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Eichmann's captor, Israeli ex-spy Rafi Eitan dead at 92: media

Eichmann's captor, Israeli ex-spy Rafi Eitan dead at 92: mediaFormer Mossad spy Rafi Eitan, who commanded the audacious 1960 capture of top Nazi Adolf Eichmann, died on Saturday aged 92, Israeli public radio announced. Eitan, the handler for Jonathan Pollard, a US Navy analyst who passed Israel thousands of top secret documents, was himself wanted by American authorities for a time. “Rafi was one of the heroes of the state of Israel’s intelligence service in countless acts for Israel’s security,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.



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Trump administration plays favorites with faith-based media

Trump administration plays favorites with faith-based mediaAccording to one account, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised that “people of all faiths will have ‘something to say’ about the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan the White House is expected to announce after Israel’s elections in two weeks.”



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Social media scrambles to remove videos of New Zealand Christchurch mosque shooting

Social media scrambles to remove videos of New Zealand Christchurch mosque shootingA gunman who opened fire inside a New Zealand mosque on Friday live-streamed his attack in a 17-minute video.



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New Zealand mosque massacre proves social media giants don't deserve their power, freedom

New Zealand mosque massacre proves social media giants don't deserve their power, freedomIt is time for counter-terrorism specialists to move into the offices of social media giants. For too long terrorists have used them with impunity.



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UK interior minister says social media firms must act after New Zealand shootings

UK interior minister says social media firms must act after New Zealand shootingsLONDON (Reuters) – Britain's interior minister Sajid Javid said social media firms must take action to stop extremism on their channels after Friday's shootings at two mosques left at least 49 people dead. Online accounts linked to the gun attacks had in recent days circulated white supremacist imagery and extreme right-wing messages celebrating violence against Muslims. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube said they would take down content involving the mass shootings which were posted online as the attack unfolded. …



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After Tucker Carlson says he won't 'bow to the mob,' Media Matters surfaces more radio remarks

After Tucker Carlson says he won't 'bow to the mob,' Media Matters surfaces more radio remarksAs Tucker Carlson refused to apologize Monday for his comments on child rape and women, Media Matters released additional radio clips.



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Media shocked at Manafort sentence

Media shocked at Manafort sentenceSome pundits say 4-year term is an outrage.



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North Korea state media says people blame U.S. for summit breakdown

North Korea state media says people blame U.S. for summit breakdownTrump however was open to more talks with North Korea aimed at North Korea’s denuclearization, his national security adviser said, despite reports it is reactivating parts of its missile program. “The public at home and abroad that had hoped for success and good results from the second DPRK-U.S. summit in Hanoi are feeling regretful, blaming the U.S. for the summit that ended without an agreement,” Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said in a commentary. North Korea’s official name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.



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Venezuela releases American journalist after full day in custody: media

Venezuela releases American journalist after full day in custody: mediaIn the latest crackdown on a challenge to his rule by opposition leader Juan Guaido, Maduro also expelled the German ambassador, accusing him of repeated meddling in the country’s affairs. The United States said it was set to impose sanctions on banks to ramp up pressure on Maduro to leave office. Most Western countries, including the United States and Germany, have recognized Guaido as the OPEC nation’s legitimate head of state and back his plan to install a transition government ahead of free elections.



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AOC Suggests the Media Unfairly Target Her Personal Life

AOC Suggests the Media Unfairly Target Her Personal LifeRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired off a tweet suggesting that the media unfairly target her family and love life in their reporting — and I can’t stop laughing.Here’s the tweet:> You know, when I got to DC I was told that it’s considered “off-limits” to report on a member’s family, love life, etc.> > Unsure why that consideration is suspended for me.> > (Also for those who ask how I learned to handle pressure,try being the only daughter in a Latino household) t.co/M2lgHITz1B> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019First of all, the article she is referencing about her mom’s view of her relationship includes an interview with her mom. So, if she didn’t want the media reporting on her family life, maybe she should tell her family to stop talking to the media. Seems a little simpler than having to put all that effort into playing the victim, right?Second of all, she’s wrong. She’s not the only one — far from it. In fact, the first thing I thought of when I saw this tweet was “Okay, then why do I know that the president loves Diet Coke more than he loves condoms?” I mean, seriously. The media doesn’t just also sometimes report on President Trump’s personal life; it is actually completely obsessed with President Trump’s personal life!Don’t believe me? Here are some actual headlines from President Trump’s time in office: “Trump’s alleged failure to use condoms with Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal raises questions, concerns” (The Mercury News). “What Melania & Trump's Hand-Holding Struggles Say About Their Marriage, According To Body Language Experts” (Bustle). “Every time Donald and Melania Trump have faked holding hands with each other” (The Independent). “This absurdly uncomfortable video of Donald Trump trying to hold Melania's hand is going viral — here's what a body language expert has to say about it” (Insider). “Reporter asks Melania Trump: Do you love your husband?” (ABC). “Trump doesn't want Barron to play football” (CNN). “Inside Melania Trump and Barron Trump’s Relationship” (The Cheat Sheet). I could go on, but I unfortunately have dinner plans in about five hours, and finding all of the headlines about the Trumps’ personal lives would probably not allow me to eat until approximately 2037.Now, I do realize that she referred specifically to “members,” but that doesn’t make her tweet any less stupid. Other members of Congress have to deal with speculation about their personal lives, too. In 2018, Sen. Lindsey Graham felt the need to come out to the media and say that he’s not gay. Here’s a McClatchy article that gets into the legal troubles of Senator Ted Cruz’s half-sister, who died in 2011. In 2016, The Daily Mail ran a piece titled “EXCLUSIVE: Bernie Sanders' very 1960s love life revealed — his first wife, the woman who had his son, and the sugar shack home where he lived as a 'revolutionary.'” Senator Kamala Harris’s affair with Willie Brown dominated almost an entire news cycle.In other words: If someone really did tell her that politicians’ personal lives are off-limits for the media, then they were, quite clearly, wrong. Politicians, particularly famous stars like Ocasio-Cortez, are always going to face that kind of scrutiny because, well, they’re famous. I’m not saying it’s good; I’m not saying it’s bad; I’m saying it’s life — and pretending to be some kind of unique victim in a situation where you’re not one doesn’t accomplish anything except make you look foolish.



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