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Trevor Noah and 'The Daily Show' explore the inspiring life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 22, 2020 at 5:51 am 0
It still hasn't quite sunk in that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87, due to “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer," according to the New York Times.   Tributes to the feminist icon and pop culture monarch have continued since, including a comprehensive and poignant look at her historic career from The Daily Show. On Monday, host Trevor Noah took at look at the inspiring life of "The Notorious R.B.G." life as told through news reports and interviews, and offered a moment of comfort in this ongoing time of stress and despair. "I know that with RBG’s passing, a lot of people right now feel hopeless, they feel defeated, and they feel like everything is lost," said Noah. "But if there’s one thing that RBG’s life shows us is that change isn’t easy. But if you put in the time, the effort, and the dedication, you can see results.
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We read 'Rage,' Bob Woodward's new Trump book, so you don't have to
September 18, 2020 at 5:12 am 0
Whisper it low: Could Rage, out in bookstores this week, be the first Bob Woodward book in an age that's actually worth reading?  My answer: Yes, but only 50 percent of the thing. Only after Woodward, at age 77, has an Alice in Wonderland epiphany halfway through, and that changes the way he interviews Trump. At long last, with unusual honesty, Woodward becomes a visible character in his own decades-long story — and actually checks his own privilege.  They're strange things, Woodward books. They invariably break news, because Mr. I-Broke-Watergate convinces every source in Washington to speak to him eventually, and they usually have something jaw-dropping to say when the tape-recorder's on. (In the case of Rage, it's Trump  spilling his brains on COVID-19; the president kept calling Woodward because he was mad at being left out of Woodward's previous book, Fear.)    Read more...More about Donald Trump, Bob Woodward, Entertainment, Politics,
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Trevor Noah breaks down the intense fear-mongering at the RNC
August 26, 2020 at 1:27 am 0
The start of the Republican National Convention may have included a fair bit of talk about how great life in Trump's America would be over the next four years, but there was just as much fear-mongering about how nightmarish things will be if Joe Biden gets in. In the clip above from The Daily Show, Trevor Noah plays a doom and gloom-filled montage of various speakers talking about how terrible life would be under the Democrats — or, as Rep. Steve Scalise, describes them, "the party that wants to burn down the foundations of our country to the ground." "Good God, I'm terrified!" says Noah. "And confused! Because if Joe Biden gets elected, MS-13 is gonna move in next door, but we won't live there anymore because we'll be kicked out of the suburbs, and if we try to go to church the Democrats will call the cops on us, but there
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A 13-year-old with a stutter gave the Democratic convention's best speech
August 21, 2020 at 12:30 am 0
The fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention wrapped up on Thursday night with a speech from now-official nominee Joe Biden, and fireworks in place of a balloon drop. But the most powerful moment of the four-night event came in the form of a two-minute speech from an extraordinary teenager. Brayden Harrington recounted how he met Biden at a campaign event in New Hampshire earlier this year.  "He told me that we're members of the same club: We stutter," Harrington said. "It was really amazing to hear that someone like me became vice-president. He told me about a book of poems by Yeats he would read out loud to practice. He showed me how he marks his addresses to make them easier to say out loud, so I did the same thing today. And now I'm here talking to you today about the future — about our future." Read more...More
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Stephen Colbert rounds up the highs and lows of the Democratic National Convention's first day
August 19, 2020 at 12:08 am 0
So the Democratic National Convention is now underway, and Stephen Colbert is feeling optimistic. "This feels like the real beginning of the election — a chance for the American people to do the work that our elected officials failed to do for the past four years, and that's hold Donald Trump accountable," says Colbert in the clip above, which was broadcast live Monday night. "It's a little bit like we're in the middle of a road trip, and we've finally realised dad's lost and we have to take the wheel, and also send dad to jail for stealing the car." The Late Show host spends the next 13 minutes working through the highlights of the convention's first day, including several awkward moments that occurred during the event, from Congressman Jim Clyburn addressing the wrong camera to two entertainingly cringey audience reaction shots (in one the family pictured look incredibly bored, and in the
