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  • CNN Reports Hillary Clinton Mentioned More At Republican National Convention Than Donald Trump

    Pamela Brown: Hillary Clinton Is “The Unifying Force In A Party So Very Much Divided Over Donald Trump”

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Tuesday Night's RNC Speeches

    CNN correspondent Pamela Brown reported that speakers at the Republican National Convention have mentioned Hillary Clinton more times than they have referenced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    Brown reported that during the first two days of the convention “Donald Trump’s name was mentioned 61 times, versus 79 times for Hillary Clinton.” Brown echoed sentiments highlighted by media outlets pointing out that Clinton is “the unifying force in a party so very much divided over Donald Trump”:

    ERIN BURNETT (HOST): One thing that has stood out in the speeches that we have seen so far here in Cleveland is that Donald Trump has not gotten as many mentions as Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton, in fact, has been bashed by speaker, after speaker, her name mentioned much more often than that of Donald Trump.

    [...]

    So, what will happen tonight? Will we hear a lot of pro-Donald Trump, or more anger against Hillary Clinton? Pamela Brown is on the floor here out front, as this convention comes to order. Pamela, that's the big question tonight.

    PAMELA BROWN: Well, you can expect it, Erin. In years past, we know that the opponent usually is hammered away one night, but it seems though Hillary Clinton is the target every night here at the Republican Convention. She's really the unifying force, in a party so very much divided over Donald Trump.

    We know that Governor Mike Pence is expected to come out and call her "Secretary of Status Quo," you can expect Ted Cruz, who has not formally endorsed Donald Trump yet, to also hit on Hillary Clinton.

    In fact, we counted just the past couple of nights, Donald Trump's name was mentioned 61 times, versus 79 times for Hillary Clinton. And you heard the crowd here last night really got galvanized whenever her name was mentioned, and they kept chanting "Lock her up, lock her up."

    Now Hillary Clinton, for her part, says some of these people coming out against her such as Rudy Giuliani have praised her in the past, and they're only saying these things because we're right in the middle of an election year.

  • CNN’s Corey Lewandowski Struggles To Defend Trump From Newest Financial Report Irregularities

    Former Trump Campaign Manager And Newest CNN Contributor Blames Paul Manafort For Mysterious Payment To Company

    Blog ››› ››› THOMAS BISHOP

    In his first interview as a CNN contributor, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski attempted to defend Donald Trump against allegations of wrongdoing after the Washington Post reported that the campaign paid over $700,000 to a company called Left Hand Enterprises LLC.

    The Washington Post reported on June 23 that a company called Left Hand Enterprises LLC, which was to print and send direct mail advertisements, “received two big payments” totaling “$730,637 over five days.” The first payment was made to the company just three days after it was formed, raising questions about what the company actually did for the campaign:

    On April 25, a new company called Left Hand Enterprises LLC was formed in Delaware, listing its address at an incorporation service provider in Wilmington.

    A few days later, the firm received two big payments totaling $503,133 from Donald Trump's presidential campaign to print and send a major shipment of direct mail. The campaign cut another $227,504 check to Left Hand Enterprises on May 2, new campaign finance filings show.

    The rapid series of payments — $730,637 over five days — made Left Hand the 10th biggest vendor to the Trump campaign for the entire election cycle. But why it was hired, and what work it provided, remains a mystery even to some top Trump aides.

    […]

    The first two payments to Left Hand were made on April 28 and April 29 — just days before the crucial May 3 Indiana primary, where Sen. Ted Cruz made his last unsuccessful stand against Trump. Since direct mail firms usually require payment before sending out a shipment, Left Hand would have had very little time to get leaflets to mailboxes in Indiana before voters went to the polls, according to people who work in the industry.

    Lewandowski told CNN’s Erin Burnett that he was not responsible for the payments to Left Hand, but defended Trump claiming that “if there is anything that has not been appropriate, Mr. Trump will find it and fix it.” Burnett challenged Lewandowski asking whether it was he or Paul Manafort who managed the Left Hand payment. Lewandowski blamed Manafort:

    Lewandowski’s defense of his former boss came during the same interview in which he declined to say whether or not he had signed a document that would forbid him from criticizing Trump. Since CNN announced the hiring of Lewandowski as a contributor, the network has received heavy criticism from media figures, including “grumbling” from CNN staffers.

