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Will Fake News Ever Be the Same: Google Reportedly Pitching New AI Tool to Newsrooms


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Ridgewood NJ, new tool for the “Fake News” , Google is testing Genesis, an AI tool designed to help journalists by generating news articles. Despite these innovations, concerns remain over misinformation and bias if such tools are not accurately supervised. Will ‘Fake News’ ever be the same?

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Netflix Founder and CEO Reed Hasting Steps Down

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Ridgewood NJ , Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings is stepping down after more than two decades at the company. The company has been planning its next era in leadership for years and appointed Ted Sarandos as co-CEO in 2020. Greg Peters, the company’s current COO, will be promoted to co-CEO. Hastings will remain with Netflix as executive chairman of the board.

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58% Of Voters Agree: Media Are ‘Enemy of the People’

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Ridgewood NJ, voters overwhelmingly believe “fake news” is a problem, and a majority agree with former President Donald Trump that the media have become “the enemy of the people.”

A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat agree that the media are “truly the enemy of the people,” including 34% who Strongly Agree. Thirty-six percent (36%) don’t agree, including 23% who Strongly Disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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“Fake News is unionizing” : Three New Jersey daily newspapers, including Bergen Record, vote to unionize

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Ridgewood NJ, in what can only be seen as a death knell for the newspaper industry “journalists” at the Bergen Record , the Daily Record and New Jersey Herald all owned by Gannett  voted overwhelmingly to unionize.

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Art Gallagher Sells MoreMonmouthMusings

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By Art Gallagher

After more than 15 years of providing Monmouth County focused fair and biased news and commentary, I have been called to devote my talents in a different direction. MoreMonmouthMusings has been sold. The new owners will take over early next month.

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Essential Elements That Make One Commercial Effective

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Getting into the world of television advertisements may be a bit daunting, especially if you don’t know the first thing about making a commercial. However, once you find out how easy it can be to make an interesting commercial, you will be able to attract your target audience in no time. The first thing you should think about is which commercials actually engage the audience and which ones don’t. Most intriguing commercials have a couple of common elements that you will find out when you analyze them. To save you the trouble of doing that, we’ve listed these elements below, so let’s take a look at the essential factors that make any commercial effective.

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Reader says rather than write a story about perseverance and the competitive spirit we write a story to gin up racist hatred

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a “black teen” WAS NOT FORCED to cut his hair by a “white referee”.
The athlete was not in compliance with the rules.
The referee was enforcing the rules.
The athlete elected to come into compliance, competed and won.
It’s as simple as that.
But rather than write a story about perserverence and the competitive spirit we write a story to gin up racist hatred.
1. The student athlete was NOT IN COMPLIANCE with the RULES.
2. The referee enforce the rules by giving the athlete the choice to come in compliance with the rules within the specified time limit or forfeit the match.
3. The student athlete was given a choice and he ELECTED to have his own hiar cut and compete since he did not have the proper head gear rather than forfeit the match.
He WAS NOT coerced nor FORCED to get his hair cut.

“A wrestling official who required an African-American grappler from Buena Regional High School to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his bout in a match against Oakcrest was acting in accordance with the rules, according to multiple South Jersey referees.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, wrestlers’ hair cannot extend past the earlobes. If it does, they must wear a legal hair cap to cover it.
Johnson was wearing a cap, but it wasn’t attached to the headgear as the rule requires, according to Buena graduate Ron Roberts, a wrestling referee of more than 20 years.
Johnson would’ve been in compliance in the past, but the rule changed within the past couple of seasons to require the cap to be attached to the headgear, according to Howie O’Neil, who’s officiated for 44 years.
“The interpretation of the rule was applied correctly,” said Roberts, who hadn’t seen the video, but had heard of the incident. “The kid had to have legal head cover by rule or he’s got to cut his hair.””

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Gannett Laying off 141 Employees at North Jersey Media group

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January 24,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Gannett owner of the Bergen Record is issuing layoff notices to 141 employees in a second major round of job cuts since it purchased North Jersey Media group.

Many long-time readers of the Ridgewood blog know there was not much love loss between this blog and the former owners of the Bergen Record, the Borgs.  The Ridgewood blog was frequently the target of their ire.

The Record like most of New Jersey’s local media worked in collusion with the far left and seemed to support every new tax, and regulation chasing every business out of the state along with most retirees and high earning tax payers.

While we hate to see people lose their job, we know the same consideration would not be given to us.

