July 11, 2018

Fox News claims it features "Real News" and "Real Honest Opinion," and it seems Facebook now agrees.

After years of accusations that Facebook's algorithm is programmed to favor left-leaning news coverage, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a plan to improve the quality and balance of the news in users' feeds. If the new lineup of Facebook's news briefing segments is any indication, that quality and balance is now tipping in favor of Fox News, Variety reported Wednesday.

Starting on July 16, ABC News, Mic, CNN, Bloomberg, and others will be featured in a dedicated news section on the social media site. But as The Verge pointed out, the schedule looks heavy on the Fox News coverage, while light on many others. Fox News will air in the morning and in the afternoon, with shows seven days a week. CNN, in comparison, will air segments led by Anderson Cooper five days a week, in the evenings only.

Eagle-eyed conservatives have been calling on Facebook to better highlight a wider array of ideologies, claiming that the platform was purposefully suppressing right-leaning news outlets. Whether Facebook is trying to make up for lost coverage or believes this schedule is the best way to provide "trustworthy, informative, and local" news, conservative news junkies can call this a win. Read more at The Verge. Summer Meza

December 21, 2016

Fans of Donald Trump who have his oft-shouted catchphrase "drain the swamp!" in their Twitter bios should probably consider making an edit.

Trump promised voters on the campaign trail he would "drain the swamp" in Washington by kicking out insiders and bringing in fresh blood. Newt Gingrich, the Republican former speaker of the House and an adviser to the president-elect, told NPR Wednesday that he's been told Trump "just disclaims" the slogan (which was arguably already made clear by his Cabinet choices thus far). "He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore," Gingrich said.

While Gingrich says he has a "sense of humor" and enjoys the "alligator and swamp language," it's possible that Trump feels "as the next president of the United States, that he should be marginally more dignified than taking about alligators in swamps." It doesn't matter what makes Gingrich giggle, though — as he told NPR, Trump is "my leader and if he decides to drop the swamp and the alligator, I will drop the swamp and the alligator." Catherine Garcia

November 5, 2016

What did the former mayor know and when did he know it? Rudy Giuliani claimed Friday morning he knew about the FBI's recent announcement about Hillary Clinton's private email server before it became public, stating in an interview on Fox he had no role in releasing the information but "darn right [he] heard about it" in advance.

Then, after two senior House Democrats and Clinton's campaign press secretary used his remarks to demand an investigation of the FBI, the Donald Trump campaign surrogate backtracked Friday afternoon. "I've spoken to no current FBI agents — gosh, in the last eight months, nine months, 10 months — certainly not about this," Giuliani told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, adding, "I have no idea about who's leaking information."

Giuliani's original comments Friday seemed to fit with a statement he made on Oct. 26 to Fox's Martha MacCallum. The Trump campaign has "a surprise or two that you're going to hear about in the next few days," he said then. "We've got a couple things up our sleeve that should turn this around." Bonnie Kristian

July 28, 2016

Donald Trump is backtracking on comments he made Wednesday in which he implored, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 [Hillary Clinton] emails that are missing." On Thursday morning, Trump said he was being sarcastic. "Of course I'm being sarcastic," he told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade. "But you have 33,000 emails deleted, and the real problem is what was said on those emails from the Democratic National Committee."

It might be too little too late. Some analysts have called Trump's comments "treasonous." Former Obama CIA Director Leon Panetta told CNN, "You've got now a presidential candidate who is, in fact, asking the Russians to engage in American politics. I just think that that's beyond the pale. I think that kind of statement only reflects the fact that he truly is not qualified to be president of the United States." Jeva Lange

September 29, 2015

Much like a fully inflated football, the Tom Brady endorsement may have just slipped out of Donald Trump's hands.

Earlier this month, the New England Patriots quarterback said it would be "great" if the Republican frontrunner went on to become president. "I hope so," he said. "There would be a putting green on the White House lawn. I'm sure of that." An eagle-eyed reporter also spotted a red "Make America Great Again" hat — a Trump-approved chapeau — inside of Brady's locker.

But during his weekly phone call to the Boston radio station WEEI on Monday, Brady refused to say if he would vote for Trump, only divulging that he isn't close to deciding who to vote for, and that when he does make his selection, he won't share that private information. "One way or another, it's so far away from when the election will be," he said. "Whatever I vote is going to be my own personal choice based on how I feel." He also admits that he doesn't "even know what the issues are. I haven't paid attention to politics in a long time. It's actually not something that I really even enjoy. It's way off my radar." Catherine Garcia

September 22, 2015

After swift backlash from consumers and advocacy groups, the CEO of a pharmaceutical startup that increased the price of a life-saving drug from $13.50 a pill to $750 announced Tuesday the company would lower the cost.

Martin Shkreli of Turing Pharmaceuticals did not divulge the new price, and said it would probably be set sometime over the next few weeks and would allow the company to break even or make a smaller profit. He told NBC News the decision was made due to the outrage the company faced over increasing the cost of Daraprim 5,000 percent overnight. "Yes, it is absolutely a reaction — there were mistakes made with respect to helping people understand why we took this action," he said. "I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people."

Daraprim is used to treat toxoplasmosis, which infects people with compromised immune systems due to AIDS, pregnancy, and chemotherapy, the CDC said. Turing acquired Daraprim in August, and on Monday said the price was increased because the company needed to "turn a profit on the drug," since research is costly and they want to come up with a newer version of Daraprim. Catherine Garcia

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