FROM John Avlon
All the News that Fits… What You’re Already Thinking… Increased partisanship in politics is no accident. The far Left and the far Right live in different worlds when it comes to news and information. Intense conservatives trust Fox News -- not MSNBC, the New York Times or NPR. For intense liberals, it’s the other way around. And social media deliver more and more news -- using algorithms based on what consumers have already indicated they “like.” Are political echo chambers creating opinion bubbles that kill public discourse?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?