Americans are more concerned with ‘fake news’ than racism or terrorism, says new study


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What’s one of the biggest problems Americans believe we’re facing in today’s age? According to a new survey released from the Pew Research Center, a good fraction of Americans believe fake news is a bigger problem than issues like racism (40%), sexism (26%), and terrorism (34%). And while fake news and media literacy are significant issues, these findings are fascinating and complex, in a way that requires some deeper digging.

As a background, this survey included responses from 6,127 adults in the U.S. It was conducted between Feb. 19 and March 4, 2019. 

Almost seven out of ten people surveyed believe that fake news greatly impacts American’s confidence in government institutions. A little more than half believe fake news has an impact on how much we believe one another. Of course, given that our president perpetuates seemingly endless amounts of fake news—from racist immigration hysteria, to his

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Americans are more concerned with ‘fake news’ than racism or terrorism, says new study


This post is by Mark Sumner from Daily Kos


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What’s one of the biggest problems Americans believe we’re facing in today’s age? According to a new survey released from the Pew Research Center, a good fraction of Americans believe fake news is a bigger problem than issues like racism (40%), sexism (26%), and terrorism (34%). And while fake news and media literacy are significant issues, these findings are fascinating and complex, in a way that requires some deeper digging.

As a background, this survey included responses from 6,127 adults in the U.S. It was conducted between Feb. 19 and March 4, 2019. 

Almost seven out of ten people surveyed believe that fake news greatly impacts American’s confidence in government institutions. A little more than half believe fake news has an impact on how much we believe one another. Of course, given that our president perpetuates seemingly endless amounts of fake news—from racist immigration hysteria, to his

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Limbaugh, Tiger, Obama, and Trump: I’m not talking about a golf foursome


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This isn’t really a post about golf. You are reading Daily Kos, after all. But a golfer does feature prominently, because he has long been a figure of interest for right-wing, race-baiting demagogues like President Individual 1, along with the guy who still—yes, still—has the largest audience of any radio talk show host: Rush Limbaugh.

As for that golfer, namely Tiger Woods, I doubt many of you predicted a few months ago that he’d receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom anytime soon (I didn’t either, believe me). But sure enough, he got one last month from The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote. In fact, the announcement came just one day after Tiger’s amazing comeback culminated in a victory at the Masters. Who needs a selection process that typically unfolds over a number of months and involves careful consideration before awarding such a prestigious medal? Not President Instant Gratification,

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Limbaugh, Tiger, Obama, and Trump: I’m not talking about a golf foursome


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This isn’t really a post about golf. You are reading Daily Kos, after all. But a golfer does feature prominently, because he has long been a figure of interest for right-wing, race-baiting demagogues like President Individual 1, along with the guy who still—yes, still—has the largest audience of any radio talk show host: Rush Limbaugh.

As for that golfer, namely Tiger Woods, I doubt many of you predicted a few months ago that he’d receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom anytime soon (I didn’t either, believe me). But sure enough, he got one last month from The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote. In fact, the announcement came just one day after Tiger’s amazing comeback culminated in a victory at the Masters. Who needs a selection process that typically unfolds over a number of months and involves careful consideration before awarding such a prestigious medal? Not President Instant Gratification,

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White guy protestor literally steals mic from Kamala Harris during talk on ending the gender pay gap


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A white man interrupts a woman of color while she’s speaking about the gender pay gap. Sounds like a setup from The Onion, right? Somehow, it’s real.

On Saturday afternoon, Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California and 2020 presidential hopeful, participated in MoveOn’s “Big Ideas Forum” in San Fransisco. About ten minutes into her speech, moderator Stephanie Valencia asked Harris how she would approach ending the gender pay gap. Wonderful and important, right?

To the white man who jumped onto the stage, who literally grabbed Harris’ microphone, it apparently isn’t big or important. He said to the audience, “We were protesting just a few minutes ago asking for your attention to a much bigger idea…” which is so out of touch in context, it’s actually stunning.

He actually, literally inserted himself into someone else’s stage and speaking time to say he had a “much bigger idea” than ending

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Revelation of partisan, racist intent in census citizenship case might not sway Supreme Court


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The new documents in the census citizenship question case before the Supreme Court might have no bearing in the court’s ultimate decision, despite the blockbusters they contain: Trump administration officials committed perjury, and the aim of their citizenship question on the census is to boost “Republicans and non-Hispanic whites” electorally.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the documents in a motion with U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman Thursday in one of the cases brought against the Trump administration. Berman has scheduled a hearing on the organization’s request that two witnesses be sanctioned for false testimony. The witnesses, Mark Neuman, who was a Trump transition official that consulted with the Commerce Department on the census question, and John Gore, at the Justice Department, testified that the rationale for including the question is to better enforce Voting Rights Act protections for racial and language minorities. But the ACLU contends that Neuman

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Fox News host defends, promotes white supremacists on prime time show. Again


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Fox News host Laura Ingraham is drawing new scrutiny after yet another embarrassing, overtly racist segment. Ingraham’s show caps off the prime time Fox News nightly lineup, appearing after both Tucker Carlson Tonight, which has a long history of promoting white nationalist talking points, specifically around immigration, something he has in common with Ingraham; and Hannity, featuring Donald Trump’s chief propagandist, Sean Hannity. Of course, Hannity is so embedded with Trump that in 2016, he loaned out his private jet to fly Newt Gingrich to meet with Trump for a VP audition, and he reportedly speaks to Donald Trump on the phone every single night, in addition to his highly inappropriate appearances at Trump rallies, including stepping up to the podium, at the behest of Trump himself, to greet the MAGA crowds. 