The company said Monday the cuts will take place across its North Jersey Media Group, which includes The Record, the Herald News of Passaic County and

The McLean, Virginia-based Gannett Co. Inc. has previously eliminated over 100 jobs at the newspaper group right after purchasing the papers last summer.

The company says North Jersey Media Group is reorganizing to meet the growing digital demands of its readers and advertisers.

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War Between Trump, Media Seen Escalating With Presidency’s Power


Candidate Donald Trump railed against what he calls the “dishonest media.” Now, President Trump will have to decide whether to do something about it.

Trump has already called for tougher libel laws and has threatened to sue newspapers. While it will be hard for President Trump to take direct action that makes it easier to sue or silence news outlets, his appointees will preside over federal agencies including the Federal Communications Commission that oversee media ownership. The Justice Department can block industry mergers, issue subpoenas to news organizations and obtain search warrants.

Perhaps more importantly, Trump is challenging the legitimacy of traditional media at a time of low public standing and great financial stress for the industry, especially newspapers. In September, a Gallup poll found that just 32 percent of Americans have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the media, the lowest level in the poll’s history.

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Media Blasts “Clinton Lackey” Gottheimer in CD5 Race

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Ridgewood NJ, the press is finally starting to recognize that Josh Gottheimer is a political insider trying to use his Clinton connections to buy a congressional seat. New media reports blast him as a “Clinton lackey” whose resume is merely a “revolving door with the Clintons.”It seems for all his bravado Josh Gottheimer is nothing more than a cog in the Clinton machine and only in Bergen to execute on Clinton business.

REPORT: “The common thread, it seems with this guy is – it’s the Clinton Foundation, it’s the Clinton connections, it’s the Clinton cash.” (Raheem Kassam, Rep. Scott Garrett on Facing Off Against Clinton Machine in NJ’s 5th District, Breitbart Radio, 8/31/16)

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Clinton Foundation. Josh Gottheimer has filed no public registrations about the clients he represented during the four years he served as Executive Vice President for Burson-Marsteller. (Josh Gottheimer, LinkedIn, Accessed 8/29/16)

Clinton Connections. “[T]he collection of Clinton associates aiding Mr. Gottheimer is striking in its breadth.” (Alexander Burns, “Protégé of Clintons Takes On Congressman in New Jersey,” The New York Times, 12/26/15)

Clinton Cash. “A review of his filings found that about one dollar in six came directly from fellow alumni of the Clinton White House and campaigns — many of whom are scattered across powerful companies like Time Warner Inc., Bloomberg L.P. and Goldman Sachs — or from major donors and employees of consulting firms tied closely to the Clintons.” (Alexander Burns, “Protégé of Clintons Takes On Congressman in New Jersey,” The New York Times, 12/26/15)

REPORT: There are “all sorts of unanswered questions” about Josh Gottheimer’s work for the Clintons and his relationship to the Clinton Foundation. (Raheem Kassam, Rep. Scott Garrett on Facing Off Against Clinton Machine in NJ’s 5th District, Breitbart Radio, 8/31/16)

REPORT: Josh Gottheimer is a “Clinton lackey” who owes his career to the “revolving door with the Clintons.” (Raheem Kassam, Rep. Scott Garrett on Facing Off Against Clinton Machine in NJ’s 5th District, Breitbart Radio, 8/31/16)

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Ford job, courtesy of the Clintons. From Bill Clinton’s White House and Hillary’s Clinton’s campaign, Gottheimer then went to Ford Motor Company, a client of Clinton confidant Mark Penn. (Josh Gottheimer, LinkedIn, Accessed 8/29/16)

    • Gottheimer’s Ford Failure Resulted in the Loss of At Least 34,000 Jobs And the Closing of 14 Manufacturing Facilities.  “‘It’s not a time when everything is rosy,’ says Josh Gottheimer, director of strategic communications.” (Theresa Howard, “Bill Ford Takes Chamois To Namesake Automaker’s Image,” USA Today, 4/17/06)

Burson-Marsteller job, courtesy of the Clintons. After failing spectacularly at Ford, Gottheimer jumped ship to Burson-Marstellar, thanks to Penn’s new role as CEO.(David Shepardson, “Top Ford Political And PR Strategist Departs,” The Detroit News, 11/6/06)

    • Black Hole: Josh Gottheimer has filed no public registrations about the clients he represented during the four years he served as Executive Vice President for Burson-Marsteller.

FCC job, courtesy of the Clintons. Gottheimer coincidentally joined the FCC right as Penn/Burson client LightSquared petitioned the agency for a waiver. Both the media and Members of Congress noted Gottheimer’s lack of credentials for this job, and the US Senate ultimately investigated Gottheimer for impropriety.

