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Trump policies

STUDY: Cable News Morning Shows Drastically Skew White And Male

A Media Matters analysis of morning shows on cable news networks from January 1 to March 31 found that white men make up an overwhelming percentage of guest appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC’s morning shows. The study found that black, Latino, Asian-American and Middle Eastern voices are critically underrepresented, and women make up only a quarter of guest appearances.

April 23, 2017
alt right propaganda

Report Traces How The “Alt-Right” Spread Pro-Assad Propaganda

In addition, the report noted that, after the “false flag” claim was promoted by Jones and Cernovich, Twitter accounts that appear to be bots accelerated the use of hashtags about the attack, which led to the hashtag #SyriaHoax going viral. The report concluded, “The Syrian regime’s reaction to the chemical attack is no surprise,” but “what is noteworthy is the way in which the regime’s response … was translated rapidly and directly into coverage on alt-right websites, most obviously Infowars.”

April 17, 2017
Donald Trump and the Alt-Right

The “New Right,” Brought To You By Former Allies Of The “Alt-Right”

After uninviting Treadstone, Cernovich introduced the concept of the “new right” in an interview with Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large of the conspiracy theory website Infowars, denouncing white supremacist messages spread by some members of the “alt-right.” After the interview, Watson also peddled the concept of a “new right” to his fan base on social media, claiming that “there are two ‘Alt-Rights’” and that one faction is “more accurately described as the New Right.”

April 13, 2017
o'Reilly

The Sexual Harassment Crisis Is Bigger Than Just Bill O’Reilly

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is facing backlash following a New York Times report revealing that he and Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, have paid a total of nearly $13 million to avoid lawsuits pertaining to reports of sexual harassment and other misconduct by O’Reilly.

April 7, 2017

Trump’s Baseless Smear Of Susan Rice Follows Two Days Of Right-Wing Speculation

On April 2, “alt-right” leader Mike Cernovich originally wrote that the White House Counsel’s office had “identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking [of Trump transition officials incidentally captured in legal surveillance] after examining Rice’s document log requests.”

April 6, 2017
Fox News Napolitano picked up British wiretap tale from Russia Today

Report Confirms Fox News’ Napolitano Repeated Russian Media For His British Intelligence Conspiracy Theory

The New York Times has confirmed that Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano sourced his false allegation that former President Barack Obama asked British intelligence to spy on President Donald Trump to a discredited former CIA analyst. This analyst, Larry C. Johnson, floated the conspiracy theory on the Russian state-sponsored news network RT on March 6, the week after Trump’s original accusation that Obama was responsible for an illegal wiretap.

March 18, 2017
Stephen Miller's blurt on travel ban doomed it in court

Striking Down New Travel Ban, Court Cites Trump Adviser’s Blithering On Fox News

In addition to Rudy Giuliani’s admission of the unconstitutional religious discrimination behind the travel ban, the federal district court decision also noted presidential adviser Stephen Miller’s February 21 appearance on Fox News.

March 16, 2017
Bannon, Breitbart, Trump

The ‘Alt-Right’ House That Breitbart Built

The former head of Breitbart, Stephen Bannon, is the chief strategist to the president of the United States, Donald Trump. We are only starting to see how far-reaching the impacts of that relationship will be.

March 11, 2017
Shep Smith

Fox’s Shep Smith Slams GOP’s Rushed Obamacare Alternative

During an interview with Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA), Fox News’ Shep Smith slammed the Republicans for pushing through an alternative to Obamacare before knowing how the Congressional Budget Office scores the new GOP plan.

March 8, 2017
Rachel Maddow, Trump

Rachel Maddow Debunks ‘Extreme Vetting’ Propaganda Of Muslim Ban

“I look at this, and you know what I think? I think the Muslim ban is dead,” Maddow said on her show in reference to a leaked Homeland Security report.

March 4, 2017
Steve Bannon, GOP, Republicans

At CPAC, Steve Bannon Calls Media The Opposition Party That Is ‘Always Wrong’

During a rare public appearance at CPAC on Thursday, Steve Bannon wasted no time in criticizing the media. Referring to the media, Bannon remarked,”You know but we’ve known it since August 15th, I think if you look at the opposition party and how they portrayed the campaign, how they portrayed the transition and now they’re portraying the administration, it’s always wrong.”

