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Why has Fox News abandoned Benghazi?

Posted on November 11th, 2017 at 22:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The drop-off is stark and inexplicable. In the 20 months following the attacks, Fox News ran in excess of 1,000 segments on Benghazi, according to a September 2014 report by Media Matters. The focus remained intact even after that, spiking upon the release of the “13 Hours” book and movie — a compelling account from the security operators who saved many American lives that night. “This movie, if it’s really popular, is going to force [Hillary Clinton] to answer some questions,” said Steve Doocy on “Fox & Friends” about the movie, which premiered during the 2016 presidential primary season.

So, why would Fox News go nuts about a Benghazi movie in early 2016, yet yawn over a Benghazi trial in 2017? We here at the Erik Wemple Blog are stumped. Could it be that Fox News really didn’t care all that much about terrorism and American lives, after all? No way. Could it be that the Fox News Benghazi Editor has the flu or is on paternity leave? Could it be that all that Benghazi coverage strained resources at Fox News, which hauls $1.5 billion in profits? Could it be that something happened in the last year or so that diminished the urgency of the story?

Whatever the case, there’s still time. The trial is ongoing and may wrap later this month. “There’s still a chance for them to tell their viewers what happened in Benghazi in 2012,” says Goldman. “There are plenty of seats at the media room in the courthouse for Fox to set up.”


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German officials celebrate doubled Twitter character limit

Posted on November 11th, 2017 at 21:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Twitter announced Tuesday it’s increasing the limit for almost all users of the messaging service from 140 to 280 characters, prompting a mix of delighted and despairing reactions.

Waking up to the news Wednesday, Germany’s justice ministry wrote that it can now tweet about legislation concerning the transfer of oversight responsibilities for beef labeling.

The law is known in German as the Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz.

Munich police, meanwhile, said that “at last” they won’t need abbreviations to tweet about accidents involving forklift drivers, or Niederflurfoerderfahrzeugfuehrer.


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Alabama task force performs drug raid, man dies. Officials take his home, split the proceeds

Posted on November 11th, 2017 at 21:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Wayne’s death was already a tragedy. But, for his family, it was only compounded by what police and prosecutors did next.


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Facebook asks users for nude photos in project to combat revenge porn

Posted on November 11th, 2017 at 21:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Individuals who have shared intimate, nude or sexual images with partners and are worried that the partner (or ex-partner) might distribute them without their consent can use Messenger to send the images to be “hashed”. This means that the company converts the image into a unique digital fingerprint that can be used to identify and block any attempts to re-upload that same image.

Facebook is piloting the technology in Australia in partnership with a government agency headed up by the e-safety commissioner, Julia Inman Grant, who told ABC it would allow victims of “image-based abuse” to take action before pictures were posted to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.

“We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly,” she told the Australian broadcaster.

I cannot see any possible way in which this could go wrong.

I also have a bridge for sale.


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artist statement

Posted on November 11th, 2017 at 19:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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My work explores the relationship between Critical theory and counter-terrorism.

With influences as diverse as Wittgenstein and John Lennon, new variations are generated from both mundane and transcendant textures.

Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the theoretical limits of meaning. What starts out as hope soon becomes corroded into a hegemony of futility, leaving only a sense of dread and the chance of a new reality.

As shifting replicas become frozen through boundaried and critical practice, the viewer is left with a clue to the limits of our era.


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  1. That passed the Turing test 🙂

Mary had a little lamb

Posted on November 11th, 2017 at 15:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


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