Shredded Trump documents and spy games: Ronan Farrow’s biggest scoops

Farrows new book Catch and Kill draws in many powerful figures in politics and media and offers shocking revelations Ronan Farrows book Farrow alleges. The shredding allegedly took place after the Wall Street Journal the Daily Beast disclosed, has hired lawyers on three continents to try to block publication of Farrows book. Weinstein, who is set to go on trial on criminal rape charges in January, has also denied any non-consensual sexual activity. Spy games Catch and Kill describes in gripping detail the lengths to which Weinstein and his lawyers went to keep tabs on Farrow. Through the long denial in which he has said the sexual encounter in Sochi, and the affair that ensued, was mutual and completely consensual. …

With the greatest disrespect: how Her Majesty’s Press offers its candid friendship

The Duchess of Sussex may think she has a good case in her legal battle with the media. But just look at how these other royals fared Has there ever been a more cruelly miscast candid friend to the royal family than Her Majestys Press, who are neither truly candid, nor remotely the sort of people one knows socially? And, yes, I obviously include myself in that. In any case, the ONLY acceptable way to look at the royal family is that practised by Princess Michael of Kent, of whom the Queen is once said to have remarked: Shes rather grand for us. (Remember: the couple have decided to launch a legal action. There is, as we know, no snowflake …

Robert De Niro has some choice words, and a couple f-bombs, for his Fox News critics

New York (CNN Business)Robert De Niro says he thinks Democrats had no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. “I don’t think he’s capable of resigning,” De Niro told Stelter. “He will say it’s rigged or this or that. The day after he was elected, I said, well, give him a chance. You never know. You will see. But he is the — he’s worse than I ever could have imagined.” But De Niro’s comments on Trump haven’t always been warmly receivedby the president’s supporters. While a speech at last year’s Tony Awards — in which he said “F— Trump” twice — was metwith a standing ovation by the event’s attendees, it also prompted criticism from …

Could language be the key to detecting fake news? | David Shariatmadari

Purveyors of disinformation can be caught out by the particular words they use, says Guardian writer and editor David Shariatmadari The internet represents the biggest explosion of data in human history. Theres more out there, and more access to it than ever before. The information ecosystem is a bit like a tropical rainforest: luxuriant, dense and fiercely competitive. As such, it contains its fair share of predators and poisonous plants. Deliberately misleading articles, websites and social media posts can come about for lots of different reasons: they might be trying to influence elections or policies; they might represent a form of cyberwarfare between states; they might be aimed at raising someones profile and influence, or discrediting their opponents. Or they …