Late Show host Stephen Colbert jumped all over social media giant Facebook for allowing fake news to influence the election, only pulling the plug on the fraudulent clickbait websites after Donald Trump was elected.
“A lot of people think that Donald Trump won because of Facebook, partly because on Facebook, it’s okay to poke without consent,” the CBS host began. “But mostly because Facebook is full of fake news stories that get shared widely without being fact-checked. Like ‘FBI agent suspected in Hillary email leaks found dead in apparent murder-suicide.’ Or ‘Bill Clinton’s sex tape leaked,’ and “Oprah tells Fox News host some white people have to die.'”
“Oprah would never say that to Fox News,” he continued. “She’d put it on the cover of O magazine.”
According to Colbert, 44 percent of people get their news from Facebook which means that many American voters were woefully misinformed during the election season.
But, as Colbert noted, Facebook promised to eliminate fake sites from their news feeds — but way too late.
“There is some good news,” he explained. “As of today, Facebook will restrict these fake news sites. Now they’re going to do it, so while we’re at it, let me just close these barn doors so those stupid cows can’t get back in.”
“Enjoy your fields, stupid f*cking cows,” he sneered.
Watch the video below via CBS:
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."