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  • Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law Is Based On Fox News' “Religious Freedom” Horror Stories

    Blog ››› ››› RACHEL PERCELAY

    Mississippi’s unprecedented anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law is based on bogus “religious liberty” horror stories peddled by Fox News and anti-LGBT activists.

    On April 5, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed  into law a “religious freedom” bill that creates a broad legal defense for individuals, businesses, and religiously affiliated organizations -- like hospitals, schools, and shelters -- to discriminate against LGBT people. Gov. Bryant claimed the law was meant to “protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions … from discriminatory action by state government.”  

    Conservative media have spent years peddling the myth that Christians are being persecuted by LGBT nondiscrimination laws. Fox News has long touted the stories of a handful of anti-gay photographers, bakers, and florists who refused to provide services to same-sex couples and were then sued for violating nondiscrimination ordinances. In regular segments that Fox dubs the “Fight for Faith,” the network often sides with for-profit businesses -- like an Idaho wedding chapel -- to claim that the Christian business owners are being persecuted by the government or LGBT activists:

    Fox News employees have even written books devoted to the anti-LGBT Christian persecution myth. In 2014,Fox News’ anti-gay mouthpiece and serial misinformer Todd Starnes went on a publicity tour for his book God Less America, which details “real stories from the frontlines of the attack on traditional values.” This February, Fox News contributor and prominent conservative media figure Erick Erickson released a book You Will Be Made To Care, The War on Faith, Family And Your Freedom To Believe, which explores how the "leftist-homosexual mafia" is waging a "war on Christians.”

    Conservative media’s misinformation campaign framing Christians as “victims” of discrimination is part of a larger effort by anti-LGBT activists seeking to pass “religious freedom” laws. With Fox News providing the “Fight for Faith” stories to lay the groundwork for laws like Mississippi’s, anti-LGBT organizations can continue their national push for laws that protect anti-LGBT discrimination. 

  • Fox Figures Turn On Fox Contributor Erick Erickson For Organizing Meeting Aimed At Thwarting Trump

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Multiple current and former Fox News figures criticized fellow Fox contributor Erick Erickson for organizing an "anti-Trump" meeting aimed at finding ways to either deny Trump the Republican nomination or run a third-party candidate, calling Erickson a "Benedict Arnold" and criticizing his tactics as a "suicide mission" against Republicans that could help elect Hillary Clinton.

  • Fox's Erickson Reportedly Part Of Effort To Draft Third Party Anti-Trump Candidate

    Blog ››› ››› OLIVER WILLIS

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    Fox News contributor and right-wing radio host Erick Erickson is reportedly part of a campaign to prevent Donald Trump from winning the Republican Party's presidential nomination, and if that fails, to draft a third-party candidate to run against him.

    Politico reports that Erickson is slated to attend a "closed-door meeting" this week in Washington, D.C. to work on the plan:

    The organizers of the meeting include Bill Wichterman, who was President George W. Bush's liaison to the conservative movement, Bob Fischer, a South Dakota businessman and longtime conservative convener, and Erick Erickson, the outspoken Trump opponent and conservative activist who founded RedState.com.

    "Please join other conservative leaders to strategize how to defeat Donald Trump for the Republican nomination," the three wrote in an invitation obtained by POLITICO that recently went out to conservative leaders, "and if he is the Republican nominee for president, to offer a true conservative candidate in the general election."

    Conservative media have been in a state of open civil war for months over Trump's potential candidacy. While some in the conservative media have come out directly opposed to the candidate, often under the banner of "Never Trump," others have been defending him and his actions while lashing out at the "establishment" within the Republican Party.

    Erickson has previously spoken out against Trump. He disinvited him from his RedState Gathering conference after Trump made sexist remarks about Fox host Megyn Kelly, and he called for a Cruz-Rubio unity ticket to block Trump's path to the nomination. 

  • Erick Erickson Demands Marco Rubio Drop Out Of The Presidential Race

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Radio host and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson demanded that Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) drop out of the race and "ally with" Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to "save the party" and stop frontrunner Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination.

    Erickson, who was one of the 22 conservative media figures included in a January National Review feature attacking Trump, proposed before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries that the second and third-place finishers behind Trump should unite against him. Following the Super Tuesday results, Erickson joined other right-wing media figures calling for a "unity ticket," with Rubio as Cruz's vice presidential pick.

    In a March 8 blog post, Erickson wrote that those opposing Trump and supporting Rubio "are handing the nomination to Trump because they cannot face the reality of this election." Erickson stated the "only way to stop Trump now is to ally with Ted Cruz" and said "Rubio needs to get out of the race now" to "save the party and nation":

    I helped launch the #NeverTrump movement with my piece written late two Friday's ago. That night it got over 60,000 hits and the #NeverTrump hashtag became a worldwide trend.

    [...]

    What I am seeing at this point, however, is that #NeverTrump is guaranteeing Trump's nomination because #NeverTrump is really #NeverTed. Many of the most vocal supporters of the #NeverTrump movement are Marco Rubio supporters and they are handing the nomination to Trump because they cannot face the reality of this election.

    The reality is pretty simple. In 20 races, Rubio has won 2 and one of those, Puerto Rico, gets no say in the electoral college. Trump has 384 delegates, Cruz has 300, and Rubio has 151. Kasich, for what it is worth, only has 37.

    [...]

    The only way to stop Trump now is to ally with Ted Cruz. But too many of the #NeverTrump brigade are really #NeverTed. They don't want to look at the math, they don't want to look at the road ahead, they don't want Ted Cruz. They'd rather lose with Rubio and stay home in November than ally with Ted Cruz and even have a shot in November.

    That is genuinely unfortunate and will either guarantee Trump is the nominee or guarantee the Republican Party is destroyed. Marco Rubio, a great man with a struggling campaign, has a cult of personality every bit as committed as Trump's. The difference is that Rubio's cult will give us Trump where Trump's cult alone never could.

    Marco Rubio needs to get out of the race now to stop Trump and save the party and nation. That's just the cold, hard, unpleasant reality.

  • Conservative Media Call For Cruz-Rubio Ticket To Stop Trump

    As Political Journalists Say Contested Convention Needed To Stop Trump, Conservatives Call For Unity Ticket

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Political journalists are declaring that the only way now to prevent Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination after his Super Tuesday victories is to have a contested Republican National Convention, in which delegates would vote by secret ballot to determine the nominee, rather than choosing the candidate they were originally pledged to support. Meanwhile, right-wing media figures are reacting to Trump's success by suggesting a joint ticket featuring Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to stop Trump.

  • Fox & Friends Hosts Celebrate Donald Trump As Other Right-Wing Media Panic

    ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    Hosts of Fox News' Fox & Friends celebrated Republican candidate Donald Trump's Super Tuesday victories, asking whether the GOP establishment will "finally get behind" him, as he "now seems unstoppable." Meanwhile, other conservative media figures panicked over the possibility of a Trump nomination, saying it could end "the GOP in its current form."

  • Right-Wing Media Panic Over Donald Trump's Front-Runner Status On Super Tuesday

    Right-Wing Media: If Trump Gets Nomination, "The GOP In Its Current Form Ends"

    ››› ››› BRENDAN KARET

    Right-wing media figures lamented Donald Trump's primary success, after he won the majority of Republican primary contests on Super Tuesday. Their attacks against the front-runner follows a New York Times report on the formation of the "Our Principles" political action committee, a right wing PAC devoted to a "full-fledged campaign against Donald J. Trump."