Does Trump Treat Putin Like a Confidant?

Logged into Bing this morning and saw this odd little snippet:

Screenshot of Trump and Putin with the caption Trump treats Putin like a Confidant
Trump Treats Putin Like a Confidant

Does Trump ‘reportedly’ treat Putin like a ‘confidant’?

I can believe it, but is it true?

I looked for the source, Business Insider.

Who owns Business Insider?

A screenshot of the search result for who owns Business Insider, it reads Business Insider was launched in February 2009 and is based in New York City. Founded by DoubleClick's former CEO Kevin P. Ryan, Dwight Merriman, and Henry Blodget
Business Insider was launched in February 2009 and is based in New York City. Founded by DoubleClick’s former CEO Kevin P. Ryan, Dwight Merriman, and Henry Blodget

Ok.

Business Insider is nine years old, possibly center-left and uses a
cickbait style.

You can tell it’s click-bait because…

Screenshot of Business Insider headline claiming that Trump treats Putin like a confidant
Click bait…

Are other media outlets reporting this story?

I ran a search for Trump treats Putin like a confidant:

Screenshot of Google Search Results
Google Search Results #!

The top five results are Business Insider, Reddet, YouTube and a December
2016 piece on Kissinger by Politico.

The YouTube video is of an unnamed ex-intelligence chief who says the U.S.
needs to treat Vladimir Putin as an equal.

It looks like pro-Putin propaganda.

The YouTube video is from Sky News.

Rupert Murdoch founded Sky News in 1989.

screenshot of SkyNews was founded in 1989 by Rupert Murdoch
SkyNews was founded in 1989 by Rupert Murdoch

What if I Google Trump ‘reportedly’ treats Putin like a confidant?

Screenshot of search results for Trump Reportedly Treats Putin like a Confidant
Google Search Trump reportedly treats Putin like a confidant

The top five search results are Business Insider and MSN (Bing)
and that December 2016 piece on Kissinger by Politico.

Does Trump treat Putin Like a Confidant?

Perhaps.

I think it’s true.

But that doesn’t make it true.

Based on my research the Business Insider headline is nothing but clickbait
and has no value as news.

So, Business Insider:

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Judging you

Rob Goldstein 2018

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Stay Frosty

I was out in the City on a sun drenched Thursday in San Francisco.

It was a day away from the Internet of Trump, though his name came
up in the chats I had with the people I met on my stroll around the City.

We are the riff-raff of San Francisco, the people who make the City real.

Word on the street is Trump’s shithole presidency ain’t gonna sully us.

We like our democracy; we like how it lets us bitch it out when we think
it’s wrong…so hands off, Vlad.

If you don’t like our diversity we glad your ass ain’t here, cause we ain’t
got time for it.

As Auntie Maxine says, we don’t honor you. We don’t respect you, and
we don’t want to be involved with you.

Animated Gif of Maxine Waters Reclaiming her Time
Auntie Maxine

We’re part of long red line that stretches all around the globe; we San Franciscans who ride the bus and walk the City.

We’re #TheResistance and we call bullshit because it keeps us alive in a system that wants divided and shooting each other.

We’re poor, not stupid.

And we vote. Mostly Blue.

As the mid-terms near we find ourselves facing the same firehouse of lies as we did in 2016.

 

from a 2017 article on Lawfare:

The recent revelations from Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Google, and Microsoft—revelations that Russia likely spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on politically targeted advertising that spread disinformation—illustrate how Moscow is pursuing long-standing foreign policy goals while adapting to changing technology. The political ads appeared to address both sides of the U.S. political divide, reaching millions of Americans. The goal of these ads appears to be the widening of domestic divisions and amplification of existing fears. Some Facebook ads, for example, supported the Black Lives Matter movement, while others aimed to paint the organization as a danger to society. Some ads appeared to highlight support for then-candidate Hillary Clinton, while others attempted to alarm potential voters by showing her popularity with Muslim women. In a number of cases, the ads were targeted directly at key demographics in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Addressing Russian Influence: What Can We Learn From U.S. Cold War Counter-Propaganda Efforts?

 

They’re Back

Animated GIF of an ad from Poltergeist with the caption, 'they're back.'
They’re Back found on GIPHY

The House and Senate Majority does nothing to stop Vladimir Putin from using the internet as a weapon against the American People.

Here’s what Microsoft Bing had as the lead story in the U.S. last Friday:

Screenshot from Microsoft Bing
Bing, Fox News Category U.S.

Examine the headline and ask yourself who processed the photos, who chose
the wording and the layout, and why?

Why is this racist opinion peace the lead story on my Bing news feed?

Maybe the answer is simple, but how many people ask why?

“No one believed in Trump, not even a little bit,” Soldatov says. “It was a series of tactical operations. At each moment, the people who were doing this were filled with excitement over how well it was going, and that success pushed them to go even further.” Andrei Soldatov

Gaslighting makes it hard to know what’s real because the lies are based on a smattering of truth.

MS Bing category, the U.S. South

 

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Saturday July 5 Screenshot Bing

According to Bing the lead story in the South is this Fox headline
about a Mother who stopped a kidnapping.

The lie is in the frame

For Fox, the story is about the firing of a gun, which is why the
headline is a lie.

The writer tortured English to make sure we knew that Mother had a gun.

