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Trump, Press

Trump Wants To Flood White House Press Briefings With Sycophants

Something is happening here that is more insidious than Trump and his administration lashing out at perceived enemies. According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, the administration is interested in potentially “stacking press conferences with conservative columnists and staffers from pro-Trump outlets.”

January 18, 2017
Trump, Authoritarian

Trump’s New Press Tactics Follow The Old-School Authoritarian Model

Donald Trump is fulfilling the role of an authoritarian demagogue so thoroughly that if this whole disaster were a movie, it would be criticized for being formulaic and cliched. His frequently expressed hostility toward the media comes right out of a well-worn copy of the Dictator’s Playbook, and he has repeatedly revealed himself to be an enemy of a free press.

January 17, 2017
Pence, Trump, Fake News

14 Fake News Stories Created Or Publicized By Donald Trump

Fake news is the one thing Trump hasn’t claimed to have invented that he actually deserves at least partial credit for inventing. Trump puts out so much misinformation he is a fake news factory unto himself, an artisan of lies, a curator of untruths.

January 13, 2017
Fake News

Why We Should Keep Using The Term ‘Fake News’

If conservatives succeed in their effort to dilute the meaning of “fake news,” critics will lose a common term used to identify and accurately describe a real and specific problem. This will allow conservatives to take that victory and apply the strategy behind it to other fights, making it even harder to describe the challenges in a “post-truth” news environment.

January 10, 2017
Trump

The Cultural Significance Of The Trump Establishment

The unapologetic white male has returned, and you could hardly find a more threatening and throwback version of that than Trump—a rich, voluble, egomaniacal, middle-aged pussy hound. To write him you would need some combination of authors like Norman Mailer, Terry Southern, Harry Crews and Gore Vidal, all notably out of step with current cultural norms.

January 9, 2017
LGBTQ

Anti-LGBTQ Junk Science And Fake News Poised To Harm LGBTQ Equality

Pseudoscience and lies have long been the favorite tactics of anti-LGBTQ extremists, but now that the incoming U.S. president is highly influenced by hate groups, fake news purveyors, and far-right publications that peddle such misinformation, these smoke and mirror tactics are well-positioned to harm LGBTQ equality.

December 27, 2016
Fake News

Misinformer Of The Year: The Ecosystem Of Fake News And The ‘Alt-Right’

There’s never been such a challenging time to be an informed citizen. The fake news ecosystem is feeding into the worst instincts of humanity while punishing anyone who dares stand up against them — and soon there will be a president who will validate those feelings.

December 27, 2016
George Ciccariello-Maher under fire for a satirical tweet on white genocide

Drexel Professor Under Fire For Satirical ‘White Genocide’ Tweet

George Ciccariello-Maher, a white assistant professor of history and politics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, posted “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide” on Twitter on Christmas Eve, according to media reports. Condemnation lit up Twitter after the comments from Ciccariello-Maher, an expert on Latin American social movements, were picked up by such conservative news sites as Breitbart News and The Daily Caller.

December 26, 2016
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
Trump Cult

The Cult Of Donald Trump

Ethics and accountability be damned: Trump’s fawning admirers want a slice of the proverbial pie even if it comes at someone else’s expense. They are not bothered by Trump University or his bankruptcies—they just want a piece of the action.

December 13, 2016
Pence to lead Trump's White House transition team

The Right-Wing Media’s Government Takeover

Donald Trump has picked — or considered — nearly a dozen people who have worked in right-wing media, including talk radio, right-wing news sites, Fox News, and conservative newspapers, to fill his administration.

December 9, 2016
Weather channel calls out Breitbart

Weather Channel Meteorologist Calls Out Breitbart On Climate Change

Weather Channel meteorologist Kait Parker explained to Breitbart, “Science doesn’t care about your opinion. Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future, nor the fact — not opinion — that the earth is warming.”

