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Right-Wing Media Attempt To Scandalize Cheryl Mills Volunteer Trip For Clinton Foundation, Ignoring Undermining Evidence

A CNN investigation alleged that former Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills potentially violated ethics rules by traveling to New York for the Clinton Foundation while also employed by the State Department -- yet it also noted that she was doing unpaid volunteer work on the trip, thus debunking its own claim. Numerous right-wing media outlets reported on the matter either without mentioning or by glossing over the volunteer aspect.

August 12, 2016 1:33 PM EDT
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Fox News Is Wrong: Trump Is A Terrorist Recruiting Tool

Fox News is attempting to downplay Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s remarks that President Obama is a founder of ISIS by likening them to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s comment that Trump “is being used to essentially be a recruiter” for terrorists. However, numerous national security experts have explained that Trump’s rhetoric is “the best thing the Islamic State has going for it” and Trump’s rhetoric has actually been featured in terrorist propaganda.

August 12, 2016 12:26 PM EDT
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Fox News Is Laying The Groundwork For Trump To Skip Out On Presidential Debates

Fox News figures are helping rationalize Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s threat that the 2016 presidential debates must have “fair” moderators or he won’t participate, pointing to Candy Crowley’s 2012 debate moderation in which she fact-checked Republican candidate Mitt Romney as an “unacceptable” example. But Fox’s attacks on Crowley are based on a lie, and they’re helping lay the groundwork for Trump to justify withdrawing from the debates.

August 12, 2016 11:23 AM EDT
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Donald Trump’s Inflammatory Brand Of “Sarcasm” Is Gaslighting America

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump now says his remarks that President Obama is the “founder of ISIS” were “sarcasm,” just one day after repeatedly reaffirming the statement as “no mistake,” and after conservative media figures defended his charge as “100 percent accurate.”

August 12, 2016 11:18 AM EDT
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Hispanic Media Slam Trump For Defending His “Second Amendment People” Comment By Blaming Media

Hispanic journalists are criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for doubling down on his comments about “Second Amendment people” being able to “do” something about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential judicial nominees, a remark that many interpreted as a call for violence against the Democratic candidate. Hispanic media rehashed Trump’s plethora of reckless statements and noted his pattern of responding to backlash “not with apologies but rather justifications” and by blaming the media.

August 11, 2016 2:15 PM EDT
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News Outlets Hyping New Clinton Judicial Watch Email Story Ignore New Development Undermining It

Several news shows and outlets covering a new email dump by conservative group Judicial Watch have ignored developments undermining the group’s claims that emails show the State Department rewarded Clinton Foundation donors with access at the foundation’s request. Judicial Watch baselessly suggested that Doug Band, an aide to Bill Clinton, worked as an agent of the Clinton Foundation to facilitate a donor’s meeting with a U.S. ambassador. Numerous media outlets have reported on the story without noting that the ambassador has since explained that he never met with the donor.

August 11, 2016 1:18 PM EDT
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FL Editorial Boards Call Out Republicans For “Playing Politics” With Zika Funding

Florida editorial boards have lambasted the Republican-led Congress for killing legislation that provided funding for states combating Zika by attaching “poison pill provisions.” The House Republican-backed legislation would defund Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act in communities most affected by Zika, reducing accessibility to family-planning services that could “prevent sexually transmitted Zika cases and unwanted pregnancies for women at high risk of contracting the virus.”

August 10, 2016 1:28 PM EDT
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Fox, Right-Wing Media Run With Conspiracy Linking Clinton To Murdered DNC Staffer

Fox News has followed others in right-wing media in suggesting that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich may have been murdered because he had helped WikiLeaks gain access to the DNC’s email servers. These conspiracy theories were floated after WikiLeaks offered a $20,000 reward for information on Rich’s murder, and after Trump ally Roger Stone suggested Rich was murdered for talking to the FBI about election fraud.

August 10, 2016 1:15 PM EDT
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Here’s How Conservative Media Commentators Are Excusing Trump’s Second Amendment Comments

Conservative media figures attempted to downplay and justify Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments about “Second Amendment people” being able to “do” something about  Hillary Clinton’s possible judicial nominees, blaming "the Clinton spin machine," claiming his comments were taken "out of context," and equating his "joke" to previous statements made by other politicians.

August 10, 2016 12:39 PM EDT
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Trump’s Violent Claim About The Second Amendment And Hillary Clinton Echoes What The NRA Has Said For Years

Outcry over GOP nominee Donald Trump’s claim that “Second Amendment people” could do something about Supreme Court nominations made by Hillary Clinton follows years of National Rifle Association efforts to normalize the notion that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to overthrow a “tyrannical” government. As NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre has put it, “The guys with the guns make the rules”

August 9, 2016 5:33 PM EDT
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Economists And Experts Trash Trump’s “Nonsense” Supply-Side Economic Plan

Economists and tax policy experts from across the political spectrum slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rewritten tax and economic policy proposals, which he unveiled during an August 8 speech at the Detroit Economic Club. Fact-checkers and journalists had already heavily criticized the speech for being “detail-devoid” and “short on specifics.”

August 9, 2016 2:52 PM EDT
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These Outlets Ignored The Conspiracy Theorist Behind The New Benghazi Lawsuit

Several news outlets reporting on a lawsuit brought by the parents of two Benghazi victims that blames their deaths on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton did not mention that the lawsuit is being pushed by anti-Clinton lawyer Larry Klayman, a conspiracy theorist with a long history of suing the Clintons.

August 9, 2016 2:41 PM EDT
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Trump Blames Clinton For Execution Of Iranian Scientist After The Right-Wing Lie Was Debunked

Echoing a myth peddled by right-wing media, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that there was a link between the execution of Shahram Amiri, a nuclear scientist in Iran, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server, which contained a couple emails that appear to discuss Amiri’s case. But there is no evidence either that Clinton’s server was hacked, which would have been necessary for Iran to see the emails, or that the email discussion of Amiri had any connection to his eventual death.

August 9, 2016 12:50 PM EDT
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