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it's a great honor. it means a lot. >> after a few weeks taking selfies in the woods. >> god speed, john glenn. >> justice hasn't been served yet. good morning and welcome to "sunday today" i'm willie geist. donald trump won't be sworn in as president for more than a month but he's already fighting with his top intelligence agency. trump mocking the cia over its report that the russian government did in fact interfere with the presidential election and did so to help trump win. did putin really sway the vote, and why is trump taking on his own spies? we'll get into that and questions about trump's likely pick for secretary of state. and later, jessica chastain,
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the oscar nominee, living the only career dream she's ever had. >> i remember being in elementary school and everyone talks about what are you going to be when you grow up? i'm going to be a lawyer, i'm going to be a teacher. i would say i'm going to be an actor. i always remember the adults looking at me like -- >> isn't she sweet? >> isn't she sweet? you're not, but okay. good for you. >> a great conversation with jessica a bit later in the show. but let's begin with some breaking news overnight and a rising death toll in istanbul, turkey, after two bomb blasts outside a soccer stadium. it appears the attackers were targeting police. matt bradley is in london with more on this story. matt, good morning. >> and to you, willie, good morning. it's a day of mourning across turkey where another terror attack has added to a growing sense of fear. it began as a normal saturday night. but istanbul has a new normal.
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twin bombings less than a minute apart left more than three dozen dead, and over 150 wounded. the first attack, a car bomb that struck police as they left following a soccer game. moments later, a suicide bombing at a nearby park. most casualties were policemen. no one has claimed responsibility, but the government quickly blamed kurdish separatists, a decades-long insurgency that often puts police in its crosshairs. police say they have arrested more than ten people. but turkey's enemies are many, and their recent attack set a grim background for turkey's new normal. and just this morning, turkey's interior minister delivered an angry speech at a funeral for some of these police officers. he railed against kurdish separatists calling them animals and pawns of the west. it's worth noting that kurdish parties are among turkey's strongest political opposition
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groups. willie. >> matt bradley on this story in london for us. thank you, matt. here at home, president-elect donald trump is not backing off his criticism of the intelligence agency he soon will oversee after a recent report from the cia saying the russians interfered with the presidential election and that they did it hoping trump would win. chris jansing is just up the street from us at trump tower here in manhattan. chris, good morning. >> reporter: it's really extraordinary, willie. donald trump's dismissal of this report puts him at odds with democrats, key republicans, and as you mentioned, significantly the intelligence community. the very people who need to make key decisions about hot spots all around the world. donald trump at the army-navy showdown saturday, praising the armed forces. >> is it a humbling thought that in six weeks you're going to be the commander in chief to those guys? >> it is humble, it's a great honor, but it's a great responsibility. >> reporter: all while an unprecedented rift plays out between the president-elect and the intelligence community.
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nbc news has confirmed that the cia believes the russian government tried to help donald trump win the election, first reported by "the washington post" late friday. >> that is where they are on this issue now, that russia was not only interfering, but was trying to deliver this election to donald trump. >> reporter: trump's camp refuting the claim saying these are the same people that said saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. "the new york times" reported saturday the russian government also hacked the republican national committee, but only released the democratic data. the rnc disputes this. >> there is zero evidence that anything that may have been attempted had any effect on the outcome. >> reporter: and exxonmobil's ceo, rex tillerson, trump's expected choice for secretary of state, also raising eyebrows for his relationship with russia. tillerson has a long history with russia's vladimir putin and their oil operations. >> why does a business executive make sense as the chief diplomat? >> in his case, he's much more than a business executive. he knows many of the players and
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he knows them well. he does massive deals in russia. he does massive deals for the company, not for himself, for the company. >> reporter: tillerson's cozy relationship with putin prompting questions in both parties on whether he could be confirmed by the senate. >> i believe that the relationship between mr. tillerson and vladimir putin needs to be examined. >> reporter: now, we're still waiting for the official announcement on secretary of state, but our andrea mitchell reports that tillerson has already informed his board. meantime the obama administration is calling for an investigation into russian hacking and wants the report released before the inauguration. willie? >> chris jansing outside trump tower, chris, thanks. let's bring in shawn henry a former top fbi official now the president of crowd strike services and nbc news analyst and elise jordan who worked on rand paul's presidential campaign and previously in the state department and the bush white house. shawn, let me begin with you. the cia says it's clear to them in this report that russia intervened on behalf of donald
