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Brands realize they’ve been advertising on Alex Jones’ YouTube channel, instantly peace out

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The hits keep on coming for Alex Jones.

Associating with Jones and his Infowars website is a bad look unless you’re a Donald Trump stanning conspiracy theorist. So when a bunch of brands discovered their ads were running on YouTube accounts associated with Jones, they all had roughly the same response: lolno.

Nike, Moen, Expedia, Acer, ClassPass, Honey, Alibaba, and OneFamily all suspended their ads running on Infowars-connected YouTube channels after CNN reached out for comment. With the exception of Alibaba, which didn’t comment, all of those companies claimed they weren’t aware their ads had been appearing on The Alex Jones Channel. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/03/04/alex-jones-infowars-brands-remove-ads/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

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Russia is peddling anti-GMO propaganda to the US public

Genetically engineered crops hold promise for addressing world hunger, reducing the need for harmful pesticides, and more. Despite that, GMOs remain a popular — and controversial — topic in fringe and conspiracy communities, many fueled by unfounded concerns or inaccurate information. Here to bolster those communities and potentially grow their follower numbers is Russia and its GMO propaganda targeted at … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/russia-is-peddling-anti-gmo-propaganda-to-the-us-public-28521556/

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YouTube spanks Alex Jones, offers dire warning for future videos

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A media organization known for dealing in half-truths and complete falsehoods found itself on shaky ground this week after YouTube pulled one of its videos. Alex Jones, a purveyor of far-reaching conspiracy theories aimed at the right — and pills that apparently turn you red — received a warning from YouTube after portraying survivors of the Parkland school shootings as paid crisis actors. The video focused on David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland massacre on Valentine’s Day that saw 17 of his classmates gunned down. Hogg, a 17-year-old senior fell into the spotlight over the past week after a…

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CNN told school shooting survivor to ask scripted questions at town-hall meeting – student

Preview Town-hall events are usually a chance for people to speak their minds on issues – except when they’re hosted by CNN, it seems. At an event on the Florida school shooting, the network handed at least one student scripted questions.
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Source: https://www.rt.com/usa/419579-cnn-florida-shooting-scripted-questions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

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How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out

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As students rise up to demand gun control the right aims to take them down, along with anyone who offers them support

After Parkland’s mass shooting, the wind seems to have changed. Students are speaking out, demanding that politicians act. And they’re getting some traction.

Many found their voice on Twitter and directly attacked the Donald Trump’s strange and distracted online response to the massacre. David Hogg, a student journalist who interviewed his classmates as the massacre was happening, has been one of the leaders of a chorus of students calling for tough action on gun control. Emma Gonzalez made a widely shared, impassioned speech which attacked the president directly, calling out the funding he has received from the National Rifle Association. Today, many of them are making their way in buses to the Florida State House to demand change.

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Fox News to launch an over-the-top streaming service, Fox Nation

fox-nation-ipad.jpg?w=738Fox News is going over-the-top. The Fox News Channel officially announced today the upcoming launch of an over-the-top streaming service called Fox Nation that will include live exclusive daily programing as well as long-form content available only to subscribers. Fox Nation will also include access to exclusive events and over 20 years of Fox News Channel programming, the company says.

News of the upcoming service, set to launch in Q4 this year, was first reported by The New York Times, which noted that the streaming service’s content won’t overlap with what’s aired on the broadcast channel. Instead, it will include mostly new content, produced daily, from new anchors and commentators.

One unique aspect to the service is that it will also encourage more interactivity with viewers through live events, like question-and-answer forums, says The NYT.

Details about the service’s exact launch date or pricing are not yet available, as that’s still being worked out.

However, John Finley, Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Fox News, described the service as one designed for the Fox News “super fan,” in his statement about the new product.

“With our traditional cable viewership at an all-time high, we are proud to announce a new digital offering geared entirely toward the FOX News superfans, who represent the most loyal audience in cable, if not all of television,” reads Finley’s statement. “This initiative will capitalize on providing that viewer, who is among the most affluent and well-educated in cable, with a highly specialized content experience on a platform they can watch anytime, anywhere.”

This statement hints that the new service isn’t necessarily designed for cord cutters, despite its over-the-top nature. Instead it’s more like supplemental content for those who can’t get enough Fox News from cable TV.

To what extent this product makes sense in a world that’s rapidly ditching pay TV is unclear, given that a plethora of live TV services on the market today already offer streaming, over-the-top access to Fox News itself, including YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, DirecTV Now, and others.

And because Fox News is a 24/7 cable news channel, that means Fox Nation will basically be competing against its own parent company’s flagship offering. If anything, Fox Nation will siphon off viewers who want, somehow even less hard news content than they were getting from Fox News itself, and are more interested in opinions.

In fact, the company even refers to Fox Nation as an “over-the-top opinion platform” in its announcement.

The upcoming launch of Fox Nation follows Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s film and TV divisions, which excluded Fox News, Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports; it is one of the first major new products to emerge from the now leaner 21st Century Fox.

Fox Nation is not the only news channel to experiment with new technology for digital apps, however. CNN acquired YouTuber Casey Neistat’s Beme, but that didn’t quite pan out and Neistat has since left the company. But CNN is continuing to develop some of the apps under the Beme umbrella, including a yet-to-launch live news app called Wire.

Meanwhile, the live-streamed business news network Cheddar is attracting a younger audience who doesn’t necessarily watch – or even own a TV.

Fox Nation will operate from the network’s New York headquarters, and will begin hiring in Q2.

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