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Right-Wing Media Attack Obama’s Eulogy For Fallen Dallas Police Officers As A “Middle Finger To Cops”

Appearing alongside former president George W. Bush in Dallas, Texas, President Obama eulogized police officers targeted in a “hate crime” last week during a Black Lives Matter march. Right-wing media figures immediately lashed out, calling Obama’s speech “bullshit,” labeled Obama the “divider-in-chief,” and claimed his statements “gave a middle finger to the cops.”

July 12, 2016 5:06 PM EDT
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There’s More To The Harvard Racial Bias Study Than Right-Wing Media Are Reporting

Other Media Note Error Of Extrapolating From Limited Data

After The New York Times published results from Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer’s study showing that police, after making a stop, are “less likely to shoot if the suspects were black," right-wing media hyped the report headline that there was “no racial bias” involved in police shootings. They argued that high rates of black crime could instead explain the disproportionate rate of black fatalities at the hands of police. But other media outlets noted that the study’s data is limited, that it is based on testimonies of police officers, and that it “avoided the question of whether black citizens are more likely to be stopped to begin with.”

July 12, 2016 3:03 PM EDT
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Fox Figures Circle The Wagons Around Boss Roger Ailes Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Fox News personalities are training their fire on former colleague Gretchen Carlson after the former host filed a “sexual harassment/retaliation” lawsuit against Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Carlson’s suit comes after years of overt sexism by Fox guests and on-air personalities and stirred a flurry of new attention to Ailes’ notorious track record of vulgar conduct and sexist behavior toward women.

July 11, 2016 9:22 AM EDT
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"So Fucking Irresponsible": NY Post's Cover About Shooting Of Dallas Police Roundly Condemned

In the wake of an attack on police officers in Dallas, TX, during a peaceful demonstration against the recent police shootings of two black men, the New York Post used the cover of its Friday edition to announce a "civil war." Media figures from across the political spectrum condemned the "utterly irresponsible" cover as "morally perverse and factually wrong."

July 8, 2016 2:37 PM EDT
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Right-Wing Media Lash Out At Obama After Attack On Police In Dallas

Several conservative media figures lashed out at President Barack Obama after an attack on police officers in Dallas, TX, during a peaceful demonstration against the recent police shootings of two black men. Numerous Fox personalities blamed Obama for the attacks and right-wing media figures criticized his remarks in the aftermath of the shootings.

July 8, 2016 12:48 PM EDT
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Five Times Comey Corrected Right-Wing Media Misinformation During His Congressional Testimony On Clinton Email Probe

During his July 7 testimony on Capitol Hill, FBI Director James Comey dismantled several right-wing media myths about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. In his testimony about the FBI’s recommendation against pursuing criminal charges, Comey debunked flawed comparisons and corrected faulty definitions that right-wing media have repeatedly pushed.

July 7, 2016 3:20 PM EDT
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CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield Shows The Media How To Report On Sexual Assault

Following public outrage over the lenient sentencing of convicted rapist and former Stanford University student Brock Turner, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield dedicated five consecutive days of coverage to the case. In those five days, Banfield featured the words of the woman Turner attacked and brought on guests to discuss the severity of sexual violence, demonstrating how the media should report on sexual assault and rape.

July 6, 2016 4:22 PM EDT
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STUDY: Fox News Falls Dramatically Short In Alton Sterling Shooting Coverage

CNN And MSNBC Provided Over 15 Times As Much Coverage

A Media Matters analysis of the three cable networks’ coverage of the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, a black man, in Baton Rouge, LA, found that Fox News devoted less than 7 minutes to the shooting, while CNN and MSNBC each covered the shooting extensively and aired several related press conferences. Media Matters analyzed the cable networks’ coverage between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. on July 6, the day after the shooting.

July 6, 2016 3:32 PM EDT
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Right-Wing Media Run With Another Baseless Comparison With Clinton Emails

Media spuriously likened Hillary Clinton’s email use to the case of Bryan Nishimura -- who was criminally charged with mishandling classified information -- after FBI Director James Comey announced the bureau would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton. Media figures seized on Nishimura’s 2015 charges to erroneously characterize Comey’s announcement as a double standard, but, as with the debunked comparisons of Clinton’s email use to David Petraeus’ and John Deutch’s cases, legal experts note that unlike Clinton, Nishimura knowingly mishandled classified information.

July 6, 2016 2:24 PM EDT
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What Attacks On Bilingual Education Get Wrong

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham has spent months repeatedly issuing xenophobic rants against the perceived dangers of bilingual education in U.S. schools, asserting that teaching students in more than one language -- in particular immigrant students whose home language is Spanish -- somehow contributes to a decline in school quality at a high cost. But Ingraham’s claims about dual-language learning ignore the wide body of research showing that fostering bilingualism and multilingualism in schools and teaching students in their home language as well as English can have lasting positive impacts for individuals and for the economy.

July 6, 2016 12:51 PM EDT
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Trump, Right-Wing Media In Sync With Conspiracy Theories Over FBI Referral On Clinton Email Server

After FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI has concluded its investigation into the private email server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state and recommended no criminal charges be filed, right-wing media figures and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pushed baseless conspiracy theories, including suggesting that the timing of the event was linked to Clinton’s campaign appearance with President Obama later that day.

July 5, 2016 9:25 PM EDT
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