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trump, not just to disrupt the election but to make sure donald trump became president. the fbi says it's a little mercuryi murkier. where's the truth? >> i think you've got to look at the career analysts that have been assessing the intelligence. they have been looking at russia and russian capabilities, russian intent for many years. when they analyze the evidence and the intelligence they have collected, they have made a determination. i think that the president or the president-elect needs to look at that, look at the totality of the circumstances, and assess what these career analysts are saying. these are people that are nonpolitical and are looking to protect the national security interests of the united states, willie. >> but donald trump came out in a statement and said, look, these people, the cia, are the same people who brought you the war with iraq effectively, paraphrasing there. what does it mean to have the man who will oversee all those agencies, the man who will be the president of the united states in about 40 days, already at odds with his intelligence services? >> yeah, i think that that impacts morale. you've got, again, tens of
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thousands of people that are working around the world. these are career people, they have worked dozens of years in this space. there needs to be a sense of trust and confidence between the intelligence community and the president. if in fact the veracity of the intelligence is questioned, that's okay for the chief executive to question that, but it's got to be done with the appropriate officials at an appropriate time and it really is not helpful to anybody to be doing that in the press and through social media. that is not of value. >> shawn, from all the people you've talked to and all the people you know inside these intelligence agencies, is it clear to you that the operation out of russia was directed specifically to make trump president or, on the other hand, was it just to cause chaos and doubt among voters and their electoral system here in america? >> the u.s. intelligence community said back in february of 2016 that the russians would be actually looking to create chaos by putting disinformation out. they would be doing that through
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cyber means. that was their assessment back at the beginning of this year. i think i'll leave it to the intelligence analysts who are looking at the raw data to make the determination whether this was done for confusion to unseat the democratic process or if it was actually done to elect donald trump. they are career analysts that are doing that and are looking at a whole host of intelligence, willie, over a long period of time. >> shawn, you're now in the business of helping to stop hacks like this. so what can this country do moving forward to be sure not as a partisan issue but as an american issue to make sure foreign governments are not intervening in the outcome of elections here? >> well, i think your point is very, very important. first of all, this is a nonpartisan issue, regardless of which side of the aisle you're on. we're talking about the integrity of the u.s. electoral process. we're talking about national security for americans. i think that the u.s. has to have a very strong policy. there's got to be discussion
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between world leaders about what's acceptable and what's not. nations understand that they collect intelligence from each other or against each other to protect their national interests, but if you're yogz that intelligence to impact another nation's system and to undermine them if you're targeting critical infrastructure that may be a line that can't be crossed and that may have to be some xds and those lines have to be disseminated so people are very, very clear on what the actions will be. let's turn now to elise. in our partisan political world everything becomes about politics but we really ought to strip politics out of this issue. this could have impacted democrats as easily as it could have impacted republicans. this is something that we cannot have in our elections. >> exactly. that's why i think it's a mistake if republicans do not treat this as a national security issue and turn it into more of a partisan issue. this is really just about the integrity of our electoral process. there needs to be a thorough
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fact-finding among the intelligence communities, there needs to be a thorough report not just the strategic leaks by the cia, because i do think that the leaks without context are harmful. and so we need to know exactly what happened so we can move forward as a country. >> as someone who worked inside the bush white house, can you ever imagine the president of the united states coming out and attacking publicly the cia this way? >> that was really unprecedented, especially since he hasn't even come into office, picking a battle with the cia is not a smart move in my opinion. they are, as we see with this leak, very strategic in how they leak and he should not be at battle with his intelligence agency before he even sets foot in the oval office. >> let's talk about some of these picks. andrea mitchell reporting that rex tillerson, the ceo and head of exxonmobil will in fact be nominated to be secretary of state. obviously a very successful ceo. these are the kind of people trump is looking at, ceos, generals, leaders, but he comes with some conflicts as well. he's done a lot of business in
