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While Covert Operatives Dug Dirt On Obama Aides, Gorka Smeared Them

Simultaneously, Sebastian Gorka, who at the time was deputy assistant to the president, was repeatedly going on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to smear the same officials.

May 8, 2018
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Employee Sues Fox’s Ingraham For Pregnancy Discrimination

Wilson’s is the latest of multiple lawsuits alleging either discrimination or harassment at the hands of Fox News or Fox Business personalities. In 2016, the network infamously lost its founder, Roger Ailes, after former Fox host Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment, prompting many more women to come forward with their stories.

April 23, 2018
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Sandy Hook Parents Sue Alex Jones For Defamation

Jones has said the shooting has “inside job written all over it,” called it “synthetic, completely fake, with actors, in my view, manufactured,” claimed “the whole thing was fake,” said it was “staged,” called it a “giant hoax,” suggested that some victims’ parents lied about seeing their dead children, and pushed other toxic conspiracy theories…

April 18, 2018
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After ’60 Minutes’ Debacle ‘Fox & Friends’ Pitches Softballs To DeVos

After embarrassing herself on CBS’ 60 Minutes, one of President Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet appointments, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, retreated to the administration’s safe space on Fox & Friends, where she was asked easy questions and not challenged on the specifics of a school safety commission she will chair.

March 13, 2018
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Why Rampant Russian Propaganda On Reddit Matters

Russian propaganda runs rampant on the online message board Reddit, especially on the notorious Trump supporters’ subreddit r/The_Donald. A search on Reddit for Russian propaganda outlets RT (formerly Russia Today) and Sputnik News turns up well over 200 examples apiece.

March 8, 2018
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NRA Flack Pushing Gun Lobby Myth On Background Checks

Discussing the Parkland, FL, shooting with ABC host George Stephanopolous, Loesch recycled the NRA lie that the organization “created” the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In reality, the NRA fiercely opposed the 1993 Brady background check bill, which created NICS, and continued to lobby against it after its passage.

February 26, 2018
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Fox News Executive VP Rails Against Diversity Of US Olympians: “Darker, Gayer, Different”

Moody decried the strides Team USA has made toward diversity of its athletes in a February 7 op-ed published on FoxNews.com. Though this is Team USA’s most diverse delegation of athletes ever, as The Washington Post reported, the U.S. Olympic Committee still has a lot of progress to make…

February 10, 2018
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Advertisers Fleeing Fox’s Hannity

HelloFresh, Hubble Contacts, the Society for Human Resource Management, Hebrew National, ReddiWip, Untuckit, and Volvo have joined a growing list of companies that have distanced themselves from Sean Hannity’s Fox News program…

November 14, 2017
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Trump Repeats Right-Wing Radio Host’s Call For FBI And DOJ To Investigate Clinton

In a series of tweets on November 3, President Donald Trump repeated a claim made by right-wing radio host Larry O’Connor during his interview with the president on November 2 that listeners “keep asking … for the Justice Department to really, truly, honestly investigate Hillary Clinton [and] Uranium One. They don’t feel like justice has really been done there.”

November 5, 2017

Facebook’s Reform Takes A Very Odd Turn In New ‘Partnership’

As Media Matters has documented, Facebook has served as a conduit for the flow of fake news stories to spread. The platform has recently faced scrutiny for having such lax advertisement policies that a Russian company was able to buy political ads during the 2016 election.

October 10, 2017
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Southern Poverty Law Center Calls On Fox To Correct “Inaccurate” And “Irresponsible” Segment About The Organization

In a September 8 letter, SPLC’s General Counsel asked that Fox News “acknowledge on the air its errors in the story about the SPLC on The Five program.” As the letter explains, Gutfeld’s claim was part of a segment that was “inaccurate, defamatory, and irresponsible” and the figure he recycled from the Beacon “represents the amount that the SPLC spent on its own corporate legal services, not the amount it spent providing legal services for others.

September 10, 2017
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Anti-Immigrant “Alt-Right” Ship Stranded At Sea Saved By Refugee Rescue Ship

Defend Europe previously accused Sea-Eye, and other groups, of “colluding” with Libyan human traffickers. Yet Defend Europe’s C-Star was itself recently detained in the self-declared Turkish state of Northern Cyprus for document forgery and potential human trafficking of 20 Sri Lankan nationals found on board.

August 13, 2017

Fox’s Bolling Suspended While Being Investigated For Harassment

Fox News host Eric Bolling, who has for years made sexist remarks on air, has been suspended from the network pending an investigation into whether he sent “lewd photos” to female coworkers, according to CNN. HuffPost on August 4 reported that, according to a dozen sources, Bolling sent an “unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message” to at least three Fox colleagues.

