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  • Right-Wing Radio Host: Victims Of Bataclan Terror Attack "Were Dancing To This Worship Service To The Devil"

    Pastor Kevin Swanson Says He's Being "Deadly Serious," Asks Paris Survivors "Did You Appreciate The Works Of The Devil As Your Friends Were Being Shot Up?"

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    Right-wing Colorado pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson suggested that the terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris was "a message from God" and posed a question to the "concert-goers, at least those who survived: 'Did you love the devil and did you love the devil's works as your friends were being shot up in that massacre?'" 

    On the November 19 edition of his show Generations Radio, Swanson said he was "deadly serious" about wanting to ask survivors of the terrorist attack, which occurred during a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal, whether they "appreciate[d] the works of the devil as their friends where being shot up in that concert" (emphasis added):

    SWANSON: These events are important. I think it's important to analyze them. They're symbolic to what's happening in our entire society today, and when you get a wake up call like what happened at France's 9/11 last Friday night, at the concert I think we all need to pay attention to what's happening. This is a message from God. God is shooting a shot across the bow and we better be paying attention to this. Music matters, culture matters. Culture ultimately is a reflection of world view, and so if you want to know world view just take a look at the culture and say 'oh that's what the world view is all about.'

    SWANSON: It's a warning. Certainly a providential irony here. These are the works of the devil, the mass murder itself, are the works of the devil. In other words, there was a demonstration of the devil and his works happening at the time that they were singing the song "who'll love the devil, who'll sing his song, I'll love the devil, I'll sing his song." At the moment they were singing that, the devil himself or at least the devil influencing these murderers and entered in showed the concert-goers the works of the devil. Now at that point, I think we need to ask concert-goers, at least those who survived "Did you love the devil and did you love the devil's works as your friends were being shot up in that massacre?" I think we ought to ask the question right now. And I'm very serious, I'm deadly serious asking this question. "You were dancing to this worship service to the devil, the devil came in, the devil did what the devil does best: he killed, he massacred, he destroyed. As the devil did his works," again, the microphone is in the face of those who were attending the conference [sic] right now, I'm asking the question of those attending that concert "did you appreciate the works of the devil as your friends where being shot up in that concert?"

    Swanson has a track record of inflammatory rhetoric, as well as being an influential figure in right-wing political circles. According to Right Wing Watch, during his closing remarks at the November 7 National Religious Liberties Conference he organized, Swanson declared that the Bible called for the death penalty as the punishment for homosexuality. The conference was attended by Republican presidential candidates including Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and then-candidate Bobby Jindal.

    Swanson's extreme rhetoric has drawn media attention to the GOP candidates who attended his November conference. During the November 5 edition of CNN's The Lead, host Jake Tapper asked Ted Cruz if his alliance with Swanson wasn't "in some ways" an endorsement for "conservative intolerance." During the November 9 edition of her show on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow also blasted the conference's homophobic content and criticized the three Republicans attending, asking whether Fox Business would push candidates to explain their stance during the November 10 debate (emphasis added):

    This was a conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality. This religious liberties conference in Iowa this weekend. And there were pamphlets about why gay people should be executed. There were multiple discussions about it from the stage.

    There were at least two other speakers besides the host of the event who have publicly called for gay people to be executed. There was discussion at the event in print about whether or not -- there was discussion at the event by people who have described the finite differences between the different methods of execution that should be used to kill people should they be thrown off cliffs, should they be stoned to death? Apparently both of those are sanctions means of execution for the crime of being gay.

    And again, this host of the event who interviewed three Republican presidential candidates on stage, who convened the entire event, he has spoken in the past about the need to execute gay people in order to live in a properly Christian society. He did not hide that light under bushel once the candidates were there. He talked about that repeatedly at this event from the same stage that these candidates appeared.

    And Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal are going to be at the kids' table at the next Republican debate, which is tomorrow night in Milwaukee. Ted Cruz will be on the main stage because Ted Cruz is now polling third in a number of polls nationwide.

    [...]

    I don't know if that is considered to be a scandal anymore in Republican politics. I mean, it will be interesting to see if it comes up in tomorrow night's debate, right? I don't know if our friends over at the Fox Business Channel will feel comfortable raising this issue with Senator Cruz or with any of the other candidates who went to the "kill the gays" event this weekend.

    Eagles of Death Metal is a side project of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, who is raising money for the families of those killed during the attacks.

