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There Is No Trump Mandate

Mainstream and conservative media figures are echoing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s assertion that President-elect Donald Trump has “earned a mandate” with his electoral victory. But Trump appears to have lost the popular vote, and he is the first presidential candidate to win the office without winning a majority of the votes since 2000.

November 10, 2016 4:17 PM EST
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Media Report That Voter ID Laws Could Suppress 34,000 Trans Voters This Election

South Florida Gay News: Voter Suppression Affects The “Electoral Impact Of LGBT People, Further Marginalizing All LGBT People,” “Especially Transgender People Of Color”

Media are reporting that stringent voter ID laws in several states have a harsh impact for transgender voters, who often face barriers to updating their ID documents to reflect their gender and experience harassment and mistreatment as a result. 

November 8, 2016 1:20 PM EST
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Echoing Trump, Fox Casts Doubt On FBI's Probe Into Clinton's Emails

Fox News personalities are echoing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign, which claimed that the FBI would not have been able to “review 650,000 emails in eight days” to cast doubt on the bureau’s probe into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. However, experts point out that the FBI is able to do so using technology such as “automated search and filtering tools.”

November 7, 2016 11:18 AM EST
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Hyping Trump’s Latest “Discipline,” Pundits Whitewash His Recent Unhinged Days

Media figures are once again hyping a “disciplined” Donald Trump in the final days of the presidential campaign, ignoring the Republican presidential nominee’s racist fearmongering, outlandish claims, and “new record” total of lies told in one day. The media has unremittingly sought a Trump “pivot,” which never actually materialized.

November 7, 2016 10:52 AM EST
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Conservatives Run With NY Post Story About Maid Printing Clinton's Emails, Botch Classification History

The New York Post published a front page report alleging that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “routinely asked her maid to print out sensitive government e-mails and documents -- including ones containing classified information,” but ignored the fact the emails in question were classified years after the fact. The report cited only two classified emails, both of which were retroactively classified at the lowest level of classification, a practice which is consistent with past State Department actions. Additionally, in both confidential emails Clinton did not request that her maid print the emails. The author of the report has a history of inaccurate reporting when it comes to Clinton’s emails.

November 6, 2016 2:53 PM EST
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Sean Hannity’s Final Two Weeks Of 2016 Campaign Coverage Has Devolved Into Insanity

During the final two weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign, Fox News host and Trump sycophant Sean Hannity has desperately attempted to boost Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s candidacy by parroting supermarket tabloid smears, hyping fake stories to attack President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and even using a stolen email published by WikiLeaks to assert that Clinton and her campaign staff “are Satanists who participate in witchcraft.”

November 4, 2016 6:28 PM EDT
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Fox Spent All Morning Lying About The Jobs Report To Boost Trump

Both Fox News Channel and Fox Business dedicated significant portions of their morning programing to misleadingly portraying the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) employment report for October 2016 as an "underwhelming" and "lukewarm" sign for the health of the American economy. While Fox was portraying this supposed economic weakness as a boon for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's election hopes, credible media outlets and economic experts were reporting that the jobs report actually showed a national economy that has been steadily improving over the past seven years.

November 4, 2016 3:27 PM EDT
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STUDY: Top Newspapers Give Clinton Email Story More Coverage Than All Other Trump Stories

Five top national newspapers have obsessed over FBI Director James Comey’s letter revealing newly discovered emails potentially related to the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. In the week since Comey’s letter was released, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post have published 100 stories -- 46 of which were on the front page -- about or mentioning the emails.

November 4, 2016 1:43 PM EDT
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STUDY: Fox News Devotes At Least A Sixth Of Its Live Airtime To Bret Baier’s Speculative FBI Report

Fox Ran More Than Two Hours Of Coverage On Report Three Other Networks Have Debunked

Fox News devoted more than two hours of live coverage over one day of programming to Fox News anchor Bret Baier’s anonymously-sourced reporting that included explosive claims about both the FBI’s investigation into a “pay-for-play” relationship between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s office as secretary of state and their investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. Three other networks have debunked and disputed the claims Baier made based on their own sources.

November 4, 2016 11:52 AM EDT
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Right-Wing Media Revive Discriminatory Effort To Discourage Early Voting

Several Fox News hosts have recently been critical of early voting, a process that is especially important to voters of color who face systemic barriers to voting on Election Day. Fox hosts baselessly claimed that voters who already took advantage of early voting now want to change their votes and suggested voters “don’t know all of the information” prior to voting, which raises questions about “the wisdom of early voting.” Right-wing media figures’ contempt for early voting is not new.

November 3, 2016 5:16 PM EDT
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Journalists Blast The FBI For Meddling In 2016 Election

Media outlets and journalists sharply criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for interfering in the presidential election after Director James Comey violated precedent and policy by sending a letter to Congress saying the agency is reviewing newly discovered emails surrounding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server as secretary of state. That announcement was followed by a series of additional leaks from the FBI.

November 3, 2016 1:46 PM EDT
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Media Figures Praise Trump’s Health Care “Policy” Speech, Ignoring His Total Lack Of Specifics Or Viable Policy Proposals

Media figures praised Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his speech in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania that briefly touched on health care, calling it a “very, very good speech” focused on the substance of his proposals for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. In reality, Trump’s speech was full of recycled, unworkable Republican proposals that would increase the deficit and leave an estimated 24 million people without health insurance coverage. 

November 2, 2016 2:38 PM EDT
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Racists, Corruption, And Tabloids: The Story Of Donald Trump's Newspaper Endorsements

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has received endorsements from four national newspapers -- all of which either have familial or financial connections to his campaign, have repeated falsehoods and conspiracy theories to advocate for conservative causes, or have espoused outright racist views. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s newspaper endorsements include a number of Republican-leaning publications that find Trump too “dangerous” to support.

November 2, 2016 12:49 PM EDT
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STUDY: Cable And Broadcast Coverage Of The Economy Stumbles In Election Season

Economists Made Up Roughly 8 Percent Of Guests In Third Quarter Of 2016 Amid Rampant Misinformation From Trump Campaign

Cable and broadcast news outlets dedicated considerably less airtime to the economy in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the previous three-month period, as media focused increasingly on the presidential horserace. The proportion of economic news segments touching on economic inequality increased relative to the previous quarter, but the tone of coverage revealed problematic trends toward misinformation as Fox News assumed an even more prominent role in shaping the dialogue. The relative proportion of economists featured as guests during qualifying segments reached an all-time high during the third quarter as outlets struggled to keep up with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s shifting and often-contradictory tax and economic policy proposals.

November 2, 2016 12:20 PM EDT
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