Esper Unveils New Military Board to Increase Diversity in Armed Forces

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The Headline

Esper Unveils New Military Board to Increase Diversity in Armed Forces

The Grind

Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper is announcing a new U.S. Military group being formed to conduct internal reviews of diversity.

During a video message shared via Twitter, Esper unveiled three new initiatives geared toward a “reinvigorated effort” to expand racial diversity and equal opportunities in the U.S. Military.

According to Esper, the first step centers on the “Defense Board on Diversity and Inclusion in the Military.”

The Details

This diverse group will “conduct a six-month sprint to develop concrete, actionable recommendations to increase racial diversity and ensure equal opportunity across all ranks, and especially in the officer corps.”

The results of their findings and recommendations will be produced in December.

Esper also said he would establish a Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in the Armed Services which will “mirror” the work of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.

He said that the committee will be a “permanent structure comprised of a diverse group of Americans committed to the task at hand.” Read more…






The Headline

Twitter Attaches ‘Manipulated Media’ Label to Trump Tweet

Twitter took the rare step of pinning a “manipulated media” warning to a tweet from President Donald Trump, who reposted an old, remixed viral video of two toddlers, one who is black and one who is white, greeting each other with a hug on a New York City sidewalk.

In the video shared by Trump, the portion of the video where the two toddlers are playfully chasing each other is displayed first, with the addition of suspenseful music and two CNN chyron banners that suggests one of the children is probably “racist” and a Trump supporter.

The Details

The video then pivots to “what actually happened,” showing the two toddlers running up to each other hugging, alongside a version of the song “[They Long To Be] Close To You,” and ends on a message to not trust “Fake News.”

The video, which was originally posted to Facebook, went viral last September and it was widely reported in the media that the two children are best friends. One of the parents later told Ellen Degeneres that the two children are fond of hugs, hence the hugging in the video.

Katie Rosborough, a spokesperson for Twitter, told The Washington Post on Thursday evening that the president’s tweet “has been labeled per our synthetic and manipulated media policy to give people more context.” Read more…




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