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Five Things Media Figures Demanded Obama Attorneys General Resign Over That Are Less Serious Than Lying Under Oath

And Trump’s Chief Of Staff Twice Called For Eric Holder’s Resignation

Lawmakers began calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation after news reports published on March 1 revealed that he had spoken to Russia’s ambassador to the United States during the 2016 election, when he was serving as a campaign surrogate for then-candidate Donald Trump. The reports contradict sworn testimony Sessions provided during his confirