Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 8:00am

5TtRT: Swatting, evangelicals, Snopes’ 2017 debunkings, the ‘Deep State,’ & Rex Tillerson

Oprah Winfrey

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey

Lots of people are kicking off diets and exercise this time of year, but here’s a thing you should think about too: your “media diet.” That is, the news you read and where you read it. In 2018, resolve to be better informed and read better news.

For “just the facts” reporting: the AP and Reuters. For more detail: the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR. For lefties: Politico and Vox. For righties: the Economist and Bloomberg.

Also, try to stop watching the news, particularly the big three 24-hour networks: CNN, MSNBC and Fox. Cable news is mostly trash. News articles are mostly written around 500 words and at an eighth grade reading level. You can manage that. That’s like three or four easy paragraphs, and half the time you only need the top two paragraphs.

5 Things to Read Today (1/2/18)

NBC News: Charges against suspect in ‘swatting’ hoax that led to death could be complicated
“Los Angeles police have arrested Tyler Barriss on a fugitive warrant in California arising from a Thursday evening incident in Kansas, where a suspected ‘swatting’ hoax and a phony 911 call ended in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man, Andrew Finch.”

(Find out what “swatting” is on Wikipedia, here.)

NPR: 2017 Has Been A Rough Year For Evangelicals
“As 2017 ends, evangelical Christians in the United States are suffering one of their periodic identity crises. Unlike other religious groups, the evangelical movement comprises a variety of perspectives and tendencies and is therefore especially prone to splintering and disagreement.”

Snopes: Ten Things Science Did Not Say in 2017
“Science denialism, clickbait headlines, and absurd pseudoscience: Our favorite science debunkings from 2017.”

Lawfare: Why Trump’s War on the Deep State Is Failing – So Far
“In May of 2016, when Donald Trump was still a long-shot candidate for president, I warned with some specificity about what he would try to do to the U.S. Department of Justice and the law enforcement apparatus of the United States.”

Politico: Leaked memo schooled Tillerson on human rights
“The U.S., [Tillerson] said, should be careful not to let values like human rights create ‘obstacles’ to the pursuit of its interests. […] a top Tillerson adviser wrote up a short tutorial, in the form of a confidential memo to his boss, recapping ‘the debate over how far to emphasize human rights, democracy promotion, and liberal values in American foreign policy.'”

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