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.”
Conservative media have mischaracterized Hillary Clinton’s policy plan to expand funding and support for child care and early education programs, suggesting the presidential nominee is offering voters “goodies,” fearmongering about government overreach in preschool programs, and ignoring the economic boost that quality early learning programs can offer. Here are the facts about the short- and long-term economic benefits of supporting greater access to quality early education programs, particularly for single mothers and low-income families.
Republican nominee Donald Trump is defending and praising former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, an alleged serial sexual harasser who reportedly oversaw a culture of sexual harassment and intimidation at Fox. Trump also seeks Ailes' counsel and said he would consider hiring him for his campaign.
The Hyde Amendment Has Long Stymied Abortion Access -- And Media Are Taking Note That It’s Time For A Change
During its national convention, the Democratic Party adopted a platform explicitly calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment -- a long-standing budgetary rider blocking the use of federal Medicaid funds to cover abortion care except in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother. Here are four times media highlighted the importance of repealing the Hyde Amendment and removing economic barriers to abortion access.
Right-wing media pushed the idea that the supposed Russian hack and release of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails also means that Russians hacked Hillary Clinton’s server and stole information. Eventually, Paul Manafort, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign chair, repeated the claim to deflect attention from Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
Media figures are widely condemning Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s remarks in a July 27 press conference, in which he said he “hope[s]” that Russian hackers would “find the 30,000 emails that are missing” from Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Media immediately castigated Trump’s “mindblowing” call for the Russian government to steal his opponent's email to help his bid for president.
Fox’s Bill O’Reilly was castigated for arguing that slaves who built the White House were “well-fed and had decent lodgings,” with media and public figures pointing out both that the claim was false and that it is “unbelievable that [O’Reilly] thinks this is a rebuttal.”
Media figures are calling out major newspapers -- including The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune -- for omitting Hillary Clinton’s photo from their front pages the morning after she became the first woman nominated as the presidential candidate of a major party.
Fox News host Steve Doocy falsely suggested that Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials were responsible for “terrible” and “cringe-worthy” language referring to Hispanic voters as “brand loyal” in an email posted by WikiLeaks. Doocy claimed the email reveals what the Democratic Party “really thinks about Hispanic voters,” but in reality the email came from outside the Democratic Party and did not show party officials approving the content of the email.
Right-wing media labeled the second night of the Democratic National Convention as an “anti-law enforcement rally” because a group of seven mothers, known as the Mothers of the Movement, were invited to speak about losing their children to gun violence or excessive use of force by police. While right-wing media figures have said that the Democratic Party “shows no respect for law enforcement,” the Pittsburgh Police Chief spoke prior to the mother's’ plea to “seek common ground” between law enforcement and communities, while one of the mothers lauded police, saying, “The majority of police officers are good people doing a good job.”
Many Hispanic journalists have pointed out that the Democratic National Convention is “notably distinct” from the Republican National Convention in terms of diversity, noting that the Democratic convention featured “almost as many” speakers of color on its first night as the Republican convention did in four days.
The focus of the first day of the Democratic National Convention was how to “build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” but right-wing media breathlessly attacked the Democratic Party for failing to mention ISIS.
Right-wing media monitored and filmed people using the designated all-gender restroom at the Democratic National Convention, looking for “obviously transgender” convention attendees in the bathroom. Conservative media have long peddled the bogus myth that nondiscrimination protections for transgender people will allow male sexual predators to sneak into women’s bathrooms by pretending to be transgender, leading to an increase in assault and misbehavior in restrooms.
Fox Spins Hacked DNC Emails To Claim Clinton’s Victory Is “Illegitimate”
Fox News figures distorted the contents of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to claim that the Democratic presidential primary was “rigged” and that Hillary Clinton’s victory is “illegitimate.” But media have noted that Clinton won “her party’s nomination by every available measure” and that the hacked emails in no way prove the primary was “rigged.”