WASHINGTON - Last month after Donald Trump watched Fox News lob what he called "softball questions" at a Democratic lawmaker, the US president delivered a crisp smackdown of his favorite network: "Fox sure ain't what it used to be." After years of often fawning coverage by Fox, particularly from its pro-Trump anchors like Sean Hannity, the commander in chief appears to be tilting his media gaze toward a younger, more right-wing rival, cable outfit One America News Network (OANN). The small upstart broadcaster was launched only recently, in 2013, by technology millionaire Robert Herring, who sought a more conservative alternative to mainstream media behemoths like CNN. Today it seeks to outfox Fox by drawing extra attention from Trump, who has been voicing his displeasure with the ratings leader over everything from presidential polling to its hosting of Democratic candidate town halls. Last week in a tweet to his 63 million followers, the president managed to disparage Fox and his … [Read more...] about Is Trump’s love affair with Fox News fading?
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Digital economy minister takes aim at fake news Minister outlines digital policy core Buddhipongse: Keen on big data The new digital economy and society (DE) minister plans to set up an anti-fake news centre to deal with messages with malicious intent or misleading information that may create panic, improving public understanding through correct information.DE Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta was speaking on his first day in office on Thursday. He said the centre aims to prevent the spread of false information in many fields, such as disaster warnings, weather forecasts, government policy or rumours. Agencies will be allowed to provide correct information to the public in response to fake news. He stressed there is no need to deal with every news item online, focusing instead on "news that would have an impact on security issues, such as natural disasters, or news that could spark public panic or sedition". Mr Buddhipongse said there is no timeline … [Read more...] about Digital economy minister takes aim at fake news
Knicks fined $50,000 for barring NY Daily News (Agence France-Presse) - June 25, 2019 - 8:45am NEW YORK – The NBA fined the New York Knicks $50,000 on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) for violating league rules on media access by barring the New York Daily News from a post-draft press conference on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Other New York media outlets were invited to the conference to introduce newly drafted players RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis. "The Knicks did not allow the New York Daily News access to their post-draft press conference on Friday, June 21 while allowing all other credentialed media who cover the team to attend," the NBA said in a statement. "The organization has agreed to comply with NBA Media Access Rules moving forward." The Knicks issued a statement acknowledging that they did not comply with NBA policy, saying they made an error in interpreting Friday's announcement as an invitation-only … [Read more...] about Knicks fined $50,000 for barring NY Daily News
"Do you ever lie to your friends?," Jam asks, popping up in a private message box at the bottom of your screen. If it seems like a personal question, don't worry -- Jam isn't a person, but a chatbot, eager for a bubbly conversation about the news, environment, pop culture and more. This particular cryptic query leads to Jam telling the story of Romain Gary, a French author who deceived the literary world by writing under a pseudonym. Jam is one of a new generation of sophisticated chatbots that mimic how real people write in messages and on social media to inform their readers, rather than the traditional dry question-and-answer format. The French "chatbot media" startup launched three years ago and now has exchanges with 150,000 people every day, most of them young. Jam communicates via Facebook Messenger and adopts a talkative, casual tone, like a friend telling an anecdote, peppering its banter with plenty of smiley-face emojis, pop-culture gifs and links to viral content. It chats … [Read more...] about I, Chatbot: Getting your news from a talkative automaton
MOSCOW: The entire politics desk of one of Russia's top daily newspapers, Kommersant, quit on Monday (May 20) in protest over censorship after two veteran reporters were fired.The walkout at the newspaper controlled by pro-Kremlin tycoon Alisher Usmanov is a rare protest in the Russian media industry where nearly all print outlets toe the government line.Kommersant's staff, media professionals and liberal Russians accused the billionaire of destroying one of Russia's best newspapers.But speaking to AFP, Kommersant editor-in-chief Vladimir Zhelonkin defiantly rubbished that view."They've been saying this for the past 20 years," he told AFP. "Time will tell."Earlier on Monday, deputy editor Gleb Cherkasov said he and another 10 journalists - who make up Kommersant's political desk - quit in solidarity after the management forced two veteran reporters to resign over a scoop."The shareholder has a right to make staffing decisions," Cherkasov wrote on Facebook."The employees … [Read more...] about Pressure at top Russian daily triggers mass walkout