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.”
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."
The local TV news giant’s defenses are getting weirder -- and worse for its credibility
On April 3, as reports surfaced that there was an active shooter situation at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, CA, hoaxes and other misinformation related to the incident bubbled up in right-wing circles on Twitter, 4chan, and Gab.
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.
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.”
The promotional videos have aired in 29 states and Washington, D.C.
These are the companies that advertised on Laura Ingraham's Fox News show between March 19 and March 28. For more on David Hogg's criticism of Laura Ingraham, click here.
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.
The Supreme Court "held that part of California's crisis pregnancy center disclosure law is unconstitutional and that another part is likely unconstitutional."
On June 26, the Supreme Court decided NIFLA v. Becerra, a case involving a California law that curtails the deceptive practices of anti-abortion fake health clinics. The Court ruled against the California law regulating fake health clinics. The court "held that part of California's crisis pregnancy center disclosure law is unconstitutional and that another part is likely unconstitutional." 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.
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.
Trump has reportedly decided to add disgraced lawyer Joseph diGenova to his legal team
The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump hired former U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova as part of his stable of lawyers. As the Times notes, diGenova “has pushed the theory on television that the F.B.I and Justice Department framed Mr. Trump.” While that conspiracy theory is one of his favorite claims, diGenova has also bemoaned the “deep state,” claimed former FBI Director James Comey “sold his soul to the devil,” and called the investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion “the worst period in the history of the bureau.”
The Supreme Court will hear a case regulating the deceptive practices of anti-abortion clinics
On March 20, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. This case concerns a California law requiring unlicensed pregnancy clinics to disclose their lack of medical services and licensed pregnancy clinics to post a notice about low-cost or free reproductive health services offered by the state. Some media outlets have pushed the myth that the law compels anti-abortion fake health clinics to promote pro-choice views, including by advertising for abortions.