After withering criticism from right-wing media figures, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt now says that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump "legitimately misunderstood" the foreign policy questions Hewitt asked him during a recent interview, which he initially defended as "fair." Hewitt's backtracking comes just before the second Republican presidential debate, at which Hewitt will join a question-and-answer session that he insists will not be affected by the blowback from his interview with Trump.
Media Matters analyzed cable news coverage of economic issues during the first half of 2015 on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and found that appearances by racial and ethnic minority guests in related segments amounted to less than a quarter of all guest appearances.
Though Fox News regularly features segments and news headlines covering stories related to the transgender community, the network rarely hosts people who openly identify as transgender during its news programming. In nine months of covering transgender issues, Fox News didn't host a single openly transgender guest to speak during nearly thirty transgender-focused segments between September 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015.
CNN.com misleadingly framed the result of its latest poll to claim that Americans are pessimistic about the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran, and downplayed how its own polling shows that support for the deal has risen, and opposition to it has fallen, since July. CNN also didn't provide the same background information in this latest poll as it did in its August poll, which turned up more support for the deal.
Net metering policies, which allow utilities' customers to send energy from solar panels on their homes into the electric grid in exchange for a credit, are being threatened by efforts in several states to roll back or dismantle the policies -- most of which are bolstered by anti-solar myths from utilities and fossil fuel interests that are being parroted in the media. Here are the facts about net metering.
The Florida agency tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood clinics in that state found no evidence that they were mishandling fetal remains, but Gov. Rick Scott's office altered the agency's statements to remove language that exonerated Planned Parenthood, and added new language that made the organization look guilty of wrongdoing. Several media outlets unwittingly quoted the statements before the misleading edits were discovered.
After the Department of Justice (DOJ) told a federal court that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had full authority to delete what she determined to be personal emails without involvement from the agency, most of the Sunday political talk shows covering the Clinton email story failed to mention this development.
Conservative media seized on the fourteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks to stoke fears that the Iran nuclear agreement will create new opportunities for terrorist attacks. But experts have pointed out the deal keeps in place "sanctions related to Iran's human rights abuses and support for groups linked to terrorism," and that terrorists would actually benefit more if the agreement were rejected.
Major news outlets have almost entirely failed to identify Liberty Counsel -- the group defending Rowan County clerk Kim Davis -- as an anti-LGBT "hate group," often only referring to the group as a "Christian" or "conservative" legal organization.
The New York Times has continued to largely ignore the repeated advice of its public editor to report that the type of in-person voter fraud that strict voter ID laws are supposed to prevent is virtually nonexistent. In the year since Margaret Sullivan last publicly asked the paper's editors to curb "false balance" in their "he said, she said" coverage of the voter ID issue, The Times gave a free pass to claims of voter fraud in 60 percent of its stories. That's an increase of more than 10 percent over the number of stories between 2012-2014 that contained unsupported claims that voter ID is needed to stop voter impersonation, according to a previous Media Matters study.
Numerous mainstream outlets are reporting on Jeb Bush's proposal to lower income tax rates and reduce exemptions as being "populist" and anti-Wall Street, ignoring that his proposal offers no means of making up for lost revenue and is essentially a retread of mainstream Republican tax policy, including George W. Bush's disastrous tax cuts from 2001 and 2003.
Media outlets reported on congressional Republicans' plan to delay implementation of the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran by alleging President Obama inappropriately failed to provide details of the "side deals" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Congress. But those outlets failed to note that the IAEA deal with Iran is confidential, which is "standard operating procedure" for agreements of this type.
Fox News has capitalized on the growing global refugee crisis to push Islamophobic smears and paint all Muslims as terrorists.
Recent moves by state and federal lawmakers to defund Planned Parenthood would mean the elimination of critical family planning services, wellness checks, STD testing, and cervical and breast cancer screenings for millions of Americans -- a grim reality that Fox News is doing its best to deny by claiming that community health clinics could absorb Planned Parenthood's patients, which health experts say would be impossible.
A misleading editorial in The Orange County Register echoed discredited right-wing attacks in hopes of sinking a statewide ballot initiative, the Fair Wage Act of 2016, which would raise the California minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2021.