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  • Conservative Media Figures Dismiss and Downplay Corey Lewandowski's Battery Charge

    ››› ››› JARED HOLT

    On March 29, police charged Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, with simple battery after an incident in which police say he grabbed former Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields, leaving bruises on her arm. Soon after the news broke, several conservative media figures hustled to downplay the charge and dismiss its significance.

  • Media Should Be Wary Of Speaker Ryan's Renewed Interest In Poverty

    ››› ››› ALEX MORASH

    On January 9, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will host a presidential candidate forum in Columbia, South Carolina focused on poverty. As media outlets prepare to cover the event, will they remember that despite Ryan's gentler language, he has a history of promoting budget and fiscal policies that would harm Americans struggling with poverty?

  • A Guide To The Right-Wing Media Myths About Syrian Refugees In The Wake Of The Terror Attacks In Paris

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Right-wing media have repeatedly exploited the November 13 ISIS-led terror attacks in Paris to stoke fears about Syrian refugees posing a terror threat in the U.S., falsely claiming that the United States lacks a rigorous refugee vetting system, that most Syrian refugees are adult males "of fighting age," and that, like the attacks in Paris, the Boston Marathon bombing and Ft. Hood shooting were perpetrated by refugees.

  • Fox News' History Of Defending Jeb Bush's Controversial Statements

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Fox News has consistently helped Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush run defense for many of his controversial remarks, including his assertions that he would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq, that Americans "need to work longer hours" to boost the economy, and that the federal government spends "too much" on women's health.

  • Fox News Ignores, Then Downplays Wash. Post Report On Jeb Bush's Dubious Business Dealings

    Blog ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Fox News downplayed a recent report on questionable business dealings made by Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush after having ignored the story in the days after it broke.

    On June 28, The Washington Post reported on Bush's business dealings in the years before and after he was governor of Florida and said Bush "often benefited from his family connections and repeatedly put himself in situations that raised questions about his judgment and exposed him to reputational risk." As The Post also noted:

    Five of his business associates have been convicted of crimes; one remains an international fugitive on fraud charges. In each case, Bush said he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing and said some of the people he met as a businessman in Florida took advantage of his naiveté.

    On the June 30 edition of Fox & Friends, correspondent Carl Cameron downplayed The Post's reporting, saying Bush, "like any kind of businessman," has had "some ups and some downs" and "some of the downs have been in the press lately." Cameron claimed Bush's decision to release 33 years of tax returns could be a response to reporting on his business dealings:

    CAMERON: 33 years of tax returns, that's a lot.

    [...]

    STEVE DOOCY: I'm sure it's just a coincidence it's coming out today, not raining on anybody's parade, just a coincidence, right, Carl?

    CAMERON: Wouldn't dream of it. And it's also worth noting, you know, that his business career, he made a lot of money, but, you know, like any kind of businessman, there were some ups and some downs, and some of the downs have been in the press lately, so this may be answering a little bit of that, but it's also sending a message to Chris Christie ... Look out, Hillary Clinton, when it comes to transparency.

    Prior to Cameron's remarks, Fox had ignored The Post's reporting completely in its primetime coverage since the story broke.

  • Dishonest Fox News Chart: Obama Approval Rating Edition

    Blog ››› ››› ZACHARY PLEAT

    A Fox News segment displayed a misleading chart based on a poll that appeared to show 110 percent of Americans disapproved of President Obama's job performance.

    On the July 30 edition of Special Report, the following chart was shown during a report by Fox News political correspondent Carl Cameron on Obama's popularity in the "twelve states most likely to decide Senate control":

    Fox poll

    Without showing the number of likely voters who approve of Obama's job performance, viewers are left with the impression that more than 100 percent of respondents disapprove of the president's job performance. Watch:

    The actual poll from Democracy Corps showed the president's job approval holding steady in battleground states at nearly 40 percent and his approval rating nationwide remains over 40 percent:

    Democracy Corps poll

    This is the latest example of the many times Fox News has aired deceptive charts to push its conservative agenda.

  • Fox News Chief Political Correspondent Fundraising For A GOP And Koch-Linked Group

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron will speak at a fundraiser benefiting a group run by former Republican Party officials and linked to controversial industrialists Charles and David Koch.

    Cameron is a speaker at The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy's (JBC) annual Libertas Dinner on July 23. The event will also feature former Gov. Steve Merrill (R-NH) and honor Joe McQuaid, publisher of the Union Leader and "GOP Kingmaker in New Hampshire." Sponsorship levels run from $100 to $10,000.  

    In an email to Media Matters, JBC president Charles M. Arlinghaus said that Cameron isn't being paid for his appearance and was asked to speak because of Cameron's connections to him and McQuaid.

    "I wanted Carl partly because I've known Carl for more than 20 years and love him. He's a local guy and one of the nicest, most decent people I've interacted with in a profession that doesn't always include a lot of people you can say that about so I wanted to jump at an opportunity to be on a podium with him," Arlinghaus wrote.

    "Second, he's perfect for Joe. The primary purpose of the event is to honor Joe and because Carl has known Joe for so long and in such an interesting way (different types of journalism, organizations that have had complementary and sometimes rival purposes) I think he sets off Joe perfectly. I think Carl talking about Joe will be the combination of history, nostalgia, and a sort of backstage look at the radio/TV/newspaper relationship that turns the event from a boring cattle call into a fun evening."

    Cameron joined Fox News in 1996 and serves as its chief political correspondent. His duties include reporting on political campaigns, including from New Hampshire. He was previously the political director for New Hampshire's WMUR-TV.

    JBC describes itself as a non-partisan organization dedicated to "individual freedom and responsibility, limited and accountable government, and an appreciation of the role of the free enterprise system." The group was co-founded by Emily Mead, who worked as a policy adviser for President George H.W. Bush. Its board is chaired by former Republican congressional candidate Richard Ashooh, and its directors include former NH Senate President Tom Eaton (R), former New Hampshire Republican State Committee executive director Anna Barbara Hantz, Republican consultant James Sununu, and former Republican NH Gov. John H. Sununu. Arlinghaus previously worked for the New Hampshire Republican Party and Republican National Committee.  

  • Fox Report Hides The Overwhelming Support For Stronger Gun Safety Laws

    Blog ››› ››› THOMAS BISHOP

    Fox News political correspondent Carl Cameron obscured results from a Gallup poll which found that most Americans dissatisfied with gun safety laws want them to be stronger.

    On the April 25 edition of Special Report, Cameron reported on the NRA's annual leadership forum taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the segment Cameron hyped the NRA's "defeat of gun control and background check legislation last year," and its efforts in getting concealed carry laws passed in all 50 states. Cameron ended his praise of the NRA by highlighting a Gallup poll, claiming the results found an increased dissatisfaction with gun laws because they are too strict.

    CAMERON: Fifty-five percent of the country is unhappy with U.S. gun laws. And that's up 4 percent from last year, and it's because there's been a 10percent increase in people who think the laws are too strict.

    What Cameron failed to mention was that the Gallup poll actually found that most Americans dissatisfied with gun laws in the U.S. want stronger gun laws. Gallup reported that those "who are dissatisfied have historically leaned heavily in the direction of wanting stricter rather than less strict laws.":