. Mexico kills at least twenty one people and badly burns more than seventy officials say that fuel thieves ruptured a pipeline sparking the explosion, which then engulfed the people trying to scoop up the fuel. This.
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on WBBM Newsradio
"I'm Roger Plummer. These are the top stories on NewsRadio WBZ M the White House and President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani are strongly denying report by BuzzFeed news that has the president directed. His former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lied to congress about a business deal in Russia. CBS news has the latest and former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is sentence. WBZ sports is Dave Kerner cubs convention underway downtown. The bulls expected a miss Wendel Carter junior now eight to twelve weeks because of a thumb injury. College basketball tonight, northwestern at sixty five fifty seven win at Rutgers WBZ damn business. The Dow Jones the S and P five hundred and the NASDAQ all finished up WBZ news time, eight thirty one. CBS news updates BuzzFeed news late today. It stands by its reporting urging special counsel Robert Muller to make clear what it is disputing an a story about the president. And his ex lawyer Michael Cohen more from CBS has been Rakoff. The BuzzFeed report says the president ordered Michael Cohen to lie about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the two thousand sixteen campaign, but a rare public statement from Peter car of the special counsel's office says speeds description of specific statements to the special counsel's office and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office are not accurate earlier. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Call the BuzzFeed story false and White House. Press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said absolutely ridiculous. I think that the president's outside counsel address this best and said in a statement earlier today categorically false, there's.
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"Welcome back. We're covering tonight's potentially game changing report from BuzzFeed news again that headline President Trump directed his attorney to lie to congress about the Moscow tower project, the website, citing to federal law enforcement officials familiar with the matter. This is all developing as the government shutdown over a border wall is stretching into its twenty eighth day at the top of the hour today. President Trump hit back at house speaker Nancy Pelosi just one day after she threatened to cancel Trump's state of the union address. He sent the speaker a one page letter cancelling her previously undisclosed flight to Afghanistan on a military plane because of the shutdown. He sent the light letter roughly an hour before Pelosi and several other lawmakers were scheduled to leave on what's called a co L a congressional delegation with us for more on all of the Sabrina Siddiqui political reporter for the guardian and tamra Keith White House chorus. Respondent for NPR just another story that is particularly confusing today. But Sabrina tell us what the response is here. The president seemed to be thinking that Nancy Pelosi had one up on him by kind of disinvite him to deliver the state of the union address. So this is his response. It absolutely is. And I think that the escalating feud between the president and house speaker Nancy Pelosi just reinforces that there is no end in sight when it comes to the shutdown. It's telling that after speaker Pelosi suggested, the president postponed his state of the union, the president was much more focused on retaliating against the house speaker, then he was in finding some sort of resolution and all the while you have roughly eight hundred thousand federal workers who are either furloughed without pay or working without pay. And there's a very real concern. Among some aides whom I've spoke with on Capitol Hill that. That it's going to take perhaps some sort of disaster or emergency for the impact of the shutdown to truly be realized interestingly enough tamra of all the things that Donald Trump has done in the last couple of years. Very little has a meaningful impact on his base of support. But for this, and we've actually got some new NPR PBS NewsHour merit polling indicating that Donald Trump support in general Donald almost every category, including amongst Republicans is down by significant numbers. Most respondents saying it's because of the shutdown. Yeah. The shutdown is certainly weighing on his approval, and and it's coming from some people who have been his most loyal supporters, including white men as suburban men and also women without college degrees. Those are sort of key elements of the Trump face. And and his numbers are slipping. There's been some Rosen among those people in addition to the broader public. He's he's having trouble with independence in a big way. But hey, other polling not our polling indicates that the public wants compromised, they want Republicans and Democrats and the president to come together somehow, but the definition of compromise. Now, that's another thing because their idea of the pub, generally, speaking bubbles idea of compromises that the other side should come to that. Right. And to that point Sabrina, Donald Trump is finally seeing these cracks in his base. So what does he do to solidify that base of support compromise or stick to his guns on this one? As we recall, there was a compromise that was not going to avoid a government shutdown and Donald Trump was threatened by right wing hosts that that would affect his base. Well, that's actually a key point that you raise the because it's actually the president. Having pulled back from that compromise, which would have averted a shutdown by funding the government and did not have money appropriate toward the construction of the wall that Republicans in the Senate voted for and they felt that the president having changed his mind at the last minute and insisting on funding for the wall. That's what really back them into a corner because they're now on record having supported a bipartisan compromise. And so I think that the president as he looks at these polls, he's certainly been frustrated, but he blames the coverage more so than I think he's willing to take some sort of responsibility. You think he's going to look at these cracks within his base in realizes position is untenable. Now is that going to push him closer to negotiating with Democrats? Or is it going to perhaps? Prompt him to revisit declaring a national emergency..