  • The Washington Post's Editorial Board Denounces "Tragic Discrimination" Of Transgender Students

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    The Washington Post's editorial board denounced the "fear-mongering" that "has become a staple" of debates over transgender student rights and led to "tragic discrimination" against transgender students. The fearmongering is based on the debunked "bathroom" myth hyped by right-wing media.

    Conservative media have repeatedly and falsely claimed that anti-discrimination policies that protect transgender students would be exploited by students who will pretend pretend to be transgender in order to sneak into restrooms or locker rooms of the opposite sex and behave inappropriately. The myth has been thoroughly debunked by schools and experts from cities and states across the country with existing protections for transgender students.

    In a November 17 editorial, the WaPo's editorial board slammed the bathroom myth "fear-mongering" that has "unfortunately become a staple" of the debate surrounding equal-protection for transgender students, while shining a light on how these myths can dangerously foster discrimination against and stigmatization of students. The Post highlighted the "tragic discrimination" an Illinois transgender student encountered after she asked "to change clothes privately within the girls' locker room," noting that accommodating transgender students is a "critical matter for school districts everywhere" and calling for schools to replace "emotion with reason:"

    To understand the bid of a female transgender student to use the girls' locker room at her suburban Chicago high school, it is necessary to get past all the fear-mongering that unfortunately has become a staple of these debates about bathrooms. Listen instead to what this young girl has told school officials: about having her own sense of privacy, about being isolated and ostracized and about how all she wants is "to be a girl like every other girl."

    [...]

    It's mystifying that some solution couldn't be reached between the two parties, but details of the two-year investigation prompted by the girl's complaint paint a far different picture than that suggested by the rhetoric of school officials. How the girl, who is undergoing hormone therapy and is recognized by the school as a female in all other respects (including her use of bathrooms), first asked -- and was denied -- an opportunity to change clothes privately within the girls' locker room in an area such as a restroom stall. How the school's insistence she use separate facilities for the past two years has stigmatized her. It is clear from the government's investigation, which included inspection of the facilities and interviews with school staff about conduct common in the locker rooms, that the privacy of all students could be protected without singling out this girl for separate and discriminatory treatment. It is a point that was underscored by the hundreds of students and community members who signed a student-led petition in support of her access to the locker room.

    It is estimated that there are very small numbers of transgender students, but as school superintendent Daniel E. Cates pointed out in his public statements, figuring out how to best accommodate them is an emerging and critical matter for school districts everywhere. Those challenges, though, are nothing compared with the difficulties that confront transgender adolescents, so it's important that schools set the example by replacing emotion with reason.

    The Post's calls for equality for transgender students are backed by the collective experience of 17 school districts around the nation that have implemented policies protecting transgender students with no negative consequences, and falls during Transgender Awareness Week, which according to LGBT media advocacy organization GLAAD, "help[s] raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people."

  • Hispanic Media Decry Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Underlying Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

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    Leading voices in Hispanic journalism are condemning the rise of anti-refugee rhetoric following the terrorist attacks in Paris, pointing out how the underlying sentiment reflects conservative media's typical nativist and anti-immigrant bias that has effectively cast all immigrants as "terrorists and criminals, without reforming a system that would allow us to know" who among us poses an actual threat.

    In the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere, a number of Republican presidential candidates, governors, and media figures have used the Islamic State violence to fearmonger about Muslims and Islam. Many on the right are calling for the U.S. to deny entry to Muslim Syrian refugees, claiming they would pose a significant threat to the U.S., despite the fact that major media have slammed Republicans for "def[ying] what the nation stands for" and pushing divisive rhetoric that could "provide propaganda benefits to the Islamic State."

    In a November 17 column, La Opinión's editorial board condemned Republican presidential candidates and governors who "want to close the door on 10,000 Syrian refugees for fear of terrorist infiltrators," explaining that this approach reflects the "Republican Party's nativist, anti-immigrant discourse," while also ignoring evidence that most attackers are neither immigrants nor refugees. La Opinión -- one of the leading Latino daily newspapers in the U.S. -- also noted that "[t]his type of reaction does nothing but feed internal fears, granting a victory to terrorists, whose goal is precisely to shake the feeling of safety in free societies":

    The Paris attacks carried out by ISIS are being used to sustain the Republican Party's nativist, anti-immigrant discourse.

