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Trump campaign says media should not be ‘fact-checkers’


On the eve of the first presidential debate, a Trump spokesperson says Trump should not be challenged by the media or moderators.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to the crowd during a rally in Roanoke, Va. on Saturday.. Trump faces Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the first of three debates Monday. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/STEVE HELBER

Hours after the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times published separate stories outlining the lies Donald Trump has told during his presidential campaign, Trump’s campaign spokesperson told ABC’s “This Week” that it isn’t the media’s job to factcheck the presidential debate.

“I really don’t appreciate the campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers,” Kellyanne Conway said, in an apparent attempted jab at the Clinton campaign. She also opposed debate moderators questioning the candidates’ truthfulness in any way.

Conway went on to praise Matt Lauer’s performance during a candidate forum earlier this month, during which he pressed Clinton on several issues, but accepted Trump’s (false) claim that he opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning.

“We thought he did a great job,” Conway said.

Matt Lauer Ignores Trump’s Lies

The traditional role of the media in a free society is to inform the public. Generally, this is thought to include making the public aware of what is true and what is a lie. The Trump campaign appears to feel differently.

And they have at least some members of the media on their side. One presidential debate moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, has already said that he will not factcheck the candidates during the third and final debate on Oct. 19.

Fox News’ Presidential Debate Moderator Says He’ll Let Candidates Lie

“That’s not my job,” Wallace said. “It’s not my job to be a truth squad.”

The head of the Commission on Presidential Debates agreed Sunday. Speaking on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Janet Brown said that it’s not the moderator’s job to factcheck. “What is a big fact, what is a little fact?” she said. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica.”

But the Clinton campaign says its not her job to play “traffic cop” to Trump’s lies while also trying to present her ideas to the American public.

“All that we’re asking is that if Donald Trump lies, that it’s pointed out,” spokesperson Robby Mook said Sunday, also speaking on “This Week.”

Whoever is left to factcheck Trump will have a big job ahead of them. It is widely anticipated that Trump will repeat some of the lies he makes on the campaign trail during Monday’s debate. The Los Angeles Times wrote Sunday that the “scope of Trump’s falsehoods [are] unprecedented for a modern presidential candidate.”

Indeed, covering Trump’s lies has become a beat of its own during this campaign. News channels have taken to factchecking the candidate in real time, overlaying his speeches with labels like “falsely,” or parentheticals with the accurate version of his statements. It is widely anticipated that Trump will repeat some of the lies he has made on the campaign trail during Monday’s debate.

Can MSNBC And CNN Fact-Check Trump In Real Time? (Apparently!)

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include comments from Janet Brown.

Trump campaign says media should not be ‘fact-checkers’ was originally published in ThinkProgress on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Uhhhh...that's the whole point of the media.
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The truth is a PITA.
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What To Do When Your Crazy-Long Hours Are Ruining Your Relationship

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Relationships can suffer when one partner's working life is more demanding than the other's—but they don't have to.

Relationships can suffer when one partner's working life is more demanding than the other's—but they don't have to.

"So I take it you won't be home for dinner again tonight?"

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A flow matrix is a representation of the IP traffic map; it can be used in many ways to troubleshoot, monitor and optimize network infrastructures.

Let's take a closer look at all the use cases for the traffic matrix!


Here is a general definition of a traffic matrix: « it is an abstract representation of the traffic volume flowing between sets of source and destination pairs. Each element in the matrix denotes the amount of traffic between a source and destination pair. There are many variants: depending on the network layer under study, sources and destinations could be routers or even whole networks. And “Amount” is generally measured in the number of bytes or packets, but could refer to other quantities such as connections.

Matrix viewThe network flow matrix is used to display the geography of network traffic between host groups: the most common traffic matrix shows the quantity of traffic sent from one IP subnet to another.

Nevertheless, a flow matrix can use other grouping criteria (e.g. VLAN) and other metrics than the traffic volume (number of packets, sessions, performance metrics, etc…). 

