A report from the Center For Migration Studies (CMS) found that the undocumented immigrant population in the United States has dropped below 11 million for the first time since 2003. CMS officials specifically noted that they "took issue with the characterizations" of immigration by Republican candidates, many of whom contended that immigration is a growing problem. Those characterizations have in fact been encouraged by conservative media, which have pressured Republican presidential candidates into taking hardline anti-immigration policy stances and defended candidates that have been criticized for adopting extreme positions.
Conservative media are seizing on comments made by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in order to repeat debunked claims that American military forces were ordered to "stand down" and not help rescue those attacked on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. In fact, numerous congressional investigations found that no such order was given to American military forces.
Discredited Republican lawyer Joseph diGenova is baselessly claiming that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her staff will face criminal prosecution by the FBI over her use of private email as secretary of state, despite numerous media reports explaining that Clinton is not the target of the FBI's investigation, which is also not criminal in nature. DiGenova has been discredited as a result of unprofessional behavior while working for Republicans in the 1990s and false claims he has made about the September 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Multiple media outlets called out Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's attacks on Bill Clinton's past personal life after he cited Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones to claim that the former president has a "terrible record of women abuse." Media noted that Trump previously dismissed such scrutiny as "totally unimportant" and "out of control."
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump cited a misleading poll from Washington Times columnist Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy to justify a call he issued "for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." Gaffney has been described as "one of America's most notorious Islamophobes" and experts dismiss the poll's methodology as questionable.
A U.S.-based Muslim advocacy organization is criticizing the New York Post for displaying the phrase "Muslim Killers" on its cover after the release of the identities of the alleged shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.
On December 2, two people opened fire at a holiday party in the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, killing 14 and wounding 21 more. After they left the scene, the suspects were confronted by police and killed in a gun battle. After the names of the suspects were released late that night, the New York Post changed the headline of its front page from "Murder Mission" to "Muslim Killers." As Matt Ford of The Atlantic explained:
The front page on the left is from the subscriber edition, which prints late at night so it can be mailed out in the early morning. The front page on the right is from the newsstand edition, which prints later and is also used online. Police confirmed the names of the two suspects, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, at a press conference late last night; the Post's editors rewrote the headline accordingly for the later edition.
Ford went on to describe the cover as indicative of "uniquely paranoid bigotry" toward Muslims that could "have dire consequences for American Muslims." Vox.com's Jennifer Williams similarly wrote of the cover, "The only reason to highlight the religion of the attackers at this point is to link Islam to murder, which spreads fear and hatred of Muslims -- in other words, Islamophobia."
In a statement accompanying a petition, the grassroots Muslim group MPower Change wrote that the cover is indicative of "inflammatory, irresponsible and inciting media reporting that fuels an environment of hate and violence against innocent people" and that the Post and other outlets must "report based on facts":
The New York Post has labeled the San Bernardino shooters "Muslim Killers" in their web version, without any information on motive. What did they call the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter or Charleston Shooter or Aurora Movie Theater shooter?
It is this type of inflammatory, irresponsible and inciting media reporting that fuels an environment of hate and violence against innocent people.
We are not surprised--the NY Post is, after all, a part of the same family of companies as the right-wing infotainment channel Fox TV--but we are tired of being victimized.
We say enough is enough. The Post, and all media outlets, have to report based on facts and act more responsibly--and we have to hold them accountable.
Fox News host Andrea Tantaros misleadingly cited a newly released email from Hillary Clinton's records of her time as secretary of state to question her state of health.
In December 2012, Clinton sustained a concussion after she fell at her home due to an illness, resulting in the postponement of her congressional testimony about the Benghazi attacks, which occurred that September. Many Fox News personalities swiftly accused her of faking the concussion to avoid her testimony, including Fox contributor John Bolton who suggested that Clinton had "a diplomatic illness." After Clinton made a full recovery from her concussion and delivered her testimony in January 2013, Fox contributor Karl Rove repeatedly speculated that Clinton continued to have major health problems from the concussion.
Tantaros renewed this speculation, citing a recently released email exchange between Clinton and her aide Phillipe Reines where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked for advice following the concussion. On the December 1 edition of Outnumbered, Tantaros cited the email and then said Clinton should be asked about her health:
ANDREA TANTAROS: The news yesterday for me out of those emails was how much she sought the advice of the NFL on her concussion. And I think the question needs to be asked, is she well?
