In his first full day on the job, President Donald Trump declared war on the media. In recent weeks, he and his White House have declared war on the truth, altering official White House transcripts, as well as a video on the White House's official YouTube channel, to distort the meaning of a statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin during their joint press conference in Helsinki.
If there was any doubt that Donald J. Trump was in active campaign mode, an analysis of political ad spending on Facebook the past two months should put that to rest. The analysis, conducted by New York University professors for 'The New York Times,' shows that Trump -- both individually and vis-a-vis his Political Action Committee -- is Facebook's top U.S. political advertiser.
On the fifth anniversary of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Pew Research Center is releasing an in-depth analysis of the hashtag's life cycle and some proprietary research showing the role social media is playing in engaging Americans around, well, social issues. The hashtag has been used nearly 30 million times on Twitter since the July 13, 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
In a direct appeal to crowd-fund a paid media buy to distribute a video attacking liberals as "unhinged," the Trump-Pence campaign this morning sent emails to its list asking for "another $1OO,OOO before tonight's 9 P.M. airing deadline." The appeal does not explain the use of the proceeds or why there's a deadline associated with the ad.