    [...]

    It is sad to see that the reaction to terrorism is to build border walls and ignore a humanitarian crisis out of fear. Terrorism triumphs when it succeeds in intimidating governments and civilians. Leadership is shown by rising to challenges posed by the situation, not by taking advantage of them to feed existing fear and resentment against immigrants and foreigners among the electorate.

    Maria Elena Salinas, co-anchor of the daily Univison's Noticiero Univision, drew a similar parallel, pointing out that "most states" whose governors have "reject[ed] Syrian refugees are the same ones that" sued President Obama for his executive action on immigration, managing to effectively block a policy that could have protected millions of immigrants from deportation.

    Columnist Maribel Hastings also slammed the extremist exploitation of recent terrorist attacks in a November 16 article for Univision, writing that "extremist sectors cling to recent events to continue to push their fear agenda and look for scapegoats." She argued that one effect of terrorism has been to obfuscate the debate about immigration reform, which gives anti-immigrant activists a powerful argumentative tool: to paint all immigrants with a broad brush, casting "all as terrorists and criminals" while opposing reforms to the system that would make it easier to single out those who are truly dangerous. Translated from Hastings' column:

    It is to be expected that extremist sectors cling to recent events to continue to push their fear agenda and look for scape goats, without explaining, for example, how we got to this point.

    [...]

    Since then [9/11], to date, immigration reform through legislation has not progressed because anti-immigrants believe it's wiser to put all immigrants in the same basket, casting all as terrorists and criminals, without reforming a system that would allow us to know who is really among us, especially in these times of uncertainty, to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    It remains to be seen if terrorist attacks in Paris change the course of the electoral debate in the United States; if fear supposes the rise of radical politicians; if proposals to seal the borders gain traction without the implementation of an immigration system that allows us to distinguish between working, established immigrants and those who are here to cause damage; and where, as usual, innocents pay for the sins of others, especially refugees fleeing from the same terror of the Islamic State.

  • Conservatives Use Paris Attacks To Stoke Fears About Admitting Syrian Refugees Into America

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    Conservative media used the terrorist attacks in Paris to fearmonger about the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States, claiming that the U.S. cannot effectively vet potential refugees, ignoring experts who say that the thoroughness of the U.S.'s refugee vetting process sets it apart from those of European countries.

  • Poor-Shaming, Sexism, And Transphobia: This Is What You Can Expect Of Jesse Watters' Upcoming Hosting Gig At Fox

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    Fox News has announced that Jesse Watters, correspondent for The O'Reilly Factor, will be hosting his own show on the network. Watters has a track record of producing segments where he shames homeless Americans and mocks members of the LGBT community. Watters has also repeatedly made disparaging comments about immigrants, women, and African-Americans while guest hosting shows on Fox.

  • Why Are Moderators Continuing To Use This "Racial Slur" In Republican Presidential Debates?

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    Moderators of Republican presidential debates have repeatedly used the slur "illegal immigrants" to refer to the undocumented immigrant population living in the United States, despite recommendations of Hispanic journalists' advocacy organizations to the contrary and the growing trend among news organizations moving away from use of the term.

    During the November 10 Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox Business Network in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, moderator Maria Bartiromo asked candidate Donald Trump what he would do about "the effect that illegal immigrants are having on our economy," using a term that "many in the Latino community regard as a racial slur" to refer to a significant portion of the nation's population.

    Despite recommendations from the Associated Press Stylebook which advises the term "illegal" only be used in reference to an action and not to people, and calls from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) for the media to stop the use of "illegal immigrants" and similar smear terms like "illegal alien" or "illegals," the slur has been used by moderators in three out of the four Republican presidential debates to this date. According to Mekahlo Medina, president of NAHJ, "Using the word in this way is grammatically incorrect and crosses the line by criminalizing the person, not the action they are purported to have committed."

    During the first debate, hosted by Fox News Channel, host Chris Wallace repeatedly used the term "illegal" in reference to immigrants, including when he pressed candidate Jeb Bush on a statement about "illegal immigrants," and later asked candidate Marco Rubio whether "all of these illegals coming over are criminals."

    In the second debate, hosted by CNN, moderator Jake Tapper referred to undocumented immigrants as "illegal immigrants" while questioning candidate Ben Carson. Tapper's use of the term followed CNN Vice President of Diversity Geraldine Morida's statement -- made in response to the NAHJ petition -- that "the word illegal alone should never be used as a standalone noun to refer to individuals with documented or undocumented immigration status."

