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New Pro-Trump Media Conspiracy Theory: Unite The Right Organizer A Liberal Spy

Hyperpartisan media outlets, fake news purveyors, and fringe right-wing media figures are promoting a conspiracy theory that suggests that one of the white supremacist organizers of the rally in Charlottesville, VA, was really a “liberal double agent” who staged the rallies in order to “depict conservatives as white supremacists.”

August 19, 2017
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Sean Hannity Has Been Dumpster Diving With Conspiracy Theorists Again

Fox News host Sean Hannity used his radio show to promote the inane conspiracy theory that “antifa agitators” who opposed the neo-Nazi and white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday were actually actors hired by a publicity firm.

August 19, 2017
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Trump Will Resign Soon, ‘Art Of The Deal’ Writer Says

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Tony Schwartz—who co-authored the 1987 book that helped define the real estate magnate’s public image—said he thought the walls were closing in on Trump and he would soon leave office in an attempt to save face.

August 18, 2017
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Why Does USA Today Keep Publishing Op-Eds That Dispute Climate Science?

On August 14, USA Today’s editorial board wrote a well-reasoned editorial highlighting the scientific consensus around climate science, titled “Case for climate change grows ever stronger.” The board noted that the findings of a draft federal climate report provided “ever more troubling evidence” that “humanity is responsible for a dangerously warming planet.”

August 18, 2017
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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
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There Will Be No Pivot

It’s been 17 days since retired Gen. John Kelly joined the White House amid a wave of media goodwill. As chief of staff in the place of the feckless Republican political operative Reince Priebus, the theory went, Kelly might be able to “rein in” President Donald Trump. Kelly would impose “military discipline” on a White House that had devolved into warring factions.

August 17, 2017

Cheyenne Mountain Resort Cancels Plans To Host White Nationalist VDare Conference After Wide Criticism

As Media Matters reported, VDare recently announced, and started taking reservations for, its April 2018 conference at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. The event was scheduled to feature “a weekend of candor, fellowship, and top-notch speakers, as we celebrate the shifting political tides and discuss the way forward for patriotic immigration reform and American national identity.”

August 17, 2017

Trump May Actually Have Millions Of Americans Hypnotized, Expert Says

What kind of a joke is Donald Trump playing on America? Six months into his presidency, some believe there may not be a master scheme, conspiracy, or trick of puppeteering at all. Could he be inadvertently engaged in…mind control?

August 17, 2017
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21st Century Fox Has Paid Out $50 Million To Settle Harassment Claims Against Fox News

The settlements have occurred since Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against then-Fox News chief Roger Ailes, charging him with harassment and retaliation, opened a floodgate of claims against the company. Ailes denied the charges but was forced out of the company, which paid a $20 million settlement to Carlson.

August 16, 2017
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Captain Sully To Trump: You’re Grounded

America’s most famous airline pilot has shot down President Trump’s proposal to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. “Our air traffic control system is the best and safest in the world,” declares Captain Chesley Sullenberger in a new video produced by the Alliance for Aviation Across America.

August 16, 2017
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How Toxic Masculinity Explains The Trump Presidency

If we are being honest with ourselves, we have long known that masculinity kills men, in ways both myriad and measurable. While social constructions of femininity demand that women be thin, beautiful, accommodating, and some unattainable balance of virginal and f**kable, social constructions of masculinity demand that men constantly prove and reprove the very fact that they are, well, men.

August 16, 2017

Facebook Gave A Neo-Nazi Website A Huge Assist In Spreading Hate After Charlottesville

If you’re following the Daily Stormer drama, you know that the alt-right neo-Nazi site is in hot water. After Heather Heyer was killed in a domestic terrorist attack following the white supremacist rally and ensuing riot in Charlottesville over the weekend, the Daily Stormer published a venomous article denouncing Heyer as a “Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut.”

August 16, 2017

In Charlottesville, NRATV Finds Terrorism It Doesn’t Want To Hype

Every weekday morning starting at 9 a.m., the National Rifle Association’s news outlet NRATV begins its broadcast with a show — Stinchfield, hosted by Texas radio personality Grant Stinchfield — that “brings you live news updates and interviews” and “tackles the issues the mainstream media won’t.”

August 16, 2017

How Sean Hannity’s Charlottesville Propaganda Works

It’s been a bad few days for President Donald Trump. His approval ratings hit new lows yesterday in the wake of his widely criticized failure over the weekend to specifically denounce a violent rally of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA.

August 16, 2017
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Neo-Nazis Called On Trump To Pardon Joe Arpaio. Now Trump Is “Seriously Considering” Doing It.

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, after neo-Nazi and other fringe media that have supported Trump called for him to do so. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court on July 31…

August 15, 2017
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Right-Wing Media Provided Home For White Supremacist Before He Organized Charlottesville Rally

Before he organized the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, Jason Kessler wrote for The Daily Caller and the white nationalist site VDare and appeared as a purported expert on Alex Jones’ Infowars network.

August 15, 2017
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Women United Refuse To Be Dishes On Cad’s Buffet

Let us briefly rest from the obscene world of politics and turn to the more wholesome subject of hookups at bars. A 28-year-old named Justin Schweiger was recently caught lining up six dates for one night. He had ordered this “buffet of women” with the help of dating apps.

August 15, 2017
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Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted In Charlottesville

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles.

August 14, 2017

After Charlottesville, Black Voices Provide Perspective On Racism In America

After a white supremacist, neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA, left one person dead and many others injured, black voices in the media conveyed a powerful and unequivocal rebuke of the resurgence of emboldened white nationalism in America.

August 14, 2017
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Paul Krugman Says U.S. Held Hostage By ‘Axis Of Climate Evil’

In his Friday New York Times column, Paul Krugman outlined a new “axis of climate evil” that includes the fossil fuel industry, anti-regulation corporate defenders (like the Wall Street Journal editorial page) and the usual GOP suspects.

August 14, 2017

Declassified Documents Show CIA Obfuscated JFK Investigation

In May 1964, top CIA officials stonewalled the official investigation of the murder of President John F. Kennedy by concealing or downplaying evidence about the Cuban contacts of the accused assassin, according to newly declassified documents.

August 14, 2017

Republicans Rush To Monsanto’s Aid, Touting Industry-Biased Reuters Report

In their latest attempt to shield Monsanto from accountability, House Republicans have seized upon the flawed and biased reporting of a Reuters journalist whose work has emerged as a key lobbying tool for the embattled agrichemical company as it faces lawsuits, regulatory threats and a wave of awful press coverage about allegations of improper influence over research.

August 13, 2017
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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

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: ‘No Reason’ For Marijuana To Be Illegal

Speaking with co-host Chuck Nice during a StarTalk Radio Q&A session Monday, Tyson mainly discussed various aspects of outer space and his book, Astrophysics For People In A Hurry. But the celebrity scientist touched on marijuana and its legality following a question from Tom Angell of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority.

August 11, 2017
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Fox & Friends Might Be All That Stands Between Us And The Nuclear Apocalypse

The United States may be on the brink of frightening conflict in East Asia. Since The Washington Post reported earlier this week that a U.S. intelligence agency believes North Korea possesses miniaturized nuclear warheads that can fit inside its missiles, President Donald Trump and the North Korean government have traded threats.

August 11, 2017