White House Press, Simon Roche, Invanka: 3 Stories You Should Read 11/30/2018
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In the category of: Lock her up??
A new investigation from the Washington Post revealed that for the majority of 2017, Ivanka Trump used a private email account to handle government affairs. The information comes from a White House review of her emails. Many of the emails were reportedly between Ivanka and White House aides and Cabinet members, detailing her family’s schedule.
However, in nearly 100 of the emails, she reportedly corresponded about official government business, though she and her representatives maintain that many of those emails were in response to people contacting Ivanka first. Ivanka claimed that she was unaware of the rules about personal email accounts. Sources told the Washington Post that her ignorance about the rules may have been because she wasn’t looped in on White House emails reminding employees not to use their private accounts.
In the category of: Not the kind of hope we’d prefer.
The ‘genocide’ online
South Africa has become a twisted meme for the far right online. A favorite for extreme right-wingers like Katie Hopkins, a British provocateur, and Laura Southern, a Canadian alternative media personality, who have developed a substantial following.
There is no shortage of extreme voices on South Africa. Posts about white genocide and land grabs are everywhere on Facebook or YouTube.
Spend a little time, though, in this alternative media universe, and the name of one South African will keep cropping up: Simon Roche.
Roche is ubiquitous, doing interviews with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and ultra-right media like Red Ice, or appealing directly to his followers on social media from an overstuffed leather couch.
In the category of: Freedom of the press redefined.
The rules could result in reporters being banned for asking follow-up questions. That will have a chilling effect.
Here’s the entirety of the document detailing the new rules:
Please be advised of the following rules governing future press conferences:
(1) A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists;
(2) At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor;
(3) “Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner;
(4) Failure to abide by any of rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.
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