    Jorge Ramos set the gold standard for media figures when he pushed back on candidate Donald Trump's use of the word during an August 25 press conference, stating "no human being is illegal." When moderators introduce the slur, they can effectively close the window of opportunity to pushback on candidates' use of disparaging language.

    While many media outlets are moving away from or have banned altogether the use of the "illegal immigrant" slur and substituting it with the more humane term "undocumented immigrant," Fox has a history of clinging to the disparaging term and praising its use. Neil Cavuto, one of the moderators of the fourth Republican debate, has previously ridiculed concerns that disparaging language could be dehumanizing to immigrants, saying "what's dehumanizing" is "all these people being here illegally."

  • Media Slam Trump For Invoking A Deadly, "Unabashedly Racist" Deportation Program As A Model For His Immigration Plans

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    Media outlets slammed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for invoking President Dwight Eisenhower's "inhumane" and "unabashedly racist" deportation program as a blueprint for his own immigration plans, explaining that the program -- derogatorily called "Operation Wetback" -- resulted in dozens of immigrant deaths and used methods described as "indescribable scenes of human misery and tragedy."

  • NPR's Latino USA Uncovers 4 Important Truths About The Latino Vote

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    On the November 6 edition of NPR and the Futuro Media Group's Latino USA, host Maria Hinojosa highlighted four important facts about the Latino vote that media and pundits often miss. Hinojosa and several show producers debunked the myth that Latinos are a monolithic voting bloc, explained how the "representation gap" affects Latinos more than "almost any other group," highlighted the significant demographic overlap between millennial and Latino voters and the issues that motivate them to vote, and noted that the impact of the Hispanic vote could be even greater than previously thought due to low naturalization rates among certain groups of Latinos legally living in the U.S.

    1. The Latino Vote Is Complex, Not Monolithic

    Hinojosa and producer Fernanda Echavarri explained that although "politicians and pundits talk about" the Latino vote "as if it were one vote, for one party, or one issue," "that is not true." The media have a long track record of portraying the Latino vote as mostly concerned with the single issue of immigration, but Echavarri explained that treating the Latino vote as a monolith has alienating effects. Recent polls have shown that Latino voters identify education, the economy, and health care as issues they are most concerned with:

    MARIA HINOJOSA: What is the Latino vote? Politicians and pundits talk about it as if it were one vote, for one party, or one issue. But here at Latino USA, we know that is not true. Our producer Fernanda Echavarri spoke with a family who really exemplifies that.

    FERNANDA ECHAVARRI: That's right. I came across the Canino-Vasquez family who have very different political beliefs, and that leads to some lively conversations at the dinner table.

    [...]

    HINOJOSA: I mean, even my own family, I remember my young brother, radical, young, high school student, arguing with my father, the American citizen, medical doctor, very serious -- I mean, it happened and yes, and then we'd have dinner and you would be ok.

    ECHAVARRI: And actually, that happens more than we think across the United States in Latino families, and for the Canino-Vasquez family. And it really bothers Rose and Ana, when politicians and some in the media try to address Latinos and the Latino vote as if they were all the same.

    ROSE CANINO: Ultimately, the effect is an alienating one. And I think if they realized how alienating and how much of a turn-off that sort of one-size-fits-all perspective is. If they realized that, I think they might make a different decision about how they talk about stuff.

    ANA CANINO-FLUIT: When people say that the Latino vote is monolithic or it's one issue, it erases the idea that we all come from different nations and different countries of origin who have different issues.

    2. The Representation Gap Affects Latinos "More Than Almost Any Other Group"

    Hinojosa also explained how "the representation gap," or the disproportion between the Latino share of the population and the percentage of Latinos in public office, affects Latinos "more than almost any other group." Latinos make up 17 percent of the nation's population, but just one percent of elected officials. Latino USA producer Marlon Bishop pointed to Pasco, Washington, a city with a Latino majority where "the representation gap is particularly dramatic," likely due to low Latino voter participation. According to Bishop, "even though Latinos are a majority in Pasco, it's mostly white people who are doing the voting." The Washington Post has pointed out that "addressing the policy needs" of the growing Hispanic demographic "will be a challenge if minority representation in state and local legislatures continues to fall short":

    HINOJOSA: By the numbers, there are 26 million Latinos elegible to vote in the United States, and that keeps growing, but only about half of them actually show up to vote on election day. Low turnout is also part of the reason why you don't see a lot of Latinos in public office. Latinos make up 17 percent of the population of the country but only one percent of its elected officials. Now this is called the representation gap. And, get this, it affects Latinos more than almost any other group. And actually, in some counties with a majority Latino population, there isn't a single Latino representative. Latino USA producer Marlon Bishop is going to take us now to one place where the representation gap is particularly dramatic: Pasco, Washington.

