The Republican National Convention aired a video on its first night decrying protests in the United States and citing potential chaos in the streets if Democratic nominee Joe Biden is elected president.
One problem with the video? One part showed a different protest, in a different country, in a different year.
NBC News’ Social Newsgathering team was able to identify that a portion of the video was in fact taken during Catalonia independence protests in Spain in October 2019 and not during recent protests in the United States over racial injustice and police brutality. Catalonian public broadcaster, CCA, was first to report on the misinformation on Aug. 25.
Source: RNC airs video clip of ‘Biden’s America’ — it was actually Barcelona
While reporting a story on how the Secret Service has been a “captive customer” in spending the public’s money on Trump Organization properties while protecting the president, Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold and his colleagues submitted questions to the White House. In response, White House spokesman Judd Deere told reporters that the administration was targeting him.
“The Washington Post is blatantly interfering with the business relationships of the Trump Organization, and it must stop,” Deere wrote in a statement to the Washington Post. “Please be advised that we are building up a very large ‘dossier’ on the many false David Fahrenthold and others stories as they are a disgrace to journalism and the American people.”
Source: The White House Is Openly Threatening a Journalist With a ‘Dossier’
“Just five days into his presidency, Trump ordered Ryan’s SEAL team into Yemen, not in the situation room with all the intelligence assembled, but sitting across a dinner table from Steve Bannon,” Owens tells viewers as the narrator of the ad. “There was no vital interest at play, just Donald Trump playing big man going to war.” He concludes, “If you hear one thing, let it be this: Don’t trust Donald Trump with your kid’s life — or your own.”
In fact, U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved the raid — the first operation he approved as president — “without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.” He green-lit the mission over dinner at the White House residence, and while the raid was underway, Trump reportedly did not go to the Situation Room and did not monitor the developments in real time.
Source: Father of fallen SEAL: ‘Don’t trust Donald Trump with your kid’s life’
The father of Jacob Blake said Friday that his hourlong conversation earlier this week with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris was akin to “speaking to my uncle and one of my sisters.” “They were so comforting that you almost forgot how the situation was really playing out,” Jacob Blake Sr. told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day,” referring to Biden and Harris. “It was like I was speaking to my uncle and one of my sisters — literally, literally.”
Source: Jacob Blake’s father says his conversation with Biden and Harris was like ‘speaking to my uncle and one of my sisters’ – CNNPolitics
Representatives of the late Leonard Cohen’s estate and publishing company have both issued statements saying they declined requests for his song “Hallelujah” to be used at the Republican National Convention — even though it was played twice following the conclusion of Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night.
The estate’s attorney made a threat of legal action as part of her statement.
Said Michelle L. Rice, the Cohen estate’s lawyer: “We are surprised and dismayed that the RNC would proceed knowing that the Cohen Estate had specifically declined the RNC’s use request, and their rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit in such an egregious manner ‘Hallelujah,’ one of the most important songs in the Cohen song catalogue. We are exploring our legal options.”
Source: Leonard Cohen Reps Say GOP Was Turned Down on Request for ‘Hallelujah’ – Variety
Istanbul colleagues said Ebru Timtik has died, 238 days into her hunger strike in Silviri jail demanding a fair trial. As mourners approached a northern city cemetery during her burial, police fired volleys of teargas.
Tenants who were featured in a Republican National Convention (RNC) segment on public housing say they had no idea their interview with a federal housing official would be used to support President Trump, The New York Times reports.
“I am not a Trump supporter,” said one of the tenants, Claudia Perez. “I am not a supporter of his racist policies on immigration. I am a first-generation Honduran. It was my people he was sending back.”
Another tenant, Carmen Quiñones, said she was upset her words were twisted to support President Trump, and that when Patton reached out to her about assembling tenants for the video it was not clear it was for the Republican Party. She said she is a lifelong Democrat who plans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November, and marched on Friday at the Get Your Knee Off Our Necks rally.
Source: New York City tenants say they unwittingly appeared in GOP convention video: report | TheHill
The cover of TIME magazine’s August 31-September 7 issue, titled “The New American Revolution,” boasts an embroidered image of the American flag, with a needle stuck into the thread of one unfinished end — a story that is still unfolding, especially for people of colour in the “land of the free.”
Source: Nneka Jones, the Trinidadian artist catapulted into limelight after TIME magazine cover, talks more about her work · Global Voices
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With a pig named Gertrude, Elon Musk demonstrated his startup Neuralink’s technology to build a digital link between brains and computers. A wireless link from the Neuralink device showed the pig’s activity activity as it snuffled around a pen on stage Friday night. CNET reports: The demonstration shows the the technology to be significantly closer to delivering on Musk’s radical ambitions than during a 2019 product debut, when Neuralink only showed photos of a rat with a Neuralink connected via a USB-C port. It’s still far from reality, but Musk said the US Food and Drug Administration in July granted approval for “breakthrough device” testing. Musk also showed a second-generation device that’s more compact and that fits into a small cavity hollowed out of a hole in a skull. “It’s like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires,” Musk said of the device. It communicates with brain cells with 1,024 thin electrodes that penetrate within brain cell.
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