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Right-wing media attack FBI Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller

Right-wing media and fake news purveyors are attacking Robert Mueller, special counsel to the FBI’s Russia probe, claiming he is biased because he has connections to former FBI Director James Comey and that he is “the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation” by Comey.

June 12, 2017 1:53 PM EDT
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Conservative media deflect from James Comey's testimony by attacking his sexuality and gender

Several right-wing media figures attempted to deflect from the substance of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony about President Donald Trump’s alleged interference in the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn by attacking his gender and sexuality, saying of his written statement that “men don’t write like this” and claiming that he needed to “cowboy up” and tell someone about Trump’s actions when they happened.

June 8, 2017 7:09 PM EDT
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Right-wing media hype flawed report on illegal voting pushed by serial conservative misinformers

Conservative media are reporting on a study claiming that thousands of illegal votes have been cast in Virginia since 1988. However, the study's authors have reportedly used “unreliable methodology” before, its findings go against those of several other studies and experts on voter fraud, and a person inaccurately targeted in it has called it a “gross misrepresentation of the facts.” Additionally, the study was put out by groups known for spreading conspiracy theories and fables about voter fraud and intimidation and which have previously used dubious methodologies in their studies.

June 7, 2017 2:50 PM EDT
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Pro-Trump media push false story that CNN faked an anti-ISIS Muslim protest

Pro-Trump media outlets attacked CNN by claiming the network was “staging fake Muslim demonstrations” in response to the June 3 London Bridge terror attack. The smear, which started with nativist, anti-Muslim Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins, was quickly called out by CNN as “nonsense.”

June 5, 2017 11:20 AM EDT
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After London terror attack, right-wing media react with predictable Islamophobia

Right-wing media personalities launched Islamophobic attacks following the June 3 attack in London that left seven people dead and injured dozens, such as calling for the internment of Muslims in "World War II-style internment camps," suggesting the United States “close down the mosques” and claiming the U.K. “let in too many Muslim immigrants.”

June 4, 2017 3:30 PM EDT
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Here’s why media should steer clear of Trump’s bogus Paris agreement talking points

President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement with bogus and easily discredited talking points that have long been touted by right-wing media. Outlets covering Trump’s decision to shirk American climate commitments should avoid repeating the White House’s misinformation.

June 2, 2017 4:30 PM EDT
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Kimberly Guilfoyle, who Trump called before pulling out of Paris accord, has a history of mocking climate change concerns

Fox host Kimberly Guilfoyle claimed that President Donald Trump called her for advice before announcing his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. Guilfoyle has been an outspoken critic of efforts to fight climate change, and has previously attacked public figures for speaking out about the threat of climate change, pushed false claims surrounding the science of climate change, and has even suggested that climate change is not real.

June 2, 2017 4:08 PM EDT
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Ahead of Megyn Kelly’s NBC Sunday Night debut, here’s the Fox News commentary she wants you to forget

Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly debuts a new Sunday newsmagazine show on NBC on June 4. Kelly has promoted the show as an opportunity to show viewers “a range of emotion and personality” in a way that “wasn’t possible when I was in prime-time cable news." Media Matters has spent years chronicling what we did see from Kelly at Fox; here are the worst moments.

June 2, 2017 3:33 PM EDT
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Right-wing media cheer Trump withdrawing United States from the Paris climate agreement

Business leaders and experts agree decision to pull out of agreement “would harm every American” and "devastate [America’s] international credibility"

Right-wing media figures cheered President Donald Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement, which sought to reduce international greenhouse gas emissions. But experts and business leaders condemned the decision, calling the move a “historic mistake” and “a gratuitous thumb in everyone’s eye.”

June 1, 2017 7:21 PM EDT
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EPA reportedly helped Paris agreement opponents place op-eds in newspapers

President Donald Trump has decided to exit the Paris climate agreement, according to Axios. The news site also reported that the Scott Pruitt-led Environmental Protection Agency has been “quietly working” with opponents of the agreement to help them place op-eds in newspapers. Media Matters identified a number of anti-Paris agreement op-eds that have been published in papers around the U.S. in recent weeks, spreading misinformation about the expected economic impacts of the agreement, the commitment of developing countries to cutting emissions, and climate science in general.

June 1, 2017 12:06 PM EDT
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“Mind control,” “shadow government,” and Seth Rich: Sean Hannity’s history of pushing conspiracy theories

Fox News host Sean Hannity attracted widespread condemnation for pushing conspiracy theories about a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer, but it wasn’t his first time promoting or entertaining such wild claims on air. From claiming that the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick protested the national anthem because he “may have converted to Islam” to implying that former President Barack Obama is a terrorist sympathizer, here are some examples of Hannity embracing conspiracy theories.

May 31, 2017 6:49 PM EDT
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The role of journalism in exposing a culture of violence at Rikers Island

After years of investigations into a culture of violence, abuse, and neglect for human life at Rikers Island prison complex, correction officials’ attempts to cover it up, and the failures of New York City’s elected officials to implement real reforms, Rikers prison is set to be closed in the next 10 years. Here, we document some of the crucial investigative journalism and storytelling by The Village Voice, The New Yorker, and The New York Times that helped expose the extent of the horrors at one of the worst prisons in America.

May 30, 2017 4:17 PM EDT
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