Schumer calls out Trump’s ‘fictions’ and Fox’s ‘known liars’

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. — “The president conjures fictions, buys into baseless conspiracy theories told by known liars on Fox News or somewhere else, and then anyone who contradicts him earns his scorn…” — “Here in the Senate, certain members of the grand old party are forming their own conspiracy caucus.” He again invoked Fox, saying some of the theories are spread there, and then picked up by senators… — Regarding Trumpworld’s defense of his conduct vis a vis Ukraine: “They try to create a shiny object, a diversion, and, unfortunately, too many of the news media — on the right …

The only antidote to a campaign of lies is a campaign of truth | Richard Wolffe

Todays politics combine technology with propaganda, disinformation and corruption. But there is an alternative Help us cover the critical issues of 2020. This Giving Tuesday, consider making a contribution Senator John Kennedy is not an idiot. He may be a useful one, from the Kremlins perspective. But objectively, the Louisiana Republican has nothing in his rsum that suggests a large cavity inside his cranium. Kennedy earned the highest honors at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar, and he was executive editor of the Virginia Law Review at the not-too-shabby University of Virginia law school. So how does a certified nerd one of the elites of the elite end up peddling Russian-backed disinformation on national television not once, but …

A single weekend showcases the Trump presidency’s highs and lows

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Yet the week ended with an extraordinary national security development — a daring and dangerous raid approved by Trump and carried out by teams of elite US troops. Here’s the banner headline in Monday’s NYT: “It was the most significant announcement of the death of a terror leader since President Barack Obama revealed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by US Navy Seals in a dramatic late night address in May 2011,” CNN’s Zachary Cohen wrote. And Trump claimed al-Baghdadi’s death was a bigger deal than bin Laden’s assassination, though most experts disagreed. He clearly …

The pundit class continues to misunderstand Bernie Sanders and it shows | Nathan Robinson

Sanders returns again and again to issues that matter to ordinary people: healthcare, student debt and climate change issues which are not a priority for the mainstream media A new unofficial Bernie Sanders ad, made by a fan, has documented the various ways in which media organizations have subtly fudged the numbers to make Bernie seem less successful than he is, and there is still a narrative that his campaign is failing even as it hauls in all over the country. Even as he shatters fundraising records there will be Sydney Ember, a former financial analyst for an investment bank, the source of Bernies appeal must be mystifying. Thats because Sanders returns again and again to issues that are of …