    [...]

    MARLON BISHOP: About 30 percent of Pasco's Latino community is believed to be undocumented and cannot vote. But for the Latinos in Pasco who are citizens, voter participation is really low. So even though Latinos are a majority in Pasco, it's mostly white people who are doing the voting.

    3. There's A Significant Demographic Overlap Between Millennial And Latino Voters

    Hinojosa, Echavarri, and producer Antonia Cereijido explained that a significant portion of the millennial vote is Latino (about 20 percent), but that "a lot of them aren't getting to the polls," -- a phenomenon they say is likely caused by a shortage of information. Noting that the goal "is to get this fast growing population involved in the voting process," Echavarri turned to Voto Latino president María Teresa Kumar to explain that millennial Latinos "are much more drawn to issues than to candidates." Kumar also pointed out that, because Latinas are more politically involved than their male peers, reproductive health rights and the wage gap, which is larger for Latinas, are issues that will likely drive them out to the polls (emphasis added):

    HINOJOSA: If there's another voting demographic talked about as much as Latinos, it's millennials. Of course, these two demographics overlap. A major chunk of potential Latino voters are millennials. But a lot of them aren't getting to the polls. Two of our millennial producers, Fernanda Echavarri and Antonia Cereijido, got together in our studio to talk about what Latino millennial voters care about and why they're not voting more.

    [...]

    ECHAVARRI: So it's really not that young Latinos do not care about the political issues but maybe it hasn't sort of been instilled in them. It hasn't been taught in their homes.

    ANTONIA CEREIJIDO: Yeah, I mean it's very, very likely that their parents weren't voters. You know, if they're the child of immigrants, now they're first time voters, you need to know a lot of new information if you're going to do that. And that's the thing, these people really do care about very specific things in their lives and they want to be engaged.

    MARIA TERESA KUMAR: If you look at the recent studies, millennial Latinos are much more drawn to issues than to candidates. And I think it's because they are more skeptical of the system, they're learning the system.

    ECHAVARRI: So, what did María Teresa tell you were some of those issues that Latino millennials care so much about?

    CEREIJIDO: There is one issue that makes Latinas in particular go out to the polls.

    KUMAR: They are more likely to register and vote if, at the local level, there is a woman's right to choose on the ballot.

    ECHAVARRI: Interesting!

    CEREIJIDO: For some reason I was shocked by that because a lot of Latinos are Catholic and maybe I doubt their moms feel the same way.

    KUMAR: One of my biggest irks is when people cite $.70 on the dollar that a woman makes and fail to realize that the largest generation behind us of Americans are young women who happen to be Latina who are earning $.55 on the dollar.

    CEREIJIDO: Latina women have to work this much harder to make a certain amount of money. Having a kid and having more expenses, it makes sense that it's something they really care about.

    ECHAVARRI: And what about men? Did María Teresa say anything about how young Latinos are driven to the polls? Any issues that are particularly important to them?

    CEREIJIDO: Not really. In fact Latino millennial men are, they're just like less involved. 51 percent of Latinas who are registered to vote actually vote in comparison to only 39 percent of Latino men.

    ECHAVARRI: So the idea here is to get this fast growing population involved in the voting process, and millennials are changing the demographics of even what the Latino vote has been in this country.

    4. The Latino Vote Could Actually Have A Bigger Election Impact Than Previously Thought

    Hinojosa explained that "the Latino vote could be bigger than we thought, maybe even sooner than we thought." As Pew Research Center's Mark Hugo Lopez noted, there are five million foreign-born Latinos with legal residence in the U.S. who are eligible to become naturalized citizens have not taken that step. According to Lopez, that's "a potential pool of voters who could be pushed to citizenship and have an impact on Latino voter participation in the upcoming election":

    HINOJOSA: We've been talking throughout our show about Latino voters. There are 26 million Latinos who could be voting in the next presidential election. Now that's enough to tip the scales one way or another, and the candidates know it. But when we spoke with Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center we learned that that number could actually be even higher because of one particular group.

