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  • Fox Lines Up Behind Trump's Stop-And-Frisk Proposal, Despite Overwhelming Evidence That It Doesn't Work

    ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    Fox News praised Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s call for police departments across the country to engage in a stop-and-frisk policing policy based off of the unconstitutional New York City program. However, the policy is ineffective, unconstitutional and has increased “animosity between minority communities and law enforcement.”

  • Fox Figures Step Up Participation In Trump's Campaign

    Blog ››› ››› TYLER CHERRY

    The close-knit relationship between Fox News and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign has strengthened in recent days, as several Fox figures have stepped up their participation in Trump’s campaign. Fox’s intimacy with the Trump campaign has been central to the candidate’s overwhelming media presence and his propagation of lies.

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who rejoined Fox News as a contributor in August, introduced Trump at a September 19 campaign rally, lauding him as “someone who … can genuinely change history.” Gingrich has long had a foot in both camps, serving at one point as a Fox contributor while under consideration as Trump’s running mate. Gingrich currently serves as a close Trump ally and has been reportedly offered a job in Trump’s potential administration. 

    Fox host and avid Trump supporter Sean Hannity recently appeared in an ad for Trump, listing several reasons why “I’m supporting Donald Trump this year.” Hannity has been one of Trump’s biggest cheerleaders throughout the election, using his prime-time show to openly shill for Trump and advance his lies.

    Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes wasted no time transitioning into the role of a top Trump adviser following his ouster, perhaps the most glaring example of the Fox-Trump lovefest. Ailes is reportedly advising Trump for the presidential debates, Trump has said he “would think about” hiring his “friend” Ailes as a campaign consultant, and the two reportedly “counseled each other in multiple phone calls” during the fallout over Ailes’ alleged sexual harassment. As part of his resignation deal, Ailes also serves as an adviser to Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch. 

    Fox figures’ intimate involvement in the Trump campaign comes as the candidate has limited his media appearances to be almost exclusively on Fox. Trump has retreated “to friendly media ground” to “[limit] the candidate's exposure to hard-hitting questions,” writes CNN’s Brian Stelter:

    Donald Trump's reputation for being always available to reporters is way out of date.

    Trump is saying "yes" to Fox News almost every day but saying "no" to most other major networks and news organizations -- a highly unusual strategy for a presidential nominee.

    He called into "Fox & Friends" on Monday morning, he is booked on "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night, and he has another town hall with Sean Hannity coming up on Wednesday.

    Even Fox’s media critic, Howard Kurtz, admitted that Trump is “refusing to appear on many television outlets” outside of Fox because those “interviews entail too much risk” for Trump to misstep. 

    The continued Fox-Trump relationship is in keeping with the network's role thus far as a mouthpiece for the Trump campaign: During the Republican primary, Fox gave Trump more than twice as much airtime as the other Republican candidates.

    UPDATE: In a statement to The Washington Post's Erik Wemple, a Fox spokesperson said, "We had no knowledge that Sean Hannity was participating in this" Trump ad "and he will not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election.”

  • Fox News Doesn’t Ask Trump Adviser About Roger Ailes Helping Trump Prepare For Debates

    Blog ››› ››› THOMAS BISHOP

    Fox News’ Brit Hume neglected to ask Trump adviser Newt Gingrich about former Fox president and CEO Roger Ailes aiding the Trump campaign in debate preparations.

    Hume hosted Gingrich to discuss Trump’s foreign policy and his preparations for the upcoming presidential debates. During the interview, Hume asked Gingrich “does [Trump] practice at all” for debates? And followed up by asking whether the debate would be a “brawl” or we would see a more measured Trump in “a subdued atmosphere of a presidential debate?”

    But Hume failed to address reports that Ailes, who was fired as CEO of Fox News following accusations from more than two dozen women of sexual harassment, is advising Trump ahead of the upcoming debates. And CNN reports that “even when he was running Fox News, Roger Ailes was advising Donald Trump” and helping him prepare for the presidential debates:Description: https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

    The former Fox News chief started advising Trump at a private lunch just days before the launch of his campaign, and regularly offered him advice over the course of the primaries, sources familiar with the discussions said.