HARRIS FAULKNER: Is she OK?
TANTAROS: Is she in OK health? No one wants to ask that question, but that's -
FAULKNER: Huma Abedin had said sometimes she seemed confused --
TANTAROS: Huma said she's confused -
FAULKNER: -- in those emails.
TANTAROS: -- but no one wants to conveniently ask if she's in [INAUDIBLE] health.
Contrary to Tantaros' claim, it was not Clinton who reached out to Goodell, but Phillipe Reines. And Reines did not ask for medical advice, but rather for help in communicating the seriousness of her concussion because of efforts by Fox News personalities to dismiss her injury. The Chicago Sun Times reported that "a former aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contacted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in an effort to stymie bad press about the incident":
Phillipe Reines, a longtime aide of Clinton's, sent an email to both Goodell and the former Tennessee Republican Frist on Dec. 12, according to a newly released email chain.
"[S]peaking of your cracked head, I reached out to both the Nfl commish (I remembered that his dad held your Senate seat) and Bill Frist," Reines wrote. "Frist responded wonderfully and is ready to help."
"Thanks for the outreach, but i'm ok in the doctor department for now," wrote back Clinton.
Reines then clarified his angle: "I meant I enlisted their help in my ongoing efforts to undermine the John Boltons and Laura Ingrahams of the world who are belittling your health. I sent Ingraham a long note. Crafting one to Bolton now. Don't worry, no profanity. Not that kind of note," Reines, who is known for his sometimes coarse language with the media, noted.
Clinton had been facing mounting attacks from conservative pundits in 2012 who questioned if she was faking illness to avoid having to testify to Congress about the Benghazi attacks earlier that year.
Conservative media used the terrorist attacks in Paris to fearmonger about the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States, claiming that the U.S. cannot effectively vet potential refugees, ignoring experts who say that the thoroughness of the U.S.'s refugee vetting process sets it apart from those of European countries.
Fox News has repeatedly attacked Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration for linking the 2012 Benghazi attacks to protests over an inflammatory anti-Islam YouTube video in the immediate aftermath of the incident, but on the night of the terror attack Fox News reported the alleged connection on several shows. Several investigations into the aftermath of the attacks also show that the intelligence was fluid and the motivations for the attacks "continued to change throughout the week."
CBS' Face the Nation was the sole network news Sunday political talk show to ignore the claims of a former staffer for the House Select Committee on Benghazi alleging that the committee has turned into a "partisan investigation" with a "hyper-focus on Hillary Clinton."
On October 10, The New York Times reported that Bradley Podliska, who worked as an investigator for the Benghazi committee and was allegedly fired unlawfully, accused the committee of focusing "primarily on the role of the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton" instead of leading a comprehensive investigation into the September 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.
CNN's State of the Union treated the story as breaking news and opened with an exclusive television interview of Podliska. In his CNN interview, Podliska said that the Benghazi probe "has become a partisan investigation," that has shifted its focus "to go after Hillary." On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace questioned Benghazi committee member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) about the accusations made by Podliska. On NBC's Meet the Press, Chuck Todd briefly mentioned Podliska's accusations, noting that both Podliska and the Republicans on the committee "agree that Hillary Clinton was being targeted," and asked, "doesn't that hurt the committee?" And on ABC's This Week, Martha Raddatz asked Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) about Podliska's statement that "he was fired from that committee because he was told to focus too much on Hillary Clinton instead of finding out answers about Benghazi."
But John Dickerson, the host of Face the Nation, failed to mention this news at all. The only mention of Benghazi came from panelist Ron Fournier, who also neglected to mention this news story, despite bringing up both Clinton and Benghazi:
RON FOURNIER: Let me talk a little bit about emails if I could, which is her untrustworthy problem, and the Democrats are pointing at Republicans, and McCarthy is saying we just want to bring her down as mitigating for her. We have two sets of facts. One is, we know that the Republican Party did everything they could to destroy Hillary Clinton with Benghazi -- hyper-partisan Republican Party. And they caught Hillary Clinton red handed creating a improper covert server that undermined the Freedom of Information Act, that subverted legislative oversight, and jeopardized U.S. secrets.
Both of those things can be true. As a matter of fact, both of those things are true, but the Democrats try to use the one thing to mitigate them, and the Republicans try to use the other to mitigate them. And meanwhile, both parties think that - most voters think that the leaders of the parties are lying to them, because they are.