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Friday, January 18, 2019

Will Trump’s Poll-Rigging Antics Alienate Drudge?

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


When Donald Trump was running for president in 2015 and 2016, Matt Drudge’s the Drudge Report—one of the most high-traffic right-wing websites—was full of pro-Trump headlines. But if a banner that appeared on the Drudge Report on January 17 is any indication, there could be trouble in paradise. That banner reads, “Did Trump bribe Drudge poll?,” implying that a Drudge Report poll was rigged to be favorable to President Trump.

The banner links to a January 17 Wall Street Journal article on poll rigging in Trump’s favor. The article alleges that in early 2015, Trump supporter John Gauger—owner of the company RedFinch Solutions and chief information officer at Liberty University—was paid around $12,000-$13,000 dollars to help Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, rig online polls on Trump’s behalf.

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Bigger: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Grows Every Time Far Right Attacks Her

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated House Democratic Caucus Chair and 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley in a June 2018 primary, The Associated Press didn’t even bother to include her name in its tweet calling the race in her favor, referring to her as just “young challenger.”

The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan pointed to the lack of Ocasio-Cortez coverage during the primary race as proof that “Big Media” hasn’t kept pace with American politics. Her win shocked political journalists and left publications such as The New York Times scrambling to cobble together explainer articles asking, “Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

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Until Now, National Media Airbrushed Steve King’s Racism

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.


The most prominent broadcast news programs have mentioned openly white nationalist Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) racism only a handful of times over the past two years.

King’s ugly white nationalism reared its head again in a January 10 New York Times interview in which he said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” (In a statement, King later denied being a proponent of white supremacy, despite his comments to the paper.)

According to a Nexis search of NBC’s Nightly NewsMeet the Press, and Today, CBS’s CBS Evening NewsFace The Nation, and CBS This Morning, and ABC’s World News TonightThis Week, and Good Morning America, there have been just six references to King and race dating back to January 1, 2017, in some cases in segments that fell short by obfuscating or devoting scant time to the clear and open nature of the Iowa congressman’s bigotry.…

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