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Kushner's proposal for secret communications with Russia alarms former intelligence officials; right-wing media shrug

Former acting CIA director on Kushner’s “bizarre” conduct: “It’s a proposed secret channel through the government that is probably the most active government in the world in carrying out espionage against the United States”

While former national security and intelligence officials expressed alarm over reports that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin during the presidential transition period, conservative media figures attempted to downplay the major news story by drawing inaccurate comparisons to back-channel situations from previous administrations.

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Hannity repeatedly pushed stories after Fox backed away from or retracted them

He also has flouted ethical and employment guidelines

Volatile Fox News anchor and right-wing conspiracy theorist Sean Hannity has repeatedly pushed stories even after his network retracted or backed away from them and has on multiple occasions broken ethical and employment guidelines. Hannity has pushed polls that the network had previously said “do not meet our editorial standards,” hyped debunked Muslim “no-go zones” in France after the network had to apologize for reporting about them, engaged in political activity without Fox’s knowledge or approval, and has used his Fox platform to benefit a sponsor of his radio show.

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How a discredited anti-abortion group used the anti-choice media ecosystem to do its dirty work

CMP seemingly tried to avoid an injunction by circulating video footage to anti-choice and right-wing media outlets, rather than publishing it

On May 25, the discredited anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) circulated an unlisted YouTube link to a new smear video against the National Abortion Federation (NAF) and Planned Parenthood. This footage was removed that evening because a district judge had “barred it from release.” Given this injunction, it seems notable that CMP didn’t publicly release or promote the video, and instead relied on anti-choice and right-wing media outlets to spread its claim.

May 26, 2017 3:05 PM EDT
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NPR series exposes the numerous problems with Trump and DeVos’ push for private school vouchers
 

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 education budget calls for the creation of a new federal private school voucher program. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a longtime proponent of vouchers. A recent series of NPR articles raises a number of questions about existing voucher programs and suggests that expanding vouchers is not likely to improve educational outcomes

May 25, 2017 5:11 PM EDT
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Right-wing media jump to defend Montana candidate after he assaults a reporter

After Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Congress in Montana, was charged with assaulting a journalist, some right-wing media figures and outlets immediately came to his defense, attacking the reporter as a “hack” and asking, “What kind of a wuss files charges over broken glasses?”

May 25, 2017 9:45 AM EDT
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Some of the best media take downs of Trump’s “repugnant grab bag” of a budget

On May 23, President Donald Trump released his vision for the fiscal year 2018 federal budget titled, “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” which called for deep cuts to Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), student loan assistance, and anti-poverty programs geared toward working- and middle-class Americans while providing gargantuan tax cuts for top income earners and increasing military spending. As details of the budget began to surface in the lead up to the announcement, Media Matters identified some of the best take downs from journalists and experts hammering the proposal for its “ruthless” cuts.

May 24, 2017 2:04 PM EDT
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Fox uses Manchester terror attack by UK native to justify Trump's Muslim ban

That doesn’t even make sense

Fox News used a deadly terror attack that killed 22 at a concert in Manchester, England, to advocate for President Donald Trump’s stalled Muslim ban, which would ban travel to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries. But this argument makes no sense given that Trump's ban doesn't apply to citizens and the attack was carried out by a U.K. native who was born in Manchester.

May 23, 2017 4:36 PM EDT
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These are Sean Hannity's advertisers

Sean Hannity is a professional propagandist for President Donald Trump, as well as a bigot, a sexist, and a conspiracy theorist. As host of Fox News’ Hannity, he has used his platform to advocate for authoritarian tactics toward the press, defend Trump's obstruction of the investigation into collusion between the president's associates and Russia, and attack judges who have ruled against Trump’s Muslim bans. Below is a list of companies that have advertised during Hannity's Fox News show since May 1:

May 23, 2017 1:29 PM EDT
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This is how right-wing media reacted to ISIS terrorism under President Obama

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in Manchester, England, which killed more than 20 people. During Barack Obama’s presidency, right-wing media figures exploited terrorist attacks that ISIS claimed responsibility for to blame, criticize, and attack the president. Additionally, right-wing media figures castigated Obama for not leaving a foreign trip in the aftermath of an attack.

May 23, 2017 1:19 PM EDT
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Fox News continues to push Seth Rich conspiracy after Rich family sent cease and desist to Fox contributor, demanded apology

Fox News staffers are reportedly "embarrassed' by the network's promotion of Seth Rich conspiracy, asking "ARE WE STILL AIRING THAT SHIT?!"

Fox News personalities are continuing to push an evidence-free conspiracy that former Democratic staffer Seth Rich was murdered for providing WikiLeaks with emails from the Democratic National Committee, even after the family expressed “severe mental anguish and emotional distress.” The family is so outraged by Fox’s actions, they have sent a cease and desist letter to a Fox contributor responsible for the conspiracy theory’s resurgence.

May 22, 2017 7:40 PM EDT
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On foreign trip, media figures praise Trump as “presidential” for not acting like a child

Media figures praised President Donald Trump as “presidential” for not yet causing an international controversy on this week’s five-country trip, his first venture out of the country since the inauguration. They said the trip was “uncharacteristically normal” and praised Trump for not sounding “like the guy at the end of the bar popping off.”

May 22, 2017 11:20 AM EDT
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Pro-Trump Media Are Citing Internet Trolls To Try To Discredit Comey’s Memo

Right-wing media and fake news purveyors that routinely defend President Donald Trump are falsely claiming that in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3, former FBI Director James Comey contradicted his memo that Trump had asked him to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russian officials.

May 18, 2017 4:34 PM EDT
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