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  • Fox News Ignored First Transgender Person To Address Major Party's Convention

    CNN And MSNBC Carried Sarah McBride’s Speech Live

    ››› ››› TYLER CHERRY & RACHEL PERCELAY

    Fox News did not air Sarah McBride’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, where she made history becoming the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party’s convention. Fox did however carry Peter Thiel’s speech to the Republican National Convention live, where he made history announcing to the Republican convention that he is gay. CNN and MSNBC aired both McBride’s and Thiel’s speeches.

  • Trump Continues To Snub Hispanic Community And Journalists, While Insisting Hispanics “Love Him”

    Blog ››› ››› DINA RADTKE

    Univision reported that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “constantly dodged the issue of immigration” at a press conference in Doral, FL, a “Hispanic stronghold,” even cutting off a reporter before she could finish her question.

    Trump has avoided discussing issues that specifically impact the Hispanic community, and has a record of ignoring Latino journalists and refusing to give them interviews, ejecting them from press conferences, and harassing and insulting them. Hispanic media have repeatedly made the point that Latinos will be a crucial voting bloc in the 2016 election and that Trump’s claim that “Hispanics love me” is sharply contradicted by facts.

    In a July 27 article, Univision’s Estephani Cano reported that during Trump’s visit to Doral, FL, “where 79% of the residents are Hispanic,” he “constantly dodged the issue of immigration and did not want to explain his strategy for winning the Hispanic vote.” The article explained that many of Trump’s actions, such as ignoring questions about his immigration plan and cancelling meetings with Hispanic leaders, leaves the impression in the community that “he doesn’t care about us.”

    Translated from the July 27 article (emphasis original):

    It was expected that Donald Trump’s surprise visit this Wednesday to Doral, Florida, where more than half of the population is Hispanic, would focus on the magnate’s attempt to bring himself closer to that community.

    Beyond repeating his inconsistent expression that Latinos “love him,” Trump constantly dodged the issue of immigration and did not want to explain his strategy for winning the Hispanic vote.

    “The Hispanics love me, I think that I have gone up in the polls by 35%,” (sic) the tycoon estimated from his luxurious golf course in front of dozens of journalists, who were convened on Tuesday at the last minute for a press conference.

    One local reporter asked him about how he planned to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the country.

    “In three weeks we will present a plan about it, which will include everything,” (sic) Trump responded dryly.

    Another reporter asked him to give a sample of his immigration proposals, emphasizing that he should take into account that he was in Doral, where 79% of the residents are Hispanic, who surely would be interested in the issue.

    “I love Doral. In my fantastic club I have many Hispanic employees,” (sic) Trump dodged, without letting the journalist finish her question.

    According to the latest national poll by the firm Bendixen & Amandi, 52% of eligible voters lean towards Hillary Clinton, while 25% lean towards Trump and 23% are still undecided.

    Even within the Republican Party, although the preference for Trump in the county is higher (48%), there are still 32% who remain undecided and 20% who would vote for Clinton.

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    “He doesn’t care about us”

    On Tuesday, Trump canceled for the second time a planned meeting with Hispanic leaders in Florida.

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    “That Trump cancels and cancels events with Hispanics demonstrates how little he cares about this community. He is not going to bring himself closer to Latinos, and even if he tries more it is too late. He has already offended us too much, he has used us as a target to get where he is,” undocumented immigrant and and activist for United Families Maria Bilbao told Univision News.

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    Republican political analyst Israel Ortega agreed with Bilbao in that “Trump wasted the opportunity to seek the Hispanic vote.”

  • Here Are All The Reasons Media Think Trump Is Not Releasing His Tax Returns

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    After Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reiterated his plan not to release his tax returns prior to the election due to an IRS audit -- despite the IRS saying he is not precluded from doing so -- media figures questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s excuse, arguing instead that it could be due to his possible business dealings with Russia, paying little to no taxes, and not giving to charity, among other reasons.

  • Conservative Legal Experts: Trump Is “A Menace,” A “Lunatic,” “A Fascist Thug,” A “‘Useful Idiot’ For Putin,” And A Danger To “Our National Security”

    Scholars From Top Conservative And Libertarian Legal Blogs Warn Of Trump Presidency

    ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Law professors and experts writing in two leading conservative and libertarian legal blogs are increasingly warning about the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, arguing that his foreign policy positions and statements on Russia endanger national security and that his domestic policies could make U.S. citizens the victims of fascism.

