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Anonymous Hacks Donald Trump's Voicemail and Leaks the Messages (betanews.com) 314

Mark Wilson writes: In the run-up to the presidential election, few days go by when Donald Trump isn't hitting the headlines for something he's said or done. The bombastic billionaire looks set to become the Republican candidate, and his journey towards the White House is littered with offense and controversy, and back in December Anonymous declared war on him. The loose collective of hackers and activist made its declaration after Trump announced plans to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. One of the first strikes in Anonymous' war sees the group hacking the businessman's voicemail and leaking the messages. The messages appear to show that Trump had a surprisingly cosy relationship with the more left-leaning section of the media than one might imagine.
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Anonymous Hacks Donald Trump's Voicemail and Leaks the Messages

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  • Not really. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by khasim ( 1285 ) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Saturday March 05, 2016 @05:32PM (#51645167)

    The messages appear to show that Trump had a surprisingly cosy relationship with the more left-leaning section of the media than one might imagine.

    There is very little "left-leaning" media in the USofA. Most of it would be corporate-leaning.

    And they love him because (exactly as he says) he brings in the ratings for them. He's always ready for a friendly interview.

    • Re:Not really. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 05, 2016 @05:38PM (#51645209)

      The media has been hammering him from all sides. It's incredibly obvious that the establishment wants Hillary or Rubio.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Tablizer ( 95088 )

        If they really wanted to "hammer him", they wouldn't give him air-time, which is the opposite of what they do. Trump is a ratings magnet.

        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

          Which is of course the exact treatment Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein get. What this US election is clearly showing is the blatant and extreme bias of corporate media in America, they have stopped even trying to pretend to be news media and instead have gone whole hog on corporate propaganda. They are really starting to give of that stench of losing to the internet. The idiot box/TV versus the smart box/internet and the internet is kicking mains stream media arse and they are just really starting to lose it

        • Giving more air time to people who are well known and have very high unfavorable ratings should not be expected to be helpful to them. It rallies people against him; he eventually gets around to offending almost everybody. Turnout will be high.

          It helps the Trump brand for whatever TV project he's doing after the election, but nobody is trying to stop him from that.

    • Re: Not really. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Saturday March 05, 2016 @05:50PM (#51645279) Homepage Journal

      >Most of it would be corporate-leaning.

      Establishment-leaning. Yes, pro- corporate, but also pro- State, banksters, regulators, NGO's, etc. Which isn't all that surprising since the corps pay them and the regulators don't shut them down if they dance on cue.

      http://www.econlib.org/library... [econlib.org]

      • by s.petry ( 762400 ) on Saturday March 05, 2016 @07:00PM (#51645587)

        Don't listen to just me, several studies and reports have said what I'm about to say, including an Ivy league school. The US has become almost text book fascism as defined by Mussolini. Meaning, you can not separate regulators from Corporations because the regulators work for the corporations. Regulatory capture has occurred in every sector of the economy. It is really easy to see, but you have to at least glance at it.

        Main stream media simply works for those same interests. Again, it's easy to see if you care to look. "Money" and "Ratings" are a byproduct of the control the establishment has over the people using media.

        • by Shawn Willden ( 2914343 ) on Saturday March 05, 2016 @10:33PM (#51646429)

          Don't listen to just me, several studies and reports have said what I'm about to say, including an Ivy league school.

          Cite?

        • by epyT-R ( 613989 )

          The ivy league is not exempt from the issue you speak of. In fact, it has become a purveyor.

      • by 7-Vodka ( 195504 )

        Don't forget that period in the 70's when Bernstein exposed the CIA as controlling most of the mainstream news in the USA.
        How Americas Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up [carlbernstein.com]

        And yes, that's the same Bernstein that broke Watergate.

    • There is very little "left-leaning" media in the USofA. Most of it would be corporate-leaning.

      If it's willing to sympathize with professional victims and smear their critics, it's not exactly corporate-leaning in the traditional sense.

    • by epyT-R ( 613989 )

      You're joking right? ..or is this yet another no true leftist fallacy? I suppose the NYT and the WP dont' qualify? I suppose it is mild compared to the outright marxist crap they get in sweden, but they are still left leaning. ..and sure, there's plenty of corporate crap, too. Authoritarian regimes favor corporate interests as long as they've got the lobbying power.

  • I'll get the pop corn.

  • by supremebob ( 574732 ) <themejunky&geocities,com> on Saturday March 05, 2016 @05:45PM (#51645249) Journal

    The Donald got caught with a "hot mic" on a commercial break of the Morning Joe talk show on MSNBC, where Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were VERY friendly with him. Hell, it almost like it seemed like they were giving him campaign advice during the chat.

    I'd imagine that CNN loves him as well, simply for the ratings boost he's given to the Republican debates.

