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A pro-Trump subreddit went full-blown anti-LGBTQ during Pride Month

Users on “The_Donald,” a prominent subreddit for supporters of President Donald Trump that was recently quarantined because of threatening posts against law enforcement and elected officials, repeatedly demeaned and threatened LGBTQ people during Pride Month. Despite Reddit’s policy barring content that “threaten[s], harass[es], or bull[ies],” users posted messages claiming “fags” are “very sick mentallly,” a “cancer to society” that can “infect people” via “AIDS spreading madness,” writing that “gay people reproduce by molesting children,” and claiming that homosexuaility is a “sexual perversion” of “degenerates.” Some users also suggested that their anger at LGBTQ people’s “bullshit” could “turn into something ugly,” and one user wrote that “when a monkey turns gay, most other monkeys in the colony will try to kill it” because it is “viewed as sick and contagious.”

July 12, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

“Mismanagement, cronyism and self-dealing”: Following the shuttering of NRATV, turmoil continues at the NRA

Since its online media outlet was shut down, the scandal-ridden National Rifle Association has taken blow after blow, from its chief lobbyist resigning to million-dollar donors withholding gifts until Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre steps down to outlets reporting that LaPierre had billed the NRA for his own extravagant travel expenses. With calls for ordinary members to reduce donations and campaigns launched to reform the organization, Republican politicians are worried the NRA’s turmoil will make it a nonfactor in the 2020 elections.  

July 11, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

Here are the extremist figures going to the White House social media summit

The Trump administration has invited multiple right-wing figures and conservative groups to a “social media summit” slated for July 11. Some of these figures have ties to white nationalists and far-right figures, and others have pushed extremism and conspiracy theories themselves, such as the “QAnon” conspiracy theory, anti-Semitic attacks on George Soros, and smears targeting multiple Democratic presidential candidates.

July 9, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

The Trump administration is detaining migrants in horrid conditions. Fox News is trying to dismiss concerns by attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

After visiting border detention centers in El Paso and Clint, TX, last week, a few members of Congress gave similar scathing accounts about the conditions faced by migrants being detained in those facilities. Their observations aligned with separate reporting from major media outlets and the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General about the conditions at the border facilities. But Fox News selectively focused on freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and attacked her for her comments.

July 9, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

Fox gushes over Trump's DMZ photo-op while foreign policy experts slam him for granting legitimacy to North Korea’s dictator

Experts on North Korea and foreign policy slammed President Donald Trump’s June 30 meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the North and South Korean border, saying it legitimized Kim and his regime with nothing to show for it. Meanwhile, Trump’s sycophants at Fox News repeatedly praised him for the meeting and for being the first sitting U.S. president to cross into North Korea, with a Fox reporter hyperbolically suggesting it was “the greatest feat of the 21st century.”

July 1, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

The death of NRATV: A timeline of the fight between NRA and its advertising agency

NRATV added KKK hoods to beloved children's TV characters. It sparked the end of the network itself. 

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.” In June, the NRA suspended its second-in-command Chris Cox following an alleged coup attempt against LaPierre. Now the NRA and ad firm Ackerman McQueen, which produced NRATV, are suing each other for tens of millions of dollars while trading salacious allegations of financial misdeeds, which caused the collapse of the network itself. 

June 26, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

A pro-Trump subreddit is full of calls for violence in support of Oregon Republicans

Users on “The_Donald,” a prominent subreddit for supporters of President Donald Trump, have repeatedly issued calls for violence in response to Oregon’s governor calling for law enforcement to bring back Republican state senators who fled the state so the state senate wouldn't have the quorum to pass climate change action. Despite Reddit’s policy barring content that “encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm,” users have posted messages claiming that violence is “the only way we're going to get any peace in our lives” and that it’s “good” to “threaten violence,” have urged others to “stock upon that ammo,” and have written that they would "help" with "shooting a cop trying to strip rights from Citizens.”

June 24, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

YouTube is allowing multiple accounts to circumvent its ban against Alex Jones' Infowars

A Media Matters review found that YouTube, which banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his far-right Infowars outlet from the platform last August, continues to host multiple channels that stream Infowars content -- despite the fact that YouTube’s current policy also bans channels that are focused on streaming Infowars.

June 20, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

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