Media Respond To White House’s Blacklist; Calls To Join AP, Time, And USA Today

"The Society Of Professional Journalists Stands By Those News Organizations That Chose Not To Participate In The Briefing"

Media are criticizing as "unacceptable" the Trump administration’s blacklisting of outlets from a White House briefing and some are considering joining the boycott of AP, Time Magazine, and USA Today immediately. Unlike those outlets, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox News accepted the invitation to join the briefing and attended. 

February 24, 2017 8:03 PM EST

Major Publications Fail To Identify Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups In Transgender Policy Coverage

Major news outlets have failed to label the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council -- groups praising President Donald Trump’s repeal of nondiscrimination protections for transgender students -- as anti-LGBTQ hate groups. This failure is part of a larger trend of major news outlets failing to properly identify anti-LGBTQ hate groups or acknowledge their extremism.

February 23, 2017 5:09 PM EST

The Nativist Group That Is Going All Out To Sell Trump's Border Wall Proposal

Right-Wing Media And CIS Are Behind A Major Push For The Wall

Nativist group Center for Immigration Studies and right-wing media outlets touted a deeply flawed and misleading study in order to corroborate top Trump adviser Stephen Miller’s claim that President Donald Trump’s proposal for the construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border would “pay for itself.” Right-wing media's promotion of the flawed study was an attempt to legitimize the Trump administration’s misinformation about undocumented immigrants while also lifting up an anti-immigrant nativist group.

February 23, 2017 2:23 PM EST

Fox News Dismisses Huge Town Hall Participation As Paid Liberal Organizing

Fox News personalities are attempting to downplay the huge number of constituents that are attending town hall events held by their members of Congress as “manufactured” and “paid-for,” and advocating for the cancellation of events because progressive groups are “activating people to turn out and cause a raucous.”

February 22, 2017 8:29 PM EST

Pro-Trump Media Push Myth Of Muslim “No-Go Zones” In Sweden

Following President Donald Trump citing an incident in Sweden that apparently never took place, pro-Trump members of the media attempted to cover for him by perpetuating the lie of “no-go zones” in Sweden despite Swedish authorities debunking this claim.

February 22, 2017 6:44 PM EST

Nativists And White Supremacists Love Trump’s New Immigration Executive Orders

The Department of Homeland Security on February 21 rolled out a pair of memos meant to set internal guidelines for the implementation of President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant executive orders. The flagship policies of those executive orders are unpopular with a majority of Americans, but they have been a cause for celebration among nativists and white supremacists. 

February 22, 2017 3:24 PM EST

CPAC Got Rid Of Milo, But Not The Rest Of Their Bigoted Lineup

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has rescinded the speaking offer its leadership made to former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who has a history of bigotry, following the circulation of a video in which Yiannopoulos appeared to endorse pedophilia. Yet Yiannopoulos isn’t the only person scheduled to speak at the 2017 CPAC who has a history of making offensive remarks; the conference’s roster is full of speakers who push xenophobic or otherwise discriminatory agendas and action and buy into conspiracy theories.

February 21, 2017 8:54 PM EST

Pro-Trump Media Defend President After He Included Sweden In List Of Terrorist Targets

President Donald Trump’s media allies rushed to bolster and clarify his remarks after he called on rally-goers to “Look at what’s happening last night in Sweden” during a February 18 speech before listing three non-Swedish cities recently attacked by homegrown terrorists. Trump later clarified that he was referring to a Fox News report hyping immigrant criminality in Sweden from the prior night, not a nonexistent attack, while conservative outlets, fringe blogs, and fake news purveyors declared that “actually, Trump was right” that Sweden is “experiencing a migrant crime wave,” despite widely cited data that proves otherwise.

February 21, 2017 4:12 PM EST

Front Page Headlines Fall For Trump’s Press Conference Trap

Following a press conference featuring many questions about ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign was in frequent communication with Russia, front page newspaper headlines the next day hyped “ringmaster Don” and his assertion that he “inherited a mess” while de-emphasizing unanswered questions and new reporting about the Flynn and Russia controversies.

February 17, 2017 5:15 PM EST

Trump Team Uses Debunked Right-Wing Media Smear To Deflect From Russia Scandals

President Donald Trump and Sebastian Gorka, Trump's deputy assistant and the former national security editor for, claimed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “approve[d] the sale of 20 percent of our uranium to Russia” in an attempt to deflect from the administration’s ongoing scandals involving Russia. The claim, which originally came from discredited Clinton Cash author and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer, has been repeated by right-wing media but, repeatedly debunked by other sources. This is not the first time Trump has cited the debunked claim and Gorka has a history of pushing conspiracy theories.

February 16, 2017 3:58 PM EST

A Comprehensive Guide To The Right-Wing Media Myths And Facts About Trump’s Potential Health Care Policies

Right-wing media have helped promote piecemeal Republican proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), propagating a series of myths about the efficacy of health savings accounts, the benefits of allowing insurers to sell across state lines, how high-risk pools operate, and what converting Medicaid into so-called “block grants” would mean for beneficiaries. Health care experts have resoundingly rejected these proposals as alternatives to the ACA, as they all would result in higher costs and less coverage for Americans.

February 16, 2017 1:59 PM EST

Right-Wing Media’s “Shadow Government” Conspiracy Theory: Ben Rhodes Edition

Right-wing media figures are hyping claims from the Washington Free Beacon suggesting former White House aide Ben Rhodes may be part of a “secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump's national security apparatus,” beginning with recently resigned White House national security adviser Michael Flynn. The claims, which resemble similar allegations from The New York Post’s Paul Sperry, are largely based on anonymous sources.

February 16, 2017 1:01 PM EST