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  • Fox Ignores Report That Trump’s Modeling Agency Encouraged Immigrants To Work Without Documents

    Blog ››› ››› JULIE ALDERMAN

    Fox News ignored a report from Mother Jones revealing that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s modeling agency, Trump Model Management, “profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here.” The report got attention from MSNBC and CNN, where it was discussed as a “particularly awkward” point of hypocrisy for Trump ahead of his speech on immigration.

    Mother Jones published the report, titled “Former Models For Donald Trump’s Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules And Worked Illegally, on August 30, one day before Trump is scheduled to give a policy speech on immigration. According to the report, one model who was represented by Trump Model Management said that the agency is “the most crooked agency I’ve ever worked for, and I’ve worked for quite a few.” Another model added that “Trump has been fooling American voters with his anti-immigrant rhetoric, given that his own agency had engaged in the practices he has denounced.” Mother Jones also reported that the models “said Trump's agency encouraged them to deceive customs officials about why they were visiting”:

    Two of the former Trump models said Trump's agency encouraged them to deceive customs officials about why they were visiting the United States and told them to lie on customs forms about where they intended to live. Anna said she received a specific instruction from a Trump agency representative: "If they ask you any questions, you're just here for meetings."

    Organized efforts to evade laws regulating immigrant work were added by Congress, according to the American Bar Association, to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in 1996 outlawing “any act that violates section 274 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (entitled 'Bringing in and harboring certain aliens'), provided that the act is done for financial gain.”

    In the 24 hours after the report was published, CNN and MSNBC devoted several segments to the allegations, highlighting the discrepancies between Trump’s immigration proposals and the ways his own business practices reportedly abused the immigration system. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Trump’s running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence if the report “point[s] out the hypocrisy” of Trump’s call to end or place severe restrictions on the H-1B visa program. CNN political analyst Rebecca Berg pointed out that the story highlighted “some inconsistencies between what Donald Trump is saying and what he's actually done in his business career.” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called the report “particularly awkward,” given that Trump is “trying to reclaim what’s supposedly [his] signature issue, right, [his] hardline stance on illegal immigrants.”

    Fox News did not cover the report or its findings in the 24 hour period after it was published.

  • CNN's Camerota Grills Mike Pence On Allegations Trump's Modeling Agency Violated Immigration Laws 

    Alisyn Camerota: "That One Of [Trump's] Own Companies, If They Employed Models Illegally, Doesn't That Point Out Some Hypocrisy?"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    From the August 31 edition of CNN's New Day:

    ALISYN CAMEROTA (HOST): Governor, speaking of immigration laws, we just had on a model here from Germany who worked for three years with the Trump Modeling Agency. And she says that the Trump Modeling Agency violated immigration laws and had she and the other models work without the proper work visas. What's your response? 

    GOV. MIKE PENCE: Well, my response is that we've heard those kind of accusations before, even directed at the Trump family. I'm very confident that this business, like the other Trump businesses, has conformed to the laws of this country. But look, these are not the things, Alisyn, that people are talking to me about around the country. I spent a lot of time in Georgia the last couple of days. I was in North Carolina last night. The American people are concerned about this economy, they're concerned about security, they're deeply concerned about the impact of illegal immigration on this country.

    CAMEROTA: Yeah.

    PENCE: And Donald Trump is going to continue to focus on those issues, andI think that's why you see this race tightening up. And that's why I really do believe we're poised for a great victory in November. 

    CAMEROTA: Well I mean, on the topic of illegal immigration, wouldn't this be relevant? Wouldn't the fact that one of his own companies, the Trump Modeling Agency, if they employed models illegally, doesn't that point out some hypocrisy in this race? 

    PENCE: Well, as I said, I think the Trump organization can speak for itself on those issues. I'm very confident that they complied and conformed to the laws of the country. As I said, these sidebar issues that come up, his business enterprise can address those and I'm confident they'll address them forthrightly. I have to tell you, Alisyn, I said this to you at the Iowa State Fair, where the American people are focused now is on security, on gertting this economy moving again, ending the flood of illegal immigration, upholding our constitution and really making sure we have the highest standards of ethics in the highest office in the land.

