On September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and knocked out power to the entire island of 3.5 million people. Puerto Rican officials have described “apocalyptic” destruction, and a dam is in danger of bursting, threatening to flood already devastated areas.
Right-wing and fringe media are claiming yet again that President Donald Trump was correct when he accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping in Trump Tower, now arguing that a legal wiretap targeted at former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is proof of Trump’s claim. However, said wiretap was pursuant to a warrant and targeted at Manafort, not Trump. This is at least the fifth time in six months right-wing media has attempted to validate Trump’s lie.
Many right-wing media figures have accused anti-Trump protesters of being “paid” on a widespread basis to demonstrate against President Donald Trump. Not only do these allegations lack any evidence of a systematic effort, they also ignore the fact that the conservative tea party protests of the early 2010s were “astroturfed” — heavily supported and organized by large, outside groups like the Koch brothers.
President-elect Donald Trump is coalescing a network of supportive right-wing media outlets to help push his agenda and attack political opponents, including an online publication owned by his son-in-law, a supermarket tabloid, and a new 24-hour news outlet that has been described as “Trump TV.”
While conservative media outlets downplayed the fake news stories calling them “silly” and “nonsense,” nightly news programs on NBC, CBS, and ABC reported how fake news can have dangerous consequences.
On the September 12 edition of his radio show, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, an ally of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said he’d “been containing a Cheshire Cat grin all day” over the video of Clinton leaving the 9/11 memorial event, and that it had him “literally in ecstasy” because the “hand of God” made Clinton ill.