Sunday, July 16, 2017

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“Did anyone ever ask you to stop the Russia investigation?” Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr asked Comey.
"Not to my understanding, no,” Comey answered.
https://sputniknews.com/us/201706091054488000-us-comey-testimony



1--Trump’s Approval Stands at 50 Percent in the Counties That Fueled His Win

President Donald Trump's job approval rating in the American counties that fueled his 2016 victory stands at 50 percent, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of these "Trump counties."

Fifty percent of adults in these counties — consisting of Republicans, Democrats and independents — approve of the president's job performance... while 46 percent disapprove.

By comparison, last month's national NBC/WSJ poll had Trump's overall approval rating at 40 percent.


The poll's sample was taken from 439 counties in 16 states — Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin — that either flipped from Barack Obama to Trump, or where Trump greatly outpaced Mitt Romney's performance in 2012.

But there's a significant difference in Trump's approval rating in the these two kinds of Trump counties.


In the Trump "surge counties" (for example: Carbon, Pa., where Trump won 65 percent to 31 percent, versus Romney's 53-45 percent margin) — 56 percent of residents approve of the president's job performance.

Trump beat Hillary Clinton in these "surge" areas nationwide by a combined 65 percent-to-29 percent margin in 2016.

But in the "flip counties" (for example: Luzerne, Pa., where Obama won 52 percent to 47 percent, compared to Trump's 58-39 margin), Trump's job rating stands at just 44 percent.

Trump won these "flip" areas overall in 2016, 51 percent to 43 percent


2--Ex-Trump adviser on Russia collusion: 'I heard nothing of the kind'


Caputo's relationship to Russia

Caputo's history in Russia dates to 1994, when he says the US government sent him there to help the country's young government design election laws.
"I was sent there by the Clinton administration to meddle in their elections," he said, flippantly using language that alludes to the current controversy....

"I spent my time in front of the committee detailing the fact that I had no contact with Russians, that I never heard of anyone with the Trump campaign talking with Russians, that I was never asked questions about my time in Russia, that I never even spoke to anyone about Russia, that I never heard the word 'Russia,' and we did not use Russian dressing," Caputo told reporters in a press conference after the closed-door testimony. "There was absolutely no discussion of Russia on the Trump campaign 'til the day I left."


"With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!" Trump tweeted.

Caputo, a former top adviser to Donald Trump's campaign with strong ties to Russia, said at a press conference after his testimony that "there was absolutely not discussion of Russia" in the Trump campaign while he was there.
"I spent my time in front of the committee detailing the fact that I had no contact with Russians, that I never heard of anyone with the Trump campaign talking with Russians, that I was never asked questions about my time in Russia, that I never even spoke to anyone about Russia, that I never heard the word 'Russia,' and we did not use Russian dressing," Caputo told reporters. "There was absolutely no discussion of Russia on the Trump campaign 'til the day I left."

3-- Why so many Republicans, unlike Democrats, don't trust the media

Now comes a Pew Research Center survey with some eye-popping numbers on how public opinion has changed. And this goes to the heart of journalism’s mission.
On the watchdog role of the press, 89 percent of Democrats say news media criticism keeps leaders in line. Only 42 percent of Republicans see it that way.
Think about that. The study, out today, finds more than twice as many Democrats supportive of the media’s core function of holding politicians accountable...

On the fundamental question of confidence in the press, Democrats are 23 points more likely than Republicans to have a lot of trust in the information provided by the national media...

Democrats opposed to Trump are trying to consume everything they can, especially negative stories about the president, to buttress their resistance, while some Republicans have turned away from the MSM because they view it as consistently anti-Trump.
It’s not a pretty picture when trust in the media, and even basic engagement, is so sharply divided along party lines. That should send a chilling message to the news business.

4--Majority of Republicans, Democrats don't trust media for 'very accurate' info

Neither Republicans nor Democrats trust that the news media is providing them "very accurate" information, according to a survey released Thursday.

The survey from the Media Insight Project reveals that only 31 percent of Democrats and just 8 percent of Republicans said they trust the news to be "very accurate."


In  a rare result that doesn't split along party lines, research showed Republicans and Democrats are similar in behavior in terms of how they get news, how often they read it and whether news is something they proactively look for.

"They are equally likely to pay for news, to get news from social media, to seek it out actively rather than passively, and to get news multiple times a day," according to the Media Insight Project study, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and The Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Almost all recent polls on trust in media has shown eroding trust between news consumers and the media.

5--If Gallup's trust in media figures seem bad, consider this: in 2016, 9 percent – 9 percent!

of those they polled had "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress. The Pew Research Center last week released its own polling on public trust in government that shows a similar pattern— Just two-in-ten Americans say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right "just about always" or "most of the time."
That is a near historic low....

In 1987, the Reagan-era Federal Communications Commission abolished the Fairness Doctrine. That public policy had been in place since 1949, and required that holders of broadcast licenses for television and radio stations regularly provide multiple, opposing perspectives about important public issues. An earlier attempt to turn the doctrine into law failed when Reagan vetoed it, calling it "antagonistic to the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment." And with the rolling back of the doctrine, talk radio – most of it from the right — blossomed.

The FCC also gradually began lifting the limits on the number of media outlets one company could own—Those limits were again expanded just last month. And this morning we got the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group—already the owner of the most TV stations in the country, is buying another large group, Tribune Media. As media groups got bigger, their voices were amplified. Some of those were partisan voices...

Another way to think of that is in terms of marketing. Perhaps trustworthy news organizations need to do a better job of selling ourselves, making a case for why we are more reliable. We follow best practices. We correct errors quickly. (Wrong. Truth telling is the opposite of marketing)

fact checking, accuracy, trust?