    Related:

    Mother Jones: Former Models For Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules And Worked Illegally

    Previously:

    CNN Panel Highlights Trump's Immigration Hypocrisy With Report Of Him Having Models Circumvent Immigration Law

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    Donald Trump’s Probable Immigration Plan Will Be Ripped Straight From Right-Wing Media

  • Media Hype “Optics” In AP Report On Clinton Foundation, While Admitting There Is No Evidence Of Ethics Breaches

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ & JARED HOLT

    Media are attempting to scandalize a report from The Associated Press that revealed that “[m]ore than half the people outside the government who met with now-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money ... to the Clinton Foundation,” calling the report “breathtaking” and “disturbing,” because it “looks bad,” and the “optics” and “perceptions” are problematic, despite the fact that their programs also note that “it wasn’t illegal,” and there was no quid pro quo. The focus on the “optics” of the situation rather than the facts has led some in media to criticize the reporting, and explain that “consumers of the media [should] think twice about whether or not the narrative” media are pushing “fits ALL of the facts.”

  • Anchors Give Legitimacy To Clinton Health Conspiracies Their Own Outlets Have Debunked

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    News anchors for CBS and CNN gave credence to conspiracy theories about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s health and suggested she is responsible for disproving such conspiracy theories about that have been promoted by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign, his surrogates, and conservative media. However, reporters from those same outlets have previously noted the conspiracies are “unfounded,” are a “lie” supported by “junk science,” and that “there is no doubt” Clinton “is now physically fit to be president.”

  • New Day Highlights “Bizarre Disconnect” Of Congress Investigating Clinton Emails In The Wake Of Police Shootings

    Hosts Challenge Congress On “The Better Discussion To Be Having Right Now”

    Blog ››› ››› CRISTINA LOPEZ

    In the aftermath of back-to-back police shootings that have left two black men dead in less than 48 hours, CNN’s New Day devoted a significant amount of its July 7 show to pointing out the “bizarre disconnect” of Congress focus on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails rather than on fatal police shootings.

    On July 5, police fatally shot Alton Sterling, a black man, in Baton Rouge, LA, during an incident that was “partially captured on video.” The following day in Falcon Heights, MN, a police officer “opened fire” on Philando Castile, also a black man, during a routine traffic stop that “turned deadly.” Also on July 6, The New York Times reported on Congress’ decision to summon FBI Director James Comey to explain why he recommended “no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton” after a year-long investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

    During the July 7 edition of their morning show New Day, CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota repeatedly underscored the apparent “disconnect” between Congress’ decision to continue pursuing an investigation of Clinton’s emails by interviewing FBI Director James Comey in a hearing while not focusing on the back-to-back police shootings. During the first hour, CNN legal analyst Laura Coates slammed Congress for a “tone-deafness” in prioritizing its inquiry into Clinton’s emails even after the shootings, adding “it shows an absolute insensitivity.”

    The hosts also challenged members of Congress who made appearances on the show. Cuomo asked Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) whether addressing the shootings would be “a better discussion to be having” than focusing on “the politics of email.” Camerota pressed Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) on the shootings, asking, “What can Congress do about this feeling in the black community?” Cuomo later doubled down by asking Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) whether the shootings gave him “pause for concern regarding” Congress’ chosen focus:

    The show’s decision to focus on the police shootings while challenging Congress for prioritizing a matter some consider to be “totally overblown” is refreshing in an environment where media often portray victims of color as deserving of brutal treatment and some networks like Fox News practically ignore such tragedies by devoting scant coverage to them.

  • CNN’s Corey Lewandowski Claims Donald Trump's Alleged Solicitations To Foreign Nationals Are “Perfectly Legal”

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Amid allegations that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign is illegally soliciting donations from foreign nationals, new CNN political commentator and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski claimed that it was actually “perfectly legal”  because the individuals had "opted into" Trump’s email list. Lewandowski’s explanation suggests either he is misleading CNN's audience in order to defend Trump or he is ignorant on the issue.

    Talking Points Memo reported on June 29 that elected officials from the U.K., Australia, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland have complained about receiving fundraising emails from Trump’s campaign. Talking Points Memo also reported that two watchdog groups announced they would be filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging “that the Donald Trump campaign has broken federal law by sending fundraising emails to foreign elected officials.”

    CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked Lewandowski about the allegations and the FEC complaint on the July 1 edition of New Day, noting it’s “illegal to be soliciting donations from foreign leaders or foreigners.” Lewandowski claimed that it was “perfectly legal” because those who received a fundraising email “opted into” the campaign’s “email system.”

    CNN has drawn extensive criticism for hiring Lewandowski as a political commentator after he was fired from the Trump campaign, due in part to questions over whether Lewandowski had signed a nondisclosure agreement before he left the campaign, which could prohibit him from criticizing the presumptive Republican nominee.