Media outlets and fact-checkers are calling out the myth that Hillary Clinton started the "birther" smear that President Obama was not born in the United States and was thus ineligible for the presidency, but Fox News has continued to run with the debunked claim.
Fox Business host Stuart Varney praised a misleading campaign video ad produced by a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina without mentioning that the ad contains deceptively-edited audio and video aimed at smearing Planned Parenthood and defending Fiorina's previous lies about the organization.
Jeffrey Lord is using his CNN political commentator position to defend Donald Trump's most outlandish remarks on the campaign trail. Lord's pro-Trump advocacy has been so over the top that his own colleagues have repeatedly called him out for pushing inaccuracies, defending misogynistic and anti-Muslim remarks, and carrying Trump's "fetid water every day." Lord's ongoing defense of Trump should not be a surprise, as the billionaire businessman reportedly "helped Lord get his job at CNN."
The Associated Press recently updated its Stylebook by instructing AP writers to avoid using the term "denier" to describe those who reject the firmly-held scientific consensus on climate change. The AP's Stylebook change was celebrated by several well-known climate science deniers, but criticized by prominent scientists and journalists who say the new AP-approved term "climate change doubters" grants undeserved legitimacy to those who refuse to acknowledge the consensus.
El Papa Francisco está haciendo su primera visita a Estados Unidos esta semana. Antes de su visita, figuras de los medios conservadores han atacado sus esfuerzos para combatir el cambio climático y la desigualdad, calificándolo de "marxista" que es un "peligro para el mundo".
Broadcast evening news programs were once again virtually silent on congressional Republicans' attempt to restrict women's access to reproductive health care by pushing an extreme 20-week ban through the Senate. The same outlets ignored a GOP-controlled House vote on a similar bill in May.
No serious news outlet should trust anything from purported reporter Ed Klein and his new book Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary. Media Matters has compiled remarks from more than 30 reporters from a wide range of outlets who have found major problems with Klein's work. Media figures have called Klein's work "junk journalism," "devoid of credibility," "suspect," "fan fiction," "lazy, cut-and-paste recycling," "strewn with serious factual errors, truncated and distorted quotes," "thoroughly discredited," "smut," "sordid," "poorly written, poorly thought, poorly sourced," and "bullshit."
Right-wing media are attacking President Obama and Pope Francis for what they're characterizing as the hypocrisy and cowardice of their joint remarks at the White House marking the beginning of the pope's first-ever visit to the United States.
The Washington Post sensationalized previously and extensively reported information by hyping it as "new information" in order to erroneously portray an inconsistency between the timeline laid out by Hillary Clinton and the State Department regarding the process of her emails being turned over to the department. Responding a question from the Post, the State Department stated that they first inquired about Clinton's email during the summer of 2014 after her personal email use was brought to their attention. But the State Department's response to the paper is not new or different from the department's past statements on the issue, nor is it inconsistent with Clinton's account.
Politico reported on Hillary Clinton's statement to the Des Moines Register editorial board that she would not use a private email account if she became president. But Politico failed to note that not only was her use of a private email account as a cabinet secretary allowed, her statement to the Register was an unremarkable confirmation of presidential record-keeping requirements -- presidents generally cannot use private email accounts.
Fox News rushed to aid Ben Carson in spinning his controversial comments that a Muslim should not be president after the Republican presidential candidate came under widespread scrutiny for his remarks, claiming he was really talking about supposed adherents of Sharia law and not all American Muslims.
A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that, contrary to right-wing media assertions, the overwhelming majority of employers have not responded to health insurance mandates in the Affordable Care Act by slashing jobs, converting full-time positions to part-time, or putting off hiring new workers. Fox News and The Wall Street Journal spent years claiming health care reform would threaten American jobs.
Following press coverage of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) comment during the second GOP presidential debate that he was "honored" to have won the endorsement of Gun Owners of America (GOA), the group lashed out at media coverage documenting its long history of extremism. In an open letter posted on its website, GOA claimed it has "NEVER aligned ourselves with racist groups" -- despite the fact that the group's leader, Larry Pratt, once acknowledged that he directed GOA to donate "tens of thousands of dollars" to a white supremacist organization and shared the stage with white supremacists at rallies organized by the racist Christian Identity movement in the 1990s.
Conservative media have paved the way for a government shutdown by championing Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and uncritically hyping deceptively-edited smear videos by the Center for Medical Progress -- even though state and federal investigations continue to find no wrongdoing by the health provider.
The Washington Post's PostPartisan opinion blog took issue with Hillary Clinton's assertion, during an interview on CBS' Face The Nation, that her email use while secretary of state was "fully above board." The Post's piece said that Clinton's argument does not "make her choice to maintain her own e-mail server a good one. Nor does her repeated claim that she is being fully transparent now." But that contention overlooks the fact that the Department of Justice has categorically stated that Clinton was within her rights to "delete personal emails without agency supervision," and "appropriately could have done so even if she were working on a government server."