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  • How NY Radio Host Mark Simone Shills For Donald Trump

    ››› ››› DANIEL ANGSTER, KATHRYN KARMAZYN & JULIE ALDERMAN

    New York radio host Mark Simone, a longtime friend of GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump, has used his show to shill for Trump and defend him from criticism on his radio show and during guest appearances on television. Independent of his support for Trump, Simone has also attacked immigrants, minorities, and Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

  • Fox's Dobbs Cites "Great Reporting" From Misogynist To Attack Michelle Fields

    Blog ››› ››› OLIVER WILLIS

    Fox Business host Lou Dobbs attacked conservative reporter Michelle Fields -- who has accused Donald Trump's campaign manager of physically assaulting her -- by citing the work of a misogynist who has excused rape.

    On the official Twitter account of Lou Dobbs Tonight, Dobbs linked to a post from the website Danger & Play, describing it as "Great Reporting." Conservative columnist Ann Coulter also promoted the post, writing, "It's beginning to look like Michelle Fields assaulted Trump."

    The story at Danger & Play, written by Mike Cernovich -- the owner of the site -- is an attack on former Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields entitled, "How Michelle Fields Hoaxed Herself Into Mainstream Stardom."

    Fields has accused Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of pulling her to the ground at a Trump campaign event and leaving bruises on her arm.

    Cernovich's site publishes numerous articles, essays, and audio recordings that attack feminists, "SJWs," (social justice warriors) and dispute the validity of date rape claims. Some headlines from Danger & Play include "Matriarchy has Created a False Rape Culture" and "Feminists Don't Care About Rape."

    He also claims that anyone who "believe[s] in college rape culture" is "a gullible fool who believes feminists."

    On his Twitter accounts, @PlayDangerously and @Cernovich, Cernovich has published several tweets dismissing the possibility of date rape and expressing crass, misogynist thoughts:

    • "The hotter the sex, the more closely it resembles rape." [10/15/11]
    • "The only rape culture is Muslim rape culture." [3/9/15]
    • "A whore will let her friend ruin your life with a false rape case. So why should I care when women are raped?" [1/30/12]
    • "Have you guys ever tried 'raping' a girl without using force? Try it. It's basically impossible. Date rape does not exist." [8/11/12]
    • "How to tell if someone is a true player? There's a 100% chance he's had a pregnancy scare, and a 25% chance he's had a false rape scare." [10/19/11]
    • "Fat/ugly women seek out dominant men to abuse them. Then they seek sympathy from others." [7/2/14]

    Cernovich has written several articles professing admiration for Donald Trump, and says that he has written a book entitled The Rise of Trump that "is coming soon." His previous book, Danger & Play: Essays on Embracing Masculinity, touts itself as a book that "will show you how to become a more dominant man, develop a dominate mindset, lose fat, gain muscle, succeed in business, and meet women."

    The allegation has caused a split at Fox News. On-air personalities like Greg Gutfeld and Meghan McCain have publicly supported Fields, while Eric Bolling reportedly had his producer call the reporter to tell her she would no longer be invited on his show Cashin' In "because she is no longer 'impartial' to Trump." The show's senior producer denied the report and claimed he decided "to take it week by week."

    Fields has previously appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight as a panelist for what Dobbs describes as "the A-Team," though not in the last few years, based on a Nexis search.

    In 2013, Dobbs said statistics showing that more women had become the economic breadwinners of their families were "concerning and troubling" and said the report indicated "society dissolv[ing] around us." A year later, Dobbs said he didn't see "anything controversial" about telling women not to drink in order to avoid sexual assault.

  • Lou Dobbs Hypes Dubious Allegation That Clinton Campaign Demanded Comedy Videos Taken Down

    Laugh Factory Founder Admits: "Maybe It Was A Prank, I Have No Idea"

    Blog ››› ››› BRENNAN SUEN

    Fox Business host Lou Dobbs reported a baseless claim that someone from Hillary Clinton's campaign demanded that the Laugh Factory comedy club founder take down a video compilation of Clinton jokes from his website. The claim was based on an anonymous phone call from an unidentified caller, but reported as fact by conservative media outlets.

    In a November 19 piece, Slate's Michelle Goldberg debunked the right-wing claim that a Clinton staffer contacted Jamie Masada, founder of the Laugh Factory Comedy clubs, and demanded he take the videos insulting Clinton down from the club's website. Goldberg called the founder of the Laugh Factory comedy clubs, who admitted that he could not identify the caller, adding "maybe it was a prank, I have no idea." 

    Goldberg also explained how Clinton smears spread in right-wing media, noting that the stories get "reported in one outlet and amplified on Twitter ... Maybe Fox News follows. Eventually the story achieves a sort of ubiquity in the right-wing media ecosystem, which makes it seem like it's been confirmed."

    Even after Masada walked back his accusations against Clinton's campaign, Fox Business' Lou Dobbs repeated the dubious claim on the November 19 edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight:

    LOU DOBBS (HOST): This is the video the Clinton campaign took issue with demanding it be scrubbed from the internet by the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

    [...]

    DOBBS: Are you offended? Hurt?

    JUAN WILLIAMS: No! I was amused. But I just -- I tell you what offends me is, why would you say shut up to anybody? A comedy? I mean, alright, so we're all going to be mocked. She went on Saturday Night Live and she made fun of herself and her husband. I think she should have some sense of humor. What's going on here?

    DOBBS: Yeah, it's peculiar. 

    TOM SHILLUE: It's a little shadowy. I don't want to doubt Jamie Masada, the owner of the Laugh Factory. It's a great club, but he does have a flair for self-promotion. I will say that.

    DOBBS: Well he's done pretty well here. Now although even Salon noted is they tried to rationalize what was happening here, perhaps correctly -- I don't know. They tried to point out that he, you know, he does not have an ideological ax in all of this. I like the way I sort of clashed those clichés together. Keeps me fresh. The idea that the left is now becoming though, I mean it really is becoming oppressive in language.

  • Conservative Media vs. The Pope: The Worst Reactions To Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical

    ››› ››› DENISE ROBBINS

    Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change reveals his belief that there is a moral obligation to act swiftly on climate change, which disproportionately harms the world's poor. But conservative media are relentlessly attacking the pope over the encyclical, calling it "insipid" and "blasphemous," and fearmongering that the Catholic leader is a "Marxist" pushing for "a new world order," among other things.

  • Fox Attacks Obama For Calling Climate Change An Immediate National Security Threat

    Department Of Defense: Climate Change "Poses Immediate Risks To U.S. National Security"

    ››› ››› NICHOLAS ROGERS

    Fox personalities criticized President Obama for calling climate change "an immediate risk to our national security" during his U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement address. But security experts agree with the president that global climate change does threaten U.S. national security.