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Media React To "Insane," "Atrocious," "Absolutely Off-The-Rails" Statement From North Carolina GOP

Party Was Responding To NCAA’s Decision To Move Games Out Of North Carolina

A spokesperson for the North Carolina Republican Party responded to the NCAA’s decision to move this year’s championship tournament games out of the state because of HB 2 with a statement that media figures and outlets are calling “insane” and “absolutely off-the-rails.” Multiple reporters even fact-checked the statement to ensure its authenticity and confirm that it didn’t come from “a parody account.” 

September 13, 2016 4:10 PM EDT
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Interviewers Let Trump Surrogates Blatantly Lie About Public Desire To See His Tax Returns

Mainstream media figures have repeatedly failed to challenge claims by surrogates for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that “no one is asking about” Trump’s taxes and that they “don’t hear a lot of interest from people” on the subject. Recent polling data shows that majorities of both likely voters and likely Republican voters want Trump to release his tax returns.

September 13, 2016 2:24 PM EDT
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The Six Worst Media Reactions To Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia Diagnosis

While attending a 9/11 memorial event in New York, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton felt “‘overheated’” and left early, appearing “unsteady” as she entered her campaign van, NBC News reported, noting that she has been diagnosed with pneumonia. Some media figures used the episode to declare that Clinton was “as sick as a bitch” and “having a seizure of some kind.”

September 12, 2016 3:22 PM EDT
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STUDY: Networks Focus Less On Poverty As Coverage Of Inequality Drops

PBS Sets Itself Apart From Broadcast Outlets On Inequality And Poverty, Fox News Remains Major Source Of Misleading Coverage

In the second quarter of 2016, prime-time and evening weekday news programs on the largest broadcast and cable outlets dedicated significantly less time to economic inequality and poverty than they had in the first quarter of the year. The weekday drop-off was led by CNN and MSNBC, which dramatically reduced their programming on inequality. PBS remained the gold standard among broadcast outlets in terms of covering inequality and poverty, while Fox News remained a prevalent source of misinformation on the same topics.

September 12, 2016 9:25 AM EDT
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Why Media Shouldn’t Fall For GOP Attempts To Scandalize Clinton’s “Basket Of Deplorables” Remarks

Republicans are attempting to scandalize Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s remarks that “to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of [Republican nominee Donald] Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” referring to people with bigoted views whom Trump has uplifted. But her remarks are backed by polls finding that significant numbers of Trump supporters hold such deplorable views. Further, there have been numerous instances of racism and sexism at Trump rallies; Trump has successfully courted the racist white nationalist/”alt-right” movement, and Trump’s own campaign manager once referred to his supporters as "downright nasty."

September 10, 2016 1:45 PM EDT
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What Media Are Missing About Planned Parenthood And The Controversy Over Zika Funding

On September 6, Congress again failed to approve a federal response to the Zika virus after Republicans included a legislative “poison pill” designed to exclude Planned Parenthood from receiving funding. In spite of the essential role Planned Parenthood plays in Zika response and prevention, media framed the controversy as an example of Democratic obstruction. Here’s what the media are missing about the Zika funding controversy.

September 9, 2016 4:56 PM EDT
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Journalists, Experts Unimpressed By Trump’s Education Plan

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently delivered an education-focused speech in Cleveland, OH, coupled with the release of what his campaign calls “new school choice policies.” As they have with Trump’s limited previous statements on education, education reporters and experts are pointing out that his proposals lack specifics, don’t reflect political realities, and show a lack of understanding about the federal government’s role in creating education policy. 

September 9, 2016 4:35 PM EDT
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Florida Newspapers Call For Investigation Of Trump-Bondi Connection

Florida editorial boards are calling for federal investigators to look into Florida Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi's connections with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The calls come in response to news that Bondi choose not to investigate Trump University after soliciting and receiving a donation from him in 2013. Trump was fined $2,500 by the IRS this year for violating the law prohibiting such donations.  

September 9, 2016 12:47 PM EDT
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Here Are The Details Media Ought To Report About Trump’s Cleveland School Visit 

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivered remarks on education policy at a Cleveland, OH, charter school September 8. Although Trump’s statements seemed to reflect somewhat vague centrist stances in favor of so-called "school choice" and accountability measures, media should pay attention to the context of Trump’s visit. The nominee appeared at a struggling school privately managed by a for-profit company led by an education privatization proponent with ties to the right-wing American Legislative Education Council (ALEC) and a track record that’s been criticized by even national charter school advocates. 

September 8, 2016 6:28 PM EDT
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Broadcast News Outlets Ignored Trump Modeling Agency's Employment Of Immigrants With Improper Visas

Broadcast network news programs have ignored allegations that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s modeling agency, Trump Model Management, “profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here,” as detailed in an August 30 Mother Jones report. The morning, evening, and Sunday news programs on CBS, NBC, and ABC have not reported on the allegations, even after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called for an investigation into the model management company.

September 8, 2016 2:24 PM EDT
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The Media Should Not Give Republicans A Pass On Unprecedented Obstruction Of Obama’s Judicial Nominees

With Congress back in session and Democrats pushing action on Obama’s judicial nominees, it is important for media reporting on these developments to explain that Senate Republicans are engaging in unprecedented obstruction, which includes a historic blockade of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and exceptional obstruction of judicial nominations to district and circuit courts. Media should point out that Republican senators cannot credibly use the fact that is an election year as an excuse not to move forward with confirmations.

September 8, 2016 9:16 AM EDT
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