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  • The Guide To Donald Trump's War On The Press (So Far)


    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has an extensive history of attacking the media, and his campaign and supporters have joined in the fight throughout the election. The nominee, his surrogates, and his supporters have called media outlets and reporters across the spectrum “dishonest,” “neurotic,” “dumb,” and a “waste of time,” and until recently, the campaign had a media blacklist of outlets that weren’t allowed into campaign events.

  • STUDY: How The Media Is Covering Presidential Candidates' Climate Science Denial


    Several months into the 2016 presidential campaign, the media is frequently failing to fact-check statements by presidential candidates denying the science of climate change. Seven major newspapers and wire services surveyed by Media Matters have thus far failed to indicate that candidates' statements conflict with the scientific consensus in approximately 43 percent of their coverage, while the major broadcast and cable news outlets other than MSNBC have failed to do so 75 percent of the time.

  • STUDY: Media Largely Ignored Climate Change in Coverage Of Winter Snowstorms


    Most of the largest newspapers in the Northeast corridor did not publish a single piece covering this winter's major snowstorms in the context of global warming, despite strong scientific evidence that climate change creates the conditions for heavier snowstorms. The major broadcast networks and cable news channels also provided scant mention of climate change in their discussions of the snowstorms, with the notable exception of MSNBC, which provided extensive coverage of the topic. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Fox News, the Boston Herald and the Providence Journal featured content that used the snowstorms to deny climate science.

  • ABC's The View To Mainstream Conservative Demagogue Dana Loesch

    Blog ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    Dana LoeschABC's The View reportedly plans to mainstream conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch by featuring her as a guest co-host on the February 3 program. 

    The decision to give Loesch a national platform on a highly-rated television show is troubling considering Loesch has gained notoriety for her inflammatory rhetoric, expressing extreme views on topics from gun control to reproductive access. 

    Loesch made headlines in January 2012 for her reaction to an internet video that appeared to show members of the Marine Corps urinating on the corpses Taliban fighters. On her St. Louis-based radio show, Loesch defended the alleged act, saying that she would "drop trou and do it too" if she was in a similar situation. Loesch criticized "a bunch of progressives that are talking smack about our military because there were Marines caught urinating on corpses -- Taliban corpses," and later defended her comments on a blog post by claiming she was "defending [the Marines] from overly-dramatic hysteria."

    At the time, Loesch was an CNN contributor, and the network reportedly suspended her soon after these remarks.

    Loesch was also one of the few right-wing media figures to excuse former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for his "legitimate rape" remarks. After Akin declared that it is rare for women who had been the victim of "legitimate rape" to become pregnant because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Loesch took to Twitter account and dismissed Akin's comments, claiming he "failed a soundbite" and attacking his critics for "hypocritical overreactions."

  • The View Mainstreams Serial Misinformer Betsy McCaughey As A "Health Care Policy Expert"

    Blog ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    Betsy McCaughey

    ABC's The View hosted Betsy McCaughey to attack the Affordable Care Act (ACA), praising her as a "health care policy expert" and ignoring her history of misinformation, including inventing the persistent lie that the health care law contains "death panels."

    On the October 29 edition of The View, co-host Barbara Walters introduced a segment with McCaughey by calling her a "health care policy expert" and asking if health care consumers "were not told the truth by the Obama administration," saying, "they are about to lose their current medical plans and they don't know what they are getting instead." The View provided no background about McCaughey aside from naming her as the author of a book opposing the ACA.

    McCaughey, who is by no means a "health care policy expert," has no credibility to comment on the ACA. In 2009, during the legislative debate over the bills that would later become the ACA, McCaughey distorted language in the House version of the bill to claim that it would "absolutely require -- that every five years, people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner, how to decline nutrition, how to decline being hydrated, how to go in to hospice care." McCaughey's misinformation was echoed throughout the right-wing media, leading to the lie that the ACA contains "death panels" that will judge whether patients are deserving of life-preserving care.

    McCaughey's history of health care misinformation doesn't end at death panels. In fact, during her appearance on The View, she solicited a question about senior care in order to push another of her debunked health care claims: that the ACA cuts benefits for Medicare patients. McCaughey has long pushed this false claim, consistently ignoring the fact that the ACA explicitly stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits will not be affected.

  • Conservatives Heard Strange Things When Trump Went Birther On The View

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Remember when some prominent conservatives warned about chasing the fool's errand of birtherism, and how it made the movement look weak and foolish? Well, no more!

    Since Obama's been inaugurated, the birther movement has been completely mainstreamed within the far-right press to the point where lots of conservatives have convinced themselves it's helping their side and that more and more Americans are on board with the dopey, debunked conspiracy.

    For instance, when GOP (maybe) hopeful Donald Trump appeared on The View this week and jumped head-long in with the birther brigade, conservative bloggers cheered the Donald on. Specifically, they were encouraged by what they said was loud applause from The View audience when Trump demanded Obama produce his birth certificate.

    This point was made again [emphasis added]:

    Listen as the audience applauds when Trump says Obama should show his birth certificate.

    And again:

    Listen to the crowd reaction beginning at the 2:08 mark, as Donald Trump vigorously and repeatedly states "I want him to show the birth certificate." The crowd claps loudly to Trump's words.

    And again:

    On Morning Joe just now Joe Scarborough nailed it pointing out that the liberal audience of the View applauded when Trump said this. If the White House doesn't see that this is trouble then they ought to.

    See? The View crowd cheered Trump's birtherism, which means the tide has turned and we're all birthers now.

    Or something.