  • Wash. Post Fact Check: Trump’s Claim That He Has “Nothing To Do With Russia” Earns “Four Pinocchios”

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler gave Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s claim that he has “nothing to do with Russia” the paper’s most severe falsehood rating: “four pinocchios.”

    Media figures questioned Trump’s relationship with Russia after he stood by “frightening” statements that he would defend NATO allies only if they “fulfill their obligations to us” and repeatedly expressed his admiration “for all things Putin-esque.” During a July 27 news conference, Trump denied that he had any financial ties to Russian government officials or investors.

    In a July 27 fact check, Kessler wrote that Trump has previously expressed “continuing interest in doing deals” with Russia but was “finding it difficult.” Kessler wrote that although “it may be possible that he has no current investments in Russia,” it is “not for lack of trying.” Kessler called Trump’s remarks “artfully deceiving” and rated Trump’s claim “four pinocchios.” Kessler wrote:

    In a news conference responding to evidence suggesting Russian agencies hacked the email accounts of the Democratic National Committee, the GOP presidential nominee insisted that he had no business dealings in Russia — with one single exception.

    As he put it: “What do I have to do with Russia? … I bought [a Palm Beach, FL,] house for $40 million and I sold it to a Russian. … I guess probably I sell condos to Russians, okay?” 

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    But there is other evidence that shows a continuing interest in doing deals not only with Russian real estate buyers, but deals in Russia. “Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment,” [Donald] Trump said in a 2007 deposition. “We will be in Moscow at some point,” he said.

    There is some evidence that Trump’s interest in doing business in Russia is unrequited. In 1987, he went to Moscow to find a site for [a] luxury hotel; no deal emerged. In 1996, he sought to build a condominium complex in Russia; that also did not succeed. In 2005, Trump signed a one-year deal with a New York development company to explore a Trump Tower in Moscow, but the effort fizzled.

    In a 2008 speech, Trump’s son, Donald Jr., made it clear that the Trumps want to do business in Russia, but were finding it difficult.

    [...]

    Trump’s remarks are artfully deceiving. He says he had nothing to do with Russia, pointing only to a Florida real estate sale. It may be possible that he has no current investments in Russia, but not for lack of trying.

  • Charlotte Observer Calls Out North Carolina GOP For Attacking Tim Kaine’s Pin Honoring His Marine Son

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    The Charlotte Observer called out North Carolina's Republican party after its official Twitter account tweeted that it was “shameful” for Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine (D-VA) to wear a “Honduras flag pin on his jacket but no American Flag.”

    Throughout the convention, conservative media have tried to paint Democrats as unpatriotic by inaccurately accusing them of failing to displaying American flags on the stage and for not mentioning ISIS on the opening night of the convention. Right-wing media also specifically targeted Kaine's use of Spanish during his speech, mocking his accent and questioning if he was actually fluent in the language.

    The July 28 Observer article noted that the North Carolina GOP inaccurately tweeted that Kaine was wearing a “Honduras flag pin on his jacket but no American flag.” However, WNYT reporter Ben Amey was quick to point out that Kaine’s pin was a “Blue Star Service pin for his son, who’s a deployed Marine.” The North Carolina GOP account replied, thanking Amey “for letting us correct our mistake,” but failed to apologize to Kaine for the error. From The Charlotte Observer:

    When Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, the North Carolina GOP thought it quickly spotted something wrong.

    “[Tim Kaine] wears a Honduras flag pin on his jacket but no American flag,” the state party tweeted as he was speaking. “Shameful.”

    There was one problem: Kaine’s pin, which had a single blue star on a white background bordered with red, wasn’t the flag of Honduras, where he spent a year as a missionary decades ago. It was the symbol for Blue Star Families, or those with members serving in the military.

    Ben Amey, a reporter for WNYT, caught their mistake:

    Kaine’s son, 1st Lt. Nathaniel Kaine, is an infantry officer serving with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, who deployed to Eastern Europe shortly after his father was named Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

    In his first public speech after being named her vice presidential candidate, Kaine had referenced his pride for his son and the impending deployment.

    “He is a proud Marine, and in just a few days he’s deploying to Europe to uphold America’s commitment to our NATO allies,” Kaine said in the speech. “For me, this drives home the stakes in this election.”

    The person behind the Twitter account thanked Amey for alerting them to the mistake in a reply after deleting the tweet, but did not apologize to Kaine for the error.