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 2018-06-17 15:13 

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Fox's Hegseth defends immigrant children being separated from parents because they get food and "soccer and video games"...

PETE HEGSETH (CO-HOST): And the rhetoric coming out about what's being done on the border to deal with a problem that's existed for many generations. ABBY HUNTSMAN (CO-HOST): Well people are being called Nazis, they're comparing it to concentr...

 2018-06-15 20:45 

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Trump's tariffs could hurt millions of Americans, but media focus instead on presidential drama...

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters On May 31, CBS News reported on retaliatory tariffs from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, targeting numerous products including American steel and aluminum, playing cards, motorcycles, and tobacco. European Commission pr...

 2018-06-15 20:45 

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Alliance Defending Freedom attorney compares "leftists" to "communists and Nazis," says they "feed on hatred"...

TRAVIS BARHAM (ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM LEGAL COUNSEL): Let's turn the pages of history back to another address [Winston] Churchill gave in 1938 to the people of the United States. This was during his wilderness years, when he was out of power and o...

 2018-06-15 20:45 

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The Weekly Standard's Charlie Sykes: "I mean, who is swampier than Scott Pruitt?"...

CRAIG MELVIN (MSNBC HOST): Back with me now, Charlie Sykes, contributing editor for The Weekly Standard , also an MSNBC contributor. Dana Milbank, also back with me, political columnist for The Washington Post . Charlie, there's a new headline just ab...

 2018-06-15 20:22 

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Local Virginia media failed to report that the newly elected GOP Senate nominee is a neo-Confederate with connections to white supremacists...

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters On June 12, neo-Confederate Corey Stewart was elected to be the Republican nominee to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA). Stewart is an ardent defender of Confederate symbols and a staunch opponent of immigrants' rights, and h...

 2018-06-15 17:21 

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Candace Owens turns to Fox, with its own history of enabling sexual misconduct, to continue attacks on #MeToo...

STUART VARNEY (HOST): Our next guest is really getting slammed for tweeting this about the #MeToo movement. Here it is: "The entire premise of #MeToo is that women are stupid, weak, and inconsequential. Too stupid to know what men might want if you co...

 2018-06-15 17:14 

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Matt Schlapp decries the lack of "honest people" in the immigration debate. But he's lying about Trump's immigration policies....

MATT SCHLAPP (AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION): They asked [President Donald Trump] specifically about this question of families who come to the border to cross illegally, and our laws say, are very clear, that that child needs to be -- go through a separate ...

 2018-06-15 16:15 

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Rep. Steve King's anti-immigrant page cites a white nationalist website...

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) hosts a page on his congressional website about "illegal immigrant stories" that cites the white nationalist publication VDare. King is a racist congressman who has a history of pushing bigotry . He recently promoted British...

 2018-06-15 16:15 

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Like clockwork, right-wing media exploit DOJ IG report to call for special counsel Mueller's removal...

Less than 24 hours after the Department of Justice's (DOJ) inspector general (IG) released a long-awaited report on the department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, President Donald Trump's allies in the...

 2018-06-15 15:11 

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After reporters confront Sarah Sanders over separation of immigrant families, Fox contributor calls for press briefings to end...

TAMMY BRUCE (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Sarah Sanders has the patience of a saint. We also saw that she remained calm during that White House Correspondent's Dinner, which was not much different, frankly. This has become reality television for many of tho...

 2018-06-15 14:18 

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Sinclair and the midterms: California edition...

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters If you live in a midsize city or battleground state, you are now more likely than ever to see pro-Trump propaganda and conservative spin on your local news -- just in time for the 2018 election season -- thanks to conservative ...

 2018-06-15 14:18 

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Fox & Friends hosts Kevin McCarthy to push Facebook anti-conservative bias canard...

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Facebook, other social media outlets, and censorship. We have Diamond and Silk, famously they're really concerned that nothing has changed. What do you know? HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-CA): Well, they have to sto...

 2018-06-15 14:18 

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The head of an anti-immigration PAC runs Facebook pages that share fake news from plagiarized sites...

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters William Gheen, the head of an anti-immigrant political action committee, controls multiple Facebook pages that have repeatedly linked to hyperpartisan and fake news content from a handful of sites. Those sites feature nearly ex...

