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Parkland Survivor Now Getting Death Threats

The Washington Post reports: David Hogg, 17, went from Florida high school student to mass shooting survivor to telegenic advocate for gun-control laws in a few days. And just as quickly, online conspiracy theorists began spinning viral lies attacking the teenager’s credibility. The conservative website Gateway Pundit on Monday posted a picture of Hogg under the headline: “EXPOSED: School Shooting ...

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NRA Board Member Ted Nugent Promotes “Crisis Actor” Conspiracy Claims About Parkland Massacre Survivors

Media Matters reports: National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent promoted the right-wing conspiracy theory that the Parkland school shooting survivors who are currently calling for gun regulation are “coached” actors. In a February 20 Facebook post, less than a week after the shooting, Nugent shared a February 19 Natural News article claiming “these kids were coached to repeat scripted ...

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Homocon Fake News Blogger Jim Hoft Blames Chelsea Clinton After CPAC Bans Him For Parkland Attacks

Via Breitbart: Conservative commentator Pam Geller revealed on Breitbart News Daily on Wednesday morning that her panel on free speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) had been canceled because she refused to remove Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit as a participant. “Late last night, I received a call … demanding that I remove one of the speakers from ...

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#TwitterLockOut: Right Wing Extremists Freak Out After Twitter Purges Thousands Of Russian Bot Accounts

Gizmodo reports: Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren’t happy about it. Twitter has yet to make a public statement about the issue, but right-wing users believe that they’re being targeted in a mass purge of suspected Russian bot accounts. Conservative Twitter has even started a hashtag called #TwitterLockOut to talk about the purge, with ...

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“Crisis Actor” Clip Trends At #1 On YouTube

Motherboard reports: It’s a vile conspiracy theory we might expect from the host of Inforwars Alex Jones, but right now it is the number one trending video on YouTube. The conspiracy theory is that some of the students who are speaking out against the lax gun control laws that enabled the mass shooting that killed 17 of their peers at ...

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Marco Rubio Blasts “Disgusting Idiots” For Spreading Claims That Parkland Survivors Are Hired “Crisis Actors”

The Hill reports: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) on Tuesday lashed out at a “disgusting group of idiots” who made up the claim that students appearing on TV as survivors of last week’s deadly high school shooting were actors. A staffer for Florida state Rep. Shawn Harrison (R) said that the two high schoolers who survived the tragedy pictured in ...

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Russian Bot Army Pounces On Gun Control Debate

The New York Times reports: One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.  “This is pretty typical for them, to hop on breaking news like this,” said Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of New Knowledge, a company that ...

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Chelsea Clinton Fires Back At Homocon Blogger

Last night Chelsea Clinton fired back at Jim Hoft, the homocon founder of the fake news site Gateway Pundit, who is part of the now-widespread right wing attacks on the survivors of the Parkland massacre. Hoft is taking particular aim at “astonishingly articulate” Parkman survivor David Hogg, whom Hoft accuses of having been “coached” by his retired FBI father because ...

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Homocon Jim Hoft, Chuck C. Johnson, Paul Nehlen, And Others Sued For Falsely Naming Teen As Killer Driver

Snopes reports: Three disreputable web sites including GotNews.com, FreedomDaily.com and GatewayPundit.com have been named in a federal lawsuit accusing them of defamation for allegedly falsely naming an innocent teenager as the driver who rammed into and killed a counter demonstrator at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Jerome Vangheluwe and his 16-year-old-son Joel had to flee ...

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Homocon Site Pushed Russian Troll Accounts

Media Matters reports: On February 16, the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller issued an indictment against 13 Russian nationals, along with the Russian entity the Internet Research Agency (IRA), charging them with defrauding the United States and interfering in the 2016 presidential election campaign. The indictment notes, according to CNN, “The defendants allegedly posed as US persons, created ...

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ARIZONA: GOP US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward Touts Endorsement From Anonymous Fake News Site

Politico reports: It looked as if Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward had scored a big endorsement: On Oct. 28, she posted a link on her campaign website and blasted out a Facebook post, quoting extensively from a column in the Arizona Monitor. There was just one problem: Despite its reputable sounding name, the Arizona Monitor is not a real news ...

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Extremist Pam Geller Busted Sharing Fake Video

Media Matters reports: Notorious anti-Muslim commentator Pamela Geller uploaded and shared an obviously staged video framing migrants in Italy as anti-police vandalizers in the context of Italy’s highly contested general election. On February 11, Pamela Geller’s “Morning News Report” newsletter featured a YouTube video titled “Migrants in Italy” which was uploaded on February 7 to Geller’s YouTube channel, and shared ...

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Unilever Threatens To Pull Web Ads Over Fake News

CNN reports: Unilever is threatening to pull its advertising from digital platforms that it says have become a “swamp” of fake news, racism, sexism and extremism. The forceful warning to digital platforms such as Google and Facebook will be delivered at an advertising conference in California later on Monday. “We cannot continue to prop up a digital supply chain which ...

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State TV Blames Obama For Rob Porter [VIDEO]

The Wrap reports: Jeanine Pirro found an unusual target for the White House scandal surrounding former Trump aide Rob Porter: President Barack Obama. “You want to stop a four-star general who is running the White House, who believes in chain of command, who makes a decision within 40 minutes, because you hate President Trump? Find another scapegoat. You might want ...

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Devin Nunes Launches Right Wing “News” Site

Politico reports: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a relentless critic of the media, has found a way around the often unflattering coverage of his role in the Trump-Russia investigation — by operating his own partisan news outlet. Resembling a local, conservative news site, “The California Republican” is classified on Facebook as a “media/news company” and claims to deliver “the ...

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OXFORD STUDY: Trump Supporters Spread Fake News On Social Media More Than All Other Groups Combined

McClatchy reports: Backers of President Donald Trump are sharing more “junk” political news – ideologically extreme, conspiratorial, sensationalist and phony information – over Twitter and Facebook than all other groups combined, significantly magnifying the polarization in the American electorate, according to an analysis by British researchers. Rather than obtaining news over social media from mainstream outlets, these Americans shared posts ...

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Sean Hannity Blames Market Plunge On Obama

Because of course. Via Mediaite: During his radio program yesterday afternoon, Fox News’ Sean Hannity claimed that we are seeing the impact of the previous administration’s economy on today’s market. Referring to a segment he had just seen on Fox News, Hannity said the analysis is that it was largely President Barack Obama’s fault. “Because the Obama economy was so ...

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Devin Nunes Admits To Fox News That He Didn’t Read Documents That Are The Basis Of His Memo [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Rep. Devin Nunes, who led the release of the memo, admitted to Fox News’ Bret Baier that he hadn’t read the FISA documents that made up the basis of the memo. Why it matters: The memo is largely based on the argument that there were FISA abuses within the FBI, particularly relating to former Trump campaign adviser Carter ...

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Far-Right Nutbags Agree: GOP Train Crash Was Deep State Kamikaze False Flag Derp Derpity Derp Derp

I called this the minute the crash happened: Paul Ryan was onboard the train carrying lawmakers, a whole bunch of lawmakers, to a high-level GOP retreat. A truck kamikaze rammed it, a cement truck, a big truck, a dump truck kamikaze rammed it. And Paul Ryan was on board. There’s one dead. A bunch of people injured. But what’s the ...

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REPORT: FBI Director Opposes Release Of Nunes Memo, Contains Inaccurate Info And Paints False Narrative

Bloomberg reports: FBI Director Christopher Wray told the White House he opposes release of a classified Republican memo alleging bias at the FBI and Justice Department because it contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative, according to a person familiar with the matter. The memo on actions early in the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign is ...

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