    MARK HUGO LOPEZ: There are five million Hispanic adults who are in the country legally -- they are foreign-born, they are immigrants -- but they haven't quite yet become U.S. citizens. There's a lot of effort to get this particular group to citizenship, so in other words, having them apply for and obtain U.S. citizenship, and ultimately, they would then be able to vote. Among Mexican immigrants who are in the country legally, only about 36 percent ultimately take that step to become a U.S. citizen, and that is the lowest naturalization rate of any of the Hispanic origin groups. Many of these immigrants have been in the United States for fifteen, maybe even twenty years, and still haven't quite taken that step. So that's really a potential pool of voters who could be pushed to citizenship and have an impact on Latino voter participation in the upcoming election.

    HINOJOSA: That's right. The Latino vote could be bigger than we thought, maybe even sooner than we thought, if they just signed up for citizenship. Which is why it's important that politicians learn how complex a group we really are.

    John F. Burnett contributed research to this blog.

  • Murdoch Criticizes Media Vetting Carson's Past After His Own Newspaper Did Just That

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    Rupert Murdoch, executive co-chairman of Fox News and Wall Street Journal's respective parent companies, lashed out at media outlets for vetting GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson's autobiographical claims, stating CNN and The New York Times "hate faith based people," after they published articles challenging some of the candidate's past statements. Murdoch's criticism came just one day after his own Wall Street Journal cast doubt on the veracity of several Carson claims.

    The authenticity of several stories in Ben Carson's autobiography have come under media scrutiny within the past week, including claims that he was offered a scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy and that he attempted to stab a childhood friend. After CNN reported that they could not "independently confirm" incidents described in Carson's autobiography including "stabbing, rock throwing, brick hurling and baseball bat beating," right-wing media lashed out at the network, calling the report "ruthless" for "dissecting" Carson's life. The New York Times detailed Carson's questionable statements in a November 7 article writing, "Now it is Ben Carson who appears to have shaded the facts." The Times went on to explain how Carson's response was to "engage[] in a practice that has become routine in this race: He harshly turned the questions back on reporters who asked them."

    Murdoch defended Carson on November 7, writing "Carson seems to have won by standing up immediately and answering doubters. Seems CNN/NYT etc all hate faith based people":

    However, a November 6 story that ran in Murdoch's own Wall Street Journal contributed to the scrutiny over Carson's claims. The Journal called a number of incidents described by Carson into question, including his assertion that he protected white students from a riot, and was identified by a professor as "the most honest student" in a Perceptions 301 psychology class at Yale University:

    The day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in 1968, Ben Carson's black classmates unleashed their anger and grief on white students who were a minority at Detroit's Southwestern High.

    Mr. Carson, then a junior with a key to a biology lab where he worked part time, told The Wall Street Journal last month that he protected a few white students from the attacks by hiding them there.

    It is a dramatic account of courage and kindness, and it couldn't be confirmed in interviews with a half-dozen of Mr. Carson's classmates and his high school physics teacher. The students all remembered the riot. None recalled hearing about white students hiding in the biology lab, and Mr. Carson couldn't remember any names of those he sheltered.

    [...]

    In his 1990 autobiography, "Gifted Hands," Mr. Carson writes of a Yale psychology professor who told Mr. Carson, then a junior, and the other students in the class--identified by Mr. Carson as Perceptions 301--that their final exam papers had "inadvertently burned," requiring all 150 students to retake it. The new exam, Mr. Carson recalled in the book, was much tougher. All the students but Mr. Carson walked out.

    "The professor came toward me. With her was a photographer for the Yale Daily News who paused and snapped my picture," Mr. Carson wrote. " 'A hoax,' the teacher said. 'We wanted to see who was the most honest student in the class.' " Mr. Carson wrote that the professor handed him a $10 bill.

    No photo identifying Mr. Carson as a student ever ran, according to the Yale Daily News archives, and no stories from that era mention a class called Perceptions 301. Yale Librarian Claryn Spies said Friday there was no psychology course by that name or class number during any of Mr. Carson's years at Yale.

  • Media Call Out Fox's Irresponsible Coverage Of Fox Lake Police Officer's Death

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    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."