Here are 12 things that the news industry should have done between 2016 and now:
1. Commissioned an independent, professional examination of any reporting mistakes and the reasons behind them.
(Read the whole analysis here: thehill.com/opinion/white-…)
2. Issued corrections and, when warranted, apologies regarding any false reporting and implications;

3. Conducted a thorough investigation of who, if anyone, was pulling strings and feeding false information and reported the findings;
4. Pledged not to be a tool for the propagandists’ smear tactic of getting secondary news outlets to publish rumor, innuendo and irresponsible journalism in order to convince legitimate news organizations to cover the questionable story to get “reaction”;
5. Returned to standards regarding anonymous sources — using them primarily to gather on-the-record information from others or only as a last resort to report an important, legitimate story, specifying as much as possible the type of people they are and why they cannot be named
(5. continued) and disclosing any of their potential conflicts of interest;
6. Stopped relying on sources who have provided false information and removed from the ranks of experts, contributors or sources those who promulgated false information;
7. Covered both sides of the story, whether we agreed with a side or not;
8. Held or killed a story that didn’t check out or lacked documentation;
9. Confined political advocacy to the opinion pages;
10. Attributed allegations and claims rather than pretending to know with certainty things we cannot know firsthand;
11. Avoided temptation to form conclusions based on preliminary claims, evidence or information; and
12. When conducting and reporting on polls or consulting political analysts, contextualized their past performance in terms of accuracy.
The entire analysis here: thehill.com/opinion/white-…

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My answer is boringly not succinct. I'll answer on this tweet...
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2-List bullet point campaign accusations against Trump. Biden is under a separate tweet.
I'll start:
*He called fallen troops "losers" and "suckers"
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*He colludes with Putin/Russia
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1-Bored? I have a short story about the IRS with a surprise ending.
I pay more taxes than I think I owe because I know I’m a possible target.
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Same routine this yr: I pay all my taxes, I get another bill. I pay that; I get another bill.
The last bill caught my eye.
3-It said the IRS had taken a “balance owed to me from 2018” and put it toward my newest bill.
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1-Internal FBI doc:
FBI's Peter Strzok on NYT article:
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justthenews.com/accountability…
2-and FBI's Peter Strzok on NYT article: "There is no known intel affiliation, and little if any [government of Russia] affiliation[.]"
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I will lay out my understanding in this thread.
First, intel officials were initially barred under our constitution and laws from capturing innocent Americans on wiretaps and surveillance of foreign officials and terrorists.
Then, they said, “Well, we need to sometimes capture those innocent U.S. citizens ‘incidentally,’ but we won’t store their information. We’ll protect their American rights.”
Then, they said, “Well, we will store the info for just a little while, but we will carefully control access and we will ‘mask’ or hide the identities of the U.S. citizens so they cannot be used for political or nefarious purposes.”
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