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Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet’s Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.

October 22, 2021

An armed Black militia claimed it stood against tyranny — the backlash was swift

Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show with a rundown of the many lawsuits and scandals swirling around Facebook and its senior leadership. It's possible that the company that has contributed so much to the decline of liberal democracy may finally be facing a reckoning. 
 
Then we are joined by USA Today reporter Will Carless to talk about the Not Fucking Around Coalition, a black militia that grabbed headlines and caused a lot of controversy during the summer of Black Lives Matter protests before its enigmatic leader was brought up on questionable charges--and then silenced by the courts--which effectively killed the group's momentum. 
 
Finally, we speak with George Washington University political scientist Ethan Porter about the effectiveness and limitations of fact-checking in an era of hyper-polarized, "post-truth" politics. 
 
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