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Hispanic Media Slam Trump For Defending His “Second Amendment People” Comment By Blaming Media

Hispanic journalists are criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for doubling down on his comments about “Second Amendment people” being able to “do” something about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential judicial nominees, a remark that many interpreted as a call for violence against the Democratic candidate. Hispanic media rehashed Trump’s plethora of reckless statements and noted his pattern of responding to backlash “not with apologies but rather justifications” and by blaming the media.

August 11, 2016 2:15 PM EDT
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News Outlets Hyping New Clinton Judicial Watch Email Story Ignore New Development Undermining It

Several news shows and outlets covering a new email dump by conservative group Judicial Watch have ignored developments undermining the group’s claims that emails show the State Department rewarded Clinton Foundation donors with access at the foundation’s request. Judicial Watch baselessly suggested that Doug Band, an aide to Bill Clinton, worked as an agent of the Clinton Foundation to facilitate a donor’s meeting with a U.S. ambassador. Numerous media outlets have reported on the story without noting that the ambassador has since explained that he never met with the donor.

August 11, 2016 1:18 PM EDT
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FL Editorial Boards Call Out Republicans For “Playing Politics” With Zika Funding

Florida editorial boards have lambasted the Republican-led Congress for killing legislation that provided funding for states combating Zika by attaching “poison pill provisions.” The House Republican-backed legislation would defund Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act in communities most affected by Zika, reducing accessibility to family-planning services that could “prevent sexually transmitted Zika cases and unwanted pregnancies for women at high risk of contracting the virus.”

August 10, 2016 1:28 PM EDT
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Fox, Right-Wing Media Run With Conspiracy Linking Clinton To Murdered DNC Staffer

Fox News has followed others in right-wing media in suggesting that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich may have been murdered because he had helped WikiLeaks gain access to the DNC’s email servers. These conspiracy theories were floated after WikiLeaks offered a $20,000 reward for information on Rich’s murder, and after Trump ally Roger Stone suggested Rich was murdered for talking to the FBI about election fraud.

August 10, 2016 1:15 PM EDT
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Here’s How Conservative Media Commentators Are Excusing Trump’s Second Amendment Comments

Conservative media figures attempted to downplay and justify Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments about “Second Amendment people” being able to “do” something about  Hillary Clinton’s possible judicial nominees, blaming "the Clinton spin machine," claiming his comments were taken "out of context," and equating his "joke" to previous statements made by other politicians.

August 10, 2016 12:39 PM EDT
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Trump’s Violent Claim About The Second Amendment And Hillary Clinton Echoes What The NRA Has Said For Years

Outcry over GOP nominee Donald Trump’s claim that “Second Amendment people” could do something about Supreme Court nominations made by Hillary Clinton follows years of National Rifle Association efforts to normalize the notion that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to overthrow a “tyrannical” government. As NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre has put it, “The guys with the guns make the rules”

August 9, 2016 5:33 PM EDT
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Economists And Experts Trash Trump’s “Nonsense” Supply-Side Economic Plan

Economists and tax policy experts from across the political spectrum slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rewritten tax and economic policy proposals, which he unveiled during an August 8 speech at the Detroit Economic Club. Fact-checkers and journalists had already heavily criticized the speech for being “detail-devoid” and “short on specifics.”

August 9, 2016 2:52 PM EDT
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These Outlets Ignored The Conspiracy Theorist Behind The New Benghazi Lawsuit

Several news outlets reporting on a lawsuit brought by the parents of two Benghazi victims that blames their deaths on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton did not mention that the lawsuit is being pushed by anti-Clinton lawyer Larry Klayman, a conspiracy theorist with a long history of suing the Clintons.

August 9, 2016 2:41 PM EDT
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Trump Blames Clinton For Execution Of Iranian Scientist After The Right-Wing Lie Was Debunked

Echoing a myth peddled by right-wing media, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that there was a link between the execution of Shahram Amiri, a nuclear scientist in Iran, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server, which contained a couple emails that appear to discuss Amiri’s case. But there is no evidence either that Clinton’s server was hacked, which would have been necessary for Iran to see the emails, or that the email discussion of Amiri had any connection to his eventual death.

August 9, 2016 12:50 PM EDT
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NY Post Columnist Fearmongers About Recession While Backing Trump Plan That Would Create One

New York Post columnist and Donald Trump supporter Betsy McCaughey pointed to findings from Moody’s Analytics to claim that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s economic plan would dampen economic growth and job creation. McCaughey attempted to argue that Trump’s plan would help the economy, but she neglected to mention that Moody’s actually predicted Clinton’s plan would generate millions of new jobs and spur economic growth while Trump’s plan would cost jobs and likely lead to a recession.

August 8, 2016 3:21 PM EDT
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After Conservative Media Attacked Khizr Khan, He Started To Receive "Hateful Messages"

Conservative media outlets highlighted a section of Khizr Khan’s website that stated he specialized in immigration law to suggest that the real “incentive” for the Gold Star father’s speech criticizing Republicans presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention was that his livelihood could be threatened under a Trump presidency. Khan subsequently told The New York Times that he had received “hateful messages” in the wake of “insinuations… that he was involved in shady immigration cases,” but that he had no immigration clients.

August 7, 2016 4:25 PM EDT
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Experts, Journalists Slam Trump’s All-Male Economic Advisory Council

Journalists and economic experts ridiculed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s 13-person economic advisory team, which was comprised entirely of white men and featured only two individuals with more than an undergraduate background in economics. Trump released the list in anticipation of a policy speech to be delivered at the Detroit Economic Club on August 8.

August 5, 2016 2:44 PM EDT
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CNN Analysts Explain Why Trump’s Backtrack On His False Iran Video Claim Does Not Deserve Praise

Numerous CNN analysts tempered media responses to the revelation that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump backtracked on his widely-criticized false claim that he saw video footage of the U.S. delivering cash to Iran. While some in the media gave Trump credit for “making a rare admission he was wrong,” CNN analysts explained that the remarks were just another attempt by Trump to recreate reality.

August 5, 2016 2:14 PM EDT
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FL Newspapers Largely Give Rubio A Pass On Scheduled Appearance With Anti-LGBT Extremists

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is scheduled to speak alongside anti-LGBT extremists at the “Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project” event in Orlando, FL, from August 11-12. So far, the top 10 Florida newspapers have largely given Rubio a pass on his scheduled appearance, with only one original report and one wire report about Rubio headlining the event. His appearance comes nearly two months after Rubio was criticized for politicizing the massacre at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando. Event speakers include a hate group leader who criticized memorials for victims of the Orlando massacre and a pseudo-historian who has wondered why the government doesn’t “regulate homosexuality” like trans fats.

August 5, 2016 12:04 PM EDT
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