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    Pushing buttons: How the media worsens the Trump-Kim nuclear circus

    The 'media puppet show'

    International affairs now includes a kindergarten-like spitball match over who's got a bigger button. It's Donald Trump's Jock and Awe social media strategy. And the press just laps it up.

    "He puts stability on the table, I think, as an issue — his stability. The president of the United States, his stability," said Mike Barnicle at the start of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this morning, where the very first topic was, well, you can guess.

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    In a 'Fake News' era, trusty C-SPAN offers some facts about your Congress

    You can dispute the merits of policies debated or even enacted by the U.S. Congress. But, thanks to C-SPAN, there's not munching debating how productive your elected officials are these days. And, thus, how few are likely to suffer from exhaustion.

    Or who are the biggest blabbermouths in the House and Senate. In case even reporters who cover Capitol Hill are unsure, the undisputed reality is now revealed.

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    Should the Disney-Fox deal go through?

    Trump's activist antitrust division may well hold things up

    Disney boss Bob Iger was suitably L.A. CEO informal — tie-less with striped shirt and blue blazer ensemble — and very much a hot commodity after buying a giant chunk of 21st Century Fox. He detailed his de facto courtship of Rupert Murdoch — "I didn't see this coming six months ago," he told Bloomberg TV — as well as the consumer benefits and, unavoidably, the regulatory challenges.

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    As Trump, Sanders bash the press, even sporadic contrition is nowhere to be seen

    Will they ever admit mistakes, just like the press they pillory?

    In another Orwellian performance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fulminates about the press, aping her boss as she claims the media is "purposely putting out information that you know to be false." The president inveighs against CNN, ABC, The Washington Post, etc., amid high-profile slipups.

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    A criminal outrage revealed by Netflix is undone by a federal court

    'Making of a Murderer' inspires a bitterly contested decision

    The media evinces justifiable pride these days over so much great work — on sexual harassment and myriad other topics. For sure, it's mixed with anxiety over shaky business models, a Trump-fueled decline in public esteem and painful screw-ups, such as those of late by CNN and ABC News.

    And then there's this frequent occupational reality: press achievements that come crashing or go unacknowledged. The limits of journalism are typified by a troubled young man named Brendan Dassey.

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    The identity of Mosul Eye, the stealth historian of ISIS atrocities, is revealed

    Why he went public

    Omar Mohammed was a stealth historian risking death with virtually every keystroke. His is a tale of the anonymity of heroism — until now.

    Mohammed, 31, revealed to the Associated Press that he indeed "is the man behind the legendary and widely read Mosul Eye, the pseudonym under which he wrote the catalog of horrors that was life under Islamic State fanatics."

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    How women of the alt-right are attacked viciously — by the men of the alt-right

    Some YouTube personalities could use a dose of feminism

    Time's Person of the Year selection of the #MeToo "Silence Breakers" accentuates claims of a watershed or reckoning in American society when it comes to sexual harassment. You can look to your ideological left for ample assurance about a "social movement" afoot, but it's not quite so simple if you look to your right.

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