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  • Mark Halperin’s speakers bureau deleted him from its website

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Washington Speakers Bureau removed its client listing for reporter Mark Halperin, who has been accused by numerous women of sexual harassment.

    The company did not respond to requests for comment.

    CNN recently reported that “Halperin sexually harassed women while he was in a powerful position at ABC News, according to five women who shared their previously undisclosed accounts with CNN and others who did not experience the alleged harassment personally, but were aware of it.” The Daily Beast has additionally reported that “two more women came forward with their own allegations.”

    MSNBC announced that he will no longer appear as a contributor on the network “until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.” HBO issued a statement saying it was “no longer proceeding” with a miniseries based on some of his work. And Penguin Press announced that it has “decided to cancel our plans to publish a book he was co-authoring on the 2016 election.”

    Washington Speakers Bureau is one of the leading companies that books speaking engagements for notable personalities. Until recently, the company stated that it "exclusively" represented Halperin for speeches. Halperin’s profile listed his fee as ranging from “$15,001” to “$25,000.”

    That client listing for Halperin has now been removed from the Washington Speakers Bureau website, though it is not clear exactly when the company removed the listing (Google cache’s most recent update was from October 23). A search of “Halperin” on the company’s site before posting does not return any booking pages for him. 

    Screenshot image via Internet Archive.

  • PolitiFact’s Month-Old Rating Of Baldwin Statement Relies Too Heavily On GOP Talking Points 

    ››› ››› CAT DUFFY

    PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) month-old claim that the GOP is “organizing to take people’s health care away” mostly false, claiming that while the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that “repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could result in millions of people losing their health insurance,” the office did not consider the impact of an expected GOP replacement plan. In reality, the GOP has yet to produce a consensus replacement plan, thus giving the CBO nothing to rate, and all existing plans that Republicans have put forward would strip coverage from millions. 

  • Here Are The Media Figures Who Praised Renowned Liar Sean Spicer

    ››› ››› BOBBY LEWIS

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has attracted widespread criticism for “a series of false statements” he made about the size of the crowds at the presidential inauguration. Prior to Spicer’s meltdown, however, some media figures were full of praise for the “competent, thorough” “straight shooter.”  Later, other media figures credited him for a supposed “reboot” in his first official press briefing as White House press secretary.

  • Trump Says He Wants Roe v. Wade Overturned, Mainstream Media Ignore The Draconian Effects That Would Have

    ››› ››› SHARON KANN

    During a November 13 interview on CBS News’ 60 Minutes, president-elect Donald Trump promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, upending a longstanding constitutional right to abortion access. Rather than calling out this extreme position and explaining its potential consequences for millions of Americans, outlets instead attempted to normalize and downplay Trump’s commitment to roll back legal abortion access in the United States.

  • Journalists, Experts Slam Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” On Poverty

    ››› ››› CRAIG HARRINGTON

    In the week since Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the Republican-led Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility released their so-called anti-poverty agenda, titled “A Better Way to Fight Poverty,” journalists and experts heavily criticized the plan for rehashing “the same, stale, far-right ideas” pushed by Republicans in the past, and for ignoring basic facts about the inefficacy of these reforms.

  • Wash. Post Report Fails To Debunk Unfounded Voter ID Fraud Claims 

    ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    While reporting on voter ID laws, The Washington Post correctly noted that they mostly affect minorities, senior citizens, and low-income voters, but the paper also gave a platform to the conservative myth that these laws prevent voter ID fraud, without noting there is virtually no factual evidence to support claims of widespread in-person voter impersonation. 

  • Media Highlight The “Misleading” Evidence Used During Congressional Panel’s Attack On Planned Parenthood

    Second Select Panel Hearing Was Just Like “A Bad House Of Cards Plotline”

    ››› ››› SHARON KANN

    Following the Congressional Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives’ second hearing, multiple media outlets heavily criticized the Republican members’ continued lack of objectivity. The select panel was established by Republicans in October 2015 based on discredited allegations against Planned Parenthood from the anti-choice Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Despite claiming to be “impartial,” Republican members during both hearings have relied on CMP’s deceptive work as evidence.