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Trump's Bogus Immigration Claims Come Straight From Nativist Groups And Fringe Right-Wing Media

President Donald Trump spent part of his February 28 speech to Congress fearmongering about immigrants. His claims that today’s immigration system threatens jobs and lowers wages, drains government benefits, and makes communities less safe come straight from nativist groups and fringe right-wing media outlets that present distorted research as fact and discredit credible studies that undercut their anti-immigrant agenda.

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Media Can't Stop Pining For Another Trump Pivot

Media seized on President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress as an opportunity for him to “pivot” or “reset” his administration. This canard that he would at some point change course was repeated throughout the presidential campaign, yet any shifts that occurred were always short-lived.

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STUDY: Broadcast And Cable News Largely Ignored Xenophobic Shooting Of Indian Immigrants

Fox News’ 14 Seconds Of Coverage Continues Its Pattern Of Dismissing Hate Crimes Against People Of Color

Broadcast and cable news largely ignored the February 22 shooting of two Indian immigrants in Kansas in which the suspected attacker told the victims to “get out of my country,” devoting mere minutes to the attack. Fox News’ virtual failure to cover the attack fits into the network's larger pattern of severely downplaying hate crimes aimed at people of color.

February 27, 2017 5:42 PM EST
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Media Respond To White House’s Blacklist; Calls To Join AP, Time, And USA Today

"The Society Of Professional Journalists Stands By Those News Organizations That Chose Not To Participate In The Briefing"

Media are criticizing as "unacceptable" the Trump administration’s blacklisting of outlets from a White House briefing and some are considering joining the boycott of AP, Time Magazine, and USA Today immediately. Unlike those outlets, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox News accepted the invitation to join the briefing and attended. 

February 24, 2017 8:03 PM EST
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Major Publications Fail To Identify Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups In Transgender Policy Coverage

Major news outlets have failed to label the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council -- groups praising President Donald Trump’s repeal of nondiscrimination protections for transgender students -- as anti-LGBTQ hate groups. This failure is part of a larger trend of major news outlets failing to properly identify anti-LGBTQ hate groups or acknowledge their extremism.

February 23, 2017 5:09 PM EST
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The Nativist Group That Is Going All Out To Sell Trump's Border Wall Proposal

Right-Wing Media And CIS Are Behind A Major Push For The Wall

Nativist group Center for Immigration Studies and right-wing media outlets touted a deeply flawed and misleading study in order to corroborate top Trump adviser Stephen Miller’s claim that President Donald Trump’s proposal for the construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border would “pay for itself.” Right-wing media's promotion of the flawed study was an attempt to legitimize the Trump administration’s misinformation about undocumented immigrants while also lifting up an anti-immigrant nativist group.

February 23, 2017 2:23 PM EST
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Fox News Dismisses Huge Town Hall Participation As Paid Liberal Organizing

Fox News personalities are attempting to downplay the huge number of constituents that are attending town hall events held by their members of Congress as “manufactured” and “paid-for,” and advocating for the cancellation of events because progressive groups are “activating people to turn out and cause a raucous.”

February 22, 2017 8:29 PM EST
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Pro-Trump Media Push Myth Of Muslim “No-Go Zones” In Sweden

Following President Donald Trump citing an incident in Sweden that apparently never took place, pro-Trump members of the media attempted to cover for him by perpetuating the lie of “no-go zones” in Sweden despite Swedish authorities debunking this claim.

February 22, 2017 6:44 PM EST
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Nativists And White Supremacists Love Trump’s New Immigration Executive Orders

The Department of Homeland Security on February 21 rolled out a pair of memos meant to set internal guidelines for the implementation of President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant executive orders. The flagship policies of those executive orders are unpopular with a majority of Americans, but they have been a cause for celebration among nativists and white supremacists. 

February 22, 2017 3:24 PM EST
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CPAC Got Rid Of Milo, But Not The Rest Of Their Bigoted Lineup

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has rescinded the speaking offer its leadership made to former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who has a history of bigotry, following the circulation of a video in which Yiannopoulos appeared to endorse pedophilia. Yet Yiannopoulos isn’t the only person scheduled to speak at the 2017 CPAC who has a history of making offensive remarks; the conference’s roster is full of speakers who push xenophobic or otherwise discriminatory agendas and action and buy into conspiracy theories.

February 21, 2017 8:54 PM EST
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Pro-Trump Media Defend President After He Included Sweden In List Of Terrorist Targets

President Donald Trump’s media allies rushed to bolster and clarify his remarks after he called on rally-goers to “Look at what’s happening last night in Sweden” during a February 18 speech before listing three non-Swedish cities recently attacked by homegrown terrorists. Trump later clarified that he was referring to a Fox News report hyping immigrant criminality in Sweden from the prior night, not a nonexistent attack, while conservative outlets, fringe blogs, and fake news purveyors declared that “actually, Trump was right” that Sweden is “experiencing a migrant crime wave,” despite widely cited data that proves otherwise.

February 21, 2017 4:12 PM EST
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Front Page Headlines Fall For Trump’s Press Conference Trap

Following a press conference featuring many questions about ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign was in frequent communication with Russia, front page newspaper headlines the next day hyped “ringmaster Don” and his assertion that he “inherited a mess” while de-emphasizing unanswered questions and new reporting about the Flynn and Russia controversies.

February 17, 2017 5:15 PM EST
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