The ‘scripted’ town-hall question: A CNN non-scandal – The Washington Post

People criticize CNN all the time, on social media, on television, on the radio. Most of it fizzles. However: When a survivor of a horrific school shooting in Parkland, Fla., criticizes the 24/7 network for alleged misfeasance in handling the issue of gun violence, a local story takes an immediate hop to the national stage.

Source: The ‘scripted’ town-hall question: A CNN non-scandal – The Washington Post

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InfoWars’ main YouTube channel is two strikes away from being banned – CNN

(CNN)InfoWars, a far-right media organization run by Alex Jones and known for peddling unfounded conspiracy theories, is on thin ice with YouTube after it posted a video that portrayed the survivors of the Parkland school shooting as actors.

The Alex Jones Channel, Infowar’s biggest YouTube account, received one strike for that video, a source with knowledge of the account told CNN. YouTube’s community guidelines say if an account receives three strikes in three months, the account is terminated.
That video focused on David Hogg, a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The attention has given him a powerful platform — but it has also made him the subject of demonstrably false conspiracy theories that claim he’s so skilled as a public speaker that he must be a paid actor.

Source: InfoWars’ main YouTube channel is two strikes away from being banned – CNN

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Artist Ai Weiwei visited Puerto Rico as part of research into mass migration – NBC News

ISABELA, Puerto Rico — Internationally acclaimed artist and Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, known for his work motivated by social justice issues, recently traveled to Puerto Rico to witness the impact of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, including on the people left behind.

“Many people realize artists can be a positive force for seeking the truth, for making social change, and for making political change,” Ai told NBC News in an exclusive interview during a research trip to Puerto Rico at the end of December.

For Ai, the mass migration of desperate people from their homes has long been among the humanitarian and political themes that have defined his sculpture, installations, photography, film projects.

Source: Artist Ai Weiwei visited Puerto Rico as part of research into mass migration – NBC News

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The war on apathy over America’s wars – Salon.com

Our report’s revelations were, I thought, dramatic, largely unknown to the American public, and another reason to demand a conclusion to our never-ending wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They were also a significant black mark against the private contracting companies that, for years now, have profited so greatly from those wars. Nonetheless, the report got next to no coverage, as has often been the case when it comes to human suffering in those war zones (at least when the sufferers are not U.S. soldiers).

Do Americans really not care? That, at least, seems to have been the judgment of the many journalists who received our press release about the report.

Source: The war on apathy over America’s wars – Salon.com

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13 Ways Public Schools Incubate Mental Instability In Kids

Why doesn’t anyone investigate the toxic effects of today’s bureaucrat-run mega-schools in the wake of a school shooting? It’s high time we place a share of the blame there.

Apologists for these noxious systems continue to shift blame for their failures using the media, various left-wing lobbies, and the kids themselves as programmed mouthpieces for statist agendas like gun control. Meanwhile, they keep feeding the beast by mass institutionalizing kids.

Source: 13 Ways Public Schools Incubate Mental Instability In Kids

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FCC chair Pai receives NRA gun award for courage | TheHill

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai received the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

The NRA-sponsored award was given to Pai in recognition of months of heavy criticism over his successful push to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules. Pai led the push to repeal the rules, which were overwhelmingly supported by the public, in December.

“Ajit Pai is the most courageous, heroic person that I know,” said Dan Schneider, the executive director of the American Conservative Union, while introducing the FCC chairman.

Source: FCC chair Pai receives NRA gun award for courage | TheHill

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Net Neutrality Rules: FCC Publishes The Repeal Order, Lawsuits Begin : The Two-Way : NPR

The Federal Communications Commission is working toward officially taking current net neutrality rules off the books. The agency took the requisite formal step of publishing the rules on Thursday, opening the door for lawsuits from a number of state attorneys general and advocacy groups.

Senate Democrats have also been pushing for a special congressional vote to block regulations from going into effect, but have so far been one vote short of overcoming the Republican majority. A similar vote would also face a very high hurdle in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Net neutrality

It’s a principle that Internet providers should be neutral gateways that provide equal access to all legal web content.

Read all of NPR’s coverage of the topic here.

The pushback follows the December vote by the Republican-led FCC to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, which limit the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps. The repeal can’t take effect until the Office of Management and Budget completes a review of the change.

Source: Net Neutrality Rules: FCC Publishes The Repeal Order, Lawsuits Begin : The Two-Way : NPR

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