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Media Shouldn't Be Fooled By The Republican National Convention: Trump, Pence, And The GOP Aren’t LGBT-Friendly

Media should beware that even though the Republican National Convention is featuring speeches from prominent LGBT figures Peter Thiel and Caitlyn Jenner, that does not mean the party or its nominees for president and vice president support LGBT rights. In fact, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, and the GOP platform support anti-LGBT laws and have turned to anti-LGBT extremists and hate group leaders for advice on related issues. Media have a history of whitewashing Trump’s record on LGBT issues and casting him as an advocate for the community despite his documented opposition to LGBT equality.

July 21, 2016 3:28 PM EDT
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Roger Ailes Built The Conservative Infrastructure That Donald Trump Is Exploiting

As news broke that Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was reportedly negotiating his departure from Fox, while simultaneously Donald Trump became the GOP candidate for president, media noted that under Ailes Fox News “created space that Trump filled,” “prepare[d] the way for Trump,” and “help[ed] to create Trump's opening.”

July 21, 2016 2:47 PM EDT
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White Nationalists Love Trump’s Convention: “GOP Is Becoming The De Facto White Party”

Melania Trump Speech Controversy Blamed On “Filthy Kike Media”

White nationalists are praising Republican nominee Donald Trump and the 2016 Republican National Convention. Pro-white racists celebrated that their tweets were featured in the convention hall, defended Melania Trump’s plagiarism from attacks by “the filthy Jews,” and hailed that the Republican Party “is becoming the de facto white party.”

July 20, 2016 3:40 PM EDT
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Chris Christie’s Debunked Clinton Claim About Boko Haram Comes Straight From Right-Wing Media

During his speech at the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie echoed the right-wing media myth that as secretary of state, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton personally “fought” to keep Nigerian group Boko Haram off the terror watch list, which resulted in the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls -- a claim media fact-checkers debunked.    

July 20, 2016 1:05 PM EDT
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Colorado Editorial Board Fails To Disclose Conflict Of Interest While Heralding Senate Candidate Darryl Glenn

The editorial board of The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs, CO, has consistently praised U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn (R) without ever disclosing the financial ties between the editorial board and the campaign. Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show that the wife of Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen received over $3,000 for campaign consulting services in 2015.

July 20, 2016 12:16 PM EDT
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Media Criticize Republican National Convention’s Hostility Toward Latinos

Media roundly criticized the first night of the Republican National Convention, which highlighted the party’s stance on immigration, saying that the speeches “deepened the insult” toward Latinos and relied on “twisted logic” to heighten “anxiety about particular kinds of immigrants.”

July 20, 2016 11:48 AM EDT
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Journalists Ridicule Lack Of Economic Policy During Trump’s “Make America Work Again” Convention Night

Day Two Of The Republican National Convention Focused On Emails, Benghazi, And Clinton-Bashing

The second day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) was billed as an opportunity to highlight Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposals to boost job creation and economic growth. Journalists blasted the RNC and Trump campaign after the speakers ignored the economy and instead attacked Hillary Clinton over issues like the Benghazi attacks and her use of a private email server.

July 19, 2016 10:44 PM EDT
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Roger Ailes' Legacy: Building The GOP's Communications Arm Under The Guise Of A "News" Network

Roger Ailes is reportedly exiting Fox News, the cable network where he has served as CEO since its founding in 1996, amid controversy over his alleged years-long pattern of sexual harassment. Despite its "Fair and Balanced" slogan, Fox News under Ailes' leadership has embraced its role as the communications arm of the Republican Party. During the Obama administration, this partisanship accelerated as the network openly campaigned for Republican candidates, launched the tea party movement, became a farm system for Republican politicians, and served as the stage for Republican presidential primaries, among other egregious ethical issues.

July 19, 2016 9:03 PM EDT
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Soon-To-Be-Former Fox CEO Roger Ailes Has A Long History Of Bigotry, Sexism, And Homophobia

As the departure of chairman and CEO Roger Ailes from Fox News following multiple allegations of sexual harassment becomes increasingly imminent, Media Matters looks back at his extremism and bigotry over the his decades in politics and journalism. The conservative media titan has reportedly engaged in rampant sexism, racially-charged comments, homophobic and religious slurs, and engagement with conspiracy theories.

July 19, 2016 8:27 PM EDT
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