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John Oliver takes an eye-opening look at the way U.S. history is taught in schools
August 3, 2020 at 9:36 pm 0
With the memory of Trump's rescheduled June rally — originally planned on Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery — still fresh in memory, John Oliver decided to take a deeper look at the way U.S. history is taught, and specifically, the "embarrassing gaps in many people's knowledge." In the monologue above, the Last Week Tonight host takes us through some troubling examples of actual school textbooks, explaining that the "impulse to downplay the horrors of slavery has marked how school children have learned about it ever since." In general, Oliver cites three key errors that are made in the teaching of history: not fully acknowledging white supremacy, viewing history's progress as if it was constant and inevitable, and not connecting the dots to the present. Read more...More about John Oliver, Last Week Tonight, Entertainment, Politics, and Talk Show
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Business, Business & Technology, Politics
Automated fact-checking won't stop the social media infodemic
July 31, 2020 at 9:07 pm 0
The coronavirus pandemic, protests over police killings and systemic racism, and a contentious election have created the perfect storm for misinformation on social media.  But don't expect AI to save us. Twitter’s recent decision to red-flag President Donald Trump's false claims about mail-in ballots has reinvigorated the debate on whether social media platforms should fact-check posts.  The president suggested Twitter was "interfering" in the 2020 election by adding a label that encouraged readers to “get the facts about mail-in ballots." ....Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020 Read more... More about Business, Politics, Bias, Misinformation, and Fact Checking
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Politics, Science & Technology
Big Tech CEOs will face 'anti-conservative bias' claims at hearing. They're BS—and dangerous.
July 28, 2020 at 8:38 pm 0
When the CEOs of Big Tech testify in Congress on Wednesday, they’ll almost certainly be hit with a dubious and regular Republican talking point: censorship of conservative voices on social media. President Donald Trump and other politicians and pundits on the right love to complain that social media companies “censor conservatives.” There is no evidence that's true. In fact, conservative news thrives on Facebook. Of Trump’s thousands of lies, Twitter had the audacity to lightly fact-check him three times. During the hearing before the House Antitrust Subcommittee, Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai will try to convince lawmakers their corporate behemoths aren’t monopolies. These companies absolutely need to be interrogated about their unprecedented wealth and power. But, thanks partly to the flow of dark money, Republicans have hijacked the conversation to push the narrative that they are the real victims in all of this. Read
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Snapchat hungry for political ads as Twitter, Facebook shy away
July 21, 2020 at 7:31 pm 0
In case you were wondering where cute, Bitmoji-filled Snapchat stands on advertisements from politicians these days, it's hungry for 'em. "Yes, it's a segment that we are actively going after," Jeremi Gorman, Snap's chief business officer, said in response to a question during the company's Q2 earnings call Tuesday.  Citing the amount of young people the platform reaches, Gorman said "educating them, allowing them to learn more about the issues in a factual based manner, is super critical. And that is a segment with which we’re working." Snap's gung-ho stance contrasts with some of the company's rivals. TikTok banned political ads in October 2019, and Twitter followed suit days later. Google has restricted ad targeting demographics for political ads. Facebook has continued to stick by the place political ads have on the platform - including those containing false or misleading information. However, Facebook also gave users the ability to stop or limit the
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We read Mary Trump's book about Donald Trump so you don't have to
July 15, 2020 at 6:27 pm 0
As a keen student of the shitshow formerly known as the daily news, you may have noticed the president's niece has a book out this weekToo Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man is the first tell-all written by one of Donald Trump's relatives. The fact that Mary Trump is a psychologist with a Ph.D. adds fuel to the fire, as she diagnoses her uncle with having all the signs of sociopathy and narcissistic personality disorder. (Gee, you think?)  These and other juicy extracts from the book have leaked at a steady clip since the president's unsuccessful lawsuit to block its publication. You can read for free about how Donald leered at Mary the first time he saw her in a swimsuit, that he paid a guy to take his SATs, that he went to see a movie while his brother Fred Trump Jr. (Mary's
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