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"Welcome back. More on tonight's bombshell report coming from BuzzFeed news, President Trump directed his attorney to lie to congress about the Moscow tower project quoting again from the report the special counsel's office learned about Trump's directive for Cohen delighted congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump organization and internal company. Emails text messages and the cash of other documents Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office, a little reaction to this breaking story tonight. Our colleague, Chris Hayes tweets Nixon was literally impeached for this our panelists still with us. Phil Rucker Barbara mcquade. And Emily, Jane, FOX Barbara away. Just talked to you about the the degree to which what my colleague Stephanie rule who my colleague Stephanie rule calls. Donald Trump's TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani is employing strategy or a misinformation technique or a PR campaign because for all of the stuff that you. So clearly. Described to us as being legal violations bridge Alani seems to be pursuing a different strategy if it's a strategy at all. Yeah. He seems to be beating the drum for whatever message of the day. President Trump wants to get out. He's far more PR man than he is lawyer. And I think that this we've seen the shifting stories of there was no collusion, and then collusion is not a crime. And now, I never said that members of the campaign didn't engage in collusion. Just that President Trump didn't engage in collusion. And that suggests to me that that's a concession that. He would only make if he is concerned that there may be some harmful news coming out about some member of the campaign being involved in what could be characterized as collusion. There's a strategy. Prosecutors use of sort of defusing the bomb disclosing it themselves before your opponent can disclose it. So that you can kind of take a little bit of the air out of it. Is there any is there legal advantage to that? I mean in the end, these are legal problems does does does doing that matter. If it's not if there's no legal strategy behind it only, if you know, it's not really legal strategy. It's really more of a persuasion strategy. If you know, it's inevitable that this bad fact is going to come out. It is better to control how it comes out. You can dismiss it you can disparage it you can make it sound like it's no big deal. So that when the news does come out from your opponent or from the public or for the media, whoever it is the public shrugs and said, oh, that's old news. We we knew all about that. We heard Rudy Giuliani talking about that the other day. So it is a strategy. And it makes me wonder because he has shifted the story again, if he doesn't know that there is some harmful information that's coming out. And he may know that by virtue of the joint defense agreement that he has with a number of other people who may have indicated that guess what Robert Muller just asked me about. He knows about the collusion with personnel. Oh my gosh. What are we going to do? Let's get out in front of it. So that is a possible strategy that he may be employing their Phil Rucker. There are other non TV lawyers who are working both with the White House and. The president who you never hear from. That's right. They're actually a lot of lawyers. You know, there's there's one who works very closely with Rudy Giuliani that has jaysekulow he helps with a lot of the communication strategy. And it's himself a lawyer. But there are other lawyers who work even more quietly Emmett flood has been at the White House now for several months. He's a special counsel in the White House counsel's office working to protect the president, protect executive privilege and build out strategies. If in fact, you know, things developed to the point of impeachment proceedings on Capitol Hill and the new White House counsel has hired seventeen attorneys into that counsel's office in the last couple of weeks in order to prepare for the flurry of democratic investigations into the president's conduct and expected investigations rather under the president's conduct has finances and corruption within the administration, so there's a real legal effort. There are other lawyers as well helping the president from a personal standpoint, especially in terms of the engagements back and forth..
