“The threat to the First Amendment came from the Democratic side more,” he says, arguing that journalists viewed a Democratic plank “overly charitably” as campaign finance reform.

When it comes to politicians trampling free speech and free press, Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes said Tuesday that he doesn’t fear President-elect Donald Trump as much as he does his rivals on the other side of the aisle.

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Time For Truth: (Hollywood Reporter) – Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes Says Democrats Were Bigger First Amendment Threat Than Trump

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Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly “Tertio” that spreading disinformation was “probably the greatest damage that the media can do” and using communications for this rather than to educate the public amounted to a sin.

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Time For Truth: (Reuters) – Pope warns media over 'sin' of spreading fake news, smearing politicians

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Populist Dutch MP Geert Wilders remained unapologetic as his hate speech trial drew to a close on Wednesday, saying “millions of Dutch citizens will be convicted with me” if he is found guilty.

Wilders, 53, who had previously shunned hearings held at a high-security courthouse near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, addressed a three-judge bench at the end of the three-week trial which will formally be closed on Friday.

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Time For Truth: (Yahoo News) – Wilders unapologetic as Dutch hate speech trial ends

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The decision to increase the budget of the European Defence Agency (EDA) to 31 million euro was made by the Council of the European Union, according to a source.

The Council of the European Union decided on Wednesday to increase the budget of the European Defence Agency (EDA) from 30.5 million euro ($32.7 million) to 31 million euro, a source said.

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The greatest trick Donald Trump pulled was convincing voters he’d be “anti-establishment.”

Well, maybe not the greatest trick. But in a campaign full of cons, it has to rank close to the top. This was near the heart of Trump’s appeal to the disaffected and disempowered: Send me to Washington, and that “establishment” you’ve been hearing so much about? We’ll blow it up, send it packing, punch it right in the face, and when it’s over the government will finally be working for you again. And the people who voted for Trump bought it. After all, he’s no politician, right? He’s an outsider, a glass-breaker, a guy who can cut out the bull and get things done. Right?

Read the Full Article: Source – The Washington Post
Time For Truth: (The Washington Post) – If you voted for Trump because he’s ‘anti-establishment,’ guess what: You got conned

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