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Chris Christie’s Debunked Clinton Claim About Boko Haram Comes Straight From Right-Wing Media

During his speech at the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie echoed the right-wing media myth that as secretary of state, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton personally “fought” to keep Nigerian group Boko Haram off the terror watch list, which resulted in the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls -- a claim media fact-checkers debunked.    

July 20, 2016 1:05 PM EDT
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Colorado Editorial Board Fails To Disclose Conflict Of Interest While Heralding Senate Candidate Darryl Glenn

The editorial board of The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs, CO, has consistently praised U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn (R) without ever disclosing the financial ties between the editorial board and the campaign. Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show that the wife of Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen received over $3,000 for campaign consulting services in 2015.

July 20, 2016 12:16 PM EDT
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Media Criticize Republican National Convention’s Hostility Toward Latinos

Media roundly criticized the first night of the Republican National Convention, which highlighted the party’s stance on immigration, saying that the speeches “deepened the insult” toward Latinos and relied on “twisted logic” to heighten “anxiety about particular kinds of immigrants.”

July 20, 2016 11:48 AM EDT
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Journalists Ridicule Lack Of Economic Policy During Trump’s “Make America Work Again” Convention Night

Day Two Of The Republican National Convention Focused On Emails, Benghazi, And Clinton-Bashing

The second day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) was billed as an opportunity to highlight Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposals to boost job creation and economic growth. Journalists blasted the RNC and Trump campaign after the speakers ignored the economy and instead attacked Hillary Clinton over issues like the Benghazi attacks and her use of a private email server.

July 19, 2016 10:44 PM EDT
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Roger Ailes' Legacy: Building The GOP's Communications Arm Under The Guise Of A "News" Network

Roger Ailes is reportedly exiting Fox News, the cable network where he has served as CEO since its founding in 1996, amid controversy over his alleged years-long pattern of sexual harassment. Despite its "Fair and Balanced" slogan, Fox News under Ailes' leadership has embraced its role as the communications arm of the Republican Party. During the Obama administration, this partisanship accelerated as the network openly campaigned for Republican candidates, launched the tea party movement, became a farm system for Republican politicians, and served as the stage for Republican presidential primaries, among other egregious ethical issues.

July 19, 2016 9:03 PM EDT
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Soon-To-Be-Former Fox CEO Roger Ailes Has A Long History Of Bigotry, Sexism, And Homophobia

As the departure of chairman and CEO Roger Ailes from Fox News following multiple allegations of sexual harassment becomes increasingly imminent, Media Matters looks back at his extremism and bigotry over the his decades in politics and journalism. The conservative media titan has reportedly engaged in rampant sexism, racially-charged comments, homophobic and religious slurs, and engagement with conspiracy theories.

July 19, 2016 8:27 PM EDT
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GOP Lawmakers Latch Onto Fox’s Unsubstantiated Claims About A Clinton Foundation Investigation

GOP lawmakers reportedly circulated a letter requesting several federal agencies investigate the Clinton Foundation, parroting “unresolved media reports” to allege that the nonprofit was a “lawless ‘pay to play’ enterprise.” This latest move echoes months of unsubstantiated assertions from Fox News that the foundation was already under investigation for supposed abuses during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

July 19, 2016 6:58 PM EDT
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Here's Who's Defending Melania Trump's Plagiarized Speech And Who's Calling It Out

Media figures, including some in right-wing media, criticized the Trump campaign following revelations that Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech plagiarized parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. However, several conservative media figures still defended the speech, claiming that “nobody owns” those words and that the speech “actually applies to her life.”

July 19, 2016 1:27 PM EDT
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Media Condemn Trump's "Reckless Conspiracy Theory” About Obama’s Body Language

Media figures castigated presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for claiming that “there’s something going on” with President  Obama’s “body language,” calling the comments “another … reckless conspiracy theory” and noting this shows that Trump is “not ready to let go” of his “tinfoil hat-type” thinking. Trump was also roundly condemned for using the same line to question Obama’s response to the attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June.

July 18, 2016 5:14 PM EDT
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Media Highlight Trump VP Pick Mike Pence’s “Radical Obstinacy” On Abortion

Media figures are calling out the “bizarre” and “extreme” anti-abortion record of Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN). They called Pence “the most anti-abortion presidential or VP candidate we’ve had,” and noted that he “became a conservative hero” by virtue of his “longstanding, implacable and dogged” opposition to abortion.

July 18, 2016 3:12 PM EDT
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