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9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Is Chief Promoter For Roger Stone’s Pro-Trump “Stop The Steal” Rally

Donald Trump friend and ally Roger Stone is leading protests at July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland to stop the alleged stealing of the nomination from Trump. Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones is a scheduled rally speaker and has frequently promoted the protests, urging his followers to give the Stone rally “their time, their energy, and their money.”

May 3, 2016 9:23 AM EDT
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The New York Times' New Myth Is That Hillary Clinton Is More Hawkish Than Donald Trump

The New York Times' Mark Landler and Maureen Dowd are baselessly claiming that Hillary Clinton would be more likely to bring the nation to war if elected president than Donald Trump, in part due to Trump's claims of opposition to the Iraq War. In fact, Trump supported the Iraq War, has refused to rule out using nuclear weapons in the Middle East and Europe, has floated military engagement with Iran, and called for U.S. invasions of Libya and Syria.

May 1, 2016 4:25 PM EDT
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What To Know About The NRA And Smart Guns

On April 29, the Obama administration released a report on what federal agencies can do to further develop smart gun technology that prevents anyone other than authorized users from discharging a firearm. With the gun industry already attacking Obama’s technology push, it is important to note that while the NRA claims it doesn’t oppose the technology’s development, its media and lobbying arms routinely make false claims about its reliability and promote conspiracy theories about the federal government wanting to use the technology to spy on gun owners.

April 29, 2016 4:05 PM EDT
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Media Point To Data To Show "It's Simply Not True" That Latinos Like Trump

Media are debunking Trump’s claim that he’s “’number one with Hispanics,’” highlighting polls that show his high unfavorables among Latinos, and research that shows increasing naturalization rates among foreign-born Hispanics may be tied to Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric. As one of the most influential Hispanic journalists Jorge Ramos pointed out, Trump’s lack of support from the Latino electorate might make the candidate's path to the White House impossible.

April 27, 2016 4:16 PM EDT
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The Right-Wing Media Figures Who Did Not Like Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech At All

As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered what was billed as a “major foreign policy speech,” conservative media personalities attacked him on Twitter, calling the speech a “sickening display of revisionism,” asking if the candidate was “medicated” while giving the address, and declaring that “this is why we’ll need a third” party candidate.

April 27, 2016 3:38 PM EDT
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Cruz Conservatives Rip Fox News’ Trump Coverage

Conservative media figures who support Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have continued to criticize Fox News’ coverage of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, claiming the network is “in the tank” and acting as a “pimp” for the Trump campaign.

April 27, 2016 2:34 PM EDT
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Here Are The Corporations And Right-Wing Funders Backing The Education Reform Movement

A Guide To The Funders Behind A Tangled Network Of Advocacy, Research, Media, And Profiteering That’s Taking Over Public Education

Media Matters outlines the many overlapping connections in an echo chamber of education privatization advocacy groups, think tanks, and media outlets that are increasingly funded by a handful of conservative billionaires and for-profit education companies -- often without proper disclosure. 

April 27, 2016 1:50 PM EDT
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Trump’s “Women’s Card” Attack Against Hillary Clinton Comes From Right-Wing Media’s Playbook

After Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump swept five states in the April 26 primary​ elections, he attacked Democratic presidential front-​runner Hillary Clinton for playing the “women’s card” and suggested she wouldn’t be winning if she “were a man.” Trump’s attack follows right-wing media's long history of criticizing Clinton’s “gender card.”    

April 27, 2016 1:47 PM EDT
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Right-Wing Media Figures Praise Donald Trump's Sexist Attack On Hillary Clinton

Right-wing media personalities repeated sexists attacks lobbed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump following his win in five primaries. During his victory speech Trump declared, "I think the only card she has is the woman's card," adding that "frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote," prompting right-wing media pundits to laud his sexist attack on Clinton.

April 27, 2016 12:44 AM EDT
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Major News Outlets Fail To Identify The Hate Group Boycotting Target

The American Family Association Has Been Designated An Anti-LGBT “Hate Group” By The SPLC

Major news outlets have largely failed to identify the American Family Association (AFA) -- the group organizing a boycott of Target over its transgender inclusive restroom policy -- as an anti-LGBT "hate group," often only referring to the group as a "Christian" or "conservative" organization.

April 26, 2016 3:58 PM EDT
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Gun Industry And Conservative Media Team Up To Falsely Attack Clinton For​ Challenging Legal Immunity For Negligent Gun Dealers

Conservative media and Politico are citing new polling that purports to show voters oppose Democratic presidential front-runner​ Hillary Clinton’s call to repeal a federal immunity law which largely shields negligent gun sellers from legal liability when they sell guns to people they know or should know are dangerous. The poll question -- which was commissioned by the gun industry’s trade group and conducted by a Republican polling firm -- is dishonest because it misrepresents Clinton’s position on the law, suggesting that it was designed as a push poll rather than an accurate snapshot of public opinion.

April 26, 2016 1:48 PM EDT
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