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#PointerGate: Twitter mocks ‘racist’ TV report about Minneapolis mayor flashing ‘gang signs’

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Twitter users are mocking a TV report that passed on complaints by law enforcement officers that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges flashed a gang sign while posing for a photo with a man as she campaigned.

Law enforcement officers found the photo, which was taken last week, on the man’s Facebook page while doing investigative work and passed it along to KSTP-TV reporter Jay Kolls, the station reported.

The photo shows Hodges and the man, identified by Daily Kos as Navell Gordon, standing side by side closely and pointing toward one another with their index finger and thumb extended.

The man’s face is blurred out in the photo posted online by the station, along with — oddly — the last two letters in the word “vote” on his T-shirt.

The mayor’s office said Quinn and the man were simply pointing at one another as she campaigned on the city’s North Side, but a retired police officer said the gesture is used by gangs in the neighborhood.

“It puts police officers at risk,” said Mike Quinn, a retired Minneapolis police officer.

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“She is legitimizing these people,” he added. “She is legitimizing gangs who are killing our children in Minneapolis and I just can’t believe it. It hurts.”

Gordon, who has been convicted on drug and firearms charges, was recently sentenced to five years in prison, but the term was suspended for three years while he is under supervised probation.

Kolls admitted in his report that he cannot prove Gordon is a gang member, but Media Bistro reported that he cited unspecified sources – identified only as “they” – who “say he has connections to gang members.”

That line has apparently been edited from the current version posted online by KSTP.

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Critics have blasted the story as racist, poorly sourced, and flat-out bogus, posting photos on Twitter of various people making similar gestures, along with the hashtag #PointerGate.

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Law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds said the story fed negative stereotypes about young black men and was likely politically motivated because Hodges has encouraged reform within the city’s police department.

“Rather than celebrating the young man’s involvement in civic engagement, the media decided to replay an age-old narrative of stereotyping a young black man from the inner city and branding him as a gang member,” wrote Levy-Pounds, a professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School. “Because of the mayor’s willingness to reach into the community and build connections, she too, was labeled in a similar manner and accused of having gang affiliations.”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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