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Local outlets spotlight impact of Trump’s proposed funding cut for clinics that perform or refer for abortions

President Donald Trump recently announced a proposed rule change that would deny Title X federal family planning funding to those clinics, including Planned Parenthood, that perform or refer for abortions. In reporting from across the country, a number of local outlets highlighted the deleterious impact the proposed rule would have on their own communities, particularly for low-income individuals seeking family planning services.

May 23, 2018 4:32 PM EDT
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Right-wing media are filling a void of abortion-related coverage with misinformation

Fox News is dominating the conversation about abortion on evening cable news -- and the network is doing it all wrong

A 12-month-long Media Matters study of evening cable news programs found that Fox News dominated discussions of abortion and reproductive rights and that the network was wrong about four common abortion-related topics 77 percent of the time.

May 21, 2018 10:30 AM EDT
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Family Research Council is terrible, and its president Tony Perkins just got appointed to an international commission 

FRC and its president Tony Perkins have long fought LGBTQ equality abroad, including supporting Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill

Tony Perkins, president of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council (FRC), was appointed commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal government commission dedicated to the “right to freedom of religion or belief abroad” that “makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress.” Over the years, FRC has worked to push its anti-LGBTQ extremism in other countries, including Perkins personally defending an anti-gay bill in Uganda that could have punished sodomy by death. FRC has also spoken out against the LGBTQ-inclusive actions by the State Department under the Obama administration and has a long-established relationship with newly-confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who similarly has a record of anti-LGBTQ advocacy. 

May 17, 2018 2:07 PM EDT
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Right-wing media lash out at "social justice warriors" after backlash over racist incident in a Philadelphia Starbucks

After the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks led to protests, and the corporation announced a day of “racial bias training” for its U.S. employees, multiple right-wing media figures reacted to the news by attacking “the cult of social justice warrior” and “the racism industry” for giving “national attention” to the incident. Some right-wing message boards promoted hoaxes designed to bring more controversy to the coffee chain. Several media figures gave an anti-Semite with white nationalist sympathies a platform simply because he trolled a Starbucks employee into giving him free coffee as “reparations.”

April 19, 2018 5:44 PM EDT
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The right-wing media figures defending Sean Hannity’s relationship with Michael Cohen

Right-wing media figures are jumping to defend Fox News host Sean Hannity after it was revealed that Hannity has been a client of longtime lawyer to President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen. Hannity’s defenders are suggesting that he has “been victimized” by the revelation of his name, claiming that he “wasn’t engaging” Cohen “as a lawyer,” and even arguing that Hannity possibly “did not know he was a client of Michael Cohen."

April 17, 2018 2:57 PM EDT
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These are the national anti-LGBTQ groups fighting California's conversion therapy fraud bill 

Hate group Alliance Defending Freedom has publicly spoken out against a California bill that would classify the dangerous and harmful practice of conversion therapy as fraud

Major anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom has joined an effort that includes several other major national hate groups to try to stop a bill in California that would classify conversion therapy as fraud. The term “conversion therapy” covers a range of discredited practices that attempt to change sexual orientation or gender identity and that have severe mental and medical health consequences. The organizations fighting the California bill -- which include hate groups the Family Research Council, Liberty Counsel, the American College of Pediatricians, and the Pacific Justice Institute, as well as two pro-conversion-therapy groups -- have a demonstrated history of supporting the dangerous practice.

April 2, 2018 5:28 PM EDT
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A conspiracy theorist and fake news writer has launched a site smearing David Hogg

Mike Adams, a far-right blogger who has pushed fake news, is behind a new site smearing Parkland, FL, mass shooting survivor David Hogg and some of his fellow student survivors. The site pushes previously debunked hoaxes about Hogg, along with smearing him as a Nazi and a “fascist youth front man.”

April 2, 2018 3:43 PM EDT
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NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch’s new NRATV show will be an hour-long attack on the press

The National Rifle Association’s media outlet NRATV has announced that spokesperson Dana Loesch will take on the “lying” media in a new hour-long show debuting March 26. Commentators are increasingly realizing that the NRA -- which has a history of making bad-faith attacks on media -- uses the national press as a boogeyman to deflect criticism while the group continues to oppose reforms to gun laws amid an ongoing American gun violence epidemic.

March 26, 2018 1:41 PM EDT
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Six must-read pieces about how anti-choice fake clinics manipulate pregnant people

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments on a California law that would curtail the deceptive practices of these clinics

On March 20, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, a case involving a California law that curtails the deceptive practices of anti-abortion fake health clinics. Some outlets have recently published essential pieces about the tactics and negative impacts of these fake health clinics, which manipulate and mislead people seeking abortions in hopes that they will carry their pregnancies to term.

March 22, 2018 1:46 PM EDT
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These are the right-wing conspiracy theories and hoaxes floating around about the Austin bomber

In the early morning of March 21, a man suspected of killing and injuring several people in a string of bombings in Austin, TX, killed himself as police closed in on his location. Prior to authorities identifying him as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Coditt, right-wing internet trolls disseminated a number of reckless conspiracy theories about the suspect, and they continued to make irresponsible claims about the perpetrator even after he was identified. These are some of the hoaxes and false claims about the Austin bomber.

March 21, 2018 2:49 PM EDT
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