‘Death by algorithm’: US news host Maddow slams YouTube for recommending RT interview

YouTube’s been working overtime to promote RT content on its site, according to American TV host Rachel Maddow who’s picked up on a contentious Washington Post article. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9t71

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Mueller’s Investigation Has Created An Underworld Of Online Sleuths (HBO)

Sorting through the data of the dead — their pots, their knives, and the rocks they cooked on — in order to reconstruct how they once lived, is not so different from tracking the Special Counsel investigation.

On a Friday in February, Adrienne Cobb, 29, lab assistant in the archaeology department at Western Washington University, was trying to do both. She was digitizing data on artifacts found on a farm in Washington state that were about 3,000 years old, and keeping track of what was happening on Capitol Hill, where the House Judiciary Committee grilled Matthew Whitaker — then, acting Attorney General — about his involvement in Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and its links to Russia.

Cobb’s an unlikely candidate for legal sleuthing. She’s a recovering heroin addict with no experience in journalism, and a preference for Ghost Adventures over Reliable Sources. (“I hate cable news.”) She has dyed red hair, rocks Daria-esque glasses, and tends to look at the floor when she isn’t absorbed by a screen.

She spends her free time — and some of her office time, too — tracking every update, big and small, in Mueller’s probe. She’s part of an online community of digital sleuths, amateur journalists, and statisticians, who commit hours upon hours of their lives to all things Mueller. Some have launched careers out of obsessively tracking the investigation’s twists and turns.

But for her, keeping track of Mueller’s work is about helping others feel less “helpless” in a wilderness of fast-paced, complex news that doesn’t always add up. She calls herself an “aggregator,” which seems simple enough, but it’s tough work. She checks Twitter and Reddit three times an hour for new, relevant reporting, and saves links to those articles with the program, Evernote. Meanwhile, news of every White House departure goes in a separate spreadsheet that she’ll refer to in order to update her website, 45Chaos, which in granular detail, notes every staffer who’s left, whether and why they quit, resigned, or resigned under pressure (“R-UP”), and measures the length of their tenure in “mooches,” a metric born in Trump’s White House. (She goes by 10-days, not 11, though there’s a debate over how long Anthony Scaramucci really lasted as White House Communications Director.)

On the weekends, she wakes at 4:30 a.m. and never makes plans to leave the house for long — giving her just enough time for scan every article she’s saved to Evernote, for any new revelations. These get boiled down into weekly recaps that she posts every Monday to a Reddit forum called, appropriately, “Keep_Track.” Readers sometimes message her in appreciation or send tips, and her summaries have ballooned along with the news cycle to run as long as 5,000 words. On Monday, the process starts again.

“I get a lot of people who say, ‘I can’t believe that all happened in one week,’” she said. “Or, ‘That feels like it was a month ago, because so much has happened.’ So I think there’s value to seeing it all in one spot.”

There’s value, even for the other Mueller obsessives who, like Cobb, have become addicted to tracking the unknown-knowns.

Scott Stedman, a 23-year-old, started tracking Mueller’s probe while he was a political science major at UC Irvine. Within a year of graduation, his obsessive reporting and research has earned him bylines in major outlets and landed him a book deal (Real News, out in April). Stedman says he’s a fan of Cobb’s recaps. “I find them super useful. It’s a testament to how much information there is.”

Some of Cobb’s readers even donate — she makes about $150 a month through her Patreon account, and 76,000 people subscribe to the Reddit forum, where her work is pinned to the top, so any new members can get caught up on the fly.

“There was a New Yorker cartoon that came out this week that I think sums it up pretty well,” says A.G., the host of the popular podcast Mueller She Wrote, referring to a Julia Suits cartoon that some might see as an exaggeration but that many in this Mueller-obsessed world received with a ring of truth. The cartoon shows a conspiracist-type standing in a room, wallpapered in names ripped from Washington Post headlines, and string trying to connect them all.

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Post editor denounces Trump on Saudi Arabia

(21 Nov 2018) An editor for the Washington Post denounces President Donald Trump’s decision to refrain from further punishing Saudi Arabia for the death of Jamal Khashoggi (Nov. 21)

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(20 Nov 2018) Here’s the latest for Tuesday November 20th: Judge issues ban against Trump asylum policy; Suspect, 3 others dead in Chicago hospital shooting; Shooting in downtown Denver; Washington Post reports Ivanka Trump used personal email for government business.

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Khashoggi supporters hold vigil outside Saudi consulate

Supporters, friends and relatives of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold a candlelight vigil outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to demand justice for his “barbaric” murder. They chose the consulate, where the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor was killed on October 2, to hold the first gathering of the newly-formed Jamal Khashoggi Friends Association.

#ICYMI: Jamal Khashoggi: One very awkward ‘death’ for the geopolitical hypocrites

Working out how to react to the disappearance and likely murder of Saudi journalist-in-exile Jamal Khashoggi is proving hard for a lot of governments around the world.

It looks increasingly likely that Saudi Arabia was behind the alleged murder and dismemberment of the Saudi royal family spokesman turned Washington Post critic. One of the biggest clues about who was to blame comes from the fact that the alleged killing took place inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

So ICYMI takes a look at the real question that international leaders are having to deal with: How can they show outrage at the Saudi authorities over one death, while still being able to sell them weapons to cause serious carnage in places like Yemen?

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Trump: ‘Rogue killers’ may be behind missing Saudi

(15 Oct 2018) President Donald Trump is suggesting that “rogue killers” may be responsible for whatever happened to missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (Oct. 15)

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Answers demanded for whereabouts of missing writer

(10 Oct 2018) Friends and associates of Jamal Khashoggi held a news conference at the offices of the Washington Post Wednesday to seek answers to the disappearance of the journalist who vanished a week ago.(Oct. 10)

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Washington Post Seeks Answers About Missing Writer

(8 Oct 2018) Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor of the Washington Post, says Turkey or Saudi Arabia need to present definitive proof that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi either left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul alive, or that he may have perished inside the diplomatic post. (Oct. 8)

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