 2018-06-15 12:46 

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On Fox & Friends , President Trump's lawyer calls for FBI agents to be "imprisoned"...

RUDY GIULIANI (PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ATTORNEY): The [DOJ] IG report basically tells you that both prongs of the Mueller investigation are either corrupt or answered. The second one, the obstruction of justice, this report is a complete and absolute explan...

 2018-06-15 12:06 

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Fox's Jason Chaffetz cites text messages to suggest FBI agent committed "treasonous" acts...

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): I think the worst text message though that's between [Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page, this is just unbelievable. He said "we're going to stop it." She said, do you really think -- this is what she writes -- "...

 2018-06-15 02:36 

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Hannity panel calls for Mueller probe to be suspended "as of tomorrow"...

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Would this throw out -- does this -- let me ask both of you a quick legal question, before I go back to Sara. Does this now make a strong, compelling, and the definitive case that the Mueller probe -- and I always said look at the -- ...

 2018-06-14 22:31 

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Fox's Jesse Watters: White House should "start ripping press passes away" from reporters who ask about family separation at the border...

DANA PERINO (CO-HOST): I actually think that online in particular this is spreading quite rapidly. GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): But they're using false pictures. PERINO: I agree. [...] JESSE WATTERS (CO-HOST): You don't know if they're being traffi...

 2018-06-14 20:47 

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Three reporters push back on Sarah Sanders' lie that it is simply "following the law" to separate immigrant families...

JIM ACOSTA (CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT): On these children who are being separated from their families as they come across the border, the attorney general earlier today said that somehow there's a justification for this in the Bible. Where does it...

 2018-06-14 14:16 

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CNN's Rick Santorum: It was "insulting" for reporter to ask Secretary of State Pompeo for details of North Korea denuclearization...

JOHN BERMAN (HOST): Secretary of State [Mike] Pompeo was asked about the issue of verification when it comes to the nuclear discussions with North Korea, which is crucial, which I know you know is crucial. There's nothing more important than verificat...

 2018-06-14 02:43 

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On Hannity , Dan Bongino calls journalists "almost anti-American in their rhetoric"...

DAN BONGINO: Sean, these people disgust me. Everybody is being really nice and gentlemanly, I'm not interested. I can't stand them. They are a disgrace to journalism, to the country, to the planet, to any other planets that may exist that have lif...

 2018-06-14 00:41 

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Lou Dobbs attacks Jeff Sessions for "showing his loyalty to the deep state, over President Trump"...

LOU DOBBS (HOST): Well, MIA Attorney General Jeff Sessions showing his loyalty to the deep state, over President Trump, allowing Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein to stonewall congressional document requests and intimidate members of Congress who dare to challen...

 2018-06-13 20:57 

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TPUSA invited a slate of sexists to speak at its Young Women's Leadership Summit...

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Turning Point USA, the student-aimed conservative organization that raises its money by stoking fear among rich conservative donors about the alleged liberalization of college campuses, will host its fourth annual Young Women&#...

 2018-06-13 16:08 

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Fox & Friends makes false claims about immigration to link immigrants to violent gang MS-13...

Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, who is known for spreading misinformation on immigration matters, spouted a number of falsehoods this morning in an attempt to link Latino immigrants to the brutal gang MS-13. On June 13, Kilmeade interviewed the sheriff...

 2018-06-13 16:08 

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Trump's favorite Fox News propagandists are avoiding reports about Paul Manafort's legal troubles...

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters President Donald Trump's favorite Fox News shows are all but ignoring the cascade of damning reports regarding former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his legal troubles. Since May 2017, special counsel Robert Muell...

 2018-06-13 12:21 

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Fox & Friends hosts economist who claimed unemployment was 18 percent in 2014 to hype Trump's economy...

PETER MORICI (PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND): The deregulatory boom has been really very helpful, especially, for example, in the oil patch. But also, have you noticed the very steady growth in manufacturing jobs? It was really hard for folks to focus...

 2018-06-12 21:04 

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Candace Owens says she speaks to CEOs and men in politics who won't hire women. She blames #MeToo....

