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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Matt Gertz
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Sean Hannity Has Been Dumpster Diving With Conspiracy Theorists Again

Fox News host Sean Hannity used his radio show to promote the inane conspiracy theory that “antifa agitators” who opposed the neo-Nazi and white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday were actually actors hired by a publicity firm.

August 19, 2017
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There Will Be No Pivot

It’s been 17 days since retired Gen. John Kelly joined the White House amid a wave of media goodwill. As chief of staff in the place of the feckless Republican political operative Reince Priebus, the theory went, Kelly might be able to “rein in” President Donald Trump. Kelly would impose “military discipline” on a White House that had devolved into warring factions.

August 17, 2017
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Things Are Going To Get Much, Much Worse

Amid the horror of President Donald Trump’s press conference today — his praise for the “fine people” he claimed marched among the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend; the declaration that they had a good point in opposing the removal of statues celebrating Confederate leaders from the public square…

August 17, 2017

How Sean Hannity’s Charlottesville Propaganda Works

It’s been a bad few days for President Donald Trump. His approval ratings hit new lows yesterday in the wake of his widely criticized failure over the weekend to specifically denounce a violent rally of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA.

August 16, 2017
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Fox & Friends Might Be All That Stands Between Us And The Nuclear Apocalypse

The United States may be on the brink of frightening conflict in East Asia. Since The Washington Post reported earlier this week that a U.S. intelligence agency believes North Korea possesses miniaturized nuclear warheads that can fit inside its missiles, President Donald Trump and the North Korean government have traded threats.

August 11, 2017
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The Sinister Implication Of That Breitbart Article Everyone Is Mocking

In an article published this afternoon, Breitbart.com Washington political editor Matt Boyle criticizes a New York Times reporter for “soliciting government employees to become leakers” under the hysterical headline “Exclusive — Deep state teams with fake news: Email evidence proves New York Times soliciting anti-Trump bureaucracy leakers.”

August 10, 2017
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Even Some Trump Allies Are Worried About Sinclair’s Expansion

President Donald Trump’s administration, which frequently tries to promote right-wing outlets as part of its war on the mainstream press, has bent over backward in order to reward Sinclair for its favorable coverage, while the merger has drawn criticism from consumer watchdogs like Allied Progress and media consolidation foes like Free Press.

August 9, 2017
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Fox’s “Investigation” Of Its Seth Rich Reporting Is An Obvious, Predictable Sham

Fox News’ employees, reports CNN’s Oliver Darcy, are “perplexed” with the state of an ongoing internal investigation into their network’s since-retracted May reporting on the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.

August 5, 2017
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The Email That Gives Away The Pro-Trump Media’s Seth Rich Game

A Republican operative’s email, revealed in a new lawsuit, turns the subtext behind the last year of Seth Rich conspiracy theories into text: Conservatives have been cynically deploying the murder of the Democratic National Committee staffer in an effort to protect President Donald Trump from the damning Russia story.

August 4, 2017
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Megyn Kelly’s New Show Is NBC’s Worst Nightmare: It’s Boring

On July 9, after a week in which President Donald Trump had unloaded on CNN, the Senate struggled to assemble legislation to repeal Obamacare, and The New York Times had revealed that the president’s son had met with Russian agents as part of their government’s pro-Trump election effort, Megyn Kelly — NBC’s pricey new hire and the centerpiece of their revamped lineup — sat down for an interview.

August 4, 2017
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Don’t Hire Sean Spicer

Outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer will need a new job when his tenure in the Trump administration concludes at the end of August, and he’s apparently hoping that one of the news outlets he’s spent the year berating will step up and pay him a salary.

August 1, 2017
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When It Comes To John McCain, Some Journalists Will Never, Ever Learn

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) voted yesterday to proceed to debate on an unknown Republican health care bill (or bills) written in unprecedented partisan fashion outside of the normal legislative process. Then he stood in the well of the Senate and decried partisanship and legislative hijinks.

July 27, 2017
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Donald Trump’s Ideal Attorney General Is This Random Fox News Anchor

The possible removal of the nation’s top law enforcement officer because he has not prosecuted the president’s former political rival is deeply troubling and points to Trump’s authoritarian tendencies. But it also shows that the president is trapped in a right-wing media feedback loop.