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russia, a good friend of vladimir putin. what do you think about the pick? >> i think that i actually don't know enough about his world view as going into office as someone who would be representing citizens and not his shareholders. so i think it can be simplistic to say that he's putin's ally once he's going to get into that role as secretary of state. we really just don't know at this phase. but i do think that his nomination process could be really contentious because you're going to have global warming activists on the one hand and russia hawks like john mccain and lindsey graham who are going to really challenge his close ties to putin. so this could be a very interesting confirmation process. >> it's interesting as you look at all these nominees out of the trump transition team, for all the talk of donald trump being a strict loyalist, chris christie, rudy giuliani we learned this week will not take a job in the trump administration, newt gingrich, kellyanne conway doesn't have a job yet. are you surprised some of those people are not on the team yet? >> i'm a little surprised but at the end of the day donald trump's loyalty is to himself and he's going to do what he thinks is best for himself and
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his administration going in. so far we've been seeing that he, you know, is quick to abandon people if he thinks that they aren't up to task. he went through two campaign managers over the course of his campaign and his entire show was based on firing people. so i think this is someone who is going to put in office who he wants there. >> still a month and a half away, even from being inaugurated and we've got all this to talk about. elise joerdanjordan, thank you much. more than 1300 flights going into and out of chicago airports have been cancelled this morning. chicago taking the brunt of this weekend's nasty weather. 16 million people in the midwest are under a winter storm warning today. another 10 inches possible in chicago, detroit and cleveland. two big stories in the world of college football. the sports highest honor going to a sophomore, louisville quarterback lamar jackson seen to shake his head in disbelief after he was named the youngest ever winner of the heisman trophy. jackson, the first louisville player ever to bring home the heisman.
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and a big win on saturday for army. the guys from west point beat navy for the first time in 15 years, breaking the streak in one of sports' best rivalries. the final score, 21-17 army. and a bit of a moment for singer patty smith during saturday's nobel ceremony. smith was accepting bob dylan's prize for literature, singing a song "hard rains are going to fall" but the words momentarily slipped her mind. ♪ a song that -- >> i'm sorry. >> so smith stopped herself, apologized, told the crowd she was a little nervous. gathered herself and had the orchestra start over, at which point she nailed it the second time around and got a standing ovation. straight ahead, elise will be back with me for the highs and lows of the week, including the exciting new theme park ride where you pass out a little bit, come to, then pass out again and
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again. look at the kid on the right. now an internet hero. plus, canadian traffic and weather on the 1s. we'll show you how this slow-speed disaster ended. and fake news. we travel to macedonia where they're busy cooking up stories for your facebook feed that aren't true. it's all coming up on "sunday today" after your local weather and this break. good morning, first alert forecast. the forecast, another cold one. 37 for the high in center city and 36 in lansdale, cookstown 36. snow in lehigh valley afternoon and evening. for new jersey trentan at 36, ocean city 39. wilmington high of 37 and smyrna at 30.
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he nailed it. if you want to feel good on a sunday morning, go watch that full clip. >> that's pretty awesome. he's so cute and sweet too. >> i'm a sucker for those guys. >> our first low goes to the holiday fashion sense of the stiff wax-like figures that make up the royal family. look at these ugly christmas sweaters. our imagine tee rocking the corgi sweater. >> i want it so badly, i need that badly. >> surrounded by corgis in queen sweaters. in case it's not clear on your screen, those literally are the stiff wax-like figures of the royal family. madame tussaud's in london dressed them in jumpers all for a great cause at save the children. would you ever go with the conjoined sweater thing? >> i think that's a little much. i'm just all about the corgi
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sweater. >> we'll put you down for a corgi. our next high goes to the new star of the fifa 17 soccer video game. a 15-year-old from canada named kenton douse was diagnosed with three brain tumors for which he underwent surgery and eight long months of chemo, he is a big fan of the vancouver white caps. during his treatment he struck up a friendship with members of the team, including russell, who was there with kenton when he got the good news in may that he is cancer-free. the two also played a lot of fifa together and now thanks to the make-a-wish foundation kenton is really in the good. ea sports put him in his favorite video game as a player. playing at home, you can have kenton on your team. kenton said, quote, it's amazing what they did for me. pretty cool, right? >> he's worth having on anybody's team. >> our next low goes to the long, slow speed traffic pile-up in montreal this week. snow and ice made for quite a
