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  • Telemundo Uses Flawed Poll To Misleadingly Claim Latinos May Be Warming To Trump

    Blog ››› ››› DINA RADTKE

    Telemundo uncritically reported on a flawed NBC/SurveyMonkey poll conducted between May 16 and May 22 that showed Latino support for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at 29 percent, a higher result than what other national polls are reporting.

    On the May 26 edition of Telemundo’s nightly news program, Noticiero Telemundo, news correspondent Cristina Londoño reported on the NBC/SurveyMonkey poll, saying that Trump’s support among Latinos has “now surpassed that of Mitt Romney’s” in 2012 and that Republican analysts are beginning to “confess that a Trump presidency is starting to seem like a real possibility”:

    Translated transcript:

    CRISTINA LONDOÑO (CORRESPONDENT): Today analysts on different sides of the political spectrum are starting to confess that they see a Trump presidency as a real possibility based specifically on how they used to consider his candidacy had such small possibilities. With the nomination almost secured, this analyst predicts that Trump will attempt to close in on Latino voters.

    ROLANDO BONILLA: He is going to make the necessary adjustments, and we are going to see people within the Latino community that are going to end up supporting him.

    LONDOÑO: Nevertheless, this Trump supporter claims that the businessman who just surpassed the support of Latinos that Mitt Romney obtained in 2012 has many secret Latino supporters that are afraid of being attacked.

    But the segment failed to explain that the poll they based their analysis on “did not offer the questionnaire in Spanish -- a key difference from the earlier FIU/Adsmovil and Washington Post/Univision polls.” Despite English proficiency being on the rise among Hispanics, Pew studies show that at least one third don’t speak the language “very well” or claim to “not speak English at all.”

    Telemundo also did not put the NBC/SurveyMonkey poll in context, neglecting to report on other data showing Trump’s high unfavorables among Latinos and reports that increasing naturalization rates among foreign-born Hispanics may be tied to Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. Univision’s Jorge Ramos in April put into context Trump’s dismal numbers among Latinos:

  • Media Explain Everything Wrong With Trump’s Energy Speech

    ››› ››› DENISE ROBBINS

    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump gave a speech about energy issues on May 26 at an oil conference in North Dakota in which he asserted that he would expand fossil fuel drilling and restore coal mining jobs and he ignored or downplayed renewable energy’s potential. Media figures have criticized Trump’s claims as “utter nonsense” that “defy free market-forces” and noted that his remarks displayed a “lack of basic knowledge” about the energy industry and were full of “absurd, impossible-to-keep promises.”

  • Fox News' Obscene And Ridiculous Trump Infomercial

    Blog ››› ››› JOHN KERR

    On May 26, Fox News aired an hour-long special, Meet The Trumps, in which On The Record host Greta Van Susteren spent the hour asking flattering questions of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and his immediate family. Multiple critics compared the special to the state-run media of a dictatorship.

    This is what the special looks like when you remove Trump and his family's answers:

  • Why You Can't Believe Anything Roger Stone Says: Dick Morris Edition

    Stone Praises “Very Bright” Anti-Clinton Pundit After Previously Saying Morris Has “No Credibility” And “Is Full Of Shit”

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Donald Trump ally Roger Stone praised pundit Dick Morris as “a very, very bright guy” who is “largely credible” because of his anti-Clinton work. But in previous election cycles, Stone declared that “raging asshole” Morris has “no credibility,” “is full of shit,” “would work for Hitler if it paid,” and should be shot.

    Stone’s disingenuous praise is just another example of why reporters shouldn’t take anything he says at face value.

    Stone is a longtime friend and ally of Trump who heads a pro-Trump super PAC after leaving his campaign last year. He participated in a May 26 Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) in the Donald Trump subreddit. Stone’s talk streamed live through Infowars.com, the main website of Trump ally and conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones. Stone regularly appears on Jones’ program to rally support for Trump.

    During the AMA, Stone was asked for his opinion about former Clinton adviser turned anti-Clinton conservative pundit Dick Morris. Morris spent much of the post-Clinton White House years working for Fox News, where he became infamous for his countless ethical violations, inaccurate electoral predictions, and offensive, false, and dishonest comments. Morris predicted Mitt Romney would win the 2012 election in a “landslide,” and his Fox contract was not renewed in 2013.

    Morris now regularly appears on Newsmax TV and writes a column for The Hill, a source of embarrassment for legitimate journalists at the Capitol Hill publication. Morris has used his remaining media perches to tout Trump’s electoral chances and criticize Hillary Clinton. Morris’ columns for The Hill and his website include such headlines as, “Trump can win,” “Hillary's women problem,” and “Hillary's BlackBerry: A Microphone For Espionage.”

