Immigration: “The Forgotten Issue” In The Presidential Debates

Latinos in the media are criticizing the lack of questions in the first and second presidential debates about what was expected to be an “issue of contention”: immigration. Latino journalists have pointed out that opposition to immigration has “been a centerpiece of Donald Trump’s blustery campaign for more than a year,” yet moderators have not asked “one specific question” about the issue.

October 11, 2016 4:15 PM EDT

Morning Joe Hosts Have Fawned Over Trump Ever Since They Met With Him In September

Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have repeatedly defended and praised Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and hyped his election chances since a reported September meeting they held with Trump in order to “rekindle” relations with him. Since that meeting, the co-hosts have defended Trump against criticism regarding his birtherism, his call for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service detail to disarm, his comments on veterans with PTSD, and his charitable foundation’s violation of the law, while simultaneously downplaying Trump’s polling struggles and defending his performance at the first two presidential debates -- which polls suggest he lost.

October 11, 2016 3:18 PM EDT

NBC Reporter Suggests Scandal Over Routine Status Hearing Regarding Release Of Clinton Emails, Is Immediately Promoted By Donald Trump

NBC News reporter Tom Winter called attention to hacked emails published by Wikileaks which he implied showed the Clinton campaign behaved improperly in communicating about a routine court hearing over the release of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s work emails. Winter’s report received widespread attention when it was promoted by GOP nominee Donald Trump. Only after Trump’s promotion did Winter acknowledge there is no evidence of impropriety. The suggestion of unethical behavior by the Clinton campaign has nonetheless already jumped to CNN.

October 11, 2016 2:14 PM EDT

The Guide To Donald Trump's War On The Press (So Far)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has an extensive history of attacking the media, and his campaign and supporters have joined in the fight throughout the election. The nominee, his surrogates, and his supporters have called media outlets and reporters across the spectrum “dishonest,” “neurotic,” “dumb,” and a “waste of time,” and until recently, the campaign had a media blacklist of outlets that weren’t allowed into campaign events.

October 11, 2016 10:43 AM EDT

Meet Jill Harth, One Of The Trump Sexual Assault Accusers His Media Surrogates Ignore

After the release of a 2005 recording of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault, Trump surrogates appearing in the media are defending the nominee by suggesting that the recording reveals just "words” and that he did not act on them. As proof, these surrogates claim the nominee has never been accused of committing sexual assault. But Jill Harth, a former Trump business associate, filed an unresolved lawsuit alleging that Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990s and is now speaking out again. 

October 10, 2016 4:16 PM EDT

Media Carry Water For Trump, Say He “Staunched The Bleeding” Despite Losing The Debate

Media figures carried water for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after the second presidential debate, promoting the narrative that he “staunched the bleeding” in his ailing campaign with his debate performance. The assertion that Trump “stopped the bleeding” came despite many low points from Trump during the debate, including his statement that he would put his opponent in jail if he became president, and it ignores immediate post-debate polling that showed Trump lost the debate to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

October 10, 2016 3:14 PM EDT

A History Lesson On Abraham Lincoln And Adoption Of The 13th Amendment

Media attacked as “ridiculous” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s citation of Abraham Lincoln during the second presidential debate in explaining why she said during a 2013 speech that politics can require taking different public and private positions. According to The Associated Press, Clinton was correct that she was talking about Lincoln in her 2013 remarks, and according to Time magazine, Clinton accurately characterized Lincoln’s actions in her debate answer.

October 10, 2016 2:09 PM EDT

“A New Low In American Democracy”: Journalists And Pundits Condemn Trump’s Threat To Jail Clinton

Journalists condemned Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s threats, made during the second presidential debate, that he would jail Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton if he were elected, saying they were the sort of thing you would hear in “countries with dictators” and “authoritarian countries” and calling them “stunning” and “a new low in American democracy.”

October 10, 2016 12:45 AM EDT

Reminder To The Media: Trump Is The Worst Possible Messenger On The Clintons’ Marriage

Media should report on the immense hypocrisy of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump levying attacks on former President Bill Clinton’s history with women and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s responses to those women.Trump and several of his closest advisers have long histories of engaging in infidelity, workplace sexual harassment, and misogynistic behavior. Trump himself has also called Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky “totally unimportant,” and, The Washington Post reported, he “repeatedly dismissed and at times mocked” the women who have accused Bill Clinton.  

October 9, 2016 8:05 PM EDT

Trump's Debate Strategy: Revive Conservative Smear That Undermines The American Justice System

Donald Trump is signaling that during the October 9 debate, he will adopt the Washington Free Beacon's smear of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her work in 1975 as a court-appointed attorney for an indigent defendant alleged to have raped a 12-year-old girl, a case she detailed in her memoir a decade ago. As Republican lawyers and the American Bar Association have previously noted, such criticisms undermine the American system of justice.

October 9, 2016 7:59 PM EDT

Kellyanne Conway’s History Of Pushing A Right-Wing Media, Anti-Choice Lie About Abortion

To Limit Abortion Access, Trump's Campaign Manager Has Long Promoted The Dangerous Lie That Democrats Support "Sex-Selective" Abortion

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, has a long history of alleging that the Democratic Party supports allowing so-called “sex-selective” abortions because it devalues "little baby girls." During the 2016 election cycle, Conway has frequently promoted this misleading and unsubstantiated right-wing media myth, which perpetuates harmful racial and ethnic stereotypes and is a cover for greater abortion restrictions.  

October 7, 2016 5:07 PM EDT

Second Presidential Debate Will Provide Prime Opportunity To Ask Candidates About Background Checks For Gun Sales

As the second presidential debate approaches, the issue of expanded background checks for gun sales is leading in a poll of viewer-submitted questions that will be considered by the moderators. While Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton supports expanding background checks, Republican nominee Donald Trump recently told the NRA, which opposes expanded background checks, that he also opposes the policy -- and he has also pushed extreme and inaccurate talking points on guns in GOP primary debates. 

October 7, 2016 11:41 AM EDT