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What Will the Trump Mob Kill Next?

Their latest victim was a much-honored word that has produced a whole family of world literature: “Satire.” This powerful noun embodied the use of sarcasm and ridicule to expose the vanity and vice of public figures, but Trump himself killed satire by starving it of any meaning.

February 23, 2018
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After D’Souza Mocks Students, Business Group Cancels His Speech

The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce in Texas has canceled its event with conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza after he mocked the student survivors of the Parkland, FL, school shooting. An organizer for the event confirmed to Media Matters in an email today that the event has been canceled.

February 22, 2018

Trump Loses It After Being Named Worst President Ever

But worse than that for Trump’s fragile ego was the fact that a national organization of political scientists announced that Trump had been ranked the worst president of all time in their survey of experts, which included Republicans. On Tuesday morning, Trump responded with a Twitter meltdown in which he took repeated shots at President Obama…

February 22, 2018

The Social Media Psy-Op That Took Down Al Franken

While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to support Donald Trump, the Franken take-down originated in—and was propelled by—a strategic online campaign with digital tentacles reaching to, of all places, Japan.

February 20, 2018
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Fox News Refuses To Show Viewers Shooter’s Pro-Gun Photos

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School claimed 17 lives and is the 18th school shooting this year alone, but Republicans are already signaling their intent to ignore the proliferation of guns, and blame everything else they can think of.

February 16, 2018
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Author: Bannon ‘Didn’t Want To Be Wet Nurse’ For Trump

“The day that Bannon was pushed out, he was very angry about it. Refused to take Trump’s phone calls,” Green said in a Sunday interview with CNN’s State of the Union, adding that the former chief strategist had added: “I’m sick of being a wet nurse to a 71-year-old man.”

February 12, 2018

Crime Is Down Drastically — But Americans Are More Fearful Than Ever

On the subject of crime, there is good news and bad. Reports by both the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that crime has decreased in the past 25 years in the U.S. Violent crime fell between 48% and 74% since 1993, based on the agencies’ measures, respectively. Property crime has fallen sharply, too: the FBI estimates a drop of 48% between 1993 and 2016, and BJS reports 66%.

February 12, 2018
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Defending Trump In Abuse Scandal, Mulvaney Lies Repeatedly

The White House sent senior advisers out to each of the five Sunday news shows this weekend in a desperate attempt to mitigate the damage from Trump’s embrace of Porter, and his own history of abuse. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tried attacking Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), while senior adviser Marc Short went after NBC News.

February 12, 2018
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Fox News Executive VP Rails Against Diversity Of US Olympians: “Darker, Gayer, Different”

Moody decried the strides Team USA has made toward diversity of its athletes in a February 7 op-ed published on FoxNews.com. Though this is Team USA’s most diverse delegation of athletes ever, as The Washington Post reported, the U.S. Olympic Committee still has a lot of progress to make…

February 10, 2018
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Major Newspaper Under Fire For Racist Anti-Dreamer Cartoon

As the deadline to renew the Dream Act approaches, the 800,000 mostly young Dreamers have endured abuse from the government and mainstream media alike. They’ve become political chess pieces for legislators with little regard for their fate, and have withstood racist and dishonest name-calling from the Trump administration.

February 9, 2018
Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold their hands to their chest as the national anthem is played at a campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl/File photo

Trump Supporters Are The Single Biggest Purveyors Of ‘Fake News’: Study

Any number of factors helped tilt the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, from Hillary Clinton’s fatally flawed campaign to the billions of dollars in free advertising our political press awarded her Republican opponent. Still, no candidate in modern American history has benefitted more from the proliferation of “fake news” on social media than the former host of “The Apprentice.”

February 7, 2018
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Trump Avoiding Press Corps After Hawaii Nuke Alert

Donald Trump’s press office came dangerously close to putting Trump in front of reporters during a disastrous weekend, but averted that catastrophe at the last second. While Trump avoided the press following his despicable racist rant and played golf while Hawaii endured 38 minutes of terror, White House reporters were kept away from Trump all weekend.

January 15, 2018
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Here Are The Right-Wing Media Figures Defending Trump’s Racist “Shithole” Comment

During a meeting on immigration policy in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump reportedly questioned the United States’ policy of accepting immigrants from, what he said, were “shithole countries,” such as Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations. In the aftermath of the president’s racist remarks, many in right-wing media rallied around him to defend his comments.