Although network traffic matrix's are most used by network engineering teams to drive network optimizations, designs and anomaly detection, the use cases for flow matrix correspond to very distinct situations.



Here is a list of common uses of flow mapping : 

  • Traffic volume and geography analysis

Network engineers and architects need data to drive their design and optimization decisions. In complex and highly distributed networks, keeping track of all types of network usage is a complex task. A network flow matrix is a way to represent this complexity in a simple way.


  • Performance monitoring

A network map can also be extremely useful to troubleshoot performance degradation, provided it can display other metrics than volumes; for example, flow matrix showing network and application performance indicators such as:

  • Packet loss, retransmission, TTL expired
  • Network latency
  • End user response times

Can be extremely powerful to accelerate the resolution of slowdowns.

  • Security monitoring

Finally, network traffic matrix's are greatly helpful when it comes to monitoring threats through the network traffic.


To make sure the network infrastructure is offering capacities which are in line with demand, network teams need to have a constant view of who requires what capacity or bandwidth for which application / usage.



In case of bandwidth hogs, misuse or unplanned bandwidth requirement, network team need to be able to locate easily where the excessive demand is coming to be able to mitigate its impact on the other network applications (stop, delay, compress, optimize).


When planning important infrastructure migration (data center move, change in key network devices like routers and firewalls), network teams need to have a complete visibility of:

  • Who is communicating with whom?
  • Who is using common services, who is not (e.g. DHCP, DNS, …)?
  • What are the dependencies between servers taking part into an application chain?

This data is mandatory to make sure the new equipment will be configured appropriately, that the migration will not generate any outage or performance leak.

In a second, a flow matrix can be used to identify any configuration which still requires an update; here are some examples of patterns which can be recognized easily with a flow matrix:

  • Systems trying to communicate with hosts in deprecated IP subnets
  • Flows ending up in error, not reaching their destination (by showing the one way flows for example, or mapping the ICMP error message data).

On this topic, you may be interested in reading further information in this article: "How to mitigate the performance risk of data center migrations"


A matrix which shows across all datacenters which flows are impacted by a packet loss increase or a network slowdown can save hours in a troubleshooting operation. Instantly pointing out the source / destination pair(s) impacted enables network administrators to focus their attention on the right network paths and set of devices. If you are interested in this topic, you may be interested in this specific article "how to handle IT performance complaints"


To learn how to troubleshoot network and application performance degradation's in 4 easy steps, you can download our Performance Troubleshooting Guide: Free with registration!


Monitoring where the users having a bad experience when accessing applications (and for that purpose being able to compare the performance rates with all the other user groups and data centers) helps IT operations team focus on the performance holes and pinpoint the root cause of application delivery failures. To learn more about this, you should read our section on Real User Monitoring



Having a baseline of the geography of the network traffic helps immediately to pinpoint where the traffic pattern has changed in a complex environment.


Keeping track of machines communicating to non-existing / non routed subnets can help identify machines infected by viruses and worms. The network matrix provides a single view to identify such patterns.


To build a usable network matrix, you need to make sure your network monitoring is capable of :

  • Showing a wide angle view of network traffic (from all the user locations to all the data centers : no layer 2 or 3 filtering)
  • All the data center traffic is also represented (including the east-west traffic carried in your virtual and cloud environments - read "Best practices for performance troubleshooting in a virtual / cloud data center" for more information on this)
  • Scales to handle the traffic load and render the data fast enough
  • Offers sufficient retention times to provide the ability to build a baseline and compare normal and abnormal periods
  • Provides a complete set of metrics (not just traffic volume, but also performance indicators) 

To make the most of network traffic to troubleshoot performance degradation and monitor end user response times, you need to take a new approach at how you analyse and gather information from your network traffic. 

We have summarized our vision of how you can accelerate your diagnostics using wire-data in a short guide; download it now! 

