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‘Daggy dad’ or ‘propaganda’? The media’s growing use of official Scott Morrison pictures

The pictures appeared on Sunday, first in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, then on Scott Morrison’s personal Instagram account.



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There was the PM, standing in his shorts, looking at his phone, with his thongs clearly on. There he was on an exercise bike while in Covid isolation after returning from his trip to Japan. And an extreme close-up, his nose, face and polo shirt, waiting patiently for the Covid-19 test swab to plunge in.



a man wearing a suit and tie: A picture of Scott Morrison during the virtual Apec summit taken by his official photographer, Adam Taylor, and released by his office.


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A picture of Scott Morrison during the virtual Apec summit taken by his official photographer, Adam Taylor, and released by his office.

These photos were taken not by an independent photojournalist but by the prime minister’s official photographer, Adam Taylor, formerly of News Corp.

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Joe Biden’s Team Unlikely to Take Hard Line on North Korea, South’s Media Says

President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy team is beginning to take shape, with several official announcements expected this week that will give hints as to the kind of international affairs strategies he will employ.



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In this photo taken on October 29, 2020, a North Korean public security officer uses a red flag to stop a taxi for disinfection as part of preventative measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus, on a road at the entrance to Wonsan, Kangwon Province.

The biggest job is secretary of state, which multiple news organizations and prominent Biden allies suggested Monday would be going to Obama alumnus Anthony Blinken. The national security adviser role is going to Jake Sullivan, a long-time Biden ally and former senior policy adviser to Hillary Clinton.

Biden has vowed to revive American global leadership he and his allies say has been shredded by four years

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Snapchat has rolled out TikTok competitor “Spotlight”

  • Snapchat rolled out its new TikTok competitor “Spotlight” yesterday.
  • This is yet another step it’s taking to compete with the social media heavyweights for influencers, their fans, and the marketing dollars that follow.
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Snapchat officially rolled out “Spotlight” yesterday, per TechCrunch. With the app’s latest update, users will find a video play button on the far right of the icons bar, which will lead to vertically scrollable video clips.

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Snapchat rolled out its TikTok competitor Spotlight to pull in more users.

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Snapchat has been beefing up in its efforts to pull more users to the platform by making it more public-facing, and Spotlight is a further step in that direction. This new feature will allow users to share videos to the public “For You”

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‘Propaganda machine’: George Clooney takes aim at Hungarian media and officials who accused him of Soros links

Clooney’s criticism of Orbán’s government came after Hungarian officials slammed the actor for “foolish” remarks about Hungary and suggested that he was repeating the talking points of George Soros, a Hungarian-born U.S. billionaire and Orbán foe.

The dispute between the American actor and the Hungarian state was sparked by a brief remark Clooney made in an interview with GQ Magazine that was posted Nov. 17 on YouTube.

In the 35-minute video, Clooney breaks down the most iconic characters he has played during his career. Speaking about his new film, “Midnight Sky,” he describes how real life had affected his decision to play the role of a scientist in a post-apocalyptic world.

“We weren’t in the middle of a pandemic [during production], but there were still all these other elements, these elements of how much hate and anger all of us are experiencing in this moment of history, all over the

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Dutch experts advise against easing COVID curbs for Christmas

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch medical experts have advised the government against easing social distancing measures in the run-up to Christmas as a decline of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands has slowed over the past week, broadcaster RTL reported on Tuesday.



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The government’s main coronavirus advisory board said it was too early to contemplate the reopening of bars and restaurants or lifting limits on group sizes for the holiday season, RTL said, citing the committee’s latest confidential advice.

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The experts also said they would try to determine whether the Christmas school holiday would need to be extended in order to bring down the infection rate in the country, as a growing number of children were testing positive for COVID-19.

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Netanyahu Met Saudi Prince on Secret Trip, Israeli Media Say

(Bloomberg) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, according to Israeli media, a major breakthrough between the two Middle Eastern nations that have no official ties.



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The covert meeting in the Saudi city of Neom on Sunday night was an “incredible achievement,” Education Minister Yoav Gallant said in an interview with Israeli radio on Monday, seeming to confirm reports of the trip despite a denial from a Saudi official and a refusal by Netanyahu to comment on the issue.

“The fact that there was a meeting and it was disclosed to the public, even if half-officially for now, is very important in every respect,” said Gallant, a member of Israel’s cabinet from Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

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Rap Star, Media Mogul and Civil Rights Icon Bank on Fintech Change

(Bloomberg Markets) — Andrew Young has been a mayor, a U.S. representative, and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Now he says he’s counting on a new digital banking platform, focused on Black and Latino communities, to address some of the systemic injustices he’s been fighting throughout his career. With rapper and activist Michael Render, better known as “Killer Mike,” and Bounce TV founder Ryan Glover, Young is helping to start Greenwood, named in honor of the Tulsa community known as the “Black Wall Street” before it was destroyed by a White mob in 1921.



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Atlanta-based Greenwood is on track to open in January. Like other online banking platforms such as Chime and Aspiration, the bank will connect customers to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.-insured savings and checking accounts and payment platforms. In addition, Greenwood will focus on offering business loans and financial counseling

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Racism in opinion pieces will continue while media lacks diversity, report finds | Australian media

The Australian media industry is doomed to continue churning out controversial and often racist opinion pieces, for diminishing returns, unless newsrooms and their owners become more diverse, experts say.

A recent report from the anti-racism body All Together Now (ATN) analysed 315 racialised opinion pieces published across Australia over 12 months. The report’s authors found that 89% were authored by writers of an Anglo/Celtic or European background, 53% them involved negative depictions of race and 89% used techniques of covert racism.

“It reflects poorly,” said Antoinette Lattouf, a director at Media Diversity Australia and a senior journalist at Channel Ten. She told the Guardian the ATN report, released in October, highlighted the malaise gripping the industry.

“The problem with the broader news business model is that it is struggling,” she says. “It’s struggling to sustain quality, independent and good journalism. And opinion pieces are easier to write and cost less.”

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Mainstream media continue to trash Trump recovery

Let’s be honest: The Democrats and the media want the economy to crash before Joe Biden enters the White House in January. They have been rooting against the economy for four years now.



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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The problem is the economy isn’t crashing and burning — just the opposite. The pandemic lockdowns flattened the economy earlier this year, and there’s lots of heavy lifting to do to get all the jobs back. But they are coming back, and Trump will be bequeathing to Biden the swiftest recovery from a deep recession in modern history. The last quarter came in at a record 33% growth.

The jobs report released earlier this month recorded nearly 1 million more private-sector jobs added to the economy.

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Hong Kong to Close Bars, Clubs, Local Media Say: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong plans further measures to tighten social distancing rules, while Japan is moving toward actions to contain the virus from spreading rapidly.

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AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine showed potential in halting severe cases of Covid-19, according to the leader of the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program. The British drugmaker and its partner said the shot prevented the majority of people from getting the disease.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed England’s national lockdown will end next week, to be replaced by a three-tier system of regional restrictions.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases pass 59 million; deaths top 1.39 millionAstra shot that works better in smaller doses raises questionsVaccine breakthroughs put Covid protection within reachWorld economy risks buckling into 2021 despite vaccine nearingWhere air travelers are most concerned about catching CovidWhy making a Covid vaccine is only the first hurdle: QuickTake

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