January 14, 2018
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Facebook’s News Feed Changes Could Elevate Fake News While Harming Legitimate News Outlets

Over the past year, Facebook has struggled to combat the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform. On January 11, the social media giant announced that it would change the algorithm of its news feed so that it would “prioritize what [users’] friends and family share and comment on,” according to The New York Times.

January 13, 2018
Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper at the CNN Town Hall at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ben Brewer

Anderson Cooper Mocks Trump For Claiming News Anchors Sent Congratulatory Letters Over Immigration Meeting

“First of all, major kudos to the United States Postal Service for delivering those letters so fast, so fast it’s almost like it wouldn’t even be humanly possible,” Cooper said. “Quick question though, who are these anchors who wrote letters congratulating the president on one of the greatest meetings they’ve ever witnessed—which is a highly believable, totally normal thing that would absolutely happen.”

January 12, 2018
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Breitbart ‘News’ Wholly Owned And Operated By Mercer Empire

Breitbart.com serves as the communications arm of a web of nonprofit and for-profit entities owned or supported by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah. The conservative website shares staff with those organizations and regularly promotes their work.

January 11, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Trump Threatens New Law To Stop People From Making Him Look Bad

Still stinging from a White House insider book that portrays him as an unstable dolt surrounded by aides who uniformly think he’s unqualified to be president, an angry Donald Trump, reading from a prepared statement, threatened Wednesday to “take a strong look” at U.S. libel laws.

January 11, 2018
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Billionaires Oust Bannon From Breitbart

Former White House adviser Stephen Bannon has stepped down from his post at Breitbart News after he was quoted disparaging President Donald Trump’s children in a new book about the administration, the right-wing news website confirmed Tuesday.

January 10, 2018
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Hopeful Media Await Trump’s ‘Pivot’ Toward Normalcy

One week ago, President Donald Trump appeared to threaten a nuclear strike on North Korea and simultaneously comment on the size of his penis in a tweet seemingly responding to a cable news segment he had been watching at the time. In the days since, journalists, pundits, and even lawmakers have discussed whether the president is mentally fit to serve (according to the president, he is a “very stable genius”).

January 10, 2018
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Is Trump Getting Royalties From ‘Fire And Fury’?

“The Apprentice” was a scripted melodrama featuring a New York tycoon famous for tabloid sex scandals pretending to hire and fire scheming contestants largely based upon… What? Beats me. A real business magnate would have better things to do. But then a genuine capitalist hero wouldn’t have gone bankrupt running casinos, would he?

January 10, 2018
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Kellyanne Conway Disappears Amid ‘Fire And Fury’

The White House that has found itself engulfed in controversy for the last five days over the new tell-all insider book that depicts Donald Trump as mentally unstable and unfit for the office. Yet one of the administration’s chief spin doctors has been remarkably quiet.

January 9, 2018
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Just Ignore Trump’s Media “Awards”

A little less than a week ago, the president of the United States announced during one of his characteristic fits of Twitter pique that he would be putting on his very own awards show. “I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR,” Donald Trump tweeted on January 2. He scheduled the big announcement for Monday, January 8 — today — at 5 p.m.

January 9, 2018
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The Definitive Guide To Understanding The Sinister Tactics Behind Trump’s Tweets

Over the past two years, Trump’s Twitter habits have been honed and polished into an art form. And really, he is a master at it. Maybe after Mueller takes him down, he can write “The Art of the Tweet.” Until then, Americans will continue to reel from unfiltered posts like his most recent threats to North Korea and play the absurd game of trying to tell if our lives are immediately under threat or not.

January 9, 2018
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Laura Ingraham Retweeted A British Neo-Nazi

On January 7, Ingraham quoted a tweet alleging to show “what third world immigration does to Europe,” which included a video of trash and people apparently living on a city street. Ingraham added above the tweet, “Can anyone verify if this is really a video of Paris?”

January 8, 2018

“I’ve Wasted Enough Of My Viewers’ Time.” Tapper Shuts Down Unhinged Stephen Miller

In a lengthy interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Miller tried, very unsuccessfully, to minimize the role of ousted White House senior strategist Steve Bannon, and was frustrated in his efforts to run out the clock by dogged host Jake Tapper.

January 8, 2018