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Israeli newspaper linked to top GOP donor accuses Trump critics of ‘incitement’

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Days after a gunman slaughtered 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue—while screaming anti-Semitic slurs—President Donald Trump once again blamed the media for political violence and called them “the true enemy of the people” on Twitter.

The President’s response raised concerns that his rhetoric, aimed at the media and vulnerable groups like refugees and immigrants, creates a climate of hate that might encourage spillover into real world violence, such as Cesar Sayoc’s alleged mailing of pipe bombs to public figures critical of President Trump and Richard Bower’s synagogue attack.

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Israel Hayom, an Israeli paper heavily funded by Sheldon Adelson, owned by one of his relatives, and published by his wife, Miriam, does not appear to agree. The publication’s lead story Monday contends that “Accusing Trump of fostering violence is incitement.

The article goes on to suggest that holding Trump accountable for creating an environment that empowers hate-filled extremists in itself might incite violence.

“A hate crime is a despicable thing. That is why accusing someone of being responsible for a hate crime (like saying U.S. President Donald Trump may not have been the shooter, but he created an atmosphere that was conducive to the shooting) is a very serious thing,” the article claims. “In fact, it is incitement.”

The author goes on to knock critics of the President who suggest he might hold some responsibility for the killings.

“The bodies strewn across the floor of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood were still warm when my colleagues here in Israel began to suggest that this heinous murder, committed by the vile neo-Nazi Robert Bowers, was carried out under the auspices of Trump. Revolting,” they note.

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The article also credits Trump for his support of Israel, which many critics note is at odds with the ideals of progressive Jews in the US. Nevertheless, the paper uses Trump’s support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as evidence that he couldn’t possible facilitate an atmosphere where vulnerable groups might be under threat.

‘Trump is the most pro-Israel American president in history. He has a Jewish daughter and Jewish grandchildren. And yet, he still needs to prove himself over and over again. Trump feels the pain of the Pittsburgh community,” they write. ‘After the massacre, Trump said, “It’s a terrible, terrible thing what’s going on with hate in our country, frankly, and all over the world, and something has to be done.'”

The piece ends with a call for the return to “common decency.”

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“We should unite, not incite, in the face of a hate crime. But it appears that is too much to ask in these crazy times, in which social media has taken the place of traditional media outlets and allegiance to a particular political camp takes precedence over common decency.”

Sheldon Adelson is an ardent Trump supporter. He also has financial ties to Donald Trump going back decades, that Adelson may have used to buy political influence in the White House. A recent ProPublica story chronicling the mens’ close relationship deemed Adelson’s Trump’s “Patron in Chief.

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North Korea announces ‘test of very great importance’ occurred at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground: report

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North Korea state media reported on a "successful" test at a missile launch site.

"A very important test took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on the afternoon of December 7, 2019," a spokesperson for the Academy of the National Defense Science said.

The spokesperson said the test was "of great significance to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

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#UPDATE North Korea conducts a "very important test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reports, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked https://t.co/abYhRDvBic pic.twitter.com/neCYEQTEhf

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Here’s why Ukrainians are shocked about Rudy Giuliani’s new associate

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney is causing "shock" among Ukrainians for working with Andrey Artemenko, according to new reports.

"In an attempt to exonerate President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani has been working with right-wing media outlet One America News Network (OAN) to produce a television special featuring a string of current and former Ukrainian officials defending Trump’s conduct in withholding military aid to Ukraine and seeking investigations of the Bidens," Law & Crime reported Saturday.

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‘Irony and Outrage’: How different — and how similar — are Samantha Bee and Fox News?

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Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are masters of outrage — not just the emotion, but a genre of political theater — just as Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are masters of ironic satire. They’re poles apart, and yet — ironically or outrageously — they’re profoundly similar, both in how they’re impacting their audiences, and why their genres emerged when they did. That’s perhaps the central thesis of “Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States,” by Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, who’s both a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware and an improv comedian with the troupe ComedySportz Philadelphia. That’s among the many different hats she wears.

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