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Right-Wing Media Lash Out At Obama After Attack On Police In Dallas

Several conservative media figures lashed out at President Barack Obama after an attack on police officers in Dallas, TX, during a peaceful demonstration against the recent police shootings of two black men. Numerous Fox personalities blamed Obama for the attacks and right-wing media figures criticized his remarks in the aftermath of the shootings.

July 8, 2016 12:48 PM EDT
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Five Times Comey Corrected Right-Wing Media Misinformation During His Congressional Testimony On Clinton Email Probe

During his July 7 testimony on Capitol Hill, FBI Director James Comey dismantled several right-wing media myths about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. In his testimony about the FBI’s recommendation against pursuing criminal charges, Comey debunked flawed comparisons and corrected faulty definitions that right-wing media have repeatedly pushed.

July 7, 2016 3:20 PM EDT
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CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield Shows The Media How To Report On Sexual Assault

Following public outrage over the lenient sentencing of convicted rapist and former Stanford University student Brock Turner, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield dedicated five consecutive days of coverage to the case. In those five days, Banfield featured the words of the woman Turner attacked and brought on guests to discuss the severity of sexual violence, demonstrating how the media should report on sexual assault and rape.

July 6, 2016 4:22 PM EDT
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STUDY: Fox News Falls Dramatically Short In Alton Sterling Shooting Coverage

CNN And MSNBC Provided Over 15 Times As Much Coverage

A Media Matters analysis of the three cable networks’ coverage of the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, a black man, in Baton Rouge, LA, found that Fox News devoted less than 7 minutes to the shooting, while CNN and MSNBC each covered the shooting extensively and aired several related press conferences. Media Matters analyzed the cable networks’ coverage between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. on July 6, the day after the shooting.

July 6, 2016 3:32 PM EDT
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Right-Wing Media Run With Another Baseless Comparison With Clinton Emails

Media spuriously likened Hillary Clinton’s email use to the case of Bryan Nishimura -- who was criminally charged with mishandling classified information -- after FBI Director James Comey announced the bureau would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton. Media figures seized on Nishimura’s 2015 charges to erroneously characterize Comey’s announcement as a double standard, but, as with the debunked comparisons of Clinton’s email use to David Petraeus’ and John Deutch’s cases, legal experts note that unlike Clinton, Nishimura knowingly mishandled classified information.

July 6, 2016 2:24 PM EDT
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What Attacks On Bilingual Education Get Wrong

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham has spent months repeatedly issuing xenophobic rants against the perceived dangers of bilingual education in U.S. schools, asserting that teaching students in more than one language -- in particular immigrant students whose home language is Spanish -- somehow contributes to a decline in school quality at a high cost. But Ingraham’s claims about dual-language learning ignore the wide body of research showing that fostering bilingualism and multilingualism in schools and teaching students in their home language as well as English can have lasting positive impacts for individuals and for the economy.

July 6, 2016 12:51 PM EDT
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Trump, Right-Wing Media In Sync With Conspiracy Theories Over FBI Referral On Clinton Email Server

After FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI has concluded its investigation into the private email server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state and recommended no criminal charges be filed, right-wing media figures and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pushed baseless conspiracy theories, including suggesting that the timing of the event was linked to Clinton’s campaign appearance with President Obama later that day.

July 5, 2016 9:25 PM EDT
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“No Charges Are Appropriate In This Case”: Over A Year Of Errors, Mischaracterizations, and False Reporting About Hillary Clinton’s Email Use

Sixteen months after it was first discovered that Hillary Clinton used a private email server and address as secretary of state, which eventually triggered a security referral, the FBI has announced that it will recommend to Department of Justice prosecutors that “no charges are appropriate in this case.” Media Matters looks back at the errors, mischaracterizations, and false reporting surrounding the media coverage of Clinton’s email usage since March 2015.

July 5, 2016 8:02 PM EDT
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The “Gross Negligence” Claim About Clinton Emails That The FBI Specifically Rejected

FBI Director James Comey announced that he would not recommend criminal charges be filed against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server. Right-wing media, echoing Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, soon baselessly accused Comey of excusing Clinton’s “gross negligence” in violation of the Espionage Act.

July 5, 2016 5:49 PM EDT
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Why The Clinton Email Case Is Substantially Different From David Petraeus' Crimes

In response to FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the FBI is not recommending criminal charges in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state, right-wing media fell back on the already debunked claim that former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus was charged in a similar case. Other media outlets pointed out the many differences between the Petraeus case -- which involved the general intentionally sharing classified information with his biographer -- from the Clinton case, noting that it is “flatly wrong” to compare the two.

July 5, 2016 4:51 PM EDT
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“The Fix Is In:” Conservative Media Decries F.B.I.’s Recommendation Of No Criminal Charges In Clinton Email Investigation

Right-wing media figures are claiming that the “coverup is on” following FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the bureau will not recommend criminal charges to the Department of Justice in the investigation relating to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Conservative commentators have previously lauded Comey for his “impeccable integrity” and ability to impartially conduct the investigation, while legal experts and media figures have predicted that no criminal charges would be brought forward in the case.

July 5, 2016 12:26 PM EDT
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