“There’s a nationwide grassroots movement that’s energizing scientists, environmental activists, technologists and librarians. These individuals, known as Data Rescuers, are passionate about open data—free, publicly available data that anyone can access and use, without restrictions.” Read more in this article by Katherine Garcia in the Huffington Post here.
Says Jeffrey P. Bezos, the paper’s owner, “I think a lot of us believe this, that democracy dies in darkness, that certain institutions have a very important role in making sure that there is light.” The Washington Post’s new slogan turns out to be an old saying, The Washington Post, By Paul Farhi
“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” said New York Times editor Dean Baquet. By Michael Calderone http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-house-bars-news-organizations_us_58b08a76e4b0a8a9b78213ae?
Trump’s lies have a purpose. They are an assault on democracy. On the Media also produced a very good episode called The Game Has Changed, including an interview with Ned Resnikoff about his article.
“For a moment earlier this week, it seemed that the regime might have to come to terms with the reality the rest of us share. But Trump’s Thursday press conference reaffirmed the notion that objective reality is his real enemy.” Great piece by Baynard Woods at Democracy in Crisis.
An important article published in The Guardian back in December, “Google, democracy and the truth about internet search” gives a comprehensive overview of how biased, slanted, and outright fake news infiltrates the mainstream and takes hold.
Pagan Kennedy’s story in the NY Times, How to Destroy the Business Model of Breitbart and Fake News, provides a great profile on Sleeping Giants, a group of Twitter users pressuring advertisers to make sure they are not funding Breitbart.