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"So it doesn't get lost in all of the many details. The myriad details in the story. The key. Takeaway here is that Donald Trump may have or is alleged to have given Michael Cohen instruction on what he was supposed to say about something that happened between Donald Trump and Michael Cohen and this project in Russia. Yes. Which makes it a serious crime under the criminal code as a crime. I also think there's a very strong argument to be made that this is a high crime or misdemeanor for which impeachment. Maybe a possibility, and you know, it lines up with what Robert Muller wrote in the sentencing. Memo from Michael Cohen talked in there about how he had circulated his proposed testimony before congress with others. It did not disclose who those others might be. But when you think about others who've testified before congress like Donald Trump junior. And now if he was taking directions from President Trump himself. This new reporting is consistent with that statement in the sentencing memo, Jane FOX, you are an expert on the Trump family, and their finances and Ari Melber pointed out to me earlier today with all these people denying that they knew about something else. Someone else may have been involved in. This is not General Motors. This is not a company with tens of thousands of employees. It's hard to believe that Donald Trump wouldn't have known what Eric or done junior or Ivanka we're up to. But this reporting indicates that Ivanka and Donald junior were both very involved in the Moscow project because they're very involved in any project that happens within the Trump organization as you just said, it's not a fortune five hundred company. This is a tiny mom and pop shop run out of an office. In the apartment building, which they grew up. This is very much a family office in the family offices, very small, so Ivanka and done junior. And Eric have been involved in all of these aspects in all of the hotels and buildings that they open it would be very difficult for me to believe that all of a sudden on this one project that was due to make the family tremendous amount of money that they would just say, oh, you know, what this one we're going to let go to to Michael Cohen, which is now it's a person they say, well, we didn't really have that much to do with. So it's either one or the other it's been a remarkable twenty four hours in which the whole country sort of amazed by Rudy Giuliani coming out and saying something that nobody really asked him to say a changing his view that there's been no collusion into. Maybe there's been some collusion. And if there's some collusion it didn't involve my client. It may have involved others around him. And we've all been thinking about this for twenty four hours. What's up with that Barbara mcquade? I know is going to tell us at some point that prosecutors like to get out in front of a story. Sometimes this may be. She Giuliani getting out in front of the story knowing that something like this was certainly been Giuliani pattern in the past. Particularly when it comes to Michael Cohen. We saw over the summer when there was that recording unveiled that Michael Cohen had captured the president and him talking about payments made to women on behalf of the National Enquirer and Rudy Giuliani. Got out ahead of that to try and spin what was on the recording. Now, we know after hearing the recording that the spin was off. So yes, we have been waiting for the past twenty four hours to find out what he was potentially getting out ahead of what? Now seeing this report. I interviewed Michael Cohen for the first time in August of two thousand seventeen I think two days after he delivered. This written statement congress that we know was false. And at the time he carried to cell phones. One was in a block case and one was in a white case. And he explained to me that one was his personal cell phone and one was for the White House in Washington to be able to reach him. Now, he wasn't talking to the president directly at the time. It advice of counsel. So I always wondered my mind wolf the president's not trying to reach him. We'll who's trying to reach him in Washington..
