Tag: politics

  • A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 2 | Miles O'Brien Productions

    A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 2

    Russian actors may have run an online disinformation campaign during the 2016 US presidential elections, but they likely learned their tactics from Americans. As part of our investigation, PBS NewsHour series producer Cameron Hickey tracked down one of these junk news pioneers, Cyrus Massoumi. He runs liberal and conservative junk news sites, which have millions…

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  • A Junk News Pioneer - with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 1 | Miles O'Brien Productions

    A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 1

     Russian actors may have run an organized online disinformation campaign during the 2016 US presidential elections, but they likely learned their clickbait tactics from Americans. In our ongoing investigation of junk news for the PBS NewsHour, series producer Cameron Hickey managed to track down one of these pioneers of junk news, Cyrus Massoumi. He…

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  • March for Science revs up again this weekend. Here’s what to expect. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    March for Science revs up again this weekend. Here’s what to expect.

    Last year, the science community left its comfort zone and marched out into another sphere: politics. All around the world, scientists and friends of science showed their support for their discipline in the biggest worldwide science protest movement of all time. This year, the March for Science organization wants to build on the success of…

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  • Analysis: How does the U.S. see itself in a nuclear world?

    Nukes as deterrents Nuclear warfare is more psychological than anything. Nowadays, there are multiple nuclear-armed states, holding bombs hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is widely acknowledged that the next use of these weapons would augur civilization’s end. That prospect is what has kept the nuclear genie in…

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  • President Trump’s State of the Union speech gets coal all wrong, again | Miles O'Brien Productions

    President Trump’s State of the Union speech gets coal all wrong, again

    From a science angle, President Trump’s State of the Union address had little to offer. There were a few mentions of human health advances, but not much else. One line, however, caught our attention: “We have ended the war on American Energy — and we have ended the war on clean coal,” said President Trump.…

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  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt | Miles O'Brien Productions

    EPA head Scott Pruitt goes into Senate oversight hearing with batch of scandals

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sat for a routine Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing today and Senate Democrats tried to make it as painful as possible for him. Pruitt has a history of equivocation on climate, and has made it his mission to grind the EPA down to a halt, which is exactly…

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