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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Pam Vogel

Sinclair Personality Faces Boycott After Saying He Wants To “Ram A Hot Poker Up David Hogg’s Ass”

Conservative TV and radio host Jamie Allman, Sinclair’s primary local news personality in St. Louis, MO, is now facing a boycott after tweeting on March 26 that he wants to “ram a hot poker up David Hogg’s ass.” The horrific attack on the Parkland, FL, high school shooting survivor is just the latest from Allman, who has a history of engaging in unhinged online abuse and hateful commentary.

April 10, 2018

Trump Sexually Harassed Senator Gillibrand

Minutes after calling 19 credible reports about his own sexual misconduct “FAKE NEWS” and saying he had “never met” his accusers — which include multiple women with whom he had documented business relationships — Trump sent a second tweet about Gillibrand, who yesterday called for the president to resign.

December 13, 2017

The Sinister Screw-ups Of James O’Keefe

James O’Keefe’s latest sad attempt to own liberals included hiring a woman to pose as a sexual assault survivor in order to defend a reported child molester — and that says a lot about the political media world that allows him to thrive.

November 29, 2017

Weinstein Scandal: Silence Always Enables The Abuser

Last Thursday, New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published a gut-wrenchingly detailed and thorough article revealing decades of sexual harassment reports made against prominent film producer and serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.

October 11, 2017
View of the Breitbart Embassy in DC

Is Bannon’s Breitbart Mansion An Illegal Squat?

Former Trump adviser and once-again chief Stephen Bannon sat down for an interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose this week, which aired on Sunday’s edition of 60 Minutes. Rose certainly had plenty of worthy topics to choose from in developing his questions for Bannon. There’s the far-right mastermind’s ongoing relationship with President Donald Trump, and his plans for the future of his cesspool website that openly appeals to the most hateful segments of the population.

September 12, 2017

Thousands Of Advertisers Have Blacklisted Breitbart. Can Sinclair Really Partner With The Site?

After newly reinstated chief Stephen Bannon was fired from his role as a senior adviser in the Trump administration on Friday, he returned to the website he aimed to establish as a “platform for the ‘alt-right.’”

August 22, 2017

A Defense Of Trump’s Charlottesville Statements May Be Airing On Your Local News

Former aide to President Donald Trump and current administration media shill Boris Epshteyn is now using local television news spots across the country to back Trump in his disgraceful “both sides” treatment of violent neo-Nazism and white supremacy in Charlottesville, VA.

August 18, 2017

CNN Is Sending The Wrong Message By Hosting Bill O’Reilly

CNN’s Tom Kludt reported on August 10 — less than four months after O’Reilly was allowed to leave behind 21st Century Fox with up to $25 million in hand after several women reported him for sexual harassment — that O’Reilly will soon sit down for an interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish.

August 12, 2017

The Predictable Hero Story Of The Health Care Vote — And What It Misses

Late last night, the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act was defeated in a Senate vote, with two members of the Republican Party voting against the measure in full force, and a third Republican senator voting no because it’s part of his brand, I guess.

July 29, 2017

Sinclair Is Trying To Bring The Fox News Model To Your Local News Station

The local TV news giant has been pushing a right-wing slant on local television stations across the country for years. Owned by the Smiths, a family of longtime Republican donors who have all the ambition of News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch but a much lower profile, Sinclair has mostly flown under the radar.

July 20, 2017

Sexist Harassment Continues At Fox

Fox Business host Charles Payne has been suspended from the network after a frequent Fox guest reported that Payne had coerced her into a years-long relationship “under threat of reprisals.” The Los Angeles Times reported on July 6 that the Fox guest (whom the Times did not identify) reported sexual misconduct to Fox’s law firm in June, stating that “she believed she was eventually blackballed from the network after she ended the affair in 2015 and tried to report Payne to top executives at Fox News.”

July 8, 2017

Trump’s War On Press Reflects Authoritarian Aims

Trump tweeted a video of him wrestling and punching a man with the CNN logo superimposed on the man’s face, and used a hashtag to call the news network a “fraud.” The video originated in a GIF format from an anonymous Reddit user who, the Anti-Defamation League says, has “an 18-month record of vile comments and memes against Muslims, African-Americans, Jews and others.” Days earlier, the president had posted several revoltingly sexist tweets about MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.

July 7, 2017

Snowflake Trump Retreats To Safe Space On Fox

The interview also speaks to a larger trend in the president’s approach to the press, as he increasingly elevates and prioritizes loyal conservative sycophants over actual news outlets. After tomorrow’s Fox & Friends interview, Trump will have given as many interviews to Fox & Friends (three) during his presidency as he has to ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN combined.

June 23, 2017

On The Firing Of Bill O’Reilly: What Is Gone, And What Is Not

On April 1, The New York Times wrote that O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, have paid out at least $13 million in settlements with five women reporting sexual harassment by O’Reilly. After weeks of relentless activism from progressive organizers including Media Matters, of advertisers pulling their ads from the O’Reilly Factor time slot, of more courageous women coming forward to share their own reports of misconduct by O’Reilly, of hundreds of sexual violence survivors asking Fox to do better, O’Reilly has been deemed too toxic for Fox.

April 20, 2017

Reporters, It’s Time To Investigate DeVos’ Department Of Education

In the lead-up to billionaire Republican megadonor and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ confirmation, numerous media outlets published deep-dive investigations into DeVos’ background, significant political contributions, potential conflicts of interest, far-right ideology, and negative influence on Michigan policies.

April 11, 2017

USA Today Report Raises New Questions About Stephen Bannon And The “Breitbart Embassy”

The “Breitbart Embassy” has been a D.C. staple since Breitbart (then a fringe conservative site) began operating out of the residential property in 2011. As early as 2013, the town house was described as then-Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon’s house — though it’s actually owned by an Egyptian businessman and politician named Moustafa El-Gindy. Until recently, there have been conflicting reports on the nature of any official relationships between Breitbart or Bannon and the actual owner of the property, including the nature of any financial or leasing agreements among the different parties.

March 26, 2017
Women's Magazines

Why People Are Turning To Women’s Magazines For Quality Political Coverage

In the small world of politics and media, one of a few tropes emerged this year: astonishment — isolated and seemingly brand-new each time — when woman-centered outlets published high-quality political reporting and opinion pieces.

December 31, 2016

Flashback: How Fox News Let Trump Lie When Trump U. Lawsuit Was Filed

Trump and his real estate seminar business have been facing fraud and misrepresentation lawsuits for years, and Fox News was letting Trump lie about it long before he became a presidential candidate.

June 2, 2016