    • Sen. Chuck Grassley: “On June 23, 2010, you announced that Mr. Joshua Gottheimer would be appointed as your Senior Counselor with a special responsibility towards implementing President Obama’s National Broadband Plan. Given the complicated technical issues at play, I was surprised that Mr. Gottheimer’s published qualifications did not include any telecommunications or broadband experience.”(Senator Chuck Grassley, “Letter To FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski,” United States Senate, 1/30/11)

Microsoft job, courtesy of the Clintons. After ascandal-plagued tenure at the FCC, Gottheimer once again followed Clinton confidant Mark Penn, this time to Microsoft. (Nick Wingfield And Claire Cain Miller, “A Political Brawler, Now Battling for Microsoft,” The New York Times, 12/15/12)

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What investigation? N.J. court rules cops don’t even have to say if records exist

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on August 31, 2016 at 5:33 PM, updated September 01, 2016 at 8:15 AM

TRENTON — A state appeals court ruled on Wednesday that government officials don’t necessarily have to acknowledge the existence of a record when refusing to release it.

The three-judge panel sided with prosecutors in Bergen County, who responded to a request from a news organization by saying they could “neither confirm nor deny” they had documents related to a possible criminal case.

The court agreed that in some cases, even acknowledging a record exists can divulge sensitive information. The so-called Glomar response, originally invoked by the federal government in a matter of national security, has been finding its way into state courts in recent years, a trend free press advocates have called troubling.

At issue in Wednesday’s decision was a request made by the Community News, a weekly newspaper in northern New Jersey, for records held by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office regarding an individual who had been accused of sexual abuse but never criminally charged.

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Media firms lose control of news as tech platforms rise

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Rob Lever•June 29, 2016

Washington (AFP) – When allegations emerged that Facebook was skewing its trending news stories, many learned about it… on Facebook.

That underscored the rapid shift in media — not only is news moving from print to digital, but Facebook, Google and other tech platforms are increasingly becoming the main gateways for information.

Technology and social media firms are increasingly playing a role in filtering and delivering news, often with automated feeds, algorithms and “bots” designed to determine the most relevant articles.

That means the news industry is rapidly losing control of the news along with the revenue that goes with it, underscoring the profound changes in the journalism world.

“In the past 18 months, companies including Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, and Google have moved from having an arm’s length relationship with journalism to being dominant forces in the news ecosystem,” said a June report by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

“By encouraging news publishers to post directly onto new channels, such as Facebook Instant Articles and Snapchat Discover, tech companies are now actively involved in every aspect of journalism.”

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Virginia TV reporter, photographer killed in shooting during live interview


This is a picture of the suspected shooter, Vester Flanigan, who is also known as Bryce Williams. He is a former WDBJ7 employee.

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

Updated 11:59 AM ET, Wed August 26, 2015

(CNN)Latest developments

• Law enforcement confronted Vester Flanagan on Interstate 66 and Flanagan shot himself, officials tell CNN. It is not clear whether he was killed or injured.

• ABC News reported that it has received a fax containing a 23-page manifesto from someone named Bryce Williams,the news outlet tweeted. The document has been handed over to investigators, ABC said.

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Survey shows Internet’s broadening political role


Survey shows Internet’s broadening political role

NEW YORK (AP) — Would-be 2016 presidential candidates take note: the Internet may potentially make or break your campaign.

More Internet users than ever view online efforts as key to political campaigns, according to a survey released Thursday by the University of Southern California.

The USC Annenberg School’s Center for the Digital Future has polled more than 2,000 U.S. households about their Internet and technology use each year, starting in 1999. It has published the results every year since 2000, with the exception of 2011.

The latest results from the 2013 survey show that that 75 percent of Internet users age 16 and older agree that the Internet is important for the political campaign process. That was up from the previous high response of 72 percent in 2010.

And 37 percent of users in that age range said that by using the Internet, people like them can have more political power. That’s up from 29 percent in 2000.

“We may be entering a realm where the Internet plays a larger role in political campaigns than television does,” Jeffrey Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future, said in a statement.

In 2012, television ads were the primary communications tool for the campaigns of President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, despite the gradual but persistent shift of viewers from television to the Internet. But both teams maintained a robust social media presence and used online ads for micro-targeting voters based on their reading and shopping habits.–Internet%20Survey/id-83a238d062af4f839815cf5db3e8518a