August 7, 2017
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‘Fox & Friends’ Issues Clarification After False Smear Against ‘NY Times’

Fox & Friends was forced to clarify on air a flawed report from the weekend edition of the show blaming The New York Times for the U.S. military missing a chance to capture ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Fox & Friends Saturday co-host Pete Hegseth uncritically repeated a claim that a general told a Fox correspondent, saying, “We would have had al-Baghdadi based on the intelligence we had, except someone leaked information to the failing New York Times in 2015 … and as a result he slipped away.” President Donald Trump subsequently attacked the Times on Twitter following Fox’s report.

July 24, 2017
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Anthony Scaramucci Once Called Trump “Another Hack Politician”

Newly named White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci lashed out at then-candidate Donald Trump during a 2015 appearance on Fox Business Network. Trump offered Scaramucci the position of White House communications director on July 21, which reportedly prompted White House press secretary Sean Spicer to resign.

July 22, 2017
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Pro-Trump Troll Says He’s Doing “Performance Art” As Gateway Pundit’s White House Correspondent

Wintrich, who was behind the “Twinks4Trump” photography exhibit, was hired by the far-right fringe (and often wrong) political blog The Gateway Pundit as its White House correspondent in February. Since then, Wintrich has adopted the Trump administration’s playbook for delegitimizing the media, including referring to anything critical reported about the administration as fake news and attacking media organizations like CNN.

July 17, 2017
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STUDY: Prime-Time Cable News Drowned Out Negative Impacts Of Senate Health Care Bill In Favor Of Covering Process

Media Matters reviewed the two nights of cable news coverage — from 5 to 11 p.m. — between the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2016 (BCRA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) announcement that the bill would be temporarily tabled until after congressional recess.

July 12, 2017
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Trump’s CNN-Bashing Tweet Video From ‘Alt-Right’ Reddit Site

President Donald Trump tweeted a video showing him tackling and punching a man with the CNN logo imposed over his face. The video appears to have come from forum frequented by “alt-right” Trump supporters who posted it days earlier. On July 2, Trump tweeted video that appeared to show Trump in a wrestling match attacking a man with “CNN” on his face, writing along with the video, “#FraudNewsCNN #FNN.”

July 3, 2017
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NRA Doubles Down On Ad Promoting Violence Against Liberals

National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch doubled down on her earlier video that characterized dissent against President Donald Trump as “the violence of lies” that needed to be countered with the “clenched fist of truth.” Loesch said she was “proud” of the video and “endorse[d]” it “personally.”

July 1, 2017
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Trump Lawyer’s Nonprofit Reported To Be Under Investigation

The Guardian is reporting that authorities in North Carolina and New York are examining the filings from a nonprofit led by former Fox personality and President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow after reports unveiled that the organization steered tens of millions of dollars to Sekulow’s family.

June 29, 2017
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Fox News Completely Ignored The Release Of Police Footage Showing Philando Castile’s Fatal Shooting

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile, a black man, was fatally shot in Falcon Heights, MN, after being stopped by police for a routine traffic stop. Castile had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, and the newly released footage makes clear that Castile had alerted the officer that he was armed.

June 22, 2017
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PBS Is Airing Right-Wing-Sponsored School Privatization Propaganda

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her department have pushed for an expansion of privatized school choice programs in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, particularly in the form of private school vouchers. Now a propagandistic three-part documentary series called School Inc. will help DeVos in her efforts to gain public support for expanded private school choice options. The series has already aired on PBS stations in some markets and will be shown on more this month,

June 15, 2017

NRA’s News Outlet Blatantly Lied About Comey Hearing To Protect Trump

Comey testified in an open hearing before the Senate intelligence committee on June 8, almost a month after Trump abruptly fired him. Trump’s public statements on the firing have caused numerous legal experts to warn that Trump may have obstructed justice by improperly interfering with an FBI investigation.

June 11, 2017
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Right-Wing Media Continue To Push Myth That Trump Can Get A Better Deal Than Paris

Within hours of President Donald Trump’s announcement that he intends to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement and negotiate a better deal, other world leaders made it clear that renegotiation is not an option. But right-wing media and the administration are continuing to push the fanciful notion that Trump can negotiate a more favorable pact.

June 7, 2017
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Timeline Traces Coverage Of Trump And Russia Probe

March 20. CNN: Then-FBI Director James Comey confirms that the agency is investigating ties between Trump campaign and Russia. In a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, then-FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the agency had an open investigation…

May 28, 2017