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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Fox News ‘Fully’ Supports Hannity In Lawyer Fiasco

As part of Hannity’s campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump, the Fox host last week repeatedly denounced the FBI’s raid of the office of Trump personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen on the network’s airwaves. Only yesterday did the public learn of a secret tie between Hannity and Cohen — Hannity had been Cohen’s legal client.

April 18, 2018

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
Trump, Putin, Russia

Cornered Trump Unravels Before Breakfast: Attacks Comey, Hillary, Mueller

Starting at 7:42 a.m., Trump fired off tweets every 10-15 minutes for nearly an hour and a half, lashing out at everyone from former FBI Director James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller to Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the “Fake News” media, and the DNC.

April 16, 2018
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a round table with the Republican Leadership Initiative at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Allies Are Helping Russia Spread Lies About Brutality In Syria

As a supporter of the Syrian regime, Russia has a vested interest in coming to the aid of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whether that means providing military support or launching an information war to undermine critics of the regime. But Russia isn’t acting alone.

April 16, 2018
Trump VOA

Lawsuit Says National Enquirer Broke Law To Protect Trump

The reported $30,000 payment American Media Inc. made for a rumored story about President Donald Trump fathering an illegitimate child in the 1980s was an illegal campaign contribution, a government watchdog said in complaints filed to the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department on Thursday.

April 13, 2018

In New Book, Lifelong Republican Comey Excoriates GOP And Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey took a swipe at Republican leaders in Congress who have “stood idly by” or remained “silent” while Trump attacks our institutions and undermines our democracy. Comey, a lifelong Republican until recently, delivered the stinging rebuke in a passage from his upcoming book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” part of which was published by the Washington Post on Thursday.

April 13, 2018

Republicans Threaten Facebook For Content ‘Censorship’

“There’s an issue of content discrimination,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington. “It is not a problem unique to Facebook. There’s a number of high-profile examples of edge providers engaging in blocking and censoring religious and conservative political content… What is Facebook doing to ensure that its users are treated fairly and objectively by content reviewers?”

April 12, 2018

Right-Wing Media Divide In Reaction To FBI Raid

President Donald Trump’s most avid defenders have split over how to respond to the FBI raid of his lawyer Michael D. Cohen’s office and residence. Last night, Fox hosts Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity used their shows to call for action against the investigators while this morning, the hosts and guests of Fox & Friends warned that any such action could have severe consequences for Trump’s administration.

April 11, 2018

Sarah Sanders Snaps At Reporters For Asking About Trump’s Attack On FBI

Less that 24 hours after the FBI raided the home and office of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders complained that the extraordinary event was being covered by the press. The FBI raided seized records related to Cohen’s payments to porn star Stormy Daniels. Daniels recently revealed the details of an extramarital affair with Trump and attempts to cover it up before the 2016 election.

April 11, 2018

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

As ‘Fox & Friends’ Ignores Pruitt Scandals, So Does Trump

Pruitt’s ethics problems have been steadily mounting in his short time as EPA administrator. In the past couple of weeks, it was revealed that the EPA head paid a below-market price to rent a condominium co-owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist, had his taxpayer-funded 24/7 security detail accompany him on personal trips to Disneyland and the Rose Bowl….

April 9, 2018

White House Aide Explains: “Fake News” Means Criticism Of Trump

Todd made the remarks during a segment on NBC’s “Meet the Press” during which Navarro characterized the Washington Post as “fake news.” Disputing a recent story in the Post about Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly threatening to quit his job, Navarro took a jab at the newspaper, saying, “When you read stuff in the Washington Post, frankly, that’s fake news most of the time.”

April 9, 2018

‘Take That Down’: Fox Show Displays Anti-Fox Polling Data

In an unusual twist, Fox News actually reported on something accurately Sunday — just not on purpose. The inadvertently honest moment took place during a segment on Fox News’ “Media Buzz,” when host Howard Kurtz accidentally showed a graph revealing that Fox is the least trusted of any major cable news network.

April 9, 2018

‘Conservatives’ Whitewash Extremist Dropped By Atlantic Magazine

This week, former National Review writer Kevin Williamson was fired by The Atlantic after 2014 audio proved that Williamson did, in fact, mean it when he said people who’ve had abortions should be hanged. In the resulting conservative meltdown, what right-wing outlets seemed desperate to do is have any conversation other than the one actually at hand.

