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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Should Scrutinize Trump’s Fact-Free Claim That China Will Violate Paris Climate Agreement

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee and climate science denier Donald Trump told Reuters that if elected, he would renegotiate the historic Paris climate change agreement -- if not scrap it altogether -- because “China doesn’t adhere to it, and China’s spewing into the atmosphere." But media outlets should think twice before repeating Trump’s claims about China, which experts say is already well on its way toward meeting its obligations under the Paris agreement thanks to major investments in clean energy and energy efficiency.

May 18, 2016 3:36 PM EDT

As Trump Advisers Push Entitlement Cuts, NY Times Compares Trump To Sanders

A New York Times article claimed that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s pledge “to protect Social Security and Medicare” and to “leave entitlements untouched” indicates he’s taken a page from Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign playbook. But The Times failed to note that Trump previously called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and that at least two of his advisers have advocated cutting or privatizing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and disability benefits -- and have indicated as recently as this month that Trump would also be open to changing those programs.

May 17, 2016 1:20 PM EDT

“People Expect It": Media Downplay NY Times Report On Trump’s Treatment Of Women

Media are downplaying a New York Times article about Trump’s treatment of women, which reports that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee “could be lewd one moment and gentlemanly the next,” arguing that the story is “obvious” and that it’s “not disabling” because Trump “is a different kind of candidate.”  

May 16, 2016 12:26 PM EDT

Editorial Boards Call On Trump To Release His Tax Returns

Editorial boards are criticizing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, noting that “it has been common practice since the 1970s for the presidential nominees of both parties to release their tax returns,” explaining that Trump “should be willing to demonstrate that he has lived up to his tax obligations,” and arguing that the decision shows “a paternalistic and insulting attitude toward the public.”

May 16, 2016 12:02 PM EDT

Media Repeatedly Pardon Trump Because He Is Not A “Conventional” Candidate

Media figures have repeatedly downplayed Trump’s widely criticized rhetoric, policy flip-flops, divisive comments, and refusal to release his tax returns, citing his political inexperience and claiming that unlike other politicians, Trump is “learning as he goes” and must be evaluated “in Donald Trump terms.”

May 15, 2016 11:06 AM EDT