December 8, 2016
The press/Donald Trump

Meet The Press: The Hustlers, Hucksters, And Hacks Who Helped Elect Trump

Why do great civilizations fall? Is it political corruption, overextended militaries, or even public health crises? For future historians’, the most convincing explanation for America’s fall, should Donald Trump end up her author and finisher: bad journalism.

December 7, 2016
Bannon Breitbart

Stop Normalizing Hate: Reactionary White Nationalism Doesn’t Equal ‘Populism’

The term “populist” badly downplays the fact Bannon helped run a race-baiting cesspool, while underplaying Bannon’s own alleged history of anti-Semitism.

December 1, 2016
Press finally focusing on Trump's business conflicts

Too Little, Too Late: Media Finally See Trump’s Potential Conflicts

If Clinton arrived at the White House with open and boundless business conflicts, how would the press cover that story? What kind of outraged, lecturing tone would journalist take? Now treat the Trump story the same way.

November 30, 2016
Pence, Trump, Fake News

How Mainstream Headlines Have Been Normalizing Donald Trump

By continually refusing to use headlines to call out Trump’s ties to extremists, incessant lying, and his atrocious behavior, media are normalizing his actions. There have been pleas from many in media to stop normalizing Trump. Headlines would be a good place to start.

November 29, 2016
Breitbart uses anti-semitic nazi inspired language to attack George Soros

Breitbart Uses Nazi-Inspired Anti-Semitic Rhetoric In George Soros Attack

The “octopus” wording is overt anti-Semitic rhetoric dating back to at least the 1930s, when it was a common theme in Nazi propaganda. The imagery of a Jewish octopus engulfing the globe or ensnaring political institutions can be found on other white supremacist and neo-Nazi online forums, as well as on Fox News’ airwaves.

November 29, 2016
Lessons to learn from 2016 election

We’ve Got Some Big Lessons To Learn From The 2016 Election

Two things need to be done in the national fight to build successful labor and progressive political movements. Workers and voters who have been divided must unite. And they must unite under their own organic leadership.

November 25, 2016
alt-right meme pepe

Stop Calling It The ‘Alt-Right’ – It’s The Brat Right

Breitbart, however fascist or Nazi, is not really about politics, morals, principles or beliefs. It’s about the fun of being naughty, the kind of puerile fun little bullies have. Our indignation at their naughtiness fills them with “we glee,” the glee of being part of their naughty little gang. We should call them the brat-right and bratbart news.

November 24, 2016
"Lock her up" Clinton prosecution

Conservatives Bristle As Trump Backs Off Clinton Prosecution

“She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious,” Trump told the Times, adding that launching an investigation was “not something I feel very strongly about.”

November 22, 2016
Robert Mercer

Meet Robert Mercer, Billionaire Benefactor Of Breitbart

By giving millions to a conservative super PAC, Make America Number 1, which his daughter Rebekah chaired, Robert Mercer seems to have bought more influence over Trump’s campaign than any other donor

November 21, 2016
Trump yells at media

6 Despicable Things President-Elect Trump Has Done This Week

It has been one of the longest weeks in human history and the Trump presidency has not even begun yet. Here is a partial list of the both the horrors and the mere affronts to decency Trump has visited upon us this week.

November 20, 2016
Steve Bannon NPR interview Breitbart defends him

Normalizing The Abnormal: NPR Begins Its Whitewashing Of Breitbart’s Racism

Pollak’s segment was a master class in obfuscation and a primer on how to flip the script and turn totally justified accusations of bigotry, misogyny and anti-Semitism into “reverse racism.”

November 17, 2016
Steve Bannon, head of the news website Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. Bannon, a conservative flamethrower was referred to by ousted Corey Lewandowski as "a street fighter" like himself. The campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon "the most dangerous political operative in America." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Bannon’s Gravy Train Is Secretive Radical Right-Wing Billionaire Family

Bannon’s revolution is being led by the very people Trump demonized in Rust Belt states — the elite players in American finance and media. No one epitomizes that contradiction as clearly as the billionaire Mercer family.

November 16, 2016