People who are drawn to the hate movement have an acute desire to make sense of their place in the world. There’s a gap between who they are and who they think they should be, what they have and what they want. They want to seize or regain what they believe is a rightful status. They want empowerment, with minimal effort. Hate promises them that.
(True Believers come from extreme right and left and are attracted to other when one pushes them away.) https://reasonandmeaning.com/2017/09/04/summary-of-eric-hoffers-the-true-believer/
Pack fired all the station directors who had not already resigned, and dissolved the bipartisan managing boards of the broadcasting organisations, replacing them with himself and five other Trump loyalists.
Source: ‘Wildly inappropriate’: VOA purge continues as foreign journalists’ visas not renewed | Media | The Guardian
on the local level, the source of the false information has usually been more subtle, and shows the complexity of stunting misinformation online. The bad information often first appears in a Twitter or Facebook post, or a YouTube video there. It is then shared on online spaces like local Facebook groups, the neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor and community texting networks. These posts can fall under the radar of the tech companies and online fact checkers.
“The dynamic is tricky because many times these local groups don’t have much prior awareness of the body of conspiratorial content surrounding some of these topics,” said Renée DiResta, a disinformation researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory. “The first thing they see is a trusted fellow community member giving them a warning.”
“As feared, Michael Pack has confirmed he is on a political mission to destroy the USAGM’s independence and undermine its historic role,” Menendez wrote. “The wholesale firing of the Agency’s network heads, and disbanding of corporate boards to install President Trump’s political allies is an egregious breach of this organization’s history and mission from which it may never recover.”
“Once they destroy the reputation of the agencies, it will be impossible to restore,” the former official said. “Can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.”
The shakeups at the agency are set against the backdrop of Trump’s attacks on Voice of America, which have heightened concerns that his administration wants to turn VOA into a right-wing propaganda machine.
Source: ‘Wednesday night massacre’ at global media agency as four leaders are ousted – CNN
“Not only would Mr. Tata be the least-qualified individual ever confirmed for this position, but his long history of making Islamophobic remarks and of pushing dangerous and debunked conspiracy theories on Fox News make him completely unacceptable,” Gillibrand said. “Mr. Tata would further enable President Trump’s destabilizing tendencies and would represent a dangerous erosion of independence and accountability at the Pentagon.”
Source: Democrats oppose Pentagon policy nominee who called Obama a ‘terrorist leader’ – POLITICO
A large “Black Lives Matter” banner draped on the front of the US embassy in Seoul was removed on Monday (June 15) after it was brought to the attention of President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, according to people familiar with the matter.
Pompeo and Trump were both displeased about the banner, the people said. A large, multicoloured “pride” banner recognising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people was also removed on Monday.
Source: ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner removed at US embassy in Seoul, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times
Macarena Santelices has praised the ‘good side’ of the 1973-90 dictatorship in which over 300 women were raped under torture
— Read on www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/08/pinochet-great-niece-chile-womens-minister
Right-wing men should just be banned from civil society – this is beyond belief!