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  • Fox & Friends attacks March For Our Lives protesters as over-emotional and ignorant

    Blog ››› ››› BOBBY LEWIS

    Fox News’ Fox & Friends and its weekend edition, Fox & Friends Sunday, repeatedly attacked the March for Our Lives protests, which took place in Washington, D.C., and over 800 other locations worldwide. Fox hosts and guests claimed the marchers had a “lack of appreciation and understanding of the Second Amendment” and let their “emotion” serve as “a terrible substitute for truth.”

    Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade: “It goes against logic” for survivors to want comprehensive gun control instead of somebody “shooting back for me.”

    NRATV contributor Dan Bongino treated the protest as an attack against him personally. Bongino complained that the marchers ignored “viable, workable solutions” to school shootings in order to “take away firearms from people like me who didn't do a damn thing wrong. What did I do wrong?”

    Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth donated to the NRA the day after the march. Hegseth further said of Martin Luther King, Jr's granddaughter, who spoke at the DC march: “Forgive me if I don’t want to watch a 9-year-old tell me that her dream is a world without guns. My world, I want a world without Islamists. I wish that was true too. It’s just not the case.”

    Campus Reform media director Cabot Phillips chided the marchers for their “lack of appreciation and understanding of the Second Amendment.” Phillips also lectured the attendees about needing to be “ready for a debate” if they want to have opinions.

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told the marchers that “they’ve been used” and “emotion is a terrible substitute for truth.” Fox News’ Ed Henry added, “Truth over emotion -- we don’t hear that on a lot of other channels.”

    Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry said student activist David Hogg claimed a clear backpack rule at his school “violates his First Amendment rights,” “ forgetting about our Second Amendment.”

    Henry later complained that the marchers didn’t follow “the process” of seeking a constitutional amendment.

    Pastor Robert Jeffress Jr.: “Only the gospel of Christ” can “deal with the root problem” and eradicate gun violence.

  • Here are the right-wing media figures defending Trump’s racist “shithole” comment

    ››› ››› GRACE BENNETT

    During a meeting on immigration policy in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump reportedly questioned the United States’ policy of accepting immigrants from, what he said, were “shithole countries,” such as Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations. In the aftermath of the president’s racist remarks, many in right-wing media rallied around him to defend his comments.

  • Fox News Contributor To Headline Hate Group Conference On “The Politically Incorrect Truth About Sexuality”

    SPLC Senior Fellow: “Coven Of Haters” Will Advocate For Harmful And Discredited Ex-Gay Therapy

    ››› ››› RACHEL PERCELAY

    Fox News contributor Robert Jeffress is headlining the “Stand4Truth” conference scheduled for October 28 and 29 in Houston, TX, which is advertised as telling the “politically incorrect truth about sexuality and gender” and is sponsored by at least three anti-LGBT hate groups. Jeffress -- who is also a member of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “Evangelical Executive Advisory Board” -- will be joined by fringe anti-LGBT extremists and hate group leaders, and proponents of discredited "ex-gay" reparative therapy. 

  • Right-Wing Media Bolster Trump’s Campaign Strategy Of Baselessly Painting Hillary Clinton As “An Enabler Of Sexual Violence”

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ

    Right-wing media have bolstered Donald Trump’s campaign strategy of falsely claiming that Hillary Clinton has targeted women who have accused her husband, former President Bill Clinton, of sexual misconduct, in order to distract from numerous reports that Trump sexually assaulted several women. Multiple independent fact-checkers and media organizations have debunked the claims as unsubstantiated, calling them an “exaggeration too far.”

  • Right-Wing Media Keep Pushing Myth Of "Partial-Birth" Abortion

    ››› ››› SHARON KANN

    In the 2016 election cycle, right-wing media have spread misinformation about the Democratic position on abortion access by alleging that the party supports so-called “partial-birth” abortions, often invoking the term as a description of an abortion that takes place in the final months or “moments” of pregnancy. In reality, “partial-birth” abortion is a term coined by anti-choice groups to vilify and stigmatize individuals who elect to have an abortion. Here is what the media should know about this common anti-choice myth and why media figures should not deploy it.