February 23, 2017
Trump, DC Hotel

Trump’s Hotel Bans Press For Inauguration, Raising First Amendment Concerns

President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel is banning reporters from its premises during inauguration week. The move underscores the incoming president’s personal hostility toward the press and raises First Amendment issues, as the hotel space is leased by the president-elect from the federal government.

January 19, 2017
Alex Jones, InfoWars, Vigilantes

The 2016 Election Emboldened Dangerous ‘Citizen Journalist’ Vigilantes

Partisan activists who pose as “citizen journalists” have no stake in getting it right. They are not beholden to editors or to upholding any publication’s reputation. With minimal name recognition and a clearly political agenda, these operatives do have an incentive to get media and public attention by any means.

December 26, 2016
Bannon

Breitbart Openly Admits Role As Bullies For Trump

This admission from Breitbart that the outlet plans to support Trump, rather than objectively cover his incoming administration, further demonstrates that the website is not editorially independent enough to warrant permanent Capitol Hill press credentials.

December 21, 2016
o'Reilly

The Electoral College: Bill O’Reilly Defends ‘The White Establishment’

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly claimed that “the left in America is demanding that the Electoral College system put into place in 1787 be scrapped” because “the left wants power taken away from the white establishment.”

December 21, 2016
Gingrich, Trump

Newt Gingrich Wants Congress To Change Ethics Laws For Trump

“We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” Gingrich during an appearance on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” about the president-elect’s business interests. “We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.”

December 20, 2016
Trump, Celebrity Apprentice

Ethics Experts Concerned Over NBC’s ‘Mind-Boggling’ Ties To Trump

NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC will be reporting on President Trump at the same time that their corporate parent will stand to benefit from Trump’s reputation and popularity. This places NBC’s journalists in an untenable position.

December 12, 2016
Joe Scarborough confirms he is advising Donald Trump

Joe Scarborough Confirms He Discussed Cabinet Picks With Trump

On November 19, The New York Times reported that Trump “still maintains the routine that sustained him during the campaign,” which includes “often seek[ing] out” advice from Scarborough.

November 28, 2016
George Takei

Internment Camp Survivor George Takei Warns Muslim Registry Is ‘A Prelude To Internment’

George Takei told Lawrence O’Donnell, “Mr. Higbie used the imprisonment of innocent Japanese-Americans as a precedent. Yes, it happened, but it is not a precedent. It is the most disgraceful chapter of American history.”

November 18, 2016
David DUke

Former Klan Leader David Duke Hails Trump’s ‘Great’ Selection Of Sessions For Attorney General

Duke wrote on Twitter, “Bannon, Flynn, Sessions — Great! Senate must demand that Sessions as AG stop the massive institutional race discrimination against whites!”

November 18, 2016
White nationalist Spencer on CBS News

CBS Provides Platform For White Nationalist To Spin Without Pressing On Racist Views

CBS News provided alt-right white nationalist Richard Spencer with a platform to normalize his racist political movement and praise President-elect Trump without pressing him on his racists comments.

November 18, 2016
Voter ID laws, Texas

Strict Voter ID Laws Are The New Jim Crow Laws

Just as Jim Crow laws denied the right to vote through literacy tests, poll taxes, the grandfather clause and violence, strict voter ID laws unfairly target minorities, especially Latinos and African-Americans.

November 5, 2016
Chuck Todd / Meet The Press

Interviewers Prioritize FBI Letter, Ignore New Investigative Reports About Trump

Sunday show hosts let Comey’s letter drive the conversation, ignoring several new pieces of investigative reporting that detail Trump’s treatment of women and his lies about charitable giving. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was the only host to challenge a Trump surrogate on any of these reports.

October 31, 2016
Chris Wallace interviews Donald Trump on Fox News.Chris Wallace interviews Donald Trump on Fox News.

Three Ways Fox News Is Attempting To Delegitimize Clinton’s Lead In The Polls

Fox News has attempted to delegitimize Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead in the polls for months, claiming that the polls are skewed due to oversampling, that the size of rallies Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds is more indicative of his support than polls, and that there are “secret” Trump supporters who are too embarrassed to tell pollsters whom they support.

October 27, 2016
Trump TV

Trump Campaign Test Drives ‘Trump TV’

After retreating to Fox News, the Trump campaign finds a way to get favorable media coverage by just doing it themselves. Is this the beginning of Trump TV?

October 25, 2016