But I digress. Back to Ingraham, who is once again embarrassing the network and likely angering the few advertisers she has

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Minor league team loses biggest sponsor after sharing video calling AOC an ‘enemy of freedom’


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The Fresno Grizzlies baseball team, a triple-A minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals, which made a superfrightening and idiotic statement on politics this past Memorial Day weekend, is out a sponsor. The team showed a video between the two games of a doubleheader at Fresno’s Chukchansi ParkFresno Bee reporter Carmen George tweeted on Monday that the video, which you can watch below, is the kind of jingoistic drivel that former President Ronald Reagan spewed throughout his eight years in office. In fact, the video includes parts of a speech Reagan gave about fighting against all of our enemies and never surrendering to evil because “we are Americans.”

It’s the kind of thing that people who spend too much time cleaning guns listen to before bedtime. After a couple of minutes of footage showing American soldiers achieving great things while fighting, Reagan’s speech moves to a finale,

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Picks of the Week: Our favorite stories from the Daily Kos Community


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Last weekend, we introduced a new weekly “Staff Picks” series, where your fearless Daily Kos staffers chose their favorite diary written during the week. Folks around here seemed to like it well enough, but commenters durrati and Krotor made the very, very smart suggestion that we should expand the series to feature Community writers, too!

(actual footage from Thursday’s Daily Kos staff meeting)

Ask and you shall receive, dear readers. 

In no particular order, we lovingly present some of the Community diaries that really stuck with us this week. We know we’ve got some of the best writers on the web in the Daily Kos Community, and it’s a joy to show off some of them here.

Grab a snack and check them out … and be sure to come back next week for more.

Georgia Republican tries to move the goalposts when it comes to whether Trump said the n-word


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“This is not where I expected this conversation to go, Senator,” said a shocked Victor Blackwell after Georgia state senator Michael E. Williams offered a rambling defense of Donald Trump’s rumored use of a racial slur. Williams, whose failed gubernatorial campaign made headlines this spring thanks to his appalling “Deportation Bus,” has long boasted of being the first elected official in Georgia to back Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. As such, it’s not particularly surprising to see the malignant millionaire bend over backwards to find a way to make blatant racism acceptable.

The mental gymnastics required to preemptively forgive Trump’s rumored hate speech are, indeed, baffling, but are consistent with today’s Republican branding. GOP politicians and pundits have been actively working to lower the standards of acceptable behavior for the entirety of Trump’s stolen presidency, it seems—especially when it comes to the Russia investigation.

The hypocrisy Williams displays, however, is still startling; Blackwell is

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It’s no coincidence that ICE agents are ramping up cruelty as Trump prepares their medals


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On Wednesday afternoon, Joel Arrona was driving his wife Maria to a hospital in San Bernadino, CA for a scheduled Cesarean section. The two parents-to-be were nervous, but they were also out of gas, so Joel pulled over at convenience store to fuel up. As CBS Los Angeles reports, they were followed into the parking lot by a pair of SUVs. Men got out of SUVs and identified themselves as ICE agents. A few minutes later, ICE took Joel away.

They left the pregnant Maria standing in a parking lot, crying, hours away from delivery, and alone.

Under questioning by the media, ICE produced a statement, that Joel Arrona was “was taken into custody Wednesday by ICE Fugitive Operations Team officers.” According to ICE, these operations are “on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.” However, they provided no evidence that Arrona was

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If you want to know exactly what racial profiling looks like, just watch this video


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This is painful and difficult to watch. Yet I’m going to ask you do just that.

A local activist group, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI), obtained and published police recordings showing a textbook example of racial bias by Des Moines Senior Police Officer Kyle Thies. 

Thies apparently pulled over the young man, Montray Little, for…well, driving while black.

Little is berated, taken into custody, and then constantly pushed by Officer Thies to confess something that he didn’t do. Meanwhile, Thies implies that the young man was on drugs and stole the car he was driving. He is also convinced that his passenger was hiding a gun.

None of it was true.

“Your buddy’s giving me the idea that maybe he’s got a gun, you know what I mean,” the officer says. “That’s what I think.”

“How?” the passenger asks.

“Just the way you’re holding yourself, man. That’s why we’re nervous, man.”

Even though Little

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Florida man resists airport arrest; complains cops treated him ‘like a f**king black person’


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Dr. Jeffrey Epstein made quite the scene at Orlando International Airport on Thursday, though he insists it was all “on purpose.” The 59-year-old doctor reportedly showed up at the ticket counter less than 30 minutes before his flight to Philadelphia, and agents informed him that he wouldn’t be able to make his scheduled departure.