  • Fox Contributor Robert Jeffress Defends Trump Despite Sexual Assault Boasts

    Pro-Trump Evangelical Leaders Confirm To The Daily Beast That They Still Support GOP Nominee

    Blog ››› ››› CRAIG HARRINGTON

    Fox News contributor Robert Jeffress was one of several right-wing evangelical leaders who reconfirmed their support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump despite the recent discovery of a 2005 recording of Trump profanely bragging about sexual assault.

    An explosive October 7 article from Washington Post reporter David Farenthold revealed video and audio of Trump bragging during a private conversation “in vulgar terms about kissing, groping, and trying to have sex with women” with or without their consent. The revelation of the nominee’s apparent admission that he had committed sexual assault set off a firestorm of criticism of the Republican nominee from journalists and political commentators, as the recording corroborated what has been alleged about Trump for years  

    Despite this torrent of criticism and the flight of would-be supporters, several of the far right conservative evangelical leaders who have been supportive of the GOP nominee for months remain solidly behind him. According to an October 7 report from Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff, right-wing leaders Ralph Reed, Robert Jeffress, and David Bozell believe “the audio won’t change how conservative voters view the candidate,” and Fox contributor Jeffress is “still voting Trump.” From The Daily Beast:

    The fact that Donald Trump said in 2005 that he could grab women “by the pussy” because he’s famous doesn’t seem to be changing how social conservative leaders feel about him.

    Evangelicals who opposed him before still aren’t fans. And the ones in his camp aren’t phased by the recording. That’s because this isn’t about how much they like the brash billionaire; it’s about how unflinching they are in their opposition to Hillary Clinton.

    “People of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defund Planned Parenthood, defend religious liberty and oppose the Iran nuclear deal,” said Ralph Reed, who heads the Faith & Freedom Coalition. “A ten-year-old tape of a private conversation with a talk show host ranks low on their hierarchy of concerns.”

    Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and a member of Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, said the comments were “lewd, offensive, and indefensible.”

    But, he added, he’s still voting Trump. He said he moderated a meeting between the candidate and Evangelical and Catholic leaders, and he was forthright about his hesitations about Trump’s moral

    “I said at that time, with Trump sitting next to me, I would not necessarily choose this man to be my child’s Sunday School teacher,” [Robert] Jeffress said. “But that’s not what this election is about.”

    He added that he doesn’t think Hillary Clinton is morally superior to Trump.

    Both Ralph Reed and Robert Jeffress are members of Trump’s anti-LGBT and anti-choice “Evangelical Executive Advisory Board” and Jeffress is a long-time Fox News contributor. David Bozell spent 11 years at the right-wing Media Research Center, which serves as a prominent clearinghouse for misinformation parroted by right-wing media outlets.

  • New Evangelical Advisory Board Disproves Trump’s Claim Of Being An LGBT Ally

    ››› ››› RACHEL PERCELAY

    Nearly a week after declaring himself a “real friend” to the LGBT community, GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump participated in a “conversation” with hundreds of conservative Christians organized in part by two anti-LGBT hate groups. Then his campaign announced an “Evangelical Executive Advisory Board,” a 26-member group featuring several well-known anti-LGBT extremists who have a well-documented history of opposing LGBT equality and making inflammatory comments, such as calling LGBT families “discombobulated, Frankenstein structures” and blaming the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on marriage equality.

  • Leading Trump Surrogate: Mormonism Was Founded By A "Servant Of Satan"

    Robert Jeffress: Jews Have Embraced "Lies" On Pathway "To Hell"

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Fox News contributor and leading Donald Trump surrogate Robert Jeffress wrote in his new book that Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, is one of the "servants of Satan." Jeffress also wrote that Jews, Catholics and members of other faiths have embraced "lies" on a "highway to hell."