April 8, 2018

Saudi And Pakistan Sites Spread Fake News Via Facebook

A number of Facebook pages, accounts, and groups pushing fake news and hyperpartisan content to Americans are linked to websites registered in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The pages have nearly 200,000 followers combined and the groups have nearly 60,000 followers combined. This is another example of foreign actors spreading fake news on Facebook.

April 8, 2018

Atlantic Magazine Fires Anti-Abortion Extremist

UPDATE (4/5): After previously defending the hiring of former National Review writer Kevin Williamson as an exercise in ideological diversity, Atlantic Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg announced on April 5 that the outlet was “parting ways” with Williamson.

April 6, 2018

Ex-Wife Of Alex Jones Says He Was Violent, Abusive

Jones described her “nightmare” marriage during a wide-ranging April 3 interview on the David Pakman Show in which she talked about an ongoing custody dispute with her ex-husband, his threats last year against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), and his rise as a prominent backer of President Donald Trump. The couple divorced in 2005.

April 5, 2018

Exposed: How Fox News Enabled O’Reilly’s Predatory Behavior

On April 3, a federal judge denied a motion by former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly to seal settlement agreements made with women who say he sexually harassed them. According to CNN, the attorneys representing the plaintiffs said the terms of the agreements include requiring one of the women to lie — even under oath — and levying what CNN called “onerous” penalties to enforce the agreement.

April 5, 2018

How Fox News Is Covering Up Pruitt’s EPA Scandal

Fox News does not want Americans to know about the rampant corruption and mismanagement in Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The right-wing propaganda network is covering up yet another Trump-era scandal in hopes of shoring up his unpopular presidency.

April 4, 2018

The Clinton ‘Reform’ That Enabled Trump’s New Propaganda Machine

If you spent any time on social media over the weekend, you’ve probably seen it by now. On Saturday, Deadspin’s Timothy Burke published a supercut of news anchors for the Sinclair Broadcasting Group reciting a distinctly Trumpian promo. “We’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country,” each of them intoned.

April 4, 2018

Boycott Ingraham’s Advertisers? What About All Of Fox News?

For Laura Ingraham, the decline came well before the fall. The Parkland teens’ success in pressuring advertisers to flee her Fox News Channel show could cut her career down to tweet size. Ingraham made the mistake of mocking student leader David Hogg’s reaction to being turned down by several colleges. Ingraham is great at dishing invective, less so at taking it.

April 3, 2018
Jim Acosta

Trump Staffer Threatens Reporter For Asking Questions At Easter Egg Roll

During a photo op with children at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked about Trump’s recent Twitter rants about DACA, the program he rescinded in September that protected young immigrants from deportation. “What about the DACA kids?” Acosta asked from behind the press barrier. “Should they worry about what’s going to happen to them?”

April 3, 2018

Frank Stallone (Who?) Smacked Down Hard On Twitter

Sylvester Stallone’s younger brother, who Mediaite describes as a “67-year-old lounge singer,” spent his day attacking Parkland survivor David Hogg and went as far as to say the teenager should be “bitch slapped” and called him a “pussy.” Each tweet appears to have been deleted now, and Stallone quickly locked his Twitter account down. But, the Internet is forever and people took screen captures.

April 2, 2018
Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway (L) and Paul Manafort, staff of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speak during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Conservative Author Blasts Kellyanne, Jared, And Ivanka In New Book

The network reported that Ronald Kessler, author of “The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game,” told Jake Tapper that Conway spills the Trump’s secrets. Kessler explained to Tapper that Conway said mean or untrue things about former chief of staff Reince Priebus, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner during an interview.

April 2, 2018
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair Forces Small-Market Anchors To Read Trump Propaganda Message

Americans in hundreds of cities and towns no longer have the choice to turn off Trump TV, as Trump’s propaganda message is being fed to them secretly through their own local broadcasting. Most Americans know that Fox News is a pro-Trump propaganda channel, but far fewer know about Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which owns or operates 173 local stations nationwide.

April 2, 2018