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Friday, October 11, 2019


Headlines for Oct. 11, 2019

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Headlines with an * are the ones we managed to fit in in our allotted time slot.

Worst, Most Misleading & Funniest Headlines for Oct. 11, 2019

*Mark Zuckerberg Says No One Deserves to Be a Billionaire
Actually very misleading. He finishes by saying, “At some level it’s not fair, but it may be optimal.”
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center 
2008: San Francisco passes an $888 million bond to build a new hospital
2015: Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan give $75 million to help fund equipment and technology for the new hospital.
[His net worth = $67 billion; $75 million is 0.1% of his wealth]
2016: The new hospital building is completed.

And what are most billionaires really spending money on?
*No One Needs a Superyacht, but They Keep Selling Them
*Luxury doomsday bunkers: How the mega-rich are preparing for the apocalypse

*As Ecuador protests grow, president moves government out of the capital
If this were Venezuela or any other country in imperialism’s crosshairs, the headline would read “government flees capital”.

*North Korea’s Demands Throw Cold Water on Denuclearization Talks
How about “US intransigence throws cold water on denuclearization talks”?

This is how unusual it is for an intelligence officer to become a whistleblower
Subhead: In my 30 years at the CIA, I never heard of any similar case.
”I spent 30 years working in the CIA’s Clandestine Service. During those three decades, I was never aware of a whistleblower anywhere inside the CIA or the broader intelligence community.”
30 years in the CIA and he’s never heard of John Kiriakou or Jeffrey Sterling! 

To what extent did Russia’s social media effort in 2016 suppress the black vote?
A good article, but an unnecessarily clickbait headline. The answer is clear from the article, and it’s nil. There’s no evidence the Black vote was suppressed by any actions of the IRA (not “Russia”, which the article conflates with the IRA despite the lack of any evidence of that).

This Top Gifted and Talented School Is Integrated. Is It the Future?
It's 2019? Is the NYT really asking this question?

Why the wife of a U.S. diplomat was granted immunity after a fatal car crash
The headline promises a real, thoughtful answer but it’s not forthcoming. The only answer given? Because Trump says so. Basically because we’re the U.S. and they’re not.

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