6--PEW Research

Just 18% have a lot of confidence in the news they get from national news organisations

Few have a lot of confidence in information from professional news outlets or friends and family, though majorities show at least some trust in both, but social media garners less trust than either...

With more than 60 percent of American adults getting their news from social media, and about half getting their news from only one source, it is easier than every to personalize both the sources of information and the facts themselves.
"We're in a very politicized environment and we are now in a situation where a lot of people try to get the news from a politically congenial echo chamber," said Cathy Young, contributing editor at Reason magazine.

7--Hardly Anyone Trusts The Media Anymore

Only 6 percent of people say they have a great deal of confidence in the press, about the same level of trust Americans have in Congress, according to a new survey released on Sunday.

The study mirrors past reports that found the public’s trust in mass media has reached historic lows, according to data gathered by the Media Insight Project, a partnership between The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute. The report found faith in the press was just slightly higher than the 4 percent of people who said they trusted Congress....

Among the study’s findings:
■ Accuracy is the paramount principle of trust. Eighty-five percent of Americans rate it as extremely or very important that news organizations get the facts right, higher than any other general principle. And when we dig down into more specifics, a particular factor related to accuracy — getting the facts right — is most valued regardless of the topic.


Trust in the news media
National news organizations
Republican 2016  15%
2017 --11%

Dem 2016  27%
2017  34%
independent 2016  13%
2017  15%

9--there is no evidence, none at all, that Putin was ever involved in the decease of any journalist...

The anti-Russian propaganda campaign is now part of the "liberal" campaign against U.S. president Trump. It is failing. Trump's support is steady if not increasing despite daily new revelation about his (non existent) "collusion with Russia" and the (non existing) "Russian interference" in the U.S. election.
The purveyors of the propaganda stories are in despair. Each and every new fire they try to stoke dies off within a day or two. The temptation then is to invent and push ever bigger lies about Trump, Russia and their non-existing connections.
The fake news Mounk spits out, and which disqualify him as an academic, is a sign of their accelerating panic.

10--Did Trump Jr collude with Russia?

11--Another Clinton Foundation critic winds up dead

12--Democrats Gone Mad: The Year of Living Stupidly

“Sixty-two percent of voters say there is no hard evidence of White House ‘collusion’ with Russia.”

Polls show most voters think there’s no evidence that Trump “colluded” with Russia, and they believe that much of what they see in the mainstream media is “fake news.” The Russian obsession is delegitimizing, not just Donald Trump, but the government and the media....

Almost three out of four respondents to the Harvard-Harris poll said lawmakers aren’t paying attention to the issues that are important to them -- including 68 percent of Democrats. Sixty-two percent of voters say there is no hard evidence of White House “collusion” with Russia, and 64 percent think the investigations are hurting the country.
“That two out of three Americans believe the so-called ‘mainstream’ press is full of ‘fake news’ -- including a majority of Democrats.”...

Another poll by Harvard-Harris, conducted back in May, showed that two out of three Americans believe the so-called “mainstream” press is full of “fake news” -- including a majority of Democrats. The Russiagate blitzkrieg, designed to delegitimize Trump and demonize Vladimir Putin, has exacerbated an already existing crisis of legitimacy for the entire U.S. political system. “Every major institution from the presidency to the courts is now seen as operating in a partisan fashion in one direction or the other,” said poll co-director Mark Penn.

13-- Poll: Majority says mainstream media publishes fake news

Seventy-four percent of voters say the leaks are a serious matter that should be investigated, including 84 percent of Democrats.

, , Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the mainstream press is full of fake news, a sentiment that is held by a sentiment that is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.
According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, which was provided exclusively to The Hill, 65 percent of voters believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media.

That number includes 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats. Eighty-four percent of voters said it is hard to know what news to believe online.a sentiment that is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.
According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, which was provided exclusively to The Hill, 65 percent of voters believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media.

That number includes 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats. Eighty-four percent of voters said it is hard to know what news to believe online., a sentiment that is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.
According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, which was provided exclusively to The Hill, 65 percent of voters believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media.
That number includes 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats. Eighty-four percent of voters said it is hard to know what news to believe online.

14--Poll: Voters grow weary of Russia probes

15--Comey: No vote tallies were changed
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/jeh-johnson-no-evidence-russia-changed-votes

16--Majority of Democrats Think Russia Tampered With Vote Tallies, Despite No Evidence

17--

14% of Republicans express trust, down from 32% last year
  • http://www.gallup.com/poll/195542/americans-trust-mass-media-sinks-new-low.aspx
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/russia-hacking-us-election-trump-voting-systems-us-states-report-a7790701.html


    http://theduran.com/the-russian-lawyer-who-met-trump-jr-was-either-a-useful-idiot-or-a-spy-working-for-the-us-government/

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/did-17-intelligence-agencies-really-come-to-consensus-on-russia/

    http://theduran.com/donald-trump-junior-russian-lawyer-non-story-sting/

    The approach taken by Brennan’s task force in assessing Russia and its president seems eerily reminiscent of the analytical blinders that hampered the U.S. intelligence community when it came to assessing the objectives and intent of Saddam Hussein and his inner leadership regarding weapons of mass destruction. The Russia NIA notes, “Many of the key judgments…rely on a body of reporting from multiple sources that are consistent with our understanding of Russian behavior.” There is no better indication of a tendency toward “group think” than that statement. Moreover, when one reflects on the fact much of this “body of reporting” was shoehorned after the fact into an analytical premise predicated on a single source of foreign-provided intelligence, that statement suddenly loses much of its impact.

    http://theduran.com/this-is-the-simple-fact-behind-the-donald-trump-jr-meeting-with-a-russian-lawyer-video






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