    The Dallas Morning News recently described Jeffress, a Dallas pastor, as "the lead, unofficial religious supporter of" Trump. Jeffress "said Trump sought him out in August and began to cultivate a relationship." A spokesperson for the Trump campaign said that "Jeffress has attended many campaign events and is a great person and supporter." After Jeffress introduced Trump at a September rally, the business magnate said, "What a good guy. ... I love this guy."

    Trump has embraced Jeffress despite his incendiary history. Jeffress has attacked LGBT people as leading "miserable" and "filthy" lives, called Catholicism a "cult-like, pagan religion," Islam an "evil, evil religion," and said Judaism and Hinduism lead people to "an eternity of separation from God in Hell."

    Jeffress courted controversy during the 2012 presidential campaign when he attacked Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's Mormon faith, calling the religion a "cult." Numerous Republicans condemned Jeffress at the time. Romney is now a vocal opponent of Trump's candidacy.

    Jeffress has continued his attacks on Mormonism this campaign season. In his new book Not All Roads Lead to Heaven, Jeffress writes that Mormon church founder Joseph Smith and the prophet Muhammad are servants of Satan because they offer people an alternate path to God:

    Don't underestimate Satan's resolve to win this war for the souls of human beings. He is determined to lead as many people as possible off the spiritual cliff to eternal death. Jesus referred to Satan as a murderer and a liar (John 8: 44) whose sole purpose is "to steal and kill and destroy" (10: 10). Satan's strategy is to confuse and distract people from following the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, by creating a number of other spiritual lights that deceptively offer a way out of humankind's dilemma.

    No wonder Paul describes Satan as one who "disguises himself as an angel of light" (2 Cor. 11: 14). The apostle goes on to say that Satan accomplishes his spiritual deception through religious people who act as Satan's servants by offering alternate paths to God:

    Therefore it is not surprising if [Satan's] servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. (2 Cor. 11: 15)

    These servants of Satan who "disguise themselves as servants of righteousness" include:

    • the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, who claimed to have received a divine revelation from the angel Moroni.
    • the prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, who also claimed that an angel spoke to him about the way to ensure eternal life.
    • the religious leader wrapped in beautiful clerical robes who says that faith in Christ is important but not sufficient by itself to obtain the forgiveness of sins. the evangelical pastor who preaches that although he personally believes that Christ offers the way to heaven, sincere followers of other faiths will also be welcomed into God's presence. [Not All Roads Lead to Heaven, pp. 28-29, Kindle edition]

    Jeffress also writes that Jews, Catholics, and others have embraced "lies" and are on a "highway to hell":

    The road that leads to destruction is deceptive because it is so wide and has so many people traveling on it. "How could so many people be wrong?" ask people who struggle with the idea of Christ offering the only way to heaven. After all, the vast majority of the world's population are not Christian. All the people who are on this "highway to hell"-- including Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, and atheists-- share one characteristic: although they may have embraced different lies, they have rejected the same truth.

    What is that truth? It is that narrow belief that faith in Jesus is the only way a person can enter into heaven. And just in case anyone was confused about what that narrow gate is, Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14: 6). [Not All Roads Lead to Heaven, pp. 110-111, Kindle edition]

    Trump has had trouble getting traction in polling for the March 22 primary in Utah, which is 60 percent Mormon. BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins wrote that "skepticism of the billionaire -- which, polls suggest, predates Romney's emergence as an anti-Trump champion -- is rooted more deeply in Mormon culture and politics." He pointed to Trump's anti-immigration and anti-Muslim stances as likely culprits. The Salt Lake Tribune also reported that Mormon voters are turned off by "Trump's tabloid-ready personal life to his exclusionary policies on immigration and Islam. Mormons also see him as an unsavory candidate who doesn't respect other religions, according to Matt Miles, a political scientist at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University-Idaho."