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Trump Draws Media Criticism For His Connections To Russia After His “Downright Frightening” Statements On NATO

Media figures have raised questions about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's connections, financial and otherwise, to Russia after he told The New York Times that he would honor NATO obligations to defend a member nation from a potential attack by Russia only if the member nation had “fulfilled their obligations to us.” Media figures have called the remarks “downright frightening,” possible evidence of a “non-tacit alliance” between Putin and Trump, and a possible cause for “an urgent investigation into whether Putin is interfering in the current American election.”

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Trump Adviser And GOP Congressmen Gave Pro-Trump Interviews To White Nationalist Radio Host At The RNC

James Edwards Celebrates Going “Mainstream” By Appearing At RNC With “All-Access” Media Credentials

Several members of Congress and a Trump campaign official gave pro-Trump interviews to white nationalist leader James Edwards and his “pro-white” radio show The Political Cesspool during the Republican National Convention. Edwards is a David Duke acolyte and “has probably done more than any of his contemporaries on the American radical right to publicly promote neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, raging anti-Semites and other extremists," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Edwards pointed to his attendance at the convention as evidence that he and his radio program are going “mainstream.”

July 24, 2016 2:25 PM EDT
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“Note The Contrast”: Pundits Point Out The Glaring Differences Between Clinton And Trump VP Announcements

Media figures pointed out the “interesting contrast” in presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s introduction of her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) as opposed to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s introduction of his VP pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Journalists noted that Clinton was “more familiar” with Kaine’s accomplishments and that Clinton “did the opposite” of Trump by talking about her running mate rather than herself. 

July 23, 2016 4:01 PM EDT
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Three Things Media Should Know About Harold Hamm, Trump’s Leading Pick For Energy Secretary

Fracking industry billionaire Harold Hamm is the “leading contender” to be energy secretary in a Donald Trump administration, according to a Reuters source, which would make Hamm the first ever U.S. energy secretary drawn directly from the oil and gas industry. Hamm has a history of influencing government officials to promote legislation that benefits his company’s bottom line, exploited the Orlando shooting tragedy to call for more oil drilling, and tried to suppress scientific research that was unfavorable to the fracking industry.

July 22, 2016 2:31 PM EDT
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Despite The Most Anti-LGBT Platform Ever, Pundits Tout Trump As A "Champion" Of LGBT Causes

While Some Pundits Point Out The Anti-Gay Record of Trump And The GOP, Others Fall For His Superficial Outreach

While some media figures ignored the GOP’s anti-LGBT party platform to label Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “a champion” of LGBT causes after the candidate mentioned the LGBTQ community during his Republican National Convention acceptance speech, others called out the “fallacious and offensive” idea, and noted that “this year’s GOP platform is one of the most anti-LGBT ever.”

July 22, 2016 12:44 PM EDT
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To Latinos In Media, Trump’s Nomination Speech Sounded “Disgusting” And “Apocalyptic”

Latinos in the media denounced the speech Donald Trump delivered when he officially accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, condemning the candidate’s hateful and anti-immigrant rhetoric, referring to the speech as “disgusting,” noting it contained “fearmongering” and “divisiveness,” and criticizing him for linking immigration and terrorism.

July 22, 2016 12:42 PM EDT
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Media Call Out Trump’s “Campaign Of Fear” After Convention Speech

Media outlets and figures slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech in which he formally accepted the nomination, writing that it was “intended to instill fear and terrify people,” that it painted the U.S. as a “dystopia” and a “land of horrors,” and that it “offered no solutions beyond his messianic portrayal of himself.”  

July 22, 2016 11:07 AM EDT
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Media Shouldn't Be Fooled By The Republican National Convention: Trump, Pence, And The GOP Aren’t LGBT-Friendly

Media should beware that even though the Republican National Convention is featuring speeches from prominent LGBT figures Peter Thiel and Caitlyn Jenner, that does not mean the party or its nominees for president and vice president support LGBT rights. In fact, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, and the GOP platform support anti-LGBT laws and have turned to anti-LGBT extremists and hate group leaders for advice on related issues. Media have a history of whitewashing Trump’s record on LGBT issues and casting him as an advocate for the community despite his documented opposition to LGBT equality.

July 21, 2016 3:28 PM EDT
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Roger Ailes Built The Conservative Infrastructure That Donald Trump Is Exploiting

As news broke that Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was reportedly negotiating his departure from Fox, while simultaneously Donald Trump became the GOP candidate for president, media noted that under Ailes Fox News “created space that Trump filled,” “prepare[d] the way for Trump,” and “help[ed] to create Trump's opening.”

July 21, 2016 2:47 PM EDT
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