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"We try to make some sets of our current state of the union you'll have an hour on a Thursday night starts now. Even what's again from our NBC news headquarters here in New York day seven hundred twenty eight of the Trump administration and day. Twenty seven of the partial government shutdown will have much more on the longest shutdown ever just a moment. But we get begin with some significant breaking news coming from BuzzFeed news within the past hour or so BuzzFeed news posted a story that says President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to congress quote, President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. Trump also supported a plan set up by Cohen to visit Russia during the presidential campaign in order to personally, meet President Vladimir Putin and jump start the tower negotiations make it happen. The sources said Trump told Cohen, and even as Trump told the public he. Had no business deals with Russia. The sources said Trump and his children, Ivanka and Donald Trump junior received regular detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen whom they put in charge of the project. We'll have more with our panel in just a moment. But first I'm joined by one of the two reporters on this story. Anthony Cormet investigative reporter with BuzzFeed news, Anthony, some very strong reporting here by you, and your your colleagues, tell me where you how you came about this information, and what you've learned tonight. So we spoke with to settled a long course officials who are ready into the sort of workings of the Trump Tower Moscow investigation, and they related this story to us that emerged in the last couple of weeks that Michael Cohen was directed by the United States Colli congress. They're not they're they're not basing this on solely on Mike. We Cohen's statement to the office special counsel, but they are basing on reams of documentary evidence and witness interviews that preceded Michael down with Mr. molar when Michael walk in and spoke to the Muller's team. He's in sort of put down that's division over the top. You put the cherry on top. I think said look at talking. This is true. How with them? It's it's incredible reporting. We haven't obviously been able to confirm this ourselves at NBC. So we're we're relying on your reporting, but it is truly some incredible things in here, including the detail infrequency Anthony with which it appears that Donald Trump, and or Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump junior were in fact briefed and the degree to which Donald Trump was involved in this despite simultaneously denying during the campaign and subsequently that he had meaningful dealings with Russia. Right. You're getting the game Norma can't create trouser business crushing nothing to see here. I would in fact teens he was I curve. Ing physical in to set up a meeting overseas in roster with with by encouraging for pursue the and he was made aware of sort of granular details about the project. What would look like where would be with the Landau acquire the land. So he was you would Denkinger. Reddin to this project. It's an extent that he is is not admitted on the campaign trail, and of course, for anybody who understands the relationship between Donald Trump and his children, particularly the business relationship, the detailing your story discusses the extent to which Donald Trump's kids were involved in this thing to the extent that Ivanka Trump was involved in picking architects. She was going to run the spa at this hotel. She had disagreements with Michael Cohen about how far and how things were going despite the fact that again, the kids gave out statements and said, they were only peripherally involved. Right. I think are hanging. He munches the pattern, I suppose and the indigent ministration during that campaign that I mean, you could see if you look at some great twenty but in your times on the.
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on BuzzFeed News: Reporting To You
"Hey i'm julia furlan and here are four stories you need to know about today buzzfeed news got a copy of fire and fury inside the white house written by media critic michael wolff who is pretty much a fly on the wall at the white house since election day he says he had a quote semi permanent seat on the couch and the west wing the book has an arsenal of cringe worthy details in it like if anchor trump talking about her dad's scalp production surgery trump not knowing who john banner the former speaker of the house was and former white house chief strategist steve bannon calling a meeting between trump officials and russian officials quote treasonous and unpatriotic in response trump blasted the book and described bannon as a marginal player in his administration saying quote steve bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency when he was fired he not only lost his job he lost his mind this is a surprising response considering that in august when ben and left the administration trump praised him and thanked him for his service you can read all of the wild details about this book on buzzfeed news former trump campaign chairman paul manafort filed a lawsuit on tuesday saying essentially that special counsel robert muller overstepped by giving the council permission to look into metaphor its business dealings the lawsuit also questions the validity of muller's appointment muller was appointed in may of 2017 to investigate collusion between the trump administration and russia manafort facing criminal charges of money laundering and a bunch of other activities related to overseas business dealings but the lawsuit seeks to set aside quote all actions taken against mr manafort it's still early in the criminal case and the judge has yet to set a trial date.
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on KQED Radio
"The dossier tell us more about the true nature of the evidence matthew i think anna's referring to that very controversial dossier of raw intelligence that buzzfeed news published a while back of the other news organizations stayed back from it partly because it was really really raissi yeah i think it's important to think of that dossier is a tip sheet and the fbi when it conducts investigations will take tips for many one they'll take anonymous tips they'll take tips from people with axes to grind they'll take tips from people who may have you know questionable activities in their own past that doesn't mean the fbi belief leaves them on their face what they do is they take those tips and they investigate them and find out if there's any truth to them i think it's clear that the fbi and bomb moeller have done that or and are doing that with the dossier but that is far from the only source of information there investigating if you look at the george pompidou novelist plea agreement yesterday it's clear that they had obtained campaign emails that they knew when popped up us had travelled to london when he had met with his professor in london who a lot of people believe may be a cut out for russian intelligence it's also clear from stories of appear in the washington post and the new york times that they've are relying on us intercepts were they've they've picked up manafort and flynn and others from the trump or talking on the phone with russian intelligence officials are in a meteors for russian intelligence officials so while the dossier was a tip seat the provided some leads for investigators they have many many more sources of information to explore speaking of papa dopoulos press secretary sarah huckabee sanders got into a little bit of a back and forth with cbs white house correspondent major garrett yesterday at the press briefing here is some of that.