July 26, 2017
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Trump’s Toady At Breitbart Attacks Jake Tapper, And That Should Worry Everyone

The White House communications director has changed, but the White House message remains the same. The mainstream press is still viewed as the administration’s enemy. All signs point to the conclusion that at best, the cold war between President Donald Trump and the media will continue…

July 25, 2017
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As Lights Go Down On Sean Spicer Show, Here’s The Mess He Leaves Behind

Spicer consistently harangued the media for its “negative” narrative and its “fake news” reports. When other members of the administration criticized the press as the “opposition party” or even the “enemy of the American people,” Spicer had no apparent problem standing by them.

July 22, 2017
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NY Times Plays Softball With Trump On Health Care

There was certainly a need for such an interrogation. The interview came just days after the Senate health care bill collapsed because conservative and more moderate Republicans were unable to reach agreement on the legislation’s contours.

July 21, 2017
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The Senate Bill On Health Care Imploded, And Pro-Trump Media Is A Mess. Sad!

The Senate health care bill is dead again after two conservative Republican senators said last night they would not vote to advance the legislation because it does not repeal enough of former President Barack Obama’s signature health law.

July 19, 2017
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No, Colluding With A Hostile Foreign Power Is Not Normal “Opposition Research”

President Donald Trump and members of his administration have spent months describing as fake news reports on his ties to Russia and the allegations that the Russian government acted to aid his presidential campaign. They have remained steadfast amid a drumbeat of stories and even U.S. intelligence community findings about Russia, the election, and Trump’s staff.

July 14, 2017
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Trump Jr., Russian Collusion, And The Pro-Trump Media’s Bad-Faith Attack On The Press

Pro-Trump media outlets are attacking the mainstream press in response to the devastating news that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., met during the 2016 presidential campaign with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer after he was promised she would provide information that would damage Hillary Clinton as part of a pro-Trump effort by the Russian government.

July 13, 2017
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Trump’s Next Interviewer Thinks His Critics Are Serving Satan

After two months of cozy Fox News interviews, President Donald Trump finally plans to sit down with another network’s host tomorrow. But don’t expect the interview to shed much light on the numerous scandals currently drowning the Trump administration. The president will be questioned by the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Pat Robertson, who has said that Trump’s critics are defying God’s will and serving Satan.

July 13, 2017
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Trump Appoints Critic Of His 2016 Campaign To New “Election Integrity” Committee

President Donald Trump is so obsessed with nonexistent voter fraud that, in a virtually unprecedented step, he’s appointed to his “election integrity” commission someone who harshly criticized him during the 2016 presidential primary. And J. Christian Adams, a PJ Media columnist and Republican election lawyer who has portrayed the president as an authoritarian business failure who duped his voters, is so eager to strip voters of their access to the ballot that he took the job.

July 12, 2017
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New MSNBC Host Hugh Hewitt Is Sean Hannity In Glasses

“It is hard work to read widely and broadly, and on both sides of the political aisle,” conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt wrote in a July 2014 explanation of why he had decided to, in his words, “embarrass” a young Huffington Post journalist during an interview on his radio show by quizzing him about what books he had read about the war on terror.

June 24, 2017
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Reporters Fall Into The “Alt-Right” Trap With Julius Caesar Stunt

While many journalists have done yeoman’s work catching up on the assortment of white nationalists, misogynists, and conspiracy theorists behind this new wave of fringe media outlets, they’ve been less effective in learning about the tactics those figures use to manipulate the press. That failing was evident over the weekend, as major news outlets reported on Friday night’s “alt-right” interruption of a performance of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

June 20, 2017

How Public Pressure Forced Megyn Kelly To Expose Alex Jones

A well-deserved firestorm of denunciations from the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting and other critics forced Megyn Kelly to turn a report that was originally billed as a self-promotional head-to-head showdown with Alex Jones into a well-edited investigation of the dangers posed by an unstable megalomaniac with millions of loyal fans, including one in the Oval Office.

June 19, 2017
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Is Breitbart Doomed?

Breitbart became a conservative media juggernaut by riding the rising tide of the racist, misogynistic “alt-right” and Donald Trump’s bigoted presidential campaign. But amid a massive advertiser boycott and faltering website traffic, the site has been forced to backpedal — at least somewhat — from the reputation that was responsible for its popularity in the first place.

June 8, 2017