Texas mom shoots man who tried to take car with her kids inside a gas station!

That sentence is almost not English.

Fox has headlines in all of Bing’s regional categories in the U.S.

This was the big story in the Midwest last night.

Screenshot of Russian propaganda from Fox News on Microsft Bing
Category U.S. – South

Heroic white vet on a lonely MAGA hatted parade of patriotism.   It’s as
if he’s braving persecution.

And why are the photos of three criminal looking men from Latin America in the upper right of the screen?  Why does Fox call these men ‘non-Citizens’?

I checked in with Bing this morning for the lead story in the United States and again, the lead is from Fox.

Screen shot of Russian Propagaganda on Fox News
The Lead Story in the United States on Microsoft Bing, July 6, 2018

Do I sense persecution as an emerging Trumpian theme?

This is supposed to be a random video but we know from the 2016 campaign
that Putin hired actors and staged events.

Active Measures includes the staging of events for the media.

I think it’s propaganda because it fuels the stereotypes and racial
animosity that gave Putin the edge in 2016.

Fox wants me angry.

U.S. investigations are mostly focused on what Russia did in 2016, instead of what it will inevitably do in 2018 and 2020. The Atlantic

What can the average American do to protect themselves from this inevitable onslaught of lies?

Trump can’t gaslight people who know what he’s doing. Trust your eyes and ears, if you think you heard the President say he fired Comey over Russia, you did hear him say it.

False information sometimes comes from trusted friends who haven’t verified their sources.  My friends and I agree to verify all news reports. If we can’t verify a story it’s false.

Question Headlines. Forbes reports most Americans are fooled by fake headlines.

Disinformation is often click-bait with deceptive content designed to smear political opponents.

Question news reports that normalize politicians who use name calling and smear campaigns. The people need political leaders who discuss policy.

Look for a story on multiple platforms across a spectrum of opinion.

I use CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune,The UK Guardian, The Telegraph, PBS the U.S. News & World Report and the BBC.

I also use Snopes.com 

If a story is only on marginal outlets on the political extremes it’s either a distortion of the truth or an outright a lie.

Protect yourself from disinformation on social media by following different people with different points of view.

Legitimate news sites list who runs the site and have a straightforward mission statement with an easy to verify listed of owners and staff. A news site without an ‘about us’ section is a fraud.

Verify quotes. If you read that President Obama says he’s going to run again
in 2020 run a search. If he said it, read the context. A quote out of context is
the same as a lie.

Opinions are not fact.

Sean Hannity is not reporting news, he’s telling you what he wants you to think:

October 25th 2016 - Sean Hannity
October 25th 2016 – Sean Hannity

Stay frosty.

If your vote didn’t count, Putin and the GOP wouldn’t be working so hard to psych you out.

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Header image Rob Goldstein, 2018

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Happy Birthday America! Show Us What Democracy Looks Like!

The “Families Belong Together March” came six days after San Francisco’s Pride Day.

A photograph of a sign at the 2018 Pride parade in San Francisco that reads Reunite Families at the Border
Sign at Pride 2018

 

Your White Supremacy is Killing Me

Seen on a sign at Pride, 2018

 

Photograph taken at the Families Belong together rally of a sign that reads the GOP are the animals
I will Stand with the most Vulnerable

Americans are a funny lot; we’ll give a pass to sexual and religious hypocrisy,
treat the theft of a SCOTUS Seat as if it was a gaming strategy, and wait for a savior as an obviously lawless and malignant GOP conspires with Vladimir Putin to hinder an investigation into an act of war against us. But the sight of a sadistic President gleefully using the federal government to abuse children works our very last nerve.

A sign from a 2018 political Rally that reads Silence is not an option
Silence is not an option

A federal policy of abusing immigrants and children is kindling for a growing sense that Trump’s government is alien to Americans and a threat to who
we are as a people; at Pride the response to this is we intend to fight back.

A speaker reminded the crowd that gays and feminists didn’t win rights by throwing parties:

At the Families Belong Together March, I heard it expressed as moral outrage:

Our Founders were clear which branch of government steps in when the other three branches are compromised:

On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson explained why the colonies sought independence and why the colonials would fight and die for it:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.—

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. —

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness… it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

State Sanctioned child abuse is intolerable and the horror of a President who devises policies that allow him to indulge in it transcends all differences.

This is what democracy looks like:

I give Joan Baez the closing line:

“At some point it will become necessary to do Civil Disobedience.”
Joan Baez, June 30, 2018 Families Belong Together

 

photograph of a sign that reads Our Only Infestation is in the White House
Our Only Infestation is in the White House

 

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018

June 30, A National Protest against the Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy

Update, June 25th:

At least 130 rallies are planned nationwide to protest immigrant families being torn apart

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/21/us/zero-tolerance-policy-marches-trnd/index.html

Chris Hayes of MSNBC has done a fantastic job of following and reporting
the story of the Trump Administration’s Human Right’s Violations at our
Southern border.

On June 30, cities across the country will host protests against the Trump administration’s family-separation policy,  MSNBC host Chris Hayes and Rep. Pramila Japayal announced on Monday’s All In with Chris Hayes.

As I get more information I will update this page.

Sign the Petition:  National Domestic Workers Alliance

FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER. IT’S THAT SIMPLE

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