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on Super Station 101
"To get in its way to do it we i feel like i've been over so much already and it's not even second hour we can keep go and keep role in a promise i'm gonna get to you guys on the foam but i got to get this stuff out first buzzfeed buzzfeed news the the integrity filled media conglomerate to buzzfeed i can't believe people take buzzfeed seriously these days i mean buzzfeed is like glam or i mean i and put buzzfeed insane category put but huffington post or any of these guys but buzzfeed is the recipient of the does year the first recipient up the does year the what geoff myers likes to call the pp dose year now i'm not going to go into details of that y'all know what it is it's what kicked off the russia investigation then we came back and we debunked the whole thing yet people on the left say well you know where toesn't boone disproven dumb donald trump was in a hotel with a bunch of russian prostitutes and there were doing nasty things right right riotwracked right away buzzfeed provided a few new details on how they obtained that dorsey air thorough even though the news outlets is is refusing to identify their source they did provide a few aspects which kind of leaves you with more questions than answers but it's in arresting enough the identity of the source is being sought by a guy who is a russian attack executive who is actually suing the outlet over defamation for publishing this report which was compiled last year as we know by the former british spy christopher steal so the buzzfeed reporter that was responsible for getting this he reveals in court that he was granted access to this report in december after he became aware of quote intelligence reports alleging that there were connections between the trump presidential campaign in the russian government and these are all coming from uh paperwork from.
"buzzfeed news" Discussed on BuzzFeed News: Reporting To You
"I'm daring harbin news curator at buzzfeed news in here i am monday stories so you might have heard that congress filed some new sanctions against russia that trump has yet to sign in we also knew that russia was going to react to those sanctions obviously but we did it know exactly how were what that would mean well on sunday led reporting told us he confirmed during an on camera interview in russia that seven hundred fifty five us diplomats would be removed from the country in that's like shots fired on the international front this is the biggest expulsion in years the la times says right now there are over a thousand diplomats and technical workers in russia after the expulsion 455 of the diplomatic the us staff will remain which is funny because that is exactly how many russian diplomats are currently in the united states of america on friday trump suggested that police officers should be quote rough with suspects in custody during a speech to law enforcement officers when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagons hugest gm thrown in rough i said please don't be too nice like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head you know there were you put the hand of like don't hit their head and they've just kill somebody donate dead i said you could take the hand away okay in over the weekend police in new york city philly seattle houston santa monica in baltimore all tweeted or released statements condemning trump's comments cures one example officer ben tobise in gainesville florida tweeted i'm a cop i do not agree with or condone potus his remarks today on police brutality those who applauded and cheered should be ashamed in a statement to buzz he news the fraternal order of police which is the largest union of police officers in the country which by the way endorsed trump during the election waved off criticism of the president dismissing his remarks as banter.
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"Hey i'm gavin deputy news director at buzzfeed news and i'm hays deputy royalties editor and hear the four stories you need to know about today oj simpson was granted parole after nine years in a nevada prison for armed robbery and kidnapping oj i'll on the stand speaking to the parole board said that he is live a quote conflict free life to date which has raised a few eyebrows but after emotional testimony from his oldest daughter and testimony from the man who was the victim of the armed robbery and kidnapping that's at the heart of this case and parole this guy said he forgives o j and thinks he should be paroled i will make this clear to you oj never held a gun on me now the man came in hit me auto j in everlater hand on me and with that o j was a free man once more he will be he still hasn't time to serve vote yes o j simpson has been granted parole and will walk the streets again longtime arizona senator john mccain revealed that he has brain cancer it is a type of cancer known as glee 'oblast doma and aggressive form of brain cancer when it was announced people from across the political spectrum republicans and democrats came out to praise mccain and urge him along in the fight against this cancer nicole will mark the cheap science officer of the american brain association told bus reduce at the fiveyear survival rate for glass dome ah patience is around ten percent mccain was considered a reliable vote on the republican health care bill but his status within the senate is now in question as is now the status of the republican health care bill.