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  • 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."

  • Chris Hayes Explains What Conservative Guest Gets Wrong About Hispanic Support For Immigration Reform

    MSNBC's Chris Hayes Debunked The Myth That Latinos Do Not Support Immigration Reform That Was Pushed By Conservative Columnist A.J. Delgado

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    On the November 3 edition of MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes, host Chris Hayes accurately pushed back on conservative columnist A.J. Delgado's faulty depiction of the Hispanic voting bloc. Delgado said that "two out of three Latinos want less immigration" to base her assertion that it is a "big myth" that Latinos stand "in favor of immigration reform."

    Hayes promptly corrected Delgado's misleading argument by noting that comprehensive immigration reform is widely supported among Latinos, accurately stating that "wanting less immigration is a very different thing than actually supporting" immigration reform (emphasis added):

    CHRIS HAYES: Well, this is the thing, right? Obviously, Latino voters are not single-issue voters, on immigration. In fact, there's long been the idea that "if we can get over the immigration issue then we can win them," on the GOP side. On the flip-side of that, A.J., is that there are a lot of single-issue immigration voters in the Republican primary. That is something that I think a lot of folks continue to not get their head around. Like these people who care about immigration first who want the wall, who like Donald Trump on this, they're serious. They're going to vote on this issue.

    A.J. DELGADO: And many of them are Latinos. Like me. That's the big myth is people assume if you're Latino, you're in favor of immigration reform, you're against the border and you're against border security. It's not true. A Gallup poll showed just a couple of months ago that two out of three Latinos want less immigration. You also see in Florida, Trump is beating by more than twice the support both Rubio and Jeb -- who are both pro-immigration reform -- with Latino voters. So the myth has been completely debunked, that Latinos that are here are somehow all pro-immigration reform and that that's their top issue. It's simply not true. We're like every other American, it's not our top issue, jobs, the economy, education, health care are.

    HAYES: Just a quick empirical interjection here. The polling on comprehensive immigration reform does show wide margins of Latino supporting reliably.

    DELGADO: Among Republicans thought?

    HAYES: No, no, Latinos generally as a voting bloc, Latinos in this country, widely support in poll after poll after poll a pathway to citizenship. That is a polling fact about Latino voters in the country. That said, millions of people--

    DELGADO: I dispute that though, two out of three in the Gallup poll, and this wasn't just Republicans, want less immigration.

    HAYES: But that's a very different thing. Wanting less immigration is a very different thing than actually supporting comprehensive reform.

    As Hayes correctly points out, polling consistently indicates that a majority of Hispanics support immigration reform. A 2014 Pew poll showed 66 percent of Latino registered voters consider it's either extremely or very important that "significant immigration reform" is passed. Moreover, an August 12 poll from Gallup revealed 77 percent of Hispanics are in favor of a pathway to citizenship. A similar sentiment is echoed by the general population: an October 8 survey by Pew demonstrates that 74 percent of the U.S. population supports a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally.

    Delgado is apparently misinterpreting an August 10 Gallup poll to claim that "two out of three Latinos want less immigration." The poll actually found that most Hispanics believe U.S. immigration should be increased or should remain at current levels, and only one out of three thought is should be decreased as Delgado claims. As explained by Gallup, "about a third say immigration should be kept at present levels, roughly another third voice a desire to see immigration levels increased and still another approximate third say immigration levels should be decreased."

  • Media To The GOP: Canceling Telemundo Debate Problematic For Latino Outreach

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    Media figures are highlighting the "dire consequences" of the Republican National Committee's (RNC) decision to suspend its partnership with NBC and it's allied Spanish-language network Telemundo for a presidential debate in February 2016. They point out that the move to eliminate the only debate airing on a Spanish-speaking network could hurt the Republican Party's Latino outreach, and would contradict the 2013 GOP autopsy report's recommendations to invest resources in Hispanic media.

  • Libre Spokeswoman Campos-Duffy Pushes Policies That Would Hurt Latinas' Reproductive Rights

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    While appearing as a guest on CNN, Rachel Campos-Duffy, a spokeswoman for The Libre Initiative -- the Koch brothers-funded organization that reaches out to Latinos with conservative talking points -- pushed false claims about Planned Parenthood that have been widely debunked, while ignoring that defunding the organization would have a negative impact on Latinas.

  • Fox News Is Furious That Bill O'Reilly's "Kate's Law" Failed To Pass The Senate

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    Fox News is infuriated that Democrats voted down the Stop Sanctuary Cities Act, which contained a provision resembling Bill O'Reilly's "Kate's Law," a proposal to impose a mandatory minimum prison sentence on undocumented immigrants attempting to re-enter the country after deportation. With the support of his Fox News colleagues, O'Reilly fiercely criticized the defeat of the bill, calling the Democrats who voted against it "villains" and threatening to "come after" Republican Senators who voted alongside them.

  • Congress' Attempt To Cut Federal Funds For "Sanctuary Cities" Was Built On Fox News' Rhetoric

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    Senate Democrats have temporarily blocked a measure that would deny federal law enforcement funds to so-called "sanctuary cities," where local authorities don't automatically report undocumented immigrants without a record of serious criminal offenses to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The idea for the bill was raised and enthusiastically promoted by figures on Fox News, who urged Republicans to "starve" these cities of federal money, despite experts noting that defunding would hurt public safety and evidence showing that so-called "sanctuary cities" are not actually a "safe haven" for undocumented immigrants and, in fact, deter criminality.