CANDACE OWENS: You can say that there are obviously tons of women that are raped and that go through these really awful experiences, who saw themselves and said, "you know what? that's a movement that's for me, that encourages me to come out a...

 2018-06-12 21:04 

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Hannity has attacked Clinton's 1994 North Korea deal for months. Experts say Trump's deal -- which Hannity loves -- is even weaker....

For months, Fox News host Sean Hannity has falsely disparaged the Agreed Framework of 1994, a deal brokered under President Bill Clinton to freeze North Korea's nuclear program, as an example of the U.S. "sucking up and bribing world dictators....

 2018-06-12 21:04 

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Shep Smith on Trump's deal with North Korea: "The United States made concessions in exchange for no hard promises"...

SHEPARD SMITH (HOST): The United States made concessions in exchange for no hard promises, stopping joint military exercises with South Korea while North Korea makes a vague commitment to work together towards denuclearization. The agreement the leaders s...

 2018-06-12 20:06 

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Rep. Steve King elevates a neo-Nazi on Twitter...

On June 12, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) quote-tweeted an anti-immigrant tweet from British neo-Nazi Mark Collett. It's not the first time King has elevated white supremacist talking points on Twitter. Media Matters reported on Collett's history when Fo...

 2018-06-12 20:06 

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Reporter for conservative paper says Pruitt's EPA put "extreme pressure" on him to "be their lickspittle"...

[JOHN SICILIANO, WASHINGTON EXAMINER ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT REPORTER]: When Pruitt was starting up his press shop, there was extreme pressure put on me by them to be their lickspittle. And trying to -- I was kind of debating whether or not I wanted to bri...

 2018-06-12 18:30 

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Fox guest host lashes out at Justin Trudeau for "trying to out-alpha President Trump"...

HARRIS FAULKNER (CO-HOST): Can I ask a really basic question? And I know we talk a lot about the lack or the loss of civility in politics in general. But what makes a leader from another country think that he can come out against a communique in a news co...

 2018-06-12 17:59 

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Even conservative women are shredding Candace Owens' attack on the #MeToo movement...

Candace Owens, communications director for Turning Points USA , attacked the #MeToo movement on Twitter on June 11, claiming that it treats women as "stupid, weak & inconsequential."; Owens, whose profile skyrocketed after rapper Kanye West promote...

 2018-06-12 16:39 

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Trump administration threatens health care for 130 million people with pre-existing conditions; cable news barely noticed...

Last week, in a move that could further gut the Affordable Care Act and threaten the health insurance of 130 million people, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would not defend the provisions of the law that protect consumers with pre-existing c...

 2018-06-12 16:39 

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Hugh Hewitt has terrible takes on Trump's North Korea summit...

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who never passes up the chance to carry water for President Donald Trump, spent the morning praising the president for his performance at the U.S.-North Korea summit on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. First, Hewit...

 2018-06-12 16:39 

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Laura Ingraham praises Jeff Sessions for cracking down on people seeking asylum in the US...

LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Every time I hear [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions on immigration and the border, I keep thinking he should have been Homeland Security director. But he's -- on this stuff, he's fantastic. He's great on this. This is jus...

 2018-06-12 15:04 

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Right-wing pundit and congressional candidate Seth Grossman posted bigoted commentaries about Black and Muslim people...

Seth Grossman, a Republican pundit who is running for Congress, repeatedly posted bigoted commentaries about Black and Muslim people online. Grossman claimed he knew "of many Africans who wish their ancestors had been taken to America as slaves," ...

 2018-06-12 00:09 

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Infowars complains about discrimination against white people with "alt-right" troll who previously called for "globalists" at CNN to be killed...

NICHOLAS FUENTES: Of course, the people that are the downtrodden in this day and age are white, heterosexual males. This is the only class of people that you're allowed to ridicule, that you're allowed to make fun of, even discriminate against. Th...

 2018-06-11 20:54 

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An NRA source just admitted that NRA representatives met with Putin's inner circle during the 2016 campaign...

We already knew, thanks to previous reporting and a Senate Judiciary Committee report , that the Russian government may have used the NRA to aid Trump's campaign in 2016. And per previous reporting from McClatchy , the FBI is investigating whether Rus...

