LOS ANGELES — Ali Al-Ahmed is a veteran critic of the Saudi government, so late last year he was not surprised to receive a Twitter message purporting to be from an Egyptian woman living in London who said that she, too, was a Saudi opponent. But Mr. Al-Ahmed, who is based in Washington, was wary of the woman, who identified herself as Mona A. Rahman. “Her picture was too made up, like the picture of a model,” he recalled. Her Arabic was imperfect. And her messages in Arabic included a character that indicated that she was typing on a Farsi-language keyboard. Then she sent him an article that appeared to be from the website of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard about an unexpected development in Israeli politics. The article was on a site that had the exact logo, coloring and layout of the Harvard site. But the address was “belfercenter.net” — not the real one, “belfercenter.org.” And the article, claiming … [Read more...] about New Report Shows How a Pro-Iran Group Spread Fake News Online
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I first got news of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., via an alert on my watch. Even though I had turned off news notifications months ago, the biggest news still somehow finds a way to slip through. But for much of the next 24 hours after that alert, I heard almost nothing about the shooting. There was a lot I was glad to miss. For instance, I didn’t see the false claims — possibly amplified by propaganda bots — that the killer was a leftist, an anarchist, a member of ISIS and perhaps just one of multiple shooters. I missed the Fox News report tying him to Syrian resistance groups even before his name had been released. I also didn’t see the claim circulated by many news outlets (including The New York Times) as well as by Senator Bernie Sanders and other liberals on Twitter that the massacre had been the 18th school shooting of the year, which wasn’t true. Instead, the day after the shooting, a friendly person I’ve never met dropped off three … [Read more...] about For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.
The night of Nov. 7, 2000, was as tense as an election night can get in a newsroom. No one knew how things would turn out, with sitting Vice President Al Gore running against the popular Texas governor — and son of a president — George W. Bush. Things were so uncertain that I designed a Leaf-Chronicle Page 1A with sample copy that read “Gush wins” (luckily, both candidates had four-letter names) and blank spots for the story and headlines. And it stayed that way for a long time, with press deadline approaching. After several national TV stations called it for Bush, despite nerve-wracking silence from the ever-reliable Associated Press, we finished off the page with a “Bush wins” headline and story. And, at our negotiated late deadline, we started the press. Moments later, AP sent an advisory that the race was too close to call. Florida was still up in the air, and it would remain that way. Then-Editor Richard Stevens gave the order, … [Read more...] about Leaf-Chronicle election plan focuses on digital news, print analysis
Palmetto Ridge wrestler Brennan Van Hoecke has been voted the Naples Daily News Athlete of the Week sponsored by Babcock Ranch for Dec. 10-15. Van Hoecke, a freshman, won the 113-pound weight class at the Captain Archer tournament, pinning every opponent to remain undefeated on the season. He received 1,652 of the 4,230 votes (39.1 percent) in the Daily News' online poll. Naples High boys soccer player Christian Wicker finished second in the poll with 1,578 votes (37.3 percent), followed by Barron Collier girls basketball players Jada McCray with 610 (14.4) A new Athlete of the Week poll is posted at 10 a.m. every Monday, and voting is open until 10 a.m. Thursday. Each winner is presented with an Athlete of the Week T-shirt provided by BSN SPORTS as well as a Naples Daily News gift bag. Voting is restricted to one vote per device per hour. The nominees for Dec. 10-15 were: Boys Basketball Preston Urbancic, First Baptist – Averaged 19.5 points last week in wins … [Read more...] about Naples Daily News Athlete of the Week: The winner for Dec. 10-15 is…