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Gary Byrne's Crisis Of Character Panned: “Rehash Of Old Rumors,” “Contradicted By His Own Testimony”

Right-wing media and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump have been promoting former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne’s anti-Clinton book Crisis of Character, which argues that Hillary Clinton doesn’t have the temperament to be president. But media have discredited the book, finding that it’s a “rehash of old rumors,” there’s “holes in his story,” and his allegations are “contradicted by his own testimony.”

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Right-Wing Media Abandon Facts To Support Trump’s Call For Waterboarding

Several right-wing media figures defended presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s reiterated call for waterboarding and “much worse” techniques to combat terror after terrorists carried out an attack on Istanbul’s largest airport. Journalists and others well-versed in national security, terrorism, and interrogation tactics have called waterboarding ineffective and chided Trump for proposing we “stoop to [terrorists’] level” of using brutal tactics.

6 hours 19 min ago
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Gary Byrne's Anti-Clinton Book Is Contradicted By His Own Testimony, And He Can't Explain It

Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne, who served in the West Wing during the Clinton administration, recently released Crisis of Character, an anti-Clinton book purporting to warn the country about how Hillary Clinton does not have the temperament to serve as president. In promoting his book, Byrne has repeatedly stumbled through contradictions in his various accounts of the events he claims to have witnessed, with key details differing between his 1998 sworn testimony in the Kenneth Starr investigation, the book itself, and the various appearances he has made in right-wing media.

June 29, 2016 1:33 PM EDT
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Media Fell For Bogus “New Information” Spin In GOP Benghazi Report

Several media outlets falsely reported that the final report released by Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi contained “new information,” when in fact all of the “key findings” in the report had been previously reported. Committee Republicans reportedly released “embargoed ‘exclusives’” strategically to manipulate reporters into presenting details in the releases as new information.

June 29, 2016 12:48 PM EDT
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How The Nightly Network News Covered The Supreme Court's Rejection Of Texas' Anti-Choice Law

After the landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down Texas’ anti-choice law HB 2, two network evening news programs allowed anti-abortion activists to spin the ruling as a “loss for women’s health and safety.” But in actuality, the Supreme Court found that the requirements imposed by the Texas law addressed “no significant health-related problem” and are “nearly arbitrary” -- findings that two other networks highlighted.

June 28, 2016 5:48 PM EDT
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Hispanic Media Highlight How The Supreme Court’s Landmark Abortion Decision Benefits Latinas

In a 5-3 vote, the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ HB 2 law that imposed “unnecessary health regulations” on abortion providers and clinics and created serious barriers for women seeking abortions. Hispanic media outlets lauded the decision, noting that HB 2 had a particularly negative impact on the approximately 2.5 million Latina women of reproductive age living in Texas.

June 28, 2016 3:00 PM EDT
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Editorial Boards Celebrate The Supreme Court’s Strengthening Of Reproductive Rights

On June 27, the Supreme Court found in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that restrictions placed on Texas abortion providers by the state’s HB 2 violated a woman’s constitutional right to abortion access. Editorial boards across the nation hailed the decision as “a major victory for abortion rights,” and “the most significant victory in a generation for a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.”

June 28, 2016 12:45 PM EDT
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Reporters Should Contrast Trump’s “Love” Of Coal Miners With Funder’s Record Of Undermining Them

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will attend a fundraiser hosted by coal industry CEO Robert Murray, who has pressured and even allegedly fired employees for political gain and has repeatedly fought against health benefits, safety protections, and labor rights for coal miners. Media covering the event should contrast Trump’s claims of staunch support for coal miners with his willingness to raise money with Murray.

June 28, 2016 11:45 AM EDT
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Widespread Agreement That House GOP Benghazi Report Has No “Smoking Gun” Against Clinton

Following the release of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s report on the 2012 terror attack on a diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, -- which was the culmination of an investigation lasting “two years and [costing] more than $7 million,” -- journalists are pointing out that the report “failed to unearth anything so damning as to change many minds about the events of that tragic night, or who is to blame for them,” and that “there doesn't seem to be a smoking gun when it comes to Hillary Clinton's culpability.”

June 28, 2016 10:38 AM EDT
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A Comprehensive Guide To Benghazi Myths And Facts

After nearly four years of right-wing myths about the September 2012 attack on an American diplomatic compound and CIA compound in Benghazi, Libya, and as Republicans and Democrats on the House Select Committee on the attacks release their reports, Media Matters has compiled a list of more than 50 myths and facts regarding the origin of the attack, the security surrounding the compounds, the Obama administration’s handling of the attack during and after its occurrence, attacks on then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other lies and misinformation regarding the Benghazi attack.

June 28, 2016 10:22 AM EDT
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