Download our guide - "Accelerate performance troubleshooting with real time traffic analysis"

Br_circleAuthor - Boris Rogier is Managing Director and co-founder of PerformanceVision, with 15 years of experience in both telecom and performance monitoring industries. Boris is responsible for the overall operations of PerformanceVision and contributes to the development of solutions designed to help their customers troubleshoot performance degradations faster, avoid incidents by proactive monitoring and take better decisions in infrastructure and application delivery. PerformanceVision's revolutionary technology extracts detailed performance analytics from the network traffic and provides a 360° visibility from the network layer to the application transactions, on both physical and cloud/virtual networks in real time.

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Bank of America, Santander, and the Royal Bank of Canada partner to create a global blockchain payments network using Ripple's distributed ledger technology (Michael del Castillo/CoinDesk)

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Bank of America, Santander, and the Royal Bank of Canada partner to create a global blockchain payments network using Ripple's distributed ledger technology  —  Bank of America, Santander and the Royal Bank of Canada have today announced they've joined forces to create a global blockchain …

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Prediction: Digital Wallets (#Apple Pay,#SamsungPay,#GooglePay) Find their KillerApp at the Gas Pumps

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I was recently in a checkout line at a local retailer politely waiting my turn when a very common experience occurred in front of me.   Let me set the scene:

The cashier begins scanning the grocery items of the person in front of me.  The customer walks up to the card reader on the point of sale device and swipes the card. It doesn’t work.

Cashier: Is that a chip card?

Customer: Yes.  Why isn’t it working?

Cashier: You have to wait for me to finish ringing everything up when up have the chip card.

Customer: I liked it better when I could just swipe.  It sped things up a lot.

Cashier: I know it.

(The cashier continues scanning the rest of the groceries until all were accounted for).

Cashier: That will be $86.16

Customer: Ok (puts card in the reader).

Cashier: Its not in all the way.  Push it until it clicks.

Customer: Ugh.. Ok.  (pushes it in a little more). 

Customer: Ok it says Dont Remove your card.

Cashier: Ok we just have to wait a few.

Customer: Why would they replace something that was so fast before with something so terribly slow.

(Transaction clears)

Cashier: Ok all set. Go ahead and remove your card.

Customer: I hate these new cards.

Cashier: I know it.

Lets face it.  The customer experience around the move in the United States to EMV or Chip & Pin thus far has been ugly for the average American consumer.  We are a society of near instant gratification.  We have come to expect it.  My friends in Europe and abroad have been used to this type of interaction on payments for some time but here in the States, the SWIPE is firmly encoded into muscle memory.   Its natural.   Its unnatural to do anything else.

At some level most Americans have a passing understanding that the EMV card is more secure and prevents fraud.  That’s about where it ends.  In another interaction I witnessed a man making a purchase  exclaimed, “I hate this Insert card thing.  I know its more secure, but that’s my banks problem”.  

In either case I was not about to go into the intricacies of the shift of liability for fraud from the banking institutions  to the merchant. That ultimately it was the grocery store (and not the banks) that would need to worry about the fraud and security if they did not upgrade their point of sale devices to EMV.  I just wanted to buy a gallon of milk, six ears of corn on the cob, and a few packets of gravy dust.  Just how my wife turns that dust into delicious gravy is still a mystery but that is not important here. 

For those of you who do not know what an EMV card is, the Wikipedia entry defines it thusly:

EMV is a technical standard for smart payment cards and for payment terminals and automated teller machines that can accept them. EMV cards are smart cards (also called chip cards or IC cards) that store their data on integrated circuits in addition to magnetic stripes (for backward compatibility). These include cards that must be physically inserted (or “dipped”) into a reader and contactless cards that can be read over a short distance using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. Payment cards that comply with the EMV standard are often called Chip and PIN or Chip and Signature cards, depending on the authentication methods employed by the card issuer.

EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa, the three companies that originally created the standard.