 2018-06-11 20:54 

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Far-right figures spew toxic and dangerous bullshit after Anthony Bourdain's death...

Anthony Bourdain stood for everything that far-right figures and online message boards hate. Following the tragic news of the CNN host and legendary chef's death by suicide, these fever swamps went into overdrive with absurd conspiracy theories and to...

 2018-06-11 20:54 

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The Supreme Court just made it easier for states to kick people off of voter rolls. Media should let voters know....

On June 11, the Supreme Court handed down its decision on an Ohio voting rights case that will make it easier for the state to purge infrequent voters from its voter roll, a process that tends to disproportionately hurt young people, people with low incom...

 2018-06-11 19:48 

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On the day net neutrality repeal takes effect, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai retreats to Fox to avoid criticism...

DANA PERINO (HOST): I'm so glad to have you here because I've admired you for so long about many things. I know that net neutrality is an important issue and that many on the left and the Democrats think this one of the most important issues. I lo...

 2018-06-11 16:30 

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Fox & Friends runs with pro-Trump propaganda ahead of U.S.-North Korea summit...

President Donald Trump's favorite news show, Fox & Friends , is acting as a platform for sycophantic propaganda ahead of Trump's high-stakes summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, even as the president enters the talks with little preparat...

 2018-06-11 16:30 

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Fox panel touts Trump's preparedness and "gregarious, outgoing" personality ahead of North Korea talks...

BILL HEMMER (CO-HOST): Secretary Pompeo has been very impressive in this whole process. Every time the man speaks, I listen to him very carefully. He speaks with meaning when those words come out of his mouth. However, Chairman Kim and President Trump go ...

 2018-06-11 11:58 

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John Oliver explains how pro-Trump media are using propaganda tactics to undermine the Russia investigation...

Previously : Study: Sean Hannity spent the last year laying the groundwork for an authoritarian response to the Russia probe Introducing the Sean Hannity Expanded Universe, Fox's anti-Mueller alternative reality The sinister pro-Trump propaganda of Lo...

 2018-06-11 11:58 

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Fox's Sebastian Gorka accuses Canadian prime minister of "really childish and unprofessional behavior" after G7 summit...

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Let's take a step backwards, Sebastian, when the president left Canada on Saturday, it sounded like he was going to sign on to that communique regarding what had happened at the G7 summit. But then, [Canadian Prime Minster] Just...

 2018-06-10 16:25 

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Fox's Mollie Hemingway: Journalists concerned with government surveillance of reporters should "provide the same understanding" to Trump...

HOWARD KURTZ (HOST): Will the media uproar over the surveillance of a reporter doing her job prompt a reexamination of the FBI tactics and your favorite subject, the Russia, Mueller, Trump investigation? MOLLIE HEMINGWAY (SENIOR EDITOR, THE FEDERALIST): R...

 2018-06-09 02:39 

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On Fox, Joe diGenova celebrates DOJ seizing New York Times reporter's records: "They should go after the reporters"...

LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Is this -- the White House now says for freedom of the press, but now the DOJ is going after this poor reporter. JOE DIGENOVA: Yeah, well, I am all for it. I think they should go after the reporters, and I hope they are doing the sa...

 2018-06-08 23:45 

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Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton says "A pardon may be warranted" for Paul Manafort whether he "did anything wrong or not"...

LOU DOBBS (HOST): Our first guest tonight says the Manafort indictment is overkill, another example of Mueller abusing his power, and an investigation that's become disastrous. Joining us tonight, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Tom, good to have...

 2018-06-08 19:44 

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Alex Jones: Anthony Bourdain may have been murdered because he was going to "do a Kanye West"...

ALEX JONES (HOST): I'm here, ladies and gentlemen, covering undoubtedly some of the most dangerous information I've ever covered on air. ... Anthony Bourdain, Tony Bourdain is one of the most popular TV hosts in the world. He's the only succes...

 2018-06-08 19:44 

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Media failed on climate and extreme weather coverage last year. Will they do better in 2018?...

A version of this post was originally published on Grist . Everyone knows that the U.S. got gobsmacked by hurricanes last year. But if you rely on mainstream media for your news, you might not know that climate change had anything to do with it. In 2017, ...

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