  • STUDY: How The Media Is Covering Presidential Candidates' Climate Science Denial

    ››› ››› KEVIN KALHOEFER

    Several months into the 2016 presidential campaign, the media is frequently failing to fact-check statements by presidential candidates denying the science of climate change. Seven major newspapers and wire services surveyed by Media Matters have thus far failed to indicate that candidates' statements conflict with the scientific consensus in approximately 43 percent of their coverage, while the major broadcast and cable news outlets other than MSNBC have failed to do so 75 percent of the time.

  • Erin Burnett At Odds With Her CNN Colleagues Over Debt Ceiling

    Blog ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    Erin BurnettCNN host Erin Burnett attempted to downplay the consequences of reaching the debt ceiling, ignoring both the reporting of her CNN colleagues and experts who warn that passing the debt ceiling would result in default and economic harm.

    On the October 8 edition of CNN's OutFront, Burnett argued that the conversation around reaching the debt limit had become "hyperbolic," claiming "experts tell us you can reach the debt ceiling without defaulting on the debt" because "if the debt ceiling is breached, there is enough money to fund half to two-thirds of the economy." Burnett repeated one economist's claim that "The bottom line is there is enough money coming in to pay the interest on the debt, the military, and up to two-thirds of government activity":

    Earlier in the day, however, CNN anchor Christine Romans argued against proponents of prioritization, saying: "You hear people like Congressman Ted Yoho and others talk about, you know, 'Oh, they'll just have to prioritize.' You can't. There's not enough money that we finance the operations of the government. It would be instant austerity that many economists say could send us into a recession if they don't work this out":

    Experts have also pointed out that the prioritization plan Burnett pushed would not prevent default. Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin wrote in a Treasury Department blog that prioritizing debt payments "would not actually prevent default":

    While well-intentioned, this idea is unworkable.  It would not actually prevent default, since it would seek to protect only principal and interest payments, and not other legal obligations of the U.S., from non-payment. Adopting a policy that payments to investors should take precedence over other U.S. legal obligations would merely be default by another name, since the world would recognize it as a failure by the U.S. to stand behind its commitments. It would therefore bring about the same catastrophic economic consequences Secretary Geithner has warned against.

    Business Insider post also pointed out: "It's not true that on all days the Treasury has more money coming in than it has to pay out. ... The U.S. might be able to prioritize for a few days, but come November the U.S. would have to pay way more than was coming in that day, and we'd have a real breach no matter what." The post included a chart that compiled data from Goldman Sachs and the Treasury Department, showing that by early November, the combination of headroom under the debt ceiling and cash balance would reach zero by early November:

    Another of Burnett's CNN colleagues pointed out that the consequences of reaching the debt ceiling would have a devastating effect on the stock market. During the October 8 edition of The Lead, CNN business correspondent Alison Kosik responded to a question about the debt ceiling's effect on the economy by noting that "if a default happens, there's one analyst who says that the S&P 500 could drop 45 percent":

  • Chris Hayes' Climate Coverage Towers Over His Primetime Peers'

    Analysis: Hayes' Recent Documentary Is Simply The Tip Of The Iceberg

    Blog ››› ››› SHAUNA THEEL

    MSNBC documentary Politics of PowerMSNBC host Chris Hayes released a documentary on climate change Friday, continuing relatively in-depth coverage of what he calls "the single greatest threat that we face." In fact, Media Matters found that even prior to this documentary, Hayes dedicated over 1 hour and 40 minutes to climate change since the launch of his primetime show -- more than three times that of four shows on CNN and Fox News combined in that same time period. Including the coverage that Hayes dedicated to previewing and airing the documentary "The Politics of Power" on Thursday and Friday, Hayes has covered climate change for over 3 hours -- about nine times those shows combined.

    From April 1, when the show All In with Chris Hayes premiered, to August 14, Hayes discussed climate change 19 times, devoting approximately 1 hour and 42 minutes to the issue*. By contrast, CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront only mentioned climate change once for about two minutes, Anderson Cooper 360 didn't mention it at all, and Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity only mentioned climate change dismissively, devoting twelve and seven minutes to the topic, respectively. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow also devoted more coverage than these other four primetime shows combined, discussing climate change eight times for a total of 32 minutes.

    Media Matters Analysis

    During this time period, President Barack Obama gave a major speech on climate change, carbon dioxide levels exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in human history, wildfires in the West and flooding in the Midwest were worsened in the context of this carbon pollution, and Republican politicians made several colorful claims denying the overwhelming science on climate change as a pro-Obama group conducted a campaign to highlight exactly these types of remarks.