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October 16, 2020

New Zealand's deputy PM brutally shuts down COVID denier who demanded 'evidence' of the virus

New Zealand First party leader Winston Peters was taking questions at an event
COVID denier asked the deputy PM for evidence that coronavirus existed

Mr Peters swiftly shut him down in front of a laughing crowd and gave evidence


October 16, 2020

US officials warned the White House that Russian intelligence was using Rudy Giuliani to funnel ...

US officials warned the White House that Russian intelligence was using Rudy Giuliani to funnel disinformation to Trump


US intelligence agencies cautioned the White House last year that Russian intelligence operatives were targeting President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a way to push disinformation to the president, The Washington Post reported.

The paper cited four former officials familiar with the matter who said the warnings were based on several sources, including intercepted communications. The communications are said to have shown that Giuliani communicated with multiple people who had ties to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine. The former New York mayor made the trip as part of his effort to dig up dirt on the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter related to the younger Biden's work for the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings.

The Post reported that the intercepted communications raised red flags with US officials who worried that Russian officials were using Giuliani as a conduit to feed disinformation to Trump. After the White House was warned about the possibility, the report said, the national security advisor Robert O'Brien told the president to approach any information Giuliani gave him with caution.

October 15, 2020

Rudy Giuliani staffers accidentally upload video of him being racist

Extended version of podcast interview appeared to be uploaded by mistake by Republican’s staffers


Rudy Giuliani mocked Asian people in a racist video that appeared to have been uploaded to his YouTube channel by mistake.

The Republican took-on a stereotypical Asian accent and bowed in a racist manner in the video that was uploaded on Wednesday night.

According to the Daily Beast, the remarks were made on Tuesday, when Mr Giuliani had interviewed former White House press secretary Sean Spicer for his podcast, Common Sense.

On Wednesday night, two versions of that interview were reported to have been uploaded to YouTube, which included an extended scene in which Mr Giuliani was racist.

It showed Mr Spicer leave the room, before several minutes of darkness are followed by Mr Giuliani, who starts speaking to staff who are not on camera.

October 15, 2020

Christie Says He Was 'Wrong' Not to Wear Masks at White House

Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who was hospitalized as he battled the coronavirus, urged people to follow C.D.C. guidelines in public.


Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who was recently battling a coronavirus infection, said on Thursday that he was “wrong” not to wear a mask at an event honoring Judge Amy Coney Barrett and in his debate preparation sessions with President Trump, and that people should take the threat of the virus seriously.

In an interview with The New York Times and in a written statement, Mr. Christie said that he had believed he was in a “safe zone” at the White House while he was there. He urged people to follow best practices, like mask wearing and social distancing, but argued there’s a middle ground between extensive, large-scale shutdowns and reopening cities and states without taking proper precautions.

Mr. Christie said he had spent days in the intensive care unit of the Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey, after taking himself there on Oct. 3 at the insistence of his doctor. Mr. Christie, who was at high risk for negative effects of the coronavirus because of his weight and because he is an asthmatic, was one of several people around Mr. Trump, who announced early on Oct. 2 that he had tested positive, to contract the virus.

October 15, 2020

The Moderator Scheduled For The Second Presidential Debate Was Suspended For Lying About His Twitter

C-SPAN's Steve Scully admitted to sending a tweet to Anthony Scaramucci, despite previously denying it and saying he had been hacked


Steve Scully, political editor at C-SPAN, has been suspended indefinitely after he admitted to lying about his Twitter account getting hacked, the network announced Thursday.

Scully, who had been set to moderate the second presidential debate that was due to take place virtually on Thursday night prior to President Donald Trump pulling out, admitted to "errors in judgment."

On Oct. 8, the veteran Washington reporter tweeted a message at former White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci, asking whether he should respond to claims from Trump that Scully was biased against him.

But the message was public and soon went viral, held up by conservatives that Scully was colluding with Scaramucci, who is now a vocal Trump critic. (It is not uncommon, however, for reporters to communicate privately with politicians from all parties.)

To try to cover his tracks, Scully said his account had been hacked — something he now admits was false.

October 15, 2020

Trump threatened Facebook and Twitter again after they throttled the spread ...

Trump threatened Facebook and Twitter again after they throttled the spread of a dubious New York Post story about Hunter Biden


US President Donald Trump expressed outrage Wednesday when Facebook and Twitter decided to limit the spread of a dubious New York Post story about Hunter Biden, the son of Trump's presidential rival Joe Biden.

"So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of 'Smoking Gun' emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the @NYPost," Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Neither Facebook nor Twitter took down the New York Post article.

The Facebook spokesman Andy Stone on Wednesday said the platform was "reducing its distribution" of the story while it gave its third-party fact-checkers time to look over the piece. The article appeared to be riddled with holes and red flags.

Twitter blocked users from tweeting links to the story, and a spokesman said this was because the article broke its "Hacked Materials Policy." Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later said that the platform's communication about its actions "was not great" and that blocking users from sharing the article without any context was "unacceptable."

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