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Many journalists don't understand the role they play in keeping politicians honest—which their audience *says* they want. When Trump told us on live TV that the shutdown was his, it became his—it could be reported as the "Trump shutdown." The media now acts like it's a coin flip.
2/ Trump can't be held to his word because US media fails to
"scaffold" coverage: folding into tomorrow's news (in an ineluctable—i.e. fully ingrained—way) the info we learned today. *Every headline* mentioning the shutdown has a *responsibility* to call it the "Trump shutdown."
3/ Once media decides that scaffolding yesterday's *facts* into today's coverage is somehow biased—which any journalism professor will tell you it isn't—you create an environment in which Donald Trump knows in advance that he can lie today with *few media repercussions* tomorrow.
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Goodbye to the rest of my day. Here are all of the Russian ads.
democrats-intelligence.house.gov/facebook-ads/s…
One of the first more successful/costly ads, from 2015. Posts promising "updates" (including one about the Charleston shooting) seem to perform better so far. Also notice targeting- Baltimore, Ferguson, and surrounding.
Nothing like some good old patriotism to generate some clicks 🇺🇸

Just like with RT's cat and tsunami videos, this page was looking to draw people in before delivering more divisive content...

#breaking #RussianAds #Facebook #disinformation
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