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Feb
17

Father of fake news


When does truth no longer matter to Christians?

And why does it (or should it) matter?

 

Murdered backpacker’s mother criticises Trump over ‘terror’ list

Rosie Ayliffe says president is wrongly using daughter’s death in Australia to further ‘persecution of innocent people’

“My daughter’s death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people,”

“It does look like fake news. It’s another example of some conniving unpleasant politicking. He [Trump] is using it in a quite pernicious way to justify unfair practices and discrimination…”

Article here:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/07/murdered-backpackers-mother-criticises-trump-over-terror-list

 

And another article :

The White House has distributed a list of 78 terrorist attacks to support Donald Trump’s claim that the media is failing to properly report them.

But the list includes many atrocities that received blanket western media coverage including the Paris Bataclan attacks, the Nice truck killings and the San Bernardino shootings.

Many others including the Sydney siege and Germany’s Christmas market attack received wide international coverage.

The list hops from Afghanistan to Algeria to Australia but, without explanation, does not mention Israel, where incidents included a bus bombing in Jerusalem last year, carried out by a 19-year-old Palestinian, that injured 20 people.

A December 2016 cut-off also excludes the Québec City mosque attack from the list, an attack Trump was publicly silent about, despite condemning on Twitter the Louvre attack in Paris several days later.

The murder of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung in an Australian hostel last year was also included on the list, even though extremism had been ruled out as a motive by both police and the victim’s mother.

In an open letter to Trump, Rosie Ayliffe accused Donald Trump of using “fake news” about her daughter’s death to further the “persecution of innocent people” by falsely claiming she was the victim of a terrorist attack.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/07/white-house-list-donald-trumps-undereported-terror-list-paris-attacks-berlin-truck-killings

 

Some interesting observations:

This election has truly shown the underbelly of the toxic relationship that can develop between politics and religion,”

“For many, their aversion to religion is rooted in unease with the association between religion and conservative politics,” Putnam and Campbell wrote. “If religion equals Republican, then they have decided that religion is not for them.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/11/09/why-some-fear-this-elections-lasting-damage-to-american-christianity/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.39a4f2f5d905

 

Also see Media Watch epsiode here:
http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/media-watch/FA1635H001S00

 

 

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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5 Responses to “Father of fake news”


  1. 1 Marleen
    February 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_trumploser_170208
    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 2/8/17
    Trump loses case to cover Don Jr’s failure {which would have been at state expense}.
    Lawyer lies — Rachel Maddow updates previous reporting on Donald Trump’s attempt to
    use a legal loophole to shield his son from responsibilities associated with a failed business
    in South Carolina, with news that the ruling went against Trump, and Trump’s lawyer is shown to
    have lied to TRMS… {and Trump lied to try to get his way in the case involving environmental mess}

    Duration: 5:58

  2. 2 Marleen
    February 10, 2017 at 4:09 am

    From your opening post:

    The list hops from Afghanistan[*] to Algeria to Australia but, without explanation, does not mention Israel, where incidents included a bus bombing in Jerusalem last year, carried out by a 19-year-old Palestinian, that injured 20 people.

    A December 2016 cut-off also excludes the Québec City mosque attack [where people died, but the attacker was a white right-wing extremist] from the list, an attack Trump was publicly silent about, despite condemning on Twitter the Louvre attack in Paris several days later [where no one died, the attacker was injured].

    The murder of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung in an Australian hostel last year was also included on the list, even though extremism had been ruled out as a motive by both police and the victim’s mother.

    * I read in another article that the mention of Afghanistan was only one instance,
    while one example of terrorism is that country misrepresents the proportion.

    I think Iraq was also left off the list. It has the most instances.

    It’s insulting that he’s using the Australian story following after his
    characterizing the first call with the Australian prime minister his “worst”
    call he’d had that day. I see leaving Israel off as another example that he isn’t
    so concerned with that country as many of his fans or defenders seem to imagine.

  3. February 10, 2017 at 9:27 am

    The idea that the media downplays terror attacks is hard to fathom. For 15 years, terror attacks – and countless terror threats that never materialized – have led to wall-to-wall coverage on television, in print and online. Many times such coverage has led politicians to implement disturbing policies that would have done nothing to prevent the attacks in the first place and only further restrict the rights of millions of innocent people.

    The numbers back up just how undeniably wrong Trump’s claims are: Peter Bergen at CNN calculated that the 78 terrorist attacks the White House claimed were “under-reported” were the subject of 80,000 articles. 80,000!

    But what makes Trump’s uneducated musing even more infuriating is that at the same time as he instils fear into the American people about Islamist terrorism – which only does the terrorist’s job for them – he’s going out of his way to create a blind spot inside the US government for an arguably greater threat: terrorism committed by white nationalist, far-right groups.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/09/trump-terrorism-policies-attack

  4. 4 Marleen
    February 10, 2017 at 10:16 am

    From your last article:

    ….

    ….

    …. According to Reuters, Trump wants to change the name of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Countering Violent Extremism” program to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism”. Under this plan, violent white supremacists would no longer be targeted. Meanwhile, his “list” of 78 terror attacks that the White House released this week contained exactly zero white supremacist incidents.

    Amidst this latest Trump controversy, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked pointed questions of Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway about why, after all the complaining Trump has done of the media’s coverage of terror attacks, he didn’t tweet anything about the most recent terror attack in Canada. The answer, as Tapper indicated, is the attack was carried out by a white supremacist against Muslims, which made for a very awkward response from Conway that ended with: “of course put us on the record as always being sad about this as a senseless loss of life”. {I hope the link there gives the whole interview.} Not exactly the tough talk Trump’s team reserves for Islamic terrorism, but I guess that’s to be expected when white nationalists make up some of Trump’s fan base.

    ……

    … beyond cynical; it’s deplorable, and he’s only going to get worse.

    ….

  5. 5 Marleen
    February 12, 2017 at 4:20 am

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_msnbc_dakotapipeline_170208
    Water protectors — and Trump (banner) statement, he didn’t think it was controversial.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/11/standing-rock-army-veterans-camp
    http://www.salon.com/2016/12/05/we-beg-for-your-forgiveness-veterans-join-native-elders-in-celebration-ceremony/

    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/31/donald-trumps-dance-with-the-devil-did-white-house-mean-to-wink-at-holocaust-deniers/
    http://www.salon.com/2017/02/11/theres-anti-semitism-in-the-white-house-what-made-the-anne-frank-center-get-political-on-twitter/

    http://www.salon.com/2017/02/03/to-commemorate-black-history-month-trump-administration-decrees-that-white-supremacists-cant-be-terrorists/?source=newsletter
    http://www.salon.com/2017/02/01/trumps-amazing-ignorance-the-presidents-black-history-month-celebration-was-embarrassing/
    http://www.salon.com/2017/02/01/during-listening-session-with-black-leaders-trump-blasts-cnn-calls-frederick-douglass-somebody-who-has-done-an-amazing-job/?source=newsletter

    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/30/im-like-a-smart-person-forget-inauguration-size-and-business-success-trumps-biggest-lie-is-about-his-intelligence_partner/
    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/25/dont-look-now-its-president-pence-donald-trump-can-be-deposed-even-without-impeachment/ (I say “biggest lie” is that he cares about people; he might wish so.)

    All of the above are articles rather than videos (while some of the articles have videos),
    except the very first link, at the top, which is a stand-alone video.


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