Sep 21, 2019

Navy confirms videos of flying objects

In this image, from video by U.S. Navy aircraft, an unidentified object moves near the plane. Photo: The Stars Academy of Arts & Science/AP

In video footage, a small object streaks across the sky before a U.S. Navy fighter jet's tracking system locks on and follows it, reports AP.

What's new: "The Navy isn't offering a public explanation ... for exactly what that object was. But the service is confirming the authenticity of that video and two others taken from its planes in 2004 and 2015," per AP.

Why it matters: The video has spurred the Navy to publicly disclose an ongoing investigation into pilot sightings of what has been characterized as "unidentified aerial phenomena" — or UAPs — in U.S. airspace over both coasts.

What's next: Lawmakers are requesting more information on the so-called UAPs, suggesting some of the movements appear to challenge the laws of physics.

Go deeper: A most-read N.Y. Times story from May, "‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Reported Unexplained Flying Objects."

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NYT: Fake video of Trump shooting media and rivals shown at his resort

President Trump speaks to journalists in the White House on Oct. 2. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

A video depicting President Donald Trump stabbing and shooting journalists, political opponents and Black Lives Matter movement figures was played at an event for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, the New York Times reported Sunday. Trump was not present, it said.

Why it matters: Event organizers American Priority confirmed to the Times that the video was shown at the conference at the Trump National Doral, which demonstrates how "Trump’s anti-media language has influenced his supporters and bled into their own propaganda."

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White House says Trump condemns fake video attacking media

Trump holds a press conference at Trump National Doral. Photo: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted on Monday that President Trump has not yet seen the violent fake video played at an event for his supporters, but that he "strongly condemns" it. Trump himself has not tweeted about the video or issued a statement.

Background: The video, first reported by the New York Times, is an edited clip from the film "Kingsman: The Secret Service," that shows Trump stabbing and shooting media outlets and political opponents in the "Church of Fake News." The group that put on the event, American Priority, confirmed to the Times that the video was shown at a conference at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami.

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Pro-Trump meme maker “Carpe Donktum" suspended by Twitter

@carpedonktum's Twitter profile when it was suspended. Photo: Screenshot via Twitter

A pro-Trump meme maker also known as “Carpe Donktum” was briefly suspended from Twitter on Monday, after a violent parody aired during a conference at President Trump’s Miami-area golf resort depicting Trump stabbing and shooting media outlets and political opponents in the “Church of Fake News.”

Why it matters: Both the account holder and Twitter say the ban was due to a copyright issue. It's a bannable offense to re-upload older content previously removed from Twitter, which was what Donktum did Monday morning in response to the video's controversy, The Verge reports.

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