  • by DoctorBonzo ( 2646833 ) on Saturday March 05, 2016 @07:10PM (#51645637)

    Trump is really in a conspiracy with Hillary so that he'll get the Republican nomination & then lose the election, ensuring Hillary's presidency

  • Hello (Score:5, Funny)

    by Psicopatico ( 1005433 ) <psicopatico@@@ac ... utto...zzn...com> on Saturday March 05, 2016 @07:26PM (#51645689)

    Hello America!
    I'm Italian, pizza spaghetti & poor english, so don't grammar nazi me, please.
    I'll go straight to the point.
    Thank you all for Donald Trump, I mean it: thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    For two decades, wherever I went, everyone who was not italian that I met around the world asked me a question, and I felt silently ashamed facing that simple question: "Why Berlusconi?".
    Everywhere.
    Italian? Why Berlusconi?
    Even in Argentina, in a small gas station in the middle of nothing in Patagonia, a place without Internet, without sat channels, without newspapers: "Italianos? Berlusconi! Las fiestas con las ninas!".
    That was awful.
    Now, with Donald Trump you will receive from us the Olympic Torch of political silliness, you will rewrite THAT question, you will set us free, at last. Worldwide.
    God bless America.

    Francesco Lanza, 28 feb 2016

    • True story (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Okian Warrior ( 537106 ) on Saturday March 05, 2016 @09:00PM (#51646079) Homepage Journal

      For two decades, wherever I went, everyone who was not italian that I met around the world asked me a question, and I felt silently ashamed facing that simple question: "Why Berlusconi?".

      True story:

      I was vacationing in Bulgaria in the early 'aughts, was chatting people up on the street and almost got mugged *twice* because I was American (and specifically because of Bush).

      I went right back to the hotel and told my GF: "From now on, we are Canadian. If anyone asks, we're from Canada!"

      Didn't have any problem after that.

      Love Bulgaria, the people are nice, but don't tell them you're American...

  • Donald Trump Rocks (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rsilvergun ( 571051 ) on Saturday March 05, 2016 @09:05PM (#51646091)
    and here's why. He's moving the country to the Left. Our country has gotten to the point where there's Far Right Wing, Really Far Right Wing and Ted Cruz. Assuming (as Bernie said) you realize words like "Socialism" and "Welfare" have meaning and aren't just things to be afraid of then this is a good thing.

    Yes, Trump's a jerk. But he's also the only Candidate besides Bernie Sanders who thinks healthcare (not just "affordable" healthcare) is a right. Yes, he's said some racist things, but he's also said them out loud instead of dog whistling.

    I'll take Trump over Rubio any day of the week. Rubio's the kind of guy who'd stab me in the gut, twist the knife and then smile; saying it's nothing personal, just business. If Trump's gonna stab me in the gut it's because he hates them. I can deal with Trumps Hate. Rubio's cold hearted unlimited greed? Not so much.
  • Worth repeating... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 05, 2016 @10:20PM (#51646385)

    According to polls, though, if Hillary dropped out (perhaps because she was in jail) and it became a race between Bernie and any GOP person including Trump, Bernie would win. He's the least unfavorable candidate according to polls; lots of people despise Trump (on both sides), and lots of people despise Hillary (on both sides). Almost no one despises Bernie; they can't even come up with any real dirt on him. They can say stupid stuff about "socialism", they can say his policies won't work, they can say completely idiotic things about 90% tax rates (betraying a complete lack of understanding of marginal rates and also his actual policies), they can complain about his age (even though he's only 5 years older than Trump and 6 older than Hillary who's had a lot of health problems), but no one really *despises* him like they do all the other candidates. The other GOP candidates aren't as unliked, but they're not liked either: everyone thinks Cruz is a liar and a religious nut, and that Rubio is a robot and in the pocket of the establishment.

  • Some of the leaked VMs show something scandals.... he donates to children’s charities!

    Funny how no one is running with that story.
  • Anonymous was dismantled a couple years back, so now they are almost certainly a government operation.

  • Trump has a cozy relationship with the media? A public media figure has a cozy relationship with the media. Trump plays the news media like a fidlle. Great work anonymous.

  • Trump is running against right-wing purists. The media doesn't get along with them. Oh, and BTW, there is very little right-wing media. Oh, you mean corporate media? Right, so basically, any media outlet that makes money including Gawker. Oh, wait, you mean internet media which is so well known for facts. But I digress. IMHO, Trump's strategy is quite effective. He talks to the people he needs to get results. He's not the type of person who says, "I won the election. They're going to have to shut

  • by superwiz ( 655733 ) on Sunday March 06, 2016 @03:00PM (#51649061) Journal
    Why would anonymous go after Trump? I get that he is a Republican. But Kasich is the candidate who is still in the race and who is still the absolute worst on tech issues. He is openly for forcing tech companies to be slaves of the government and do its bidding when it comes to protecting their customers. If it were up to him, he'd effectively give the government agencies the monkey wrench as the best tool for dealing with encryption (beat em with a monkey wrench until they talk). In fact, even though I am a registered Republican, I would donate money to whoever runs against Kasich in any election (including the next time he runs for governor).
  • Under the Consitution, the Congressional branch is the most powerful, and can certainly stall either a Sanders or Trump.

    However, the President controls the Dept of Justice, so can bring significant charges against the banking and medical industries. Imagine an SEC that actually does it's job. Ditto w/ the Dept of Treasury. A President should be able to cause significant disruption for the Federal Reserve.

    Were either Sanders or Trump to win, to me the greatest threats are assassination and removal fro

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