    Stone praised Morris during the AMA as “a very, very engaging and bright guy” and “a conservative.” He said that while Morris “has been wrong about some things,” when it “comes to the Clintons, he was in close. He did work on their gubernatorial campaigns. He saw the interplay in their dysfunctional relationship. And I think he's largely credible.”

    ROGER STONE: I know Dick Morris. Dick is a very, very engaging and bright guy. He is a charming companion. He has an extraordinary knowledge of fine French wines. Of course, his political birthright is working for Adlai Stevenson as a child, supporting George McGovern, electing odious characters like Jerry Nadler to Congress. But somewhere along the way, I guess Dick found religion and today he is a conservative. Someone actually told me that he is an evangelical Christian. He's a very, very bright guy. Although I agree with Bill Clinton. Dick has 10 ideas, eight of them will absolutely blow up in your face. And the other two are brilliant. So he's a very smart guy, he's got a lot of experience. He is, I think he has been wrong about some things, but when it comes to the Clintons, he was in close. He did work on their gubernatorial campaigns. He saw the interplay in their dysfunctional relationship. And I think he's largely credible.

    Stone previously called Morris a “raging asshole,” a “fraud,” “NOT a conservative,” and an “odious little creep.” He said Morris has “no credibility,” “is full of shit,” “would work for Hitler if it paid,” and isn’t even like “a stopped clock---he isn't even right twice a day.” He added that “someone just needs to shoot Dick Morris,” “Those who RT [retweet] Dick Morris should be put to death with the Taliban,” and “Maybe we could make a deal to turn Dick Morris over to the Muslim Brotherhood in return for peace.”

    Here are 20 tweets Stone has written about Dick Morris in the years before this election cycle.

  • In Reporting On Hillary Clinton, Media Get Facts Wrong On Colin Powell's Private Email Use

    Report Found Powell Also Used Private Email On An “Exclusive Basis”

    ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

    Journalists are suggesting that a recent State Department report proves that Hillary Clinton was the first secretary of state to exclusively use a private email account for government work, contradicting Clinton’s statements. In fact, the report states that former Secretary of State Colin Powell also used a personal email account “on an exclusive basis for day-to-day operations.”

  • Politico’s Morning Media: WSJ Editors Reminded To Be “Fair” To Trump

    Reminder Comes After Murdoch Reportedly Becomes “An Official Donald Trump Supporter”

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerry Baker instructed editors “to be ‘fair’ to [presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald] Trump” during a recent meeting, according to Politico’s Morning Media tip sheet.

    It was recently reported that Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the Journal’s parent company News Corp., was throwing his full support behind Trump, and that Fox News -- also under the News Corp. umbrella -- “will go easy on Trump.” Murdoch took to Twitter in March to argue the GOP “would be mad not to unify” around the presumptive Republican nominee. And Murdoch’s New York Post was the third newspaper to endorse Trump, following The National Enquirer and The New York Observer (which is owned by Trump’s son-in-law).

    Politico reported that the Journal’s editor-in-chief Gerry Baker “took a couple minutes to remind editors to be ‘fair’ to Trump,” because “no matter what people think of him, Trump’s a serious candidate.” According to Politico, Baker’s comments were taken by some editors “as an insult or admonition,” and opened the argument over whether the Journal, which “is generally seen as impervious” to Murdoch’s influence, will start to signal support for Trump. From Politico’s May 27 Morning Media tip sheet: 

    TRUMP TREATMENT: Now that Rupert Murdoch is reportedly an official Donald Trump supporter (http://nym.ag/1V7TyF5), Murdoch Kremlinologists will be even more hyper-attuned to coverage of the GOP nominee in the News Corp. chairman’s American newspapers. Here’s something that might make their ears perk up: During one of The Wall Street Journal’s recent morning news meetings, editor in chief Gerry Baker took a couple minutes to remind editors to be “fair” to Trump, according to a source with direct knowledge of the remarks, because, Baker said, no matter what people think of him, Trump’s a serious candidate and lots of serious people are going to get behind his White House bid.

    The source described Baker’s Trump talk as a “surreal tangent” in a meeting normally reserved for ironing out the logistics of covering the day’s top stories.The source also said the comments were widely discussed among Journal editors and bureau chiefs, some of whom took them as an insult or admonition. A Journal spokeswoman declined to comment.

    While Murdoch is known for using some of his publications in the U.S., U.K. and Oz to influence politics, the Journal is generally seen as impervious. Plus Murdoch had appeared to be at odds with Trump for much of this election cycle, and Trump has railed against the Journal’s coverage of his campaign. But maybe that’s changing? Last week, the Journal’s right-leaning editorial board—which operates independently of the newsroom—seemed to signal support for Trump’s would-be Supreme Court nominees (http://politi.co/20rZHeK).