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Conservative Media Lambaste Trump For Aiming Fire At GOP Latina Governor

Right-wing media figures are criticizing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for deriding Republican Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, saying there isn’t “anything to be gained” from his “idiotic” comments, which are making party unity “tougher.”

May 26, 2016 3:12 PM EDT
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As Trump Talks Energy, Media Should Recall His Preposterous Track Record

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is expected to discuss energy policies during a May 26 keynote speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. When reporting on his remarks, media should keep in mind Trump’s long track record of extreme and half-baked positions on energy and environmental issues, including repeatedly denying climate change science, vowing to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, and pledging to “renegotiate” the landmark Paris climate agreement.

May 26, 2016 12:16 PM EDT
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Fox Host Wonders If Abuse Suffered By Transgender Detainees Is Even Worth Avoiding 

Fox hosts criticized an announcement that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to open a detention center equipped to house transgender individuals, asking whether “catering to illegal transgenders” is “even necessary.” In fact, there is documented evidence of high rates of sexual assault and abuse that transgender women face while detained at ICE facilities.

May 25, 2016 1:11 PM EDT
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Fox Takes Clinton Out Of Context In Effort To Distract From Trump’s Hope For Housing Crisis

Fox & Friends deceptively edited a 2007 video of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to claim that Clinton blamed homeowners for the housing market crash and that she is “flip flopping now” to blame Wall Street. But the speech transcript shows that Clinton indeed blamed Wall Street and a host of other financial actors, saying Wall Street “helped create the foreclosure crisis” and bears “responsibility” for the crash. Fox also downplayed Donald Trump’s expressed hope for a financial crisis in 2006, instead blaming former President Bill Clinton for a market crash and historic recession that occurred during the waning days of the Bush administration.

May 25, 2016 11:16 AM EDT
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STUDY: Sunday Shows Less Likely Than Weekday Competitors To Discuss Poverty

Fox News Talks A Lot About Inequality And Poverty, But Promotes Policies That Would Make The Problems Worse

In the first quarter of 2016, prime-time and evening weekday news programs on the largest cable and broadcast outlets mentioned poverty during roughly 55 percent of their discussions of economic inequality in the United States. During the same time period, Sunday political talk shows mentioned poverty in only 33 percent of discussions of economic inequality.

May 25, 2016 9:26 AM EDT
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Wash. Post Report Fails To Debunk Unfounded Voter ID Fraud Claims 

While reporting on voter ID laws, The Washington Post correctly noted that they mostly affect minorities, senior citizens, and low-income voters, but the paper also gave a platform to the conservative myth that these laws prevent voter ID fraud, without noting there is virtually no factual evidence to support claims of widespread in-person voter impersonation. 

May 24, 2016 2:32 PM EDT
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Roger Stone: Trump Paid Kathleen Willey So She Could Trash Clintons

Media Matters Releases Video Of Trump Insider Boasting About Trump Giving Willey Money

The media is highlighting a new web video from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign that features former White House aide Kathleen Willey accusing Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s. In video obtained by Media Matters -- published here for the first time -- close Trump ally Roger Stone says Trump himself gave money to Willey so she would be able to attack the Clintons during Hillary Clinton’s current presidential run. The Office of the Independent Counsel reviewed Willey’s allegations but declined to press charges after determining that Willey repeatedly shifted her story, lied to the FBI, and urged a friend to falsely support her story. She subsequently suggested that the Clintons had murdered her husband in the same way they supposedly murdered former White House aide Vince Foster.

May 23, 2016 5:31 PM EDT
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Fox News Figures Back Contributor Newt Gingrich As Trump’s Running Mate

Fox News figures are praising network contributor Newt Gingrich as a “great choice” for Donald Trump’s running mate. They have touted Gingrich -- the first speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to be punished by the House for ethics violations -- as “a genius,” “a conservative with bona fides,” and someone who would “bring tremendous stability, tremendous gravitas, incredible intellect,” and “judgment experience.”  

May 23, 2016 2:01 PM EDT
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Libel Laws, Threats, Nasty Insults: A Guide To Trump’s War Against The Media

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has waged a war against the media that has gone far beyond the bounds of normal media criticism. Trump has pushed a plan to “open up our libel laws” that's been criticized by First Amendment advocates, threatened to retaliate against media outlets with the power of government agencies, issued scathing personal insults against journalists, and repeatedly sued or threatened to sue media figures over trivialities. Trump’s campaign also heavily restricts reporters’ access to events, and his campaign manager allegedly manhandled a reporter and reportedly made “sexual comments” and “unwanted romantic advances” to female reporters.

May 23, 2016 12:36 PM EDT
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Media Slam Trump's "Totally Irresponsible" Response To EgyptAir Crash, While Fox Defends It

Media figures criticized Donald Trump’s response to the EgyptAir crash saying that it was “totally irresponsible” and “bad practice” for Trump to blame the crash on terrorism despite having no information at the time. Meanwhile, Fox News defended Trump’s “strong statement,” and praised him for saying “exactly what’s on everyone’s mind.”

May 20, 2016 12:31 PM EDT
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Donald Trump’s Bigotry Should Fit In Well At The NRA’s Annual Meeting

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will find a receptive audience when he delivers a speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting on May 20; the NRA’s leadership has for years made the types of inflammatory claims about race, gender, and ethnicity that Trump has now brought to presidential politics.

May 20, 2016 9:28 AM EDT
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Right-Wing Media Assail Expansion Of Overtime Pay Protections To Millions Of Workers

Right-wing media assailed new overtime rules released by the Department of Labor (DOL) on May 17, which expand overtime pay protections to 4.2 million American workers previously exempt from compensation under outdated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule updates the minimum salary threshold to qualify for guaranteed overtime pay from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per year, and pegs the threshold to inflation going forward.

May 19, 2016 3:27 PM EDT
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Laverne Cox Has A Lot To Say About Anti-Trans Legislation But It Was Cut From Megyn Kelly’s Interview

Transgender actress Laverne Cox indicated that her May 17 interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly omitted a discussion of anti-trans legislation -- specifically North Carolina’s HB 2, a law that prohibits people from using certain bathrooms that don’t correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate. Cox has been outspoken in her opposition to laws like North Carolina’s. 

May 19, 2016 9:32 AM EDT
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