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'It's that bad': A timeline of the NRA's fight with its advertising agency and split over NRATV

Turmoil within the National Rifle Association was on full display during its 2019 annual meeting, when President Oliver North was forced out of his position amid reports of infighting and budget deficits and accusations of financial improprieties. The extremist pro-gun organization has been in chaos for months, and the infighting spilled into public view in March following the publication of a report on the exorbitant amount of money the NRA spends on a media operation, NRATV, that aired a particularly odious segment leaving several board members and NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre “livid and embarrassed.” Now the NRA and ad firm Ackerman McQueen, which produces NRATV, are suing each other for tens of millions of dollars while trading salacious allegations of financial misdeeds, leaving the future of NRATV in doubt.

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The hate, lies, and misinformation of Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham has a long history of spreading hate speech, from her prime-time Fox News show, former radio show, and, now, new podcast. Ingraham has made scores of racist and anti-immigrant statements, including echoing white supremacists. On numerous occasions, she has propagated the popular white nationalist “replacement theory,” wherein non-white citizens “replace” white citizens. More recently, Ingraham came under fire for defending white nationalist Paul Nehlen. In the past, advertisers have fled from her show after Ingraham mocked a Parkland school shooting survivor and when she attacked the concept of diversity, saying, “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don't like.”

June 6, 2019 5:41 PM EDT
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Five lies from Fox News figures about Robert Mueller’s press conference

Fox News figures spread multiple falsehoods about special counsel Robert Mueller’s May 29 press conference in which he explained that his team could not consider charging President Donald Trump with any crimes because of Justice Department policy, while also saying that if he had been confident Trump hadn’t broken any laws, he “would have said so” -- but didn’t. These falsehoods about Mueller’s statement from Fox hosts and commentators include claims that Trump was exonerated; that it was the special counsel’s job to determine charges against the president; that Mueller never presented evidence Trump may have obstructed justice; that Trump wasn’t charged with any crimes because of a lack of evidence; and that an “underlying crime” was necessary for Trump to criminally obstruct justice.

May 30, 2019 12:36 PM EDT
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Tucker Carlson's descent into white supremacy: A timeline

Since the early days of his tenure as a Fox prime-time host, Tucker Carlson’s unabashed championing of white grievances earned him the accolades of neo-Nazis, who praised him as a “one man gas chamber” and complimented the way he “lampshad[ed] Jews on national television.” While Carlson claims to have nothing in common with neo-Nazis and white supremacists, he constantly echoes their talking points on his show and was very reluctant to condemn white supremacists following their deadly 2017 demonstration in Charlottesville, VA. In fact, Carlson’s racist roots can be traced back more than a decade.

Here’s a timeline of the public devolution of Tucker Carlson’s thinly veiled racism into full-throated white supremacy (this list will be continually updated):

May 21, 2019 9:46 AM EDT
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Conservative media downplay the Trump administration's unprecedented stonewalling of congressional oversight

As legal experts, historians, and Democratic lawmakers have sounded the alarm over President Donald Trump’s blanket obstruction of congressional oversight of his presidency -- suggesting we have reached or are approaching a constitutional crisis -- Trump’s conservative media allies are brazenly misrepresenting the arguments and suggesting everything boils down to a fight over the Mueller report, claiming Trump’s obstruction is normal, and ridiculing Democrats for speaking out.

May 14, 2019 11:06 AM EDT
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The Fox "News" Lie

Fox's "news" side pushed misinformation every day for four months straight

Fox News likes to tout the "hard news" side of its operation, setting up a false distinction between its right-wing prime-time hosts and the members of its news team as a defense against those who flag the propaganda, lies, conspiracy theories, and bigotry that pervade the network. But a Media Matters investigation found that the "news side" isn't as inoculated as the network claims. We looked at Fox News and Fox Business programming for the first four months of 2019, and we documented examples of the "news" division spreading misinformation on air every single day between January 1 and April 30.

May 13, 2019 11:37 AM EDT
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National Review writer’s distortion invites harassment of an abortion clinic director

As abortion clinic director Calla Hales highlighted the numerous potential legal inconsistencies of an anti-abortion bill making its way through the North Carolina legislature, National Review writer Alexandra DeSanctis selectively pulled a tweet from Hales’ Twitter thread to wrongly claim the clinic director didn’t believe infants were legal persons until 30 days after birth. This willful misrepresentation sparked harassment of Hales by right-wing and anti-abortion media -- once again demonstrating the dangerous consequences of incendiary anti-abortion rhetoric.

April 16, 2019 4:59 PM EDT
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