President Donald Trump has already spent twice as much on Facebook ads as his would-be Democratic rivals — combined — and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blasted the social media giant for undermining democracy with its woeful standards of objectivity.
The Trump campaign relied heavily on Facebook ads in 2016, which later fell under investigation for possible links to Russia collusion, and his digital team has remained largely intact for his re-election campaign and is doubling down on that strategy.
“Once again, as they did last time, they’re pouring all all of their money into Facebook, trying to persuade people when people aren’t paying attention,” said Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei. “Thirty percent of people are getting their news on Facebook, and Fox News is the No. 1 performing media organization on Facebook.”
The “Morning Joe” host called out Facebook for helping Trump poison the political debate with unchecked lies to an incurious voting public.
“People just read what they want to read,” Scarborough said, “they go on Facebook, they read the lies and they believe the lies and that becomes their reality. So you ask why can Donald Trump lie as much as he does?”
“So much of it has to do with Facebook,” he added. “He buys a lot of ads on Facebook. They have absolutely no standards. They allow lies to stand.”
How Teach for America evolved into an arm of the charter school movement
When the Walton Family Foundation announced in 2013 that it was donating $20 million to Teach For America to recruit and train nearly 4,000 teachers for low-income schools, its press release did not reveal the unusual terms for the grant.
Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach For America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. The two-year grant was directed at nine cities where charter schools were sprouting up, including New Orleans; Memphis, Tennessee; and Los Angeles.
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Here are 5 reasons why 2020’s down-ballot races could reshape America’s future
The political press always tends to focus mostly on the marquee race for the White House but that's especially true this cycle, as Donald Trump runs for a second term. He demands attention and his antics enrage his opponents and delight his supporters in equal measure.
But national reporters risk missing the big picture by centering so much of their reporting at the top when many of the most important political battles in 2020 will take place further down the ballot.
Trump is catnip for reporters and their editors, but the dearth of coverage of downballot races didn't begin with his election. As the news media in general faces structural changes—with print circulation declining and much of their work moving into digital spaces that are more difficult to monetize--publishers have cut back on reporters assigned to the state and local government beat. Nevertheless, Trump has arguably worsened the trend by getting so much airtime— one estimate suggested that over the past four years, Trump has taken up, on average, 15 percent of the entire daily news cycle on the three leading cable networks, nearly three times what Obama did.