Following press coverage of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) comment during the second GOP presidential debate that he was "honored" to have won the endorsement of Gun Owners of America (GOA), the group lashed out at media coverage documenting its long history of extremism. In an open letter posted on its website, GOA claimed it has "NEVER aligned ourselves with racist groups" -- despite the fact that the group's leader, Larry Pratt, once acknowledged that he directed GOA to donate "tens of thousands of dollars" to a white supremacist organization and shared the stage with white supremacists at rallies organized by the racist Christian Identity movement in the 1990s.
Conservative media have paved the way for a government shutdown by championing Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and uncritically hyping deceptively-edited smear videos by the Center for Medical Progress -- even though state and federal investigations continue to find no wrongdoing by the health provider.
The Washington Post's PostPartisan opinion blog took issue with Hillary Clinton's assertion, during an interview on CBS' Face The Nation, that her email use while secretary of state was "fully above board." The Post's piece said that Clinton's argument does not "make her choice to maintain her own e-mail server a good one. Nor does her repeated claim that she is being fully transparent now." But that contention overlooks the fact that the Department of Justice has categorically stated that Clinton was within her rights to "delete personal emails without agency supervision," and "appropriately could have done so even if she were working on a government server."
Fox News personalities defended comments by Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson that he "absolutely would not agree with" an American Muslim being elected president based on the conflated reasoning that a Muslim president is synonymous with violent Islamists and the Koran-based, fundamentalist system of "Sharia law."
Pope Francis is making his first visit to the United States this week. Prior to his visit, conservative media figures have attacked him over his efforts to combat climate change and inequality, labeling him a "Marxist" who is a "danger to the world."
Conservative media figures rallied to the defense of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speculating that the attendee who posed a racially charged question at a New Hampshire campaign event was a plant, not an actual supporter.
Right-wing media are now blaming 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for his own arrest after he brought a homemade clock to school, and accusing President Obama and others of capitalizing on the student's story to falsely push concerns about Islamophobia.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal (LVRJ) published a misleading and contradictory editorial about the effectiveness of expanded background checks in preventing gun violence, omitting crucial statistics showing the value of gun violence prevention measures.
During a recent town hall event, leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declined to correct a participant who falsely claimed President Obama is a Muslim. While reporters have questioned why Trump didn't challenge the questioner's assertions, Trump himself previously speculated on Fox News that Obama might be hiding his birth certificate because it could show "he is a Muslim." Fox News repeatedly pushed the myth that President Obama lacks a valid American birth certificate and questioned his religion.
Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are being called out by the media for making false and misleading claims during CNN's Republican presidential debate about side deals, inspection criteria, and sanctions relief in the Iran nuclear deal.
During the second GOP presidential candidate debate on September 16, Carly Fiorina falsely claimed that the anti-choice Center for Medical Progress' videos targeting Planned Parenthood contained footage of "a fully formed fetus on the table...while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain." Even though multiple fact checkers subsequently noted that the videos contained no such footage, CNN nevertheless rated the false claim as "true, but misleading."
Media outlets gave Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina glowing reviews for her answer to a question about defunding Planned Parenthood during the second GOP debate on September 16. But this praise ignores the fact that Fiorina's attack on Planned Parenthood was based on a fictitious scene from a series of deceptively-edited videos and no such footage exists.
During CNN's September 16 GOP presidential candidate debate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he was "honored to be endorsed by Gun Owners of America as the strongest supporter of the Second Amendment on the stage today." GOA has donated money to a white supremacist group, opposes any background checks on gun sales, and advocates for guns in kindergarten classrooms. Its leader, Larry Pratt, has suggested mass shootings are staged by the government and has past ties to white supremacist and anti-Semitic organizations.
An anonymous writer claimed in a Daily Beast article that the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) -- a key player in the Iran deal fight -- is connected to an Iranian family known as the Namazis, who supposedly support the deal only to make a "fortune" from future economic sanctions relief. But the author provides little evidence to support his claim of clear financial incentives in the slim connections between NIAC and the Namazis, while NIAC denies those alleged ties. The piece also rehashes "dishonest" attacks against NIAC and their connections to the Iranian regime. Moreover, experts say the sanctions relief will benefit the entire Iranian economy.
The New Hampshire Union Leader has hired Grant Bosse, a former researcher at a think tank funded by the Koch brothers, to be the new editor of the paper's editorial page. In his previous role as a columnist for New Hampshire's Concord Monitor, Bosse defended the Koch brothers and once wrote that progressives who believe the billionaire industrialists are trying to control the Republican Party subscribe to a "conspiracy theory."