Journalist Jim VandeHei, co-founder of Axios and Politico, was disturbed by President Donald Trump’s reaction to a question about whether his rhetoric might provoke violent actions by his supporters.
The website has been promoting an upcoming HBO special featuring an exclusive interview with the president, whose mood seems to lighten when VandeHei asks whether he feels any responsibility for politically charged violence.
“You’ve got to watch his body language,” VandenHei said. “It’s almost like he relaxes, it’s almost like you become on par with him and he just wants to have a conversation that, to him, is totally on the level.”
Trump insisted that his attacks are necessary and justifiable because he believes the media treats him unfairly, and he thinks those attacks got him elected.
“It’s like, ‘Of course, I have to do this,’ like, ‘look what the press is doing to me, look at how my crowds respond to me,'” VandenHei said. “I think at one point he’s like, ‘They like me better when I do this.’ People are like, ‘You’ve got to cut this off, you’ve got to stop the rhetoric.’ He’s like, ‘No, I’m winning.'”
Google tightens political ads policy in effort to stop abuse
Google on Wednesday updated how it handles political ads as online platforms remain under pressure to avoid being used to spread misleading information intended to influence voters.
The internet company said its rules already ban any advertiser, including those with political messages, from lying in ads. But it is making its policy more clear and adding examples of how that prohibits content such as doctored or manipulated images or video.
"It's against our policies for any advertiser to make a false claim -- whether it's a claim about the price of a chair or a claim that you can vote by text message, that election day is postponed, or that a candidate has died," Google ads product management vice president Scott Spencer said in an online post.
Pope Francis begins Asia tour with visit to Buddhist temple
Pope Francis will visit one of Thailand's famed gilded temples Thursday to meet the supreme Buddhist patriarch, on the first full day of his Asian tour aimed at promoting religious harmony.
The 82-year-old pontiff is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend four days before setting off to Japan.
His packed schedule a day after touching down in Bangkok includes a meeting with the king and the prime minister before leading an evening mass expected to draw tens of thousands of people from across Thailand, where just over 0.5 percent of the population is Catholic.
Hong Kong campus stalemate persists while US congress passes bill of support for democracy protesters
Hardline Hong Kong protesters held their ground on Thursday in a university besieged for days by police as the US passed a bill lauding the city's pro-democracy movement, setting up a likely clash between Washington and Beijing.
Beijing did not immediately respond to the passage in Washington of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which voices strong support for the "democratic aspirations of the Hong Kong people."
But China had already threatened retaliation if the bill is signed into law by President Donald Trump, and state-run media warned Thursday the legislation would not prevent Beijing from intervening forcefully to stop the "mess" gripping the financial hub.