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Saturday, January 20, 2018
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GOP Senators Squabbling Over Sh*thole Remarks

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is being hung out to dry as the Republican Party’s defense of Donald Trump’s racist and vulgar “shithole” comment last week regarding black immigrants to the U.S. has devolved into a Keystone Kops routine, with various players blindly bumping into each other.

January 16, 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
White supremacists delighted by White House appointment of Steve Bannon

A Few Divorce Tips For Steve Bannon

Barely a week has passed since the release of Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” which depicts the president as unhinged and unstable and Bannon as hellbent on alienating anyone who ever liked him even a little. Now Bannon is finding himself to be many formers: former presidential whisperer to Donald Trump, former executive chairman of Breitbart News, former Sirius XM talk show host.

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
Bannon history attacking women

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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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
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Alex Jones Declares War On Steve Bannon

On January 3, President Donald Trump publicly dissociated himself from Bannon following reporting that Michael Wolff’s newly released book quotes Bannon as saying that the actions of the Trump presidential campaign were “treasonous.”

January 6, 2018
2018

2017 Was Bad, But 2018 Could Be Much Worse

The best thing to be said for 2017 is that it didn’t last forever. It’s gone, carrying a host of memories we’d like to forget — from white nationalists marching in Charlottesville to hurricanes devastating Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to a procession of accused sexual predators.

January 6, 2018
Bannon

Why Bannon’s Billionaire Patrons Really Dumped Him

On Thursday, Rebekah Mercer, the reclusive daughter of right-wing billionaire Robert Mercer, issued her first-ever public statement, in which she attempted to distance herself from former White House strategist, current Breitbart chair and future pariah Steve Bannon. “I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected,” the statement read.

January 6, 2018

5 Facts That Should Leave You Queasy About Michele Bachmann’s Possible Run For Senate

The president of the United States is threatening nuclear annihilation on Twitter, and the people of Alabama nearly elected to the U.S. Senate a man who believes homosexuality is a crime, claims Muslims should not be allowed to hold public office and stands accused of sexually abusing multiple teenage girls.

January 6, 2018
FBI

Neo-Nazi Terrorist Tried To Derail Amtrak Train

A 26-year-old white man who attempted to commit a terror attack on an Amtrak train in rural Nebraska also attended the doomed “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August on the white supremacist side, according to a court document.

January 5, 2018
Bannon

Conservatives Aren’t Done With Steve Bannon Yet

In an explosive statement, the president suggested that Bannon had “lost his mind” and was a source of leaks in his White House — comments that came after excerpts of a forthcoming book landed, quoting Bannon making stunningly critical comments about the Trump family and the investigation into the campaign’s connections to Russia.

January 4, 2018
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New Study: Facebook ‘Most Important’ In Spreading Fake News

The political scientists estimated that more than a quarter of American adults visited a page on a pro-Donald Trump or pro-Hillary Clinton fake news website. Most of the fake news was pro-Trump, and people who supported his campaign were significantly more likely to visit fake news sites than people who supported Clinton.

January 3, 2018
terrorism

Former White Supremacist Leader—Here’s How To Stop Hate Groups From Spreading

For almost 23 years, Christian Picciolini has been making amends—to his parents, to his children, and to the people he hurt as a leader of America’s white supremacist movement. He tells his story in the recently released White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out (Hachette Books). The book is simultaneously horrifying and redemptive.

January 3, 2018
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How Media And Government Encouraged Far-Right Trolls

But for some, their impact has expanded beyond the fringe corners of the internet. They’ve shown they’re able to influence national conversations, offering twisted narratives and conspiracy theories during major news events, injecting bigotry into the discourse, and challenging harassment policies of social media platforms, all while marketing themselves as legitimate torchbearers of the truth.

January 2, 2018
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses an audience at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

The 5 Worst Fox News Lies And Errors Repeated By Donald Trump

Most U.S. presidents get their briefings from the experts on their staff. Donald Trump gets his information from Fox News. The New York Times reported early this month that Trump watches up to eight hours of cable TV news a day, and Fox News is his absolute favorite.

December 31, 2017
Rachel Maddow, Trump

Rachel Maddow Closes 2017 By Beating The Pants Off Sean Hannity

MSNBC’s unabashed liberal primetime lineup produced a stunning ratings success for the network in 2017, boosting its viewership by nearly 50 percent compared to the 2016 campaign cycle. MSNBC finishes the year with its largest daily audience since the network debuted in 1996.

December 30, 2017
Bitcoin

#EndorseThis: Late Night Explores The Mystery Behind Bitcoin

The first signs that the Bitcoin bubble will implode have appeared on the financial horizon, with sudden deep drops and spikes in value that do not augur well. Catastrophic losses, when they occur, should be no surprise — because the crypto-currency is essentially a scam that attracts right-wing rubes into handing over real dollars for […]

December 29, 2017
Fake partisan news makes Facebook millions

Facebook’s Uneven Enforcement Of Hate Speech Rules Allows Vile Posts To Stay Up

Facebook’s community standards prohibit violent threats against people based on their religious practices. So when ProPublica reader Holly West saw this graphic Facebook post declaring that “the only good Muslim is a fucking dead one,” she flagged it as hate speech using the social network’s reporting system.

December 29, 2017
Neo-Nazis

Why Is A Small Montana Town A Hotbed Of Far-Right Activity?

Something fishy is going on in Whitefish, Montana. The small town of 6,500 is in one of America’s most rural regions, but it has occupied a lot of media space this year. Since the beginning of 2017, the town’s name has popped up repeatedly in stories about the far right.

December 28, 2017
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How Sweden Fights Back Against Fake News

In 2016, the story of a juvenile sex crime in an Idaho town swept through the national right-wing media ecosystem, picking up fabricated and lurid details along the way; several months later, the newly inaugurated President Donald Trump falsely suggested that a terrorist attack had recently taken place in Sweden, baffling the country.

December 27, 2017
Russia, Putin

GOP’s Smear Campaign Against The FBI Is Exactly What Putin Wants

Republican efforts to sabotage the ongoing Russia probe have reached a fever pitch in recent weeks, with GOP lawmakers calling for purges at the FBI, slinging baseless accusations against special counsel Robert Mueller, and even running secret investigations aimed at exposing unspecified “corruption and conspiracy” within the FBI and Department of Justice.

December 27, 2017

How Trump And The Nazis Stole Christmas

But critics counter that Trump is promoting a version of the holidays that excludes members of other religions, and that his crusade to bring back Christmas is part of a larger attempt by the president to define America as a country for white Christians alone.

December 26, 2017
Trump, ethics

Trump Vows To Kill 50 Years Of Federal Health And Safety Protections

Wielding a pair of golden scissors at a White House photo op, he cut red tape strung around two stacks of paper. One was a small pile of some 20,000 pages representing the amount of regulations in 1960; the other a mound of more than 185,000 pages representing those of today.

December 25, 2017

False Christians Maintain ‘War on Christmas’ Myth

For years, then Fox News host Bill O’Reilly railed against the predations of liberal heathens who were supposedly out to destroy the religious significance of the Christmas season. He aimed his umbrage at stores where clerks allegedly refused to say “Merry Christmas” and public school districts that insisted on proclaiming a “winter holiday” rather than a Christmas vacation.

December 24, 2017