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  • 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Is Chief Promoter For Roger Stone’s Pro-Trump “Stop The Steal” Rally

    ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Donald Trump friend and ally Roger Stone is leading protests at July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland to stop the alleged stealing of the nomination from Trump. Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones is a scheduled rally speaker and has frequently promoted the protests, urging his followers to give the Stone rally “their time, their energy, and their money.”

  • Conservative Media Figures Dismiss and Downplay Corey Lewandowski's Battery Charge

    ››› ››› JARED HOLT

    On March 29, police charged Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, with simple battery after an incident in which police say he grabbed former Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields, leaving bruises on her arm. Soon after the news broke, several conservative media figures hustled to downplay the charge and dismiss its significance.

  • Trump Ally Roger Stone Claims MSNBC Has Also Banned Him

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Donald Trump ally Roger Stone, who was recently banned from CNN for making crude attacks on its staff, is claiming that MSNBC has also banned him from its airwaves.

    Stone is a notorious "dirty trickster" who recently co-authored The Clintons' War on Women. The 2015 book is dedicated to -- and cites research from -- a Holocaust denier who blames a "Jewish plot" for the 9/11 attacks. Stone's history includes forming an anti-Hillary Clinton group named "C.U.N.T." during the 2008 election.

    Stone worked for Trump's presidential campaign last year and is now organizing against Clinton's campaign again. He is a frequent presence in the media because of his long ties to Trump; their friendship and professional relationship goes back decades.  

    As Media Matters documented, Stone has written disgusting tweets targeting figures at media organizations including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. He's called various media personalities an "arrogant know-it-all negro," a "stupid negro," a "fat negro," a "professional negro," a "Mandingo," "quota hires," "senile," and "the muff-diver."  

    CNN banned Stone from appearing on its airwaves as a result of his tweets. Stone is also a regular guest on Fox News and Fox Business; Fox has not commented on whether it plans to continue hosting him despite his diatribes against certain Fox personalities.

    During a February 26 appearance on The Alex Jones Show, Stone claimed that "MSNBC, under pressure from Media Matters ... banned me." From his appearance:

    STONE: This gets even more comical. MSNBC, under pressure from Media Matters from America [sic], this group of twisted freaks who are Clinton apologists, who the Clintons can do no wrong, first they demand I be banned at CNN, where I was never admitted. Now MSNBC, where I have not appeared once this year, and appeared once last year, they've banned me. How do you ban someone who's never been admitted to begin with?

    ALEX JONES (HOST): So why are they announcing it? Just to set the precedent for banning people?

    STONE: Well because they know I have the goods on the Bushes and the Clintons.

    MSNBC declined to comment to Media Matters on the matter.

    Unlike other cable networks, MSNBC has not frequently hosted Stone in recent months. He last appeared on the network in September 2015, and he appeared on the network several times last year (not "once last year," as Stone claimed), according to an iQ media and Nexis search.

    Stone also defended Fox News' coverage of Trump, claiming that the network is "supportive" of Trump and is really "fair and balanced." Stone singled out Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity for giving Trump "his fair shake."

    In addition, Stone attacked CNN's ban by falsely claiming he's been on the network "exactly three times since August." In reality, Stone has been on CNN 22 times since the start of August 2015, according to Nexis. He appeared on CNN nine times from September 2015 through this week.  

    Stone is a regular guest on Jones' program. Jones is America's most prominent conspiracy theorist and has been supporting Trump's candidacy. Despite Jones' toxic history, the Trump campaign has been courting Jones and his audience.

    Joe Strupp contributed reporting to this post. 

  • The Right-Wing Media Figures Pushing Scalia Murder Conspiracies

    ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Right-wing media personalities have been pushing conspiracy theories about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. They've called the circumstances of his death "peculiar," "suspicious," and "fishy," and claimed President Obama or his allies may have "killed" Scalia because of his opinions on environmental regulations, gun laws, immigration, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and unions. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has been aiding the conspiracy theories, calling the circumstances surrounding Scalia's death "pretty unusual" and "big stuff."

  • Trump Joins Radio Ally To Fuel Scalia Murder Conspiracy Theory

    Trump Tells Michael Savage: "They Found A Pillow On His Face, Which Is A Pretty Unusual Place"

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Republican front-runner Donald Trump appeared on one of his favorite radio shows and added fuel to the conspiracy theory that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, saying that one of the details of his death was "pretty unusual."

    During the February 15 broadcast of The Savage Nation, Michael Savage told Trump that Scalia might have been "murdered." When Savage asked Trump if he would support "the equivalent of a Warren Commission" to investigate Scalia's death, he replied that he "just heard" that "they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow. I can't tell you what -- I can't give you an answer." Brian Tashman of People For the American Way's Right Wing Watch flagged the segment. From Savage's interview with Trump:

    SAVAGE: Donald I need to come back to the topic we've been all screaming about here which is Scalia, was he murdered? I know it's pretty brutal to say that and I'm not wanting to drag you into this but this is going to get bigger and bigger and bigger. I went on the air and said we need the equivalent of a Warren Commission, we need an immediate autopsy before the body is disposed of. What do you think of that?

    TRUMP: Well I just heard today and that just a little while ago actually -- you know I just landed and I'm hearing it's a big topic -- that's the question. And it's a horrible topic, but they say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow. I can't tell you what -- I can't give you an answer. You know usually I like to give you answers but I literally just heard it a little while ago. It's just starting to come out now, as you know, Michael.

    SAVAGE: Well I've been covering it for an hour and a half, there's a lot more to it than that. There was no medical examiner present, there was no one who declared the death who was there, it was done by telephone from a U.S. marshal, appointed by Obama himself. So let me not try to drag you into something you haven't studied because I don't think it would be fair to you and to the audience. I think after you look into these facts, Donald, you yourself will have to come to some different conclusions than you may think.

    Savage later claimed that Scalia "was found dead under suspicious circumstances and now this character in the White House who nobody with a rational mind should trust is trying to railroad Loretta Lynch down our throats -- that came out today -- as his number one choice. Can you believe this?" Trump replied with amazement that Obama would want to nominate Lynch.

    In the minutes prior to Trump's appearance, Savage suggested that the government is "corrupt enough" to kill Scalia and declared that his death "stinks to high heaven."

    Trump is a regular guest on Savage's program and told him last month, "I appreciate your support, you've been so amazing." He's also said Savage has "common sense."

    Savage is one of the country's most extreme radio personalities. The Cumulus Media-syndicated talker has called autism "a fraud, a racket," said PTSD and depression sufferers are "losers," advised people not to get flu shots because you can't trust the government, theorized liberals have been driven insane because of seltzer bubbles, claimed President Obama was intentionally trying "to infect the nation with Ebola," and once told a caller he was a "sodomite" who should "get AIDS and die." He's endorsed Trump, saying he believes "he can win. Two, I believe he can save America." 

    Conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones has also been suggesting that Scalia was murdered. "My gut tells me they killed him and all the intellectual evidence lays it out," Jones said. Despite his fringe conspiracy theories, including that the government was behind the 9/11 attacks, the Trump campaign has been courting Jones and his audience.