    Trump and Ailes met in person several times between June 2015 and June 2016 -- almost always at Fox News headquarters -- and spoke frequently on the phone, the sources said. Even when Ailes and Trump appeared to be at war over Trump's treatment of Megyn Kelly, the two men kept the conversation going.

    But since late July, when Ailes left Fox News amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations, he has taken on a much more active role in Trump's campaign -- specifically in terms of debate preparation.

    Trump’s campaign has been secretive about Trump’s role in the campaign amid allegations  of sexual harassment and the subsequent  settlement with a former Fox News anchor over allegations of sexual harassment by Ailes.

  • Four Ways Media Attack Organized Labor

    ››› ››› JULIE ALDERMAN

    As Labor Day approaches, Media Matters looks back at how media have attacked organized labor over the past year. In the midst of several important battles for labor unions in 2016, media have often pushed misleading information about union membership and fees, attempted to delegitimize the votes of union members, uncritically cited and elevated voices from anti-union dark-money groups without proper disclosure, and claimed that teachers unions’ activism shows that educators do not care about what’s best for their students.

  • Fox News Mainstreams Trump's "Conspiratorial" Claims Of A “Rigged” Election

    ››› ››› TYLER CHERRY

    Fox News is helping bolster and mainstream “conspiratorial” and “preposterous” claims made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that the presidential election will be “rigged” and “illegitimate.” The charges originated with Trump allies and conspiracy theorists Roger Stone and Alex Jones, who directed Trump to “begin talking about” a “rigged” election “constantly.”

  • Newt Gingrich Will Return To Fox News Despite Trump Job Promise

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Newt Gingrich will reportedly return to Fox News as a contributor despite Donald Trump’s promise that Gingrich would have a job in his potential administration.

    The Hill’s Joe Concha reported that “Gingrich will be returning to Fox News as a contributor” and will be “exclusive to Fox News starting on Monday, Aug. 1, according to a source close to the situation.” The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the report with a Fox News representative.

    Fox News suspended Gingrich’s contract two weeks ago “due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich’s potential selection” as Trump’s running mate and “to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise.” Fox’s announcement made little sense at the time, since Gingrich had for months used his platform on the network to promote Trump’s candidacy and essentially audition for a spot on the ticket; the network cut his contract mere days before Trump announced his running mate. While he wasn’t chosen as Trump’s vice presidential nominee, there is still a glaring conflict for Gingrich as a commentator.

    As CNN’s Brian Stelter noted, earlier this month Trump “essentially promised Gingrich a job” during an Ohio rally, “saying, ‘in one form or another, Newt Gingrich will be part of our government.’ That means if Gingrich is not Trump's running mate, he could be in line for a cabinet position -- further complicating his status as a TV talking head.”

    Fox News also employs contributor Walid Phares while Trump's campaign pays him $13,000 a month for "policy consulting." Phares regularly appears on the network to boost Trump on foreign policy issues.

    Fox News contributor Stephen Moore is also an economic adviser to the Trump campaign, and Fox Business host Anthony Scaramucci is a member of Trump's national finance committee.

    Gingrich’s media career has been full of ethical violations, outrageous comments, and email scams.

  • Right-Wing Media Claim Trump Was “Joking” About Russian Espionage, But National Security Experts Aren’t Laughing

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ

    After Donald Trump encouraged Russian intelligence services or hackers “to find” and release State Department emails that could prove damaging to Hillary Clinton, right-wing media covered for Trump, suggesting that Trump’s comments were simply “tongue-in-cheek” or that he was “joking” about inciting a cyber attack by a foreign government on an American presidential candidate. National security experts condemned Trump’s comments, saying Trump has asked “an adversary of the United States [to] perform espionage on the United States,” calling it “a national security crisis.”