The shift in the underlying technology is definitely a big one.  Its all the stuff I care about as a technology professional.  Its the stuff that the consumer never sees or has an inkling is going on.   I get interested and excited in the fact that the packet payload of a transaction increased significantly going from Non-EMV to EMV even moreso If there is encryption or other security products in the mix on the transaction, increasing the packet size larger.  I love the challenge that those larger packets create on the global payment network, the network sizing and global capacity planning.  I am enthralled by the changes in how those transactions are then routed, checked and authorized. All of these things could / can/ and do contribute to the transaction time per “dip”.  It is these technological equivalents of the arcane black arts, wizardry, rain-dances, and human sacrifices performed in the back-end that capture my attention.  For most however, it all nets out to “Why does this take so long?”

It is in that non-technical, physical, customer service experience that the value of Digital Wallets will finally begin to experience its time of greatest adoption. 

Digital Wallets like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and other “x-pay” technologies have been out there for awhile.  Their ultimate adoption in the marketplace hasn’t really been all that significant (although it is growing slowly).  Mostly because it has not really hit mainstream yet.   Sure the technology geeks like me have them installed.  So do the Hipsters who want to show their “tech-cred” by getting their No Whip, Half-calf, skinny lattes without putting down their phones and retrieving their wallets (which coincidently are almost always carefully hidden within their perfectly groomed beards like Captain Caveman). 

To hit the mainstream, something is going to have to agitate the average consumer so much that it starts to drive the change.   I believe that change is on the horizon.   In fact, I may even know the date.  October 1, 2017.   That date is the deadline where all gas pumps in the United States must become EMV compliant.   There is a good chance the petrol industry will seek a delay (after all – can you imagine the scale of the issue of replacing every gas pump in the country?) .  They were given two extra years to make the conversion but it will likely be a logistical nightmare compounded by the fact that many gas stations are not owned by the gas companies at all, but are franchises owned by local business people. 

My personal prediction is that most folks will not want to go through the Stick and Click method at the pumps.  Swiping has become muscle memory for just about every American.  Its so universal here that people use the swipe hand gesture to signal a waiter that they are ready to close out their tab.  Its raw.  Its physical.  Its quick and easy.    Our desire for near instant gratification will push us to something else.   Having your credit card information on your phone, and the ability to “in a swipe like motion” move your phone at the pump for payment will be much easier.   It will feel like what they have always done.   All of technical wizardry that I perform will still take place, but it will do so device to device, behind the scenes.  It may even be just as slow but you will not have to remove your credit card and leave it exposed in a machine while you dart your eyes awkwardly around the gas station while the pump displays the message “DO NOT REMOVE YOUR CARD” for all the world to see.  

To some degree this speaks to our innate human resistance to change.  Perhaps even a bit of laziness at a societal level.  But I am sticking to my prediction that these two items will be linked.  I guess in the end only time will tell. 

Now if you will excuse me-I am headed off  to enjoy my dinner and the magical gravy juice that was literally produced from dust.


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Good post. Let me state he does indeed get excited by EMV and the other tech being added to the auth transaction... he gets REALLY excited when I start detailing the additional budget I need because if it. ;)
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How Apple’s hardline privacy policy limits key features in Photos and Siri (Macworld)

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Over the last several years, Apple has taken a number of opportunities to present itself in stark contrast against one of its chief rivals, Google, but nowhere more in the firm position Cupertino takes against collecting any more data than it needs to about its customers.

Privacy is obviously a major concern in the digital age, and Apple’s stance is largely applauded—and with good reason. But at the same time, that choice doesn’t come without its costs, both to Apple and to its users. By taking such a hardline stance, the company has hindered the development of some of its features, and perhaps even negated some of the advantages of its ecosystem.

There are places, it seems, where a balance is not only desirable but necessary. This isn’t to say Apple should sacrifice security and privacy in favor of capabilities, but that the company should be able to make use of its immense talent to find a middle ground that maintains users’ privacy and provides the features that people want.

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I set up my new phone as my new phone (tied to my same Apple IDs) instead of restoring from a backup of my previous phone. Lost all of my Health and Activities history because it is tied to a device, not to me. Secure to a fault.
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