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Tucker Carlson claims the NSA is spying on his show. The NSA says it isn’t, and Carlson has provided no evidence, excepting his word to bolster the claims.

This report illustrates the interplay between foreign and domestic disinformers, specifically the critical role elected officials and American media play in narratives gaining traction. Although this story thread began with Tucker Carlson, an American media personality, it might also lend credibility to other Kremlin-aligned narratives that sow mistrust in government and political opponents.

A long-standing trend found with far-right media among key conservative political figures and foreign disinformants has been an increasing intolerance for those who hold different views. The antagonism is a continuation of what House Intelligence investigations found in 2017[1]. …

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A London-based PR agency is offering French influencers cash to launder disinformation about the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

We looked at Fox coverage of Dr. Fauci from 2010 to 2016 and pandemic-related coverage from 2020 to 2021, using the Stanford TV analyzer.

Between Jan 25, 2020, and today, Fox News undermined coronavirus science in 325+ segments, per @mmfa research. During those segments, Fox pushed at least 547 arguments undermining public health measures, confidence in health officials, vaccine efforts, or coronavirus facts and data.

The assertion that scientists were to blame and the data from Media Matters for America, led me to examine the difference in Fox coverage of Dr. Fauci from 2010 to 2016, compared to the pandemic-related coverage of 2020 and 2021, using the Stanford TV analyzer.


originally published in the Novel Science disinformation newsletter

Multiple seemingly unrelated news outlets tweeted identical comments within one minute of each other. The typo shows it was all from the same source.

Edited to add: These outlets are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting. A 2019 study by Emory University political scientists Gregory J. Martin and Josh McCrain in the American Political Science Review found that “stations bought by Sinclair:

There’s nothing wrong with being a sincere conservative. What is unethical and problematic is a systematic effort to influence the public, especially without informing them.


Can the vaccine make you infertile? Can the vaccine affect the menstrual cycle? Here’s what we know.

Let’s talk about Covid vaccines, whether they can affect the menstrual cycle and infertility claims.

  • Can the vaccine make you infertile?
  • Can vaccinated women somehow affect unvaccinated women’s cycles?
  • Can the vaccine affect the vaccinated woman’s cycle?

No, No, and Maybe.

Here’s What Isn’t Happening

The first thing I should clarify is that it is impossible for vaccinated women to shed anything, as a consequence of being vaccinated, to unvaccinated women.

A rare reaction to the J&J vaccine appeared in six people. Around 7,000,000 doses have been given in the US.

A rare reaction to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine affected 6 people in the 7 million doses given in the US. Here’s what you should know.

The rare side effect may be more common in women. When given a half dose of the influenza vaccine, female mice had an immune response that equaled the immune response of male mice receiving a full dose (Klein, 2016). This may explain why this skews toward women; it may not.

In the case of the AstraZeneca vaccine, 86 cases occurred out of approximately 25 million people who have received one or more doses of…

Threats, Fact Checks, and Reads Newsletter

Threats, Fact-Checks, and Reads #4.11.21

Credit for text and research to Health Feedback, Full Fact, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and Get Smart About News by Peter Adams (@PeterD_Adams), Suzannah Gonzales, and Hannah Covington (@HannahCov) of the News Literacy Project, and E Rosalie ( @NovSci) of Novel Science.

Covid Update

Vigilance Matters When Viruses Vary

The United States is in the fourth week of an upward trend in COVID-19 cases. This increase could be related to more contagious variants and is likely also, at least in part, related to rolling back measures like mask mandates around the country.

We are doing much better than we were a few months ago, and we are so close. I know you’re tired of all of this, and we are too. Together we can end this nightmare. Wear a mask, do what you can, try not to judge others, and share good information. …

Conservative pundits and elected officials have been pushing a “border crisis” narrative that lays blame exclusively on Biden. There’s just one problem: The facts say otherwise.

Border Surge: Blame eagerly tossed around but little in the way of evidence-based discussion

A great deal of disinformation on the border situation has gone out and we’re hearing wildly disparate stories. Disinformation related to this subject is at an absolute fever-pitch right now with coordinated messaging, doctored videos, and misleading claims from even the highest of offices.

On one hand, we have people making apocalyptic claims, and on the other, we have people saying there is no situation. Neither is true. We place this under threat, not because the border situation necessarily is one, but because we have people who perceive that it is to an extreme and that can be dangerous.

Screenshot from All Sides, a website that helps you balance your media diet.


Original painting by E Rosalie

Let’s have a frank discussion about what happens to Asian women that no one knows about unless they’re an Asian woman.

Let’s have a frank discussion about what happens to Asian women that no one knows about unless they’re an Asian woman. How much could it affect someone like her? She’s sort of White (I’m biracial Asian-American), you may think. Let me tell you.

I was 8-years-old when I learned about the stereotype in the tweet, from boys in my classroom.

I struggled to focus in class for fear of them acting on the things they would say to me. Often, for no reason whatsoever, boys would shout things like “ching-chong” if I was talking. …

E. Rosalie

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