After Previously Ignoring Crucial Stories, Mainstream Media Finally Giving Trump Scrutiny

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is claiming that the media is “rigging the election” in response to increased scrutiny and an influx of investigative reporting on Trump’s business dealings, his taxes, his rhetoric about sexual assault, and accusations of sexual assault against the nominee. But the media scrutiny of Trump is a drastic change from the overwhelming and positive coverage Trump received throughout the primaries, and his claims ignore the way the press, particularly television news, has often ignored -- or downplayed reporting on -- Trump’s improprieties. Veteran reporters have called this lack of initial vetting “bad journalism.”

October 17, 2016 1:42 PM EDT

Trump And His Surrogates Spent Sunday Claiming That The Media Are Rigging The Election

Surrogates for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump doubled down on Trump’s claim that the media is biased against him and that the “election is being rigged by the national media” in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a series of interviews on the Sunday morning political talk shows.

October 16, 2016 4:06 PM EDT

Evening News Programs, USA Today Ignore Climate Change Context Of Hurricane Matthew

The broadcast networks' evening news programs did not address climate change in their coverage of Hurricane Matthew, even when they reported on an event where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore explained the role that climate change played in worsening the storm's damage. USA Today also ignored the climate context of the storm, while other major newspapers covered it briefly in their print editions, and some published more extensive articles on their websites.

October 13, 2016 5:21 PM EDT

Right-Wing Media Bolster Trump’s Campaign Strategy Of Baselessly Painting Hillary Clinton As “An Enabler Of Sexual Violence”

Right-wing media have bolstered Donald Trump’s campaign strategy of falsely claiming that Hillary Clinton has targeted women who have accused her husband, former President Bill Clinton, of sexual misconduct, in order to distract from numerous reports that Trump sexually assaulted several women. Multiple independent fact-checkers and media organizations have debunked the claims as unsubstantiated, calling them an “exaggeration too far.”

October 13, 2016 3:43 PM EDT

Pro-Trump Spin On Cable News Goes Off The Rails

Following several new reports of women alleging Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them, Trump campaign surrogates’ defenses took a bizarre turn. Here’s what Trump’s surrogates and media allies had to say during news appearances in the last day, which included dismissing the realities of sexual assault and attempting to pivot to old, debunked “scandals.”

October 13, 2016 2:53 PM EDT

Right-Wing Media Keep Pushing Myth Of "Partial-Birth" Abortion

In the 2016 election cycle, right-wing media have spread misinformation about the Democratic position on abortion access by alleging that the party supports so-called “partial-birth” abortions, often invoking the term as a description of an abortion that takes place in the final months or “moments” of pregnancy. In reality, “partial-birth” abortion is a term coined by anti-choice groups to vilify and stigmatize individuals who elect to have an abortion. Here is what the media should know about this common anti-choice myth and why media figures should not deploy it.

October 12, 2016 5:35 PM EDT

Media Guide: The Fossil Fuel Industry Players Setting Trump’s Energy Agenda

The fossil fuel industry has unprecedented influence on GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign. Here is what media should know about the fossil fuel lobbyists, executives, and front groups that would determine the country’s climate and energy policies in a Trump administration.

October 12, 2016 1:39 PM EDT

How Breitbart Laid The Groundwork for Trump’s War On Paul Ryan

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s new attacks on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) have “deeper roots” than Ryan’s pledge to stop supporting Trump, according to new evidence that Trump’s campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, has a long-standing feud with the speaker. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart News has spent years laying the groundwork for Trump’s war on Ryan.

October 12, 2016 1:39 PM EDT

James O'Keefe's October Surprise Shows He's Still A Hack, Not A Journalist

Self-described “guerilla journalist” James O’Keefe is threatening a “big release” of “behind close doors” video footage he claims will target Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign. But media shouldn’t buy O’Keefe’s “reporting.” Since 2009, he has repeatedly pushed misleading and doctored “undercover” videos and embarrassed himself while attempting to launch sting operations targeting government agencies, media outlets, and liberal organizations and institutions.

October 12, 2016 12:59 PM EDT

NBC Keeps Digging After Starting Dud Clinton Email Story That Trump Campaign Ran With

After scandalizing communications from the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton regarding publicly available information about a court hearing, NBC continues to engage in sloppy reporting on the matter. Citing hacked emails, an NBC News reporter first brought attention to a Clinton campaign email thread discussing litigation regarding the release of Clinton’s work emails. Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign subsequently seized upon the report to baselessly suggest “collusion” between the Department of Justice and top aides to Clinton. While other news outlets have explained that the emails present no evidence of impropriety and are merely discussions of a routine -- and public -- litigation update, NBC properties have continued to suggest otherwise.

October 12, 2016 12:47 PM EDT

Trump’s Anti-Establishment Campaign Was Conservative Media’s Dream Come True, But Now It’s Failing Him

Journalists are pointing out that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “extraordinary display of personal animus” against Republicans leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), is a deliberate campaign strategy that was pushed by Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon -- and encouraged by conservative media for years -- but that it could cost Trump and the GOP the election.

October 12, 2016 10:08 AM EDT

Immigration: “The Forgotten Issue” In The Presidential Debates

Latinos in the media are criticizing the lack of questions in the first and second presidential debates about what was expected to be an “issue of contention”: immigration. Latino journalists have pointed out that opposition to immigration has “been a centerpiece of Donald Trump’s blustery campaign for more than a year,” yet moderators have not asked “one specific question” about the issue.

October 11, 2016 4:15 PM EDT

Morning Joe Hosts Have Fawned Over Trump Ever Since They Met With Him In September

Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have repeatedly defended and praised Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and hyped his election chances since a reported September meeting they held with Trump in order to “rekindle” relations with him. Since that meeting, the co-hosts have defended Trump against criticism regarding his birtherism, his call for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service detail to disarm, his comments on veterans with PTSD, and his charitable foundation’s violation of the law, while simultaneously downplaying Trump’s polling struggles and defending his performance at the first two presidential debates -- which polls suggest he lost.

October 11, 2016 3:18 PM EDT