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Fake news and bots may be worrisome, but their political power is overblown

Posted by   /  February 14, 2018  /  Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

It’s very hard to change people’s minds, especially when so many are already committed partisans By Brendan Nyhan | The New York Times How easy is it to change people’s votes in an election? The answer, a growing number of studies conclude, is that most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at […]

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These columns might make you dumb

Posted by   /  February 13, 2018  /  Media and Entertainment, Off-Beat News, Rose Law Group  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer For seven years now, we have published a column enititled “From the Rose Law Group Growlery,”which delves into pet peeves, daily irritants and maddening situations encountered in daily life. (A growlery is a place to retreat to, alone, when ill-humored.) I came across information about how “exposure to nonstop […]

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When the media become a political weapon

Posted by   /  February 8, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Kim Hart, Sara Fischer | Axios Political operatives who once relied on one-sided media outlets and platforms during campaigns now acknowledge their role in the erosion of trust in media and facts in general. Why it matters: Increased polarization of media on both sides of the political spectrum has created a crisis of faith in […]

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A crazy idea for funding local news: Charge people for it

Posted by   /  February 7, 2018  /  Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Farhad Manjoo | The New York Times You could almost hear the trumpets blaring in the background of Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement last week that Facebook would now promote local news stories in its News Feed. “People who know what’s happening around them are more likely to get involved and help make a difference,” the […]

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Women more addicted to smartphones than men, survey finds

Posted by   /  February 5, 2018  /  Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Jason Wheeler | The Daily Courier After surveying about 200 college students on their use of smartphones, a professor at Binghamton University found twice as many women addicted to smartphones, compared to men. In a December article by Maggie Gilroy — of The Press & Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, New York — Isaac Vaghefi, […]

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An in-depth look inside Pinal County government public information

Posted by   /  February 4, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

Public information officers have one client: the organization they work for, attorney says By Heather Smathers | PinalCentral Government transparency or spin doctoring? Opposite terms that, depending on your perception, can be used for the same profession: public information officer. Apache Junction, Casa Grande and Maricopa — the county’s largest municipalities — along with Pinal […]

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The Nunes memo and Jackie visits Melania covered by “Saturday Night Live”

Posted by   /  February 4, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

Steve Doocy (Alex Moffat), Ainsley Earhardt (Heidi Gardner) and Brian Kilmeade (Beck Bennett) interview Hope Hicks (Cecily Strong), Louis Farrakhan (Chris Redd) and President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin).   Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) is visited by former first ladies Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman), Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon), Martha Washington (Aidy Bryant) and Michelle Obama (Leslie […]

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Bush is baaaaack

Posted by   /  January 28, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

President George W. Bush (Will Ferrell) addresses the nation on “Saturday Night Live” and compares his presidency to that of President Donald Trump’s.

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[SUNDAY FEATURE] The Follower Factory

Posted by   /  January 28, 2018  /  Featured News, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market. By Nicholas Confessore, Gabriel J.X. Dance, Richard Harris and Mark Hansen | The New York Times he real Jessica Rychly is a Minnesota teenager with a broad smile and wavy hair. She likes reading and the rapper Post Malone. […]

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Court, Clean Elections lack authority in challenge against Smith-Obama ad

Posted by   /  January 26, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun A group that mounted political attacks on former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith when he was running for governor in 2014 won’t get to challenge the authority of the Clean Elections Commission to impose a fine on it. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Arizona […]

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