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While you were asleep: Trump takes on BuzzFeed, Centrelink system “working”, MJ/Fiennes leak

Approx Reading Time-10Well, 2017 has ratcheted up the insanity. While you were asleep Trump went to war with BuzzFeed, Alan Tudge defended the Centrelink debt fiasco and Joseph Fiennes became Michael Jackson and made us all sad.

 

BuzzFeed publishes unsubstantiated Trump report, rest of publishing world smugly clicks tongue, Trump fires back.

Yesterday was a banner day in the insane washing machine in the laundry of Trumptopia, where after the spin cycle fell silent, the clothes within stunk worse than before. The 24 hours previous gave us two allegations, Trump was either urinating on his staff (#GoldenShowerGate), or that he was built in Moscow. Both were published by BuzzFeed, citing a source who is apparently a current or ex-British intelligence agent claiming that Donald Trump is a plant of the Russian Government. BuzzFeed, in a moment of clarity, published the report in full, so the public can “make up their own minds”. For what it’s worth, BuzzFeed added a cornucopia of disclaimers at the head of the article, repeatedly claiming that the report was unsubstantiated.

However, what’s interesting is the industry response to it. The sight of BuzzFeed dipping their toes into the fake news underworld was met in the same matter as the straight-laced Aunt getting into the sherry at Christmas as the rest of the family shakes their heads, mouths curled at the edges. The New York Times, The Guardian, The New York Post (among others) loaded both barrels and painted the wall with acidic criticism. We all remember the Gawker/Hulk Hogan defamation suit, the damages incurring the website ultimately having the stake driven through it; so with Trump keen to make with the lawyers, what’s stopping him from pulling a Hogan?

In response, Trump castigated CNN and BuzzFeed (CNN mentioned the report without releasing the details) at a presser, refusing to answer their question, labelling them as “fake news”.

Can’t we all just get along?

 

Alan Tudge decides to continue with Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system clusterboink, claims that it’s “working”.

You could argue that last time someone was this deluded to the facts of a situation, Rome was aflame. Might be a slight exaggeration, but Alan Tudge ignoring the vociferous public backlash to continue his thinking is very much like Nero diddling his fiddle. His comments yesterday that the system is working and that people shouldn’t worry about debt collectors (because they are actioned in one-in-ten cases) do not match the stories emerging from the public, or too, the basic fact that people are being awarded spurious debts for no reason whatsoever.

 

First images from MJ comedy starring Joseph Fiennes ruins Internet’s day.

As the man himself taught us: It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white. However, regarding this comedy in honour of his memory…it sort of does.

The decision to cast Fiennes last year faced massive backlash, partly in that he is a white actor and all but surely Ralph Fiennes would knock it out of the park – chav accent and all. Furthermore, he has previous experience playing a strange pale character dressed in darkness who scares kids minus a nose. Unnecessarily harsh? I love Michael Jackson. Fantastic artist.

Although, I believe that the real issue is not of colour or moral fibre, but of quality. If we’re being honest, it looks a bit…not great. Except for Stockard Channing as Liz.

 

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