That’s when things took a dark turn, an American Airlines spokesperson tells Inc.’s Chris Matyszczyk.

“He showed up at the ticket counter to check-in for his flight at 6 a.m. for a 6.24 a.m. flight. Our team was going to rebook him for the next available flight to Philadelphia, but that is when he became irate at our team, along with other passengers and children in the area who witnessed this event.”

Epstein’s behavior escalated to the point that a bystander started filming the scene, as folks do these days.

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Cartoon: Trump’s hate tape stash


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Anyone still waiting for evidence that Trump is racist is either lying or has been trapped in a sensory deprivation tank for at least 30 years.

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Not just the ‘Queen of Soul’: Aretha Franklin leaves behind a rich legacy of civil rights activism


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It is quite an understatement to say that Aretha Franklin was just a singer. With a career that spanned almost six decades, her musical legacy is positively unmatched. In 1987, she became the first woman ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was well-deserved. Over the course of her years in the music industry, Franklin was nominated for 44 Grammy awards and received 18, sold 75 million records worldwide, and until 2017, she remained the record holder for the most songs on the Billboard 100—a title she held for an incredible 40 years. Her death on Thursday, at age 76, marks an incredible loss to music fans around the world.

Yet, Franklin’s musical accomplishments were only part of the indelible mark she made on society. She was also a longtime civil rights supporter who was deeply involved with many notable activists and organizers in the fight for black equality—one

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Fox News posts ‘memoriam’ image for Aretha Franklin … showing Patti LaBelle singing


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Legendary singer, musician, and performer Aretha Franklin died today. The world mourns and everyone is a little shaken. It seems though, that the design staff over at Fox News is the most shaken by this news. The Huffington Post’s Philip Lewis tweeted out a screenshot of Fox News’s announcement of Aretha’s passing, with the memorial image they solemnly flashed.

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Yes. The woman singing in the background is famed singer Patti LaBelle. Listen, this would be deemed an “honest mistake” if there was anything “honest” about Fox News or if they weren’t one of the most bigoted organizations in the world.

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Someone quickly put up the clip.

The limits of shame and outrage


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Last Friday, NPR’s Noel King gave “Unite the Right” rally organizer Jason Kessler a platform to spread white supremacy, leading to Kessler ranking races on the basis of intelligence. NPR then implied a comparison to Black Lives Matter protesters by juxtaposing an interview with the group after Kessler’s segment, and asking a representative of the group to respond to the racist assertions therein, arguably framing the sides as extremists of the same coin. This led to widespread criticism of NPR’s handling of the situation, and decision to allow a white supremacist airtime, in which Heather Heyer, who was killed one year ago, was never mentioned during the entire debacle. The interview of Kessler offered no new information or insight. It just regurgitated the usual talking points of ignorant assholes since there have been racist, ignorant assholes.

The incident brings forth the notion which posits some behaviors, viewpoints, and histories aren’t deserving of an audience. And to

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Led by Ben Carson, Trump’s administration eliminates Obama-era rules to reduce housing segregation


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Remember when millions of us knew that it would be a bad idea to appoint a very awkward neurosurgeon with no government experience as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)? Remember how Donald Trump went ahead and did it anyway? Well, we were right. Ben Carson might be a brilliant doctor, but he’s a terrible housing secretary. Under normal circumstances, it might be fun to say, “We told you so.” But Carson poses a grave threat to the safety of Americans living in public housing, and is a barrier to affordable housing access for people of color.

Recently, he abandoned families living in public housing in East St. Louis, Illinois, by returning control to the local housing authority which had been under HUD control since 1985. He did this despite HUD inspectors having issued failing grades to nine out of 12 of East St. Louis’s public housing projects. And then last week, he sunk even further when he announced that

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The ‘diversity visa’ program Trump is attacking also produced a Muslim immigrant hero


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After near-silence on a domestic terror attack in Charlottesville that killed one and a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed dozens and injured hundreds, Donald Trump finally found an incident of terrorism he was willing to get shouty and red-faced about. He made no call for the perpetrator of the Charlottesville attack to be summarily put to death, as he has for the New York attacker. He offered up not a single damn bit of legal change that would prevent future mass murderers from, next time, killing even more Americans, but he insisted that the New York attacker could be pinned on a specific immigration program.

This is because Donald Trump is a blustering xenophobe and racist, a half-senile old man who reliably only offers up outrage when the perpetrator of a violent attack is an immigrant, non-white, Muslim, or any combination of the three.

So here’s a story

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NAACP issues travel warning for black passengers flying on American Airlines


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On Tuesday, NPR released the results from a survey it did of Americans and their experiences with discrimination. Though all racial groups said that they experience some form of discrimination (including whites, which is worth its own post), black Americans reported experiencing broad forms of discrimination—including interactions with police, trying to vote, and in renting/buying housing. While that in itself is not surprising, it is interesting to note that black people overwhelmingly believe that the racism they experience is because of the attitudes and beliefs of individuals they come into contact with and not necessarily attributed to systems and structures. 

That belief directly contradicts a new travel advisory issued by the NAACP this week, which cautions black people from traveling on American Airlines

“The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines,” the press release

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