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Media Credulously Repeat NRA’s False Claim That Clinton Opposes Gun Ownership

Media outlets reporting on the NRA’s new $5 million ad buy that claims Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “could take away” your “right to self-defense” failed to hold the gun organization to account for the falsity of that claim. While media reporting on the ad repeated and gave credence to the NRA’s claims, they often failed to cite Clinton’s actual positions on gun regulation or mention the fact-checkers who have debunked a nearly identical NRA ad targeting Clinton as “false.”

September 21, 2016 12:49 PM EDT
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Sean Hannity’s History Of Race-Baiting And Promoting Trump’s Attacks On Minorities

In the run-up to tomorrow’s town hall event for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, hosted by Fox News' Sean Hannity, media outlets should be aware not only of Hannity’s history of race-baiting but also of his penchant for defending and furthering Trump’s racist attacks on racial and ethnic minorities.

September 20, 2016 5:11 PM EDT
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Trump’s Extreme New Anti-Choice Agenda Is Full Of Right-Wing Media’s Favorite Misinformation

On September 16, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump released a letter announcing a new “pro-life coalition,” led by a known anti-choice extremist. As part of the announcement, Trump also pledged a commitment to four anti-choice policy priorities that have been long promoted by right-wing media, involving defunding Planned Parenthood, banning abortion, and entrenching the Hyde amendment as federal law.

September 20, 2016 4:14 PM EDT
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Right-Wing Media’s Number One Suspect In Bombings: “Political Correctness”

Fox Guest: "Political Correctness Kills"

Right-wing media figures parroted Donald Trump’s suggestion that so called “political correctness” led to the bombings in New York City and New Jersey because of America’s unwillingness to profile Muslim Americans indiscriminately during the immigration process.

September 19, 2016 8:56 PM EDT
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Right-Wing Media Falsely Claim Clinton Is Adopting Trump’s Position On Refugee Vetting

Conservative media claimed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was adopting rival Republican nominee Donald Trump’s stance on how to handle refugees and immigrants after she called for “tough vetting” following a series of recent terror attacks. However, Clinton has been consistent in calling for “rigorous” and “thorough” vetting, while also arguing that “we cannot allow terrorists to intimidate us into abandoning our values and our humanitarian obligations.” 

September 19, 2016 3:29 PM EDT
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Flashback: How Fox News Promoted Trump's Birtherism

As the Trump campaign attempts to put Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s racist, conspiratorial claims about President Obama's birthplace to rest, it’s important to remember that Fox News and Fox Business helped lay the groundwork for Trump’s birtherism by giving him a platform to promote his birther beliefs -- which some Fox hosts, analysts, and contributors embraced.

September 16, 2016 3:22 PM EDT
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Cable Networks Were "Played Like A Fiddle" By Donald Trump’s “20-Second” Birther Statement

A slew of media critics and commentators shamed cable news networks for being “played” into providing free live coverage of a campaign event for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. After Trump teased a “major announcement,” cable news networks provided wall-to-wall coverage in anticipation that Trump would address criticism over his role in pushing conspiracy theories that President Obama was not born in the U.S. Trump’s mere seconds-long statement “came only after a lengthy campaign event featuring military officers and award winners who have endorsed him,” turning it into “a de facto commercial for the GOP candidate.”

September 16, 2016 2:30 PM EDT
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Wall Street Journal Lauds Trump’s Economic Plan Experts Called “Nonsense” And “Fantasy”

Editorial Board Favorably Compares Trump Economic Vision To Jeb Bush’s Plan

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board praised Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s latest update of his tax and economic policy proposals, which he announced during a September 15 speech at the Economic Club of New York. The Journal lauded Trump’s goal of sustained economic growth of 4 percent or more annually -- comparing it favorably to failed GOP candidate Jeb Bush’s 4 percent pledge. Once again, the editorial board ignored both the Journal’s own reporting that 4 percent growth would require economic “wizardry” and criticism from economists and experts who have frequently slammed Trump and Bush’s “nonsense” trickle-down economic plans.

September 16, 2016 1:41 PM EDT
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Pundits Say Trump Can Put Years Of Birtherism To Rest By Just Saying He Believes Obama Is American

After five years of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pushing the conspiracy theory that President Obama was not born in America, his campaign released a statement on September 15 claiming that Trump actually does believe Obama was born in America. Media figures claimed that once the candidate actually makes that statement himself, he will put birtherism “to bed.” But media shouldn’t let Trump whitewash his multi-year effort to push this conspiracy theory.

September 16, 2016 11:27 AM EDT
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Right-Wing Media Figures Push Trump’s Suggestion That Ford Is Sending Jobs To Mexico

Right-wing media figures advanced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s suggestion that Ford Motor Company was sending Michigan auto jobs to Mexico despite the fact that Ford CEO Mark Fields said Trump’s innuendo was “absolutely not true” and that “zero” jobs are being exported from Michigan. The auto giant is retooling its Michigan Assembly Plant to focus exclusively on large, profitable trucks and SUVs while reallocating production of less profitable small cars to Mexico in response to changing consumer preferences in the United States.

September 15, 2016 11:22 PM EDT
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Media Host Trump Adviser Boris Epshteyn On Russia Without Disclosing His Business Ties

Media outlets have been hosting Donald Trump senior adviser Boris Epshteyn, who has used the platform to defend Russian President Vladimir Putin from criticism and to claim that the Clintons, not Trump, have “been way too cozy with the Russians.” Outlets have failed to disclose during discussions about Russia that Epshteyn has financial ties to the former Soviet Union, which include consulting for “entities doing business in Eastern Europe” and moderating a Russian-sponsored conference on "investment opportunities in Moscow.” 

September 15, 2016 4:04 PM EDT
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Experts And Critics Tear Apart Trump’s Recycled Tax And Economic Policy Reforms

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump once again updated his tax and economic policy proposals during a September 15 speech at the Economic Club of New York. Journalists and experts immediately slammed Trump’s plan as “a total fantasy,” “pretty much impossible,” and “pie in the sky.”

September 15, 2016 3:54 PM EDT
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