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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Alex Kaplan
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These Three Advertising Networks Are Powering Fake News

Creating revenue streams for websites that post this sort of content gives them an incentive to spread misinformation. For example, CNN reported in September that fake news purveyors from Macedonia, where much of this type of content originates, get their “profits … primarily from ad services such as Google’s AdSense.”

September 16, 2017
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Story About Houston Mosque Refusing To Help Non-Muslims Is Fake News

Multiple fake news purveyors are pushing a story originating from a supposedly satirical website alleging that a Houston-area mosque is refusing to take in non-Muslim victims of Hurricane Harvey because of their religion. At least one of the fake news purveyors pushing the story is funded by Google AdSense.

September 5, 2017
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New Pro-Trump Media Conspiracy Theory: Unite The Right Organizer A Liberal Spy

Hyperpartisan media outlets, fake news purveyors, and fringe right-wing media figures are promoting a conspiracy theory that suggests that one of the white supremacist organizers of the rally in Charlottesville, VA, was really a “liberal double agent” who staged the rallies in order to “depict conservatives as white supremacists.”

August 19, 2017
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Neo-Nazis Called On Trump To Pardon Joe Arpaio. Now Trump Is “Seriously Considering” Doing It.

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, after neo-Nazi and other fringe media that have supported Trump called for him to do so. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court on July 31…

August 15, 2017
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Pro-Trump Media, Russian Bots Attack Loretta Lynch For Using Email Alias

Dotcom based his claim on emails given to the conservative group American Center for Law And Justice (ACLJ) — where Trump attorney Jay Sekulow is the chief counsel — as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

August 8, 2017
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Fake News, Twitter Trolls, And Sean Hannity Attack H.R. McMaster

Over the past month, McMaster has worked to oust some members of the National Security Council (NSC) who were previously aligned with former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s chief strategist (and former Breitbart News head) Steve Bannon.

August 6, 2017
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Pro-Trump Outlets Falsely Suggest The Clintons Murdered A Former Haitian Government Official

Media outlets that favor President Donald Trump are claiming that former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were involved with the death of a former Haitian government official. The claim is just the latest in a long-running series of unsupported allegations that the Clintons have murdered people.

July 19, 2017
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After Emails Are Released, Pro-Trump Media Launch Flailing Defense Of Donald Trump Jr.

The Times reported on July 8 that Trump Jr. met with “a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin,” and the next day reported that Trump Jr. “was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing” to the meeting. Initially, Trump Jr. falsely told the Times that the meeting, which was set up by publicist Rob Goldstone on behalf of a Russian singer, was “primarily about an adoption program.”

July 12, 2017
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Obama ‘Shadow’ Presidency Is Latest Conspiracy Delusion

Fringe media supporting President Donald Trump have claimed that former President Barack Obama violated federal law and is acting as a “shadow president” because he has talked to former and current foreign leaders since the end of his presidency. The claims, which have at least partially been parroted on Fox News, are an extension of conservative media’s ongoing conspiracy theory that Obama runs a “shadow government.”

July 9, 2017

Fox News, Alt-Right Spread Lie That Teenager Made CNN-Bashing Meme

A false claim posted on 4chan that a Redditor who created an anti-CNN GIF, and who was tracked down by CNN, was just 15 years old made its way to Donald Trump Jr. and on Fox News within 12 hours. According to CNN and the reporter who helped identify the Reddit user, the man is actually middle aged.

July 6, 2017
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Will Facebook Provide Data To Russia Collusion Inquiries?

A new report from The Guardian claims that Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller and Congress are likely looking into possible Russian collusion with pro-Trump websites and associates of President Donald Trump’s election campaign in order to spread fake news and misinformation on social media during the 2016 presidential election.

July 6, 2017
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How Trump Uses Twitter To Show His Love For Fox News

The mutually beneficial relationship between President Donald Trump and Fox News has been readily apparent for a while, partly because of the network’s Trump mania during the campaign. But after nearly 150 days of Trump’s presidency, Fox — and in particular Trump’s favorite morning show, Fox & Friends — has essentially become a propaganda outlet for the president.

June 18, 2017
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An “Alt-Right”-Affiliated Candidate Nearly Won Virginia’s GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Stewart, who was Virginia state co-chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, heavily courted the “alt-right” during his campaign, which he announced in April 2016. While he was the co-chair, Stewart wrote multiple pieces for “alt-right”-promoting website Breitbart.

June 15, 2017
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Fake News Outlets Push Putin’s Response To Charges Of 2016 Russian Interference

Putin made similar remarks two days earlier during a panel discussion, which Kelly moderated, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, saying, “There is no specific evidence, no facts, just assumptions, allegations and conclusions based on those allegations nothing more.”

June 6, 2017

Fake News And The “Alt-Right” Are Pushing Forged Documents To Aid Marine Le Pen In France’s Election

Forged documents originating on 4chan alleging that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was evading taxes spread online thanks to an ecosystem that includes social media, “alt-right” outlets, and fake news purveyors. The campaign was seemingly aided by Russian-linked entities, and it subsequently reached Macron’s opponent, who aired the claim in a public debate. Macron is competing in a May 7 runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

May 6, 2017
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Shorenstein Report Identifies Steps For Stemming The Spread Of Fake News

Fake news — information that is clearly and demonstrably fabricated and that has been packaged and distributed to appear as legitimate news — was a major problem during the 2016 election, and such misinformation continues to be pervasive. Websites that spread fake news, which Media Matters has dubbed fake news purveyors, have additionally become part of an ecosystem with the “alt-right” that also spreads other kinds of misinformation, such as dubious claims and conspiracy theories.

May 4, 2017

The Susan Rice Unmasking Story Is A Perfect Case Study Of The New Pro-Trump Propaganda Ecosystem

On April 2, Mike Cernovich, a self-described member of the “alt-right,” claimed in a post on Medium that the “White House Counsel’s office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking” of Trump officials caught in surveillance of foreign officials “after examining Rice’s document log requests.”

April 5, 2017
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CNN Needs To Do Better Than This Trump Chyron

Someone looking at only the TV screen would not know these potential stumbling blocks with the deal. Instead, they would see only a graphic saying, “Trump Delivers On Vow To Save Carrier Jobs,” essentially giving Trump the talking point he wanted.

December 1, 2016
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Fox News Didn’t Show Democratic Convention Speeches That Cut Against Its Right-Wing Narrative

Fox News did not air several Democratic National Convention speeches from figures promoting issues that run counter to the narrative the network has pushed for years—including racial justice, reproductive rights, gun safety reform, LGBT equality, and respect for Muslim-Americans.

July 29, 2016
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Roger Ailes Built The Conservative Infrastructure That Donald Trump Is Exploiting

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote that Trump’s and Ailes’ “trajectories are deeply interwoven” and that “Trump is the Republican nominee perhaps in part because Fox News and other prominent right-wing commentators weakened the control of Republican Party bosses.”

July 23, 2016