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scene in that beautiful canadian city. first things first, nobody was seriously injured. let's get started with a bus sliding slowly into some cars nudging them into the intersection. then here comes a pickup truck into the party right into the back of the bus. another bus gets in on the action sandwiching the pickup before squeezing it out of the picture. don't worry, though, the police are here, thank goodness. the cop car spins out and rolls backwards into those same buses. starting to feel like we're not learning our lesson, gang. oh, good, the snow plow is here, an expert in treacherous road conditions. he's no help either as he barrels into the police car plow first. we don't have the time to show you the rest of it. it went on all morning like that. i think maybe we should avoid that street. >> i'm really glad i don't have to drive in canada. >> our final high we've saved perhaps the best video of the week. have you seen the clip where the kid passes out briefly over and over again on a ride at six flags? his name is daniel melendez
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baron. he became famous worldwide after his performance on the sling shot at six flags. the 15-year-old catapulted into the air, does fine for a while and then it's night-nighttime. then he's back in, and then back to sleep, and so on and so on, until the ride ended. we're not playing this on a loop. by the end, though, daniel was smiling and giving a peace sign to the camera. he was okay. he then posted the video to facebook where it became a hit. >> he's much braver than i am. i couldn't do that. >> it's good to know that you can come back that quickly from passing out. our final low goes to the water bottle challenge skills of lebron james and the cleveland cavaliers. they were a little bored on the bench at madison square garden in new york, so with the game still going on right in front of them, point guard kyrie irving is up first and then lebron try to stick the landing with the water bottle.
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this is what happens when your team is too good for your own conference. you've got to find new challenges in the middle of your own game. lebron diving onto the court during game action to get his water bottle. i think they're getting a little bored. >> they're better at basketball than the water bottle challenge. >> you know what, it's harder than it looks. elise, thank you so much, appreciate it. coming up next, jessica chastain, the oscar nominee who didn't come onto the movie scene until just a few years ago and she did so with an assist from al pacino. she'll explain. then the parents who turned their little boy's challenge into an eyewear company that's helping kids all over the world. head over to facebook for a facebook live chat in just two minutes. why do some cash back cards make earning bonus cash back so complicated? they limit where you can earn bonus cash back to a few places...
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mr. white, how did you even get considered for this job, do you know donald trump? >> no, no. but i'm a big fan. i like his style. he acts first and then asks questions later. i also like that wall he wants to build. nothing comes in from mexico, meaning a lot less competition for the rest of us. >> you mean jobs? >> sure. >> that is bryan cranston making a guest appearance as walter white on "saturday night live." by the way, next week we'll sit down with cranston right here on "sunday today." from the moment she saw her first musical as a young girl, jessica chastain never so much as considered becoming anything other than an actress. that one-track mind has served her well as she's traveled from
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the stages of new york to an oscar worthy career in the movies. chastain's lead performance in the new film "miss sloan" has hollywood talking about another academy award nomination for her. jessica and i got together near new york's julliard school where she began her steady rise. >> there is a height difference here. i think you should -- there you go. >> so jessica, here we are across the street from julliard, kind of where it all began for you. does that feel like a lifetime ago to you that you arrived in new york? >> it doesn't actually. i live right there in that building. those were the doermrms and i ld on the 26th floor which was higher, i think, than i've ever lived. >> and a long way from her hometown of sacramento, california. the daughter of a chef and a firefighter, jessica chastain decided at the age of 9 she wanted to be an actor. after her grandmother took her to a performance of "joseph and the technicolor dream coat."
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>> i remember being in elementary school. everyone talks about what you're going to be when you grow up. i'm going to be a lawyer, i'm going to be a teacher. i'd say i'm going to be an actor. i always remember the adults looking at me like -- >> isn't she sweet? >> isn't she sweet. you're not, but okay. good for you. >> naturally, jessica became the president of her high school drama club. >> i was definitely the theater nerd. i went to maybe a couple football games, but, you know, i didn't go to my prom. >> no prom for you? >> no prom. no one asked me. >> what? >> yeah. >> no one asked jessica chastain to the prom? >> yeah, trust me. >> how are those guys doing right now? where are those guys right now? >> putting those high school years behind her, jessica landed an audition with the famed julliard school. >> your audition for julliard is sort of the stuff of legend. >> really? >> did reomeo and juliet -- do you remember that performance, what you did exactly?
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>> yes, i did the monologue g gallop of pace. juliet, they have just been married and she's saying hurry up, son, go away. the night will come and romeo will be here and i'll lose my virginity. the way it's written, gallop of pace, they would bring in cloudy night immediately. it's like bumpa bum. and i played her as a girl that was ready to become a woman that night. and i was running around the room and like writhing on the floor in the audition room. when i finished the audition, the head of the program, they were all three silent. he looks at me and he goes, did you have fun, jessica? i said yeah. he said okay, thanks. >> she was accepted and earned a scholarship funded by the late robin williams. oddly enough in those early
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days, the physical feature for which she's known best was holding her back. >> it's not so much now in the scrip scripts i get, but ten years ago it would always describe the way she looked. blonde girl next door or brunette, sassy and almost never would it ever say redhead. so you're starting already, you're walking into the audition different than how people are imagining the character to be. >> for more than a decade, chastain was happy as a successful stage actress. but as a-list movie stars go, she was a late bloomer. after jessica starred in a play with al pacino, he recommended her to a director who was casting a film called "tree of life." >> i had worked with al pacino and he sent terry an e-mail about his experience working with me, which was wonderful. >> it's not bad on a job interview to have a reference. al pacino says i'd be good at this. >> i have a copy of the e-mail,
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i saved it. it's funny too because it's all written as he talks so there's kind of like no punctuation. it's amazing. >> "tree of life" co-starring brad pitt came out in 2011. chastain's breakout year. she also appeared in "the debt" and "the help." >> no hugging, no hugging. >> a performance that earned the newcomer an oscar nomination for best supporting actress. "the help" thrust jessica into a new unfamiliar world of celebrity. >> you seem to me to be someone who despite how big a star you've become, i don't read about you on page 6. i don't really see you in "us weekly." is that by design? >> for sure. because i had time to notice the industry and study the industry before i was involved. i realized that the actors that i respond to and that i really admire, you don't read about their personal lives. i don't want to put it up for
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sale. and also, if i'm doing press, i want it to be about the work i'm doing, which i think is more interesting, i hope. >> work like a best actress nominated role as the cia agent hunting osama bin laden in zero dark 30. >> but bin laden is there, and you're going to kill him for me. >> and her latest, the political thriller "miss sloan" in which she plays a powerful washington lobbyist. >> lobbying is about foresight. >> when i first read the script, i assumed i'd be playing the character with no hair and makeup, wearing the same clothes for three days, just like consumed with the job. then i went to d.c. and met with about a dozen female lobbyists. i was really struck by how they presented themselves. they were wearing makeup and they were wearing sharp clothes and seven out of the 11 women were wearing black nail polish, which shocked me. i never imagined that. >> very und.c. >> very un-d.c.
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>> while you're out there hustli hustling, i'll be working influential senators who can deliver votes. >> chastain doesn't just play a strong woman in the movies. she created her own production company to support female filmmakers and she stood up as a leading voice on equal pay for women in hollywood. >> with strong voices like yours who have platforms and are talking about this, why does this inequality persist in hollywood? if i have you in a movie and your co-star is a man, why is he making more than you? why is that still happening? >> that doesn't happen anymore with me. it's not that i want to make more, i just -- i want to be fairly compensated. we need to step forward and we need to talk about like, okay, in relation to my femo graphy and my work, am i being fairly compensated. >> were you guilty of not asking for enough? >> absolutely. we're meant to feel grateful, and i am very grateful.
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>> are you a person who thinks about look how far i've come, like when you come back to julliard? >> yes, absolutely. i'm always shocked. just every day i'm shocked with where i am. i know it sounds so weird, but i can't begin to fathom it. >> jessica told me she has a personal rule that she will work with at least one female filmmaker every year, so someone up and coming gets the same shot she did. her new movie "miss sloan" is out now. to see jessica squirm when i asked her about oscar talk surrounding "miss sloan" check out our web extras at today.com/sunday. and as i mentioned, next week bryan cranston, the man who can pull off walter white, lbj and howe from malcolm in the middle all with us next week on "sunday today." coming up next, a trip to a european factory town where the export is fake news. we'll show you how they manufacture american headlines and why they do it. that story after this break and your loc weather.al
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during a speech this week on capitol hill, hillary clinton talked about the dangers of fake news, calling it an epidemic. made-up stories are packaged to look real and then spread across popular sites like facebook where they can get millions of views. clinton supporters believe that kind of disinformation contributed to her losing the presidential election. so where is this stuff coming from? nbc's alexander smith traveled to macedonia to find out. >> he asked that we keep his identity hidden, so let's call him dimitri, just a guy making a living in macedonia. >> the queen of england wants to meet trump. trump had a secret meeting in mexico. >> dimitri is 18 years old and he says that in the past six months, he's made more than $60,000 writing, posting and sharing shake news articles about the american election.
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his biggest cash could yw -- >> make america great again. >> donald trump. >> trump is a politician like no other. nothing can beat trump supporters when it comes to social media engagement and that's why we stick to trump. >> in the final three months of the presidential campaign, the most viral fake news stories outperformed the most viral real news stories on facebook, according to a buzzfeed analysis. most were pro-trump. around 150 fake u.s. political sites have been traced here, to dimitri's macedonian hometown. he was willing to lift the veil on his bootstrap operation which he says garnered 40 million page views in the past six months. to draw readers, they copy the style of mainstream organizations, including nbc news. >> the republicans love the veterans. they love the veterans. they respect them i think the most of everyone. what you do is you say obama donated $300 million to hillary
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clinton's campaign that he took from the veterans. and people will open that immediately, saying why? you see what people like and you just give them. if they like water, you give water. if they like wine, you give wine. it's really simple. >> fake news has affected him. in a country with almost a quarter of its citizens unemployed and average income below $5,000, the impulse to deceive was seemingly irresistible. this club is cashing in on the success of fake news entrepreneurs who get paid relatively majestic sums by macedonian standards by selling advertising on their sites. >> what happened in our time is a lot of money came and a lot of people quit their jobs so they can put effort in this as they saw this as the big ideas, their big chance, their big change in their life. >> google and facebook recently announced new measures to crack down on sites like dimitri's,
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but his google account is still up. besides, he says fake news didn't alter the election. >> i know who is the responsible one for the election and that's the american people. i think the american people take their politics not as serious as other countries do. no offense to americans but we don't believe such hoax news. >> and i'm joined now by alexander smith, who brought us that report. alexander, i think the question on a lot of people's minds is why macedonia? they're reading about these stories during the presidential election here in the united states. what is it about macedonia and that town that makes it such a source for this information? >> well, willie, you're absolutely right. this phenomena of fake news couldn't have sprung up in a more surprising setting. the town of valez, macedonia, population of 50,000 people and a relatively high unemployment rate. but the factors that have held back this town in many areas might also explain why it's become such a hotbed for fake news. a lot of these kids didn't have a lot of prospects before fake
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news came along, so when their friends started making a lot of money, word spread like wildfire and everyone wanted a piece of the action. >> as we saw in the piece, it has become big business and people making a good amount of money there in macedonia. google, facebook, companies like that have said we're going to crack down on fake news. we understand it's a problem. do people like dimitri worry about that crackdown or do they say we'll get right around it like we've been doing? >> unfortunately for google, facebook and mainstream media, organizations like nbc news, dimitri and his colleagues, his peers, they know a lot of what they're doing just isn't illegal. but there are headlines which are fake and a little bit more of a subtle hoax. they're a bit more of a gray area and will be harder for these internet giants to root out. now, whatever happens, it's certain that in the next four years when the mainstream media is looking to hold the trump administration to account, there's a lot of work to be done to try and solve this problem of fake news. >> fascinating look right at the
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source of this problem. alexander smith in london, thanks so much for bringing it to us. we appreciate it. coming up next on "sunday today" the little boy who inspired his parents to start a inspired his parents to start a compan♪ the itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout. down came the rain and clogged the gutter system creating a leak in the roof. luckily the spider recently had geico help him with homeowners insurance. water completely destroyed his swedish foam mattress. he got full replacement and now owns the sleep number bed. his sleep number setting is 25. call geico and see how much you could save on homeowners insurance. give your home the gift oright now at lowe's. like up to 30% off select holiday items.
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the philanthropic buy one, give one philosophy of business led by companies like toms shoes and warby parker eyewear has a new practitioner and he's only 3 years old. the story of the little boy and his parents helping kids around the world with a challenge they know all too well. >> next comes the letter "d." >> reporter: if you ask 3-year-old jonas. >> this is a dinosaur. >> reporter: he'd say there's no better time of day. >> next comes the letter "e" -- >> reporter: than a little morning study session. >> elephant! >> good job. >> reporter: if you're going to hang with jonas, you better know your stuff. >> you're going to color a trapezoid? he's very studious, isn't he? >> yeah. >> and maybe more impressive than all the things jonas knows is how determined he has to be to see what he's describing. jonas is severely visually impaired. born with a rare democratic
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national convention called peter's anomaly, a condition where the baby's cornea is clouded over with no light perception. >> your child turns what feels like from this beautiful precious perfect child to like all of a sudden he's a child that needs to be examined to figure out what exactly is going on. >> it was so painful because it felt like my life had just flipped completely. >> reporter: what followed, a medical odyssey, 21 eye surgeries before age 3. >> it's hard. it's not easy at all. >> walking down the steps. >> reporter: but you wouldn't know by being around jonas. >> it's a beautiful day. >> reporter: mostly because of who he is. >> oh, yeah, baby. oh, yeah. >> reporter: but partly because of how he looks. >> when the doctors told us that he did have some potential for sight, you know, i started looking. if he's going to wear glasses, he's going to look like a little stud muffin. >> run, run, run. >> reporter: but ben's search for style was pretty frustrating. >> hi, toys. >> reporter: the options that
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are out there today were the same options i was embarrassed to be in, you know, back in the '80s, '90s. >> reporter: so realizing the gap in good fashion, mom and dad took matters into their own hands. first designing for jonas, then opening a business in his name, jonas paul eyewear. stylish specs for kids most in need of a self if esteem boost. >> it's going to be something he can be excited about and confident in. >> reporter: for every pair purchased, jonas paul donates to nonprofit, providing glasses to kids around the world. >> we knew how helpless we felt and we actually had access to doctors and had, you know, the care that jonas needed to be able to have sight. we wanted to actually be able to pass that blessing along to others who didn't have that access. >> reporter: so far the buy sight, give sight program has helped more than 22,000 families in 64 countries. >> it's been neat, especially with our business, to feel like, hey, you can make an impact and
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you can change a life. >> isn't this fun? >> reporter: as for jonas, the its guy is a daily inspiration. >> i like daisies. >> reporter: a reminder of how beautiful life can be, from even the smallest point of view. for "sunday today," steve patterson, nbc news, grand rapids, michigan. >> well done, jonas. this week we highlight another life well lived. >> 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. god speed, john glen. >> astronaut john glenn heard those words from mission control on february 20th, 1962, just before his launch from pad 14 at cape canavarel in the tiny friendship seven capsule. >> i feel fine. oh, that view is tremendous. >> on a journey of less than five hours that made him the first american ever to or orbit
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we close this morning with some predictions for the week ahead. on tuesday, mer yam webster announces its word of the year for 2016. the team determines a winner by looking at which word has the most look-ups during the year. they gave a warning last week when they tweeted that the word fascism was trending toward a win. we predict the friends will get a wish when that is overtaken for the 2016 title by the word chubaka mom.
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the first family heads off for vacation this week. they will travel to hawaii. he will visit pearl harbor during that trip. we predict since there's only a month or so left at this point, president obama will hook up with his old high school gang and party like it's 1979. why not. on thursday, president-elect trump holds a press conference to announce the plan for his business holdings once he's sworn in next month. many argue he should divest completely to avoid any conflict of interest. we predict and we've got it on pretty darn good authority that trump will place his personal empire and his trust in the hands of a single man. you guessed it, gary busey. he's planning to liquidate everything and take the cash to the dog track in bonita springs, florida. stay tuned to nbc this morning for "meet the press." chuck todd joined by the chief of staff to president-elect trump, reince priebus. thanks for spending part of your morning with us. we'll see you right back here next week on "su
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the snow is coming. light flakes falling in some neighborhoods. can you see wet weather moving towards us on the first alert radar. poconos mountain the welcome that radar. the slopes will be ready for the season in no time. for many the monday commute will be a bit messy. details on the timing of the wintry mix just ahead. also this morning, a man at tropicana casino in atlantic city. a witness started recording this video moments after it happened. we're following the investigation. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm rosemary connors, 9:00 on this sund

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