Media figures from multiple outlets debunked Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's allegations that no other presidential candidate has undergone similar scrutiny, after he lashed out at the media for reporting on several discrepancies in his autobiographical claims.
Major national print outlets, and most Sunday morning political talk shows, ignored a Politico report indicating that the U.S. intelligence community was "retreat[ing] from claims" that two key emails received by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contained highly classified information.
Several television stations ran segments promoting a controversial method for supposedly "reversing" a medical abortion that is promoted by anti-choice groups while failing to disclose that medical experts, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have said such treatments are unproven and are potentially harmful for patients.
Fox News reported on a supposedly "bombshell" document signed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that acknowledged the possibility of facing criminal penalties for mishandling classified information, while ignoring the revelation earlier the same day that two emails she had received, which the intelligence community had previously deemed top secret, did not contain such information.
After Fox Lake Lieutenant Joseph Gliniewicz's September 1 death was ruled a suicide, media figures called out Fox News' irresponsible coverage in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. Before having all the facts, some Fox hosts and panelists quickly connected Lieutenant Gliniewicz's death to their false "war on cops" narrative, with one host claiming that "we have open season on the cops" fostered by Black Lives Matter. However, the network has "gone silent now that it's been proved otherwise."
Right-wing media attacked a CNN report that was "unable to independently confirm" incidents described in Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson's autobiography about his violent past -- including claims that he attempted "to kill somebody" -- calling the report "ruthless" for "dissecting" Carson's life, and using the report to attack President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Conservative media reacted to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's reported admission that he fabricated his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by saying that the news is "very bad" and Carson is likely "done." Several commentators later took back their initial critiques after the Carson campaign hit back at Politico's report.*
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to protect Alaska's Bristol Bay, home to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery, from the adverse environmental impacts of a proposed mineral excavation project called the Pebble Mine. Proponents of the mine have been pushing an array of falsehoods, many of which are being propagated in the media as the EPA's process for evaluating the project was scrutinized in a November 5 Congressional hearing. Here are the facts.
Ed Rogers is the chairman of a top lobbying firm that's received more than $700,000 from the energy industry so far this year, and is also a lobbyist for Southern Company, an electrical utility company that is fighting environmental protections. But the Washington Post is allowing Rogers to write a blog where he repeatedly dismisses the scientific consensus on climate change and echoes his client's attacks against President Obama's flagship climate plan without disclosing his lobbying clients.
Media outlets are pointing out Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) shifting position on immigration reform after the presidential hopeful changed his position on ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). While Rubio previously supported eliminating the program after comprehensive immigration reform was in place, he recently stated he'd eliminate it regardless. This shift follows a push by conservative media figures who have long criticized Rubio for his immigration stances.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a powerful "religious freedom" legal organization with a history of anti-LGBT extremism, is working to eliminate non-discrimination protections for transgender students. Relying largely on the myth that allowing transgender people equal access to bathrooms is a "safety" concern, ADF has drafted model legislation and policies, testified at hearings, and encouraged the enactment of school district policies and statewide legislation that would prevent transgender students from accessing facilities consistent with their gender identity.
Right-wing media outlets are stoking fears that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is on the verge of collapse; arguing that health insurance co-op failures threaten to shutter President Obama's signature health care legislation. But experts argue that ACA continues to control health care costs and expand insurance, and explain that the co-op failures are due to underfunding by Congress.
Media outlets previously helped Peter Schweizer push back against criticism of his anti-Clinton book Clinton Cash by credulously reporting that he was conducting a similar investigation into former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But now that the product of his investigation has been released -- a 38-page e-book compared to The New York Times bestseller he wrote on Bill and Hillary Clinton -- Schweizer says "there's not a comparison" because the Clintons' behavior is "unprecedented." Schweizer's Clinton allegations were widely debunked.
A new NASA study found that there has been a net increase in land ice in Antarctica in recent years, despite a decline in some parts of the continent. The study's lead author astutely predicted that climate science deniers would distort the study, even though it does nothing to contradict the scientific consensus on climate change or the fact that sea levels will continue to rise.
Conservative media are baselessly fearmongering that the upcoming climate change negotiations in Paris will create a United Nations "court" with the power to punish the U.S. for its "climate debt" and implement a massive redistribution of wealth from the U.S. and other wealthy nations to developing countries. These media figures are referring to a proposal by Bolivia to establish an "International Tribunal of Climate Justice" to deal with countries that fail to comply with an international climate change agreement, but the Tribunal is reportedly "a non-starter with almost every other country going to the Paris talks," and experts believe there are more feasible methods along the lines of nuclear non-proliferation treaties for ensuring countries meet their climate-related commitments.