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Three Things Media Should Know About Harold Hamm, Trump’s Leading Pick For Energy Secretary

Fracking industry billionaire Harold Hamm is the “leading contender” to be energy secretary in a Donald Trump administration, according to a Reuters source, which would make Hamm the first ever U.S. energy secretary drawn directly from the oil and gas industry. Hamm has a history of influencing government officials to promote legislation that benefits his company’s bottom line, exploited the Orlando shooting tragedy to call for more oil drilling, and tried to suppress scientific research that was unfavorable to the fracking industry.

July 22, 2016 2:31 PM EDT
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Despite The Most Anti-LGBT Platform Ever, Pundits Tout Trump As A "Champion" Of LGBT Causes

While Some Pundits Point Out The Anti-Gay Record of Trump And The GOP, Others Fall For His Superficial Outreach

While some media figures ignored the GOP’s anti-LGBT party platform to label Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “a champion” of LGBT causes after the candidate mentioned the LGBTQ community during his Republican National Convention acceptance speech, others called out the “fallacious and offensive” idea, and noted that “this year’s GOP platform is one of the most anti-LGBT ever.”

July 22, 2016 12:44 PM EDT
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To Latinos In Media, Trump’s Nomination Speech Sounded “Disgusting” And “Apocalyptic”

Latinos in the media denounced the speech Donald Trump delivered when he officially accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, condemning the candidate’s hateful and anti-immigrant rhetoric, referring to the speech as “disgusting,” noting it contained “fearmongering” and “divisiveness,” and criticizing him for linking immigration and terrorism.

July 22, 2016 12:42 PM EDT
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Media Call Out Trump’s “Campaign Of Fear” After Convention Speech

Media outlets and figures slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech in which he formally accepted the nomination, writing that it was “intended to instill fear and terrify people,” that it painted the U.S. as a “dystopia” and a “land of horrors,” and that it “offered no solutions beyond his messianic portrayal of himself.”  

July 22, 2016 11:07 AM EDT
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Media Shouldn't Be Fooled By The Republican National Convention: Trump, Pence, And The GOP Aren’t LGBT-Friendly

Media should beware that even though the Republican National Convention is featuring speeches from prominent LGBT figures Peter Thiel and Caitlyn Jenner, that does not mean the party or its nominees for president and vice president support LGBT rights. In fact, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, and the GOP platform support anti-LGBT laws and have turned to anti-LGBT extremists and hate group leaders for advice on related issues. Media have a history of whitewashing Trump’s record on LGBT issues and casting him as an advocate for the community despite his documented opposition to LGBT equality.

July 21, 2016 3:28 PM EDT
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Roger Ailes Built The Conservative Infrastructure That Donald Trump Is Exploiting

As news broke that Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was reportedly negotiating his departure from Fox, while simultaneously Donald Trump became the GOP candidate for president, media noted that under Ailes Fox News “created space that Trump filled,” “prepare[d] the way for Trump,” and “help[ed] to create Trump's opening.”

July 21, 2016 2:47 PM EDT
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White Nationalists Love Trump’s Convention: “GOP Is Becoming The De Facto White Party”

Melania Trump Speech Controversy Blamed On “Filthy Kike Media”

White nationalists are praising Republican nominee Donald Trump and the 2016 Republican National Convention. Pro-white racists celebrated that their tweets were featured in the convention hall, defended Melania Trump’s plagiarism from attacks by “the filthy Jews,” and hailed that the Republican Party “is becoming the de facto white party.”

July 20, 2016 3:40 PM EDT
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Chris Christie’s Debunked Clinton Claim About Boko Haram Comes Straight From Right-Wing Media

During his speech at the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie echoed the right-wing media myth that as secretary of state, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton personally “fought” to keep Nigerian group Boko Haram off the terror watch list, which resulted in the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls -- a claim media fact-checkers debunked.    

July 20, 2016 1:05 PM EDT
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