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  • Media Condemn Trump's "Reckless Conspiracy Theory” About Obama’s Body Language


    Media figures castigated presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for claiming that “there’s something going on” with President  Obama’s “body language,” calling the comments “another … reckless conspiracy theory” and noting this shows that Trump is “not ready to let go” of his “tinfoil hat-type” thinking. Trump was also roundly condemned for using the same line to question Obama’s response to the attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June.

  • The Media Were The Biggest Promoters Of Marco Rubio's Doomed Campaign

    ››› ››› BRENNAN SUEN

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential election after losing his home state of Florida in the state's March 15 primary. The media had touted Rubio's candidacy throughout the race, despite his poor performance in debates and GOP primaries. Here's a look back at the media's promotion of the Marco Rubio presidential candidacy.

  • Carlson And Hoover Aren't Buying O'Reilly's Attack On Planned Parenthood

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    Tonight, Bill O'Reilly decided to promote the latest Lila Rose Planned Parenthood hoax video that falsely claimed to have caught Planned Parenthood's CEO Cecile Richards lying when she said her organization provides patients with access to cancer screenings including mammograms. O'Reilly said: "Apparently Planned Parenthood doesn't provide mammograms" and "they called dozens, I guess, and none of them had mammograms."

    This is only the latest attempt by the right-wing media to try and smear the organization based on lies and slanted editing practices.

    However, this time Mr. O'Reilly was met with some (possibly unexpected) push back. His guests, Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and Fox News regular Margaret Hoover both disagreed with O'Reilly's arguments about Planned Parenthood. Carlson pointed out that Planned Parenthood "give[s] breast exams" and that Planned Parenthood "will refer you to a mammogram if necessary."

    Hoover stated: "And what happens as a result of their screenings, they refer women to have mammograms." Hoover added that Richards "was not saying that Planned Parenthood offers mammograms." Carlson's and Hoover's case would have been even stronger if they had been aware that some Planned Parenthood affiliates do provide mammograms.

    Amazingly, O'Reilly refused to be won over by the facts, and claimed that Richards statement was an "intentional attempt to mislead, and they caught her."

    However, given how quick Fox News has been to run with Lila Rose's false smears against Planned Parenthood, it was astonishing to see Carlson and Hoover push back against O'Reilly.

  • Fox News' Hoover to "Fellow" Conservatives: "Think Carefully About Your Opposition to Gay Marriage"

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    As I noted on Saturday in a post about Fox News' love/hate relationship with the LGBT community:

    To be fair, you may be looking for the "love" part of [Fox News'] "love/hate" relationship in this particular story. It should be noted that Margaret Hoover -- a Fox News contributor and the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover – is on the advisory board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which spearheaded the legal challenge against Proposition 8 leading to this decision.

    Now, Hoover is up with a post on's Fox Forum in which she pleads with her "fellow conservatives" to "think carefully about [their] opposition to gay marriage." The piece, excerpted after the break, is well worth a read in its entirety.

    Hoover is obviously passionate about marriage equality. It's a brave position to take for an avowed conservative -- especially one employed by Fox News, a network that has been antagonistic not only on marriage equality but on virtually every issue of importance to LGBT people fighting for full legal equality.

  • What must Fox News' LGBT employees think?

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    Back in April, I wrote about News Corp and Fox News' love/hate relationship with the LGBT community:

    It's no secret that Fox News doesn't live up to its "fair and balanced" slogan, especially when one considers its coverage of the LGBT community. In fact, much of its coverage is openly antagonistic and downright homophobic. On issue after issue of importance, the network, its hosts, anchors, contributors, and guests offer up lies, misinformation, and right-wing spin that only further stigmatizes the gay and lesbian community.

    A review of Fox News' employment practices however, reveals a network at odds with its own homophobic public image.


    According to an examination of the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) employer database, News Corp. (Fox News' parent company) has had a policy protecting employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation since at least 2005 and has offered health care benefits to same-sex partners since at least 1999. Time Warner (CNN's parent company) and General Electric (NBC/MSNBC's parent company) offer not only these basic protections to gay and lesbian employees, they appear to go even further.

    The HRC's Corporate Equality Index rates Time Warner and General Electric with 100 percent and 80 percent, respectively, while News Corp. has yet to complete the survey that HRC uses to establish its index. News Corp. would give us a better understanding of how it treats LGBT employees on a variety of other important issues by completing the survey, but the media company does deserve credit for at least offering some very basic protections and benefits for gay and lesbian employees.

    Lack of a Corporate Equality Index rating notwithstanding, News Corp. has taken its support for LGBT employees a step further by sponsoring the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) which describes itself on its website as "an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues." In fact, the program from the organization's annual conference last fall in Montréal included an ad from News Corp. stating: "The networks of Fox News honor NLGJA for its commitment to fair and balanced reporting. From your friends at Fox News Channel, Fox Business, News Corporation."


    That ultimately is what's truly sad about News Corp.'s relationship with its LGBT "friends." The media company gives its employees decent protections and benefits while making the lives of the very same employees more difficult in the long-run by broadcasting homophobia and misinformation that harden anti-LGBT views and slow the movement for full equality under the law.

    Evidence of this love/hate relationship couldn't be clearer of late, especially for those watching the right-wing network in the days following Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

    As Media Matters noted this week:

    • did not note that Walker was nominated as a federal judge by Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. But in reports on Judge Susan Bolton's decision to block portions of the Arizona immigration law, it did note that President Clinton nominated Bolton.
    • hosted a post on the Fox Forum by Gerard V. Bradley that questioned Walker's "fitness to preside" because he is purportedly in a stable same-sex relationship.*
    • As The Daily Show's Jon Stewart pointed out, Fox News host Neil Cavuto claimed the decision would be costly because same-sex couples would be entitled to spousal benefits if married while Fox News contributor Sarah Palin appearing on Hannity (who hadn't read the ruling) attacked the "third branch of government" for striking down the proposition.

    What must the LGBT employees at News Corp and Fox News think of their employer's attacks on the landmark, detailed, 136 page ruling?

    To be fair, you may be looking for the "love" part of the "love/hate" relationship in this particular story. It should be noted that Margaret Hoover -- a Fox News contributor and the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover – is on the advisory board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which spearheaded the legal challenge against Proposition 8 leading to this decision.

    Read the entire ruling after the jump.

  • Fox News whitewashes Franklin Graham's incendiary rhetoric about Islam

    ››› ››› DIANNA PARKER

    Fox News hosts rushed to defend Rev. Franklin Graham both before and after the Pentagon's decision to rescind his invitation to National Prayer Day, reportedly due to concerns over his incendiary comments about Islam. In doing so, the hosts often played portions of Graham's April 22 Fox News interview but omitted controversial comments Graham made during that appearance; they also ignored previous inflammatory comments Graham has made about the religion.