Research

STUDY: Which Publications Avoid Using The “Hate Group” Label For Anti-LGBT Extremists

A Media Matters analysis revealed that over the past two years, The New York Times has used the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) designation of “hate group” to clearly designate an anti-LGBT hate group only once. In Times coverage, anti-LGBT hate groups were most likely to be called “conservative” or given no designation at all. But in the same period, the Times cited the SPLC as an expert on tracking hate groups and frequently used the organization’s hate group designation when reporting on white nationalist groups. The Washington Post used the label more, but like the Times, overwhelmingly reserved its use for white nationalists.

July 18, 2016 11:08 AM EDT
?

Trump's "Worst Rollout Ever" Of A Vice-Presidential Pick Widely Mocked

Media figures across the political spectrum ridiculed the “awkwardness” of Trump’s announcement that he has selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) to be his vice presidential running mate. Several figures called the move a “complete mess” and “the worst rollout ever.”

July 15, 2016 4:12 PM EDT
?

Corey Lewandowski Defends The Indefensible As CNN Commentator

Since joining CNN as a political commentator in June, former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has repeatedly defended the rhetoric and actions of Trump and his campaign, calling criticism of Trump’s Star of David tweet “egregious” and saying that Trump’s comment calling someone “my African-American” is “a term of endearment,” among others.

July 14, 2016 9:29 AM EDT
?

Right-Wing Media Slam Obama For Noting That Lax Gun Laws Lead To More Violence

During his eulogy at a memorial service for the five police officers killed last week in Dallas, TX., President Obama criticized easy access to firearms, noting, “we flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.” Even though a majority of Americans support strengthening lax gun laws, conservative media slammed Obama for his remark, calling him “the worst,” “an asshat,” and “nakedly divisive.”

July 13, 2016 12:49 PM EDT
?

After Gingrich Leaves Fox, Network Figures Line Up To Cheer Him As VP Pick

After Fox News suspended Newt Gingrich’s contract with the network given  the possibility that he could be named the running mate to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Fox figures lauded Gingrich as a “smart campaign pick” and said a Trump-Gingrich ticket would be “ideal.” Fox figures have been pushing Gingrich for Trump’s vice president selection for months.

July 13, 2016 12:37 PM EDT
?

Conservative Media Slam The Idea Of A Trump/Pence Ticket

After reports circulated that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is seriously considering Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) as his choice for vice president, right-wing media panned the possible selection, saying, “I could hardly think of a worse choice for Donald Trump than Mike Pence” and claiming that “Pence has not been vetted.”

July 13, 2016 11:44 AM EDT
?

Right-Wing Media Attack Obama’s Eulogy For Fallen Dallas Police Officers As A “Middle Finger To Cops”

Appearing alongside former president George W. Bush in Dallas, Texas, President Obama eulogized police officers targeted in a “hate crime” last week during a Black Lives Matter march. Right-wing media figures immediately lashed out, calling Obama’s speech “bullshit,” labeled Obama the “divider-in-chief,” and claimed his statements “gave a middle finger to the cops.”

July 12, 2016 5:06 PM EDT
?

There’s More To The Harvard Racial Bias Study Than Right-Wing Media Are Reporting

Other Media Note Error Of Extrapolating From Limited Data

After The New York Times published results from Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer’s study showing that police, after making a stop, are “less likely to shoot if the suspects were black," right-wing media hyped the report headline that there was “no racial bias” involved in police shootings. They argued that high rates of black crime could instead explain the disproportionate rate of black fatalities at the hands of police. But other media outlets noted that the study’s data is limited, that it is based on testimonies of police officers, and that it “avoided the question of whether black citizens are more likely to be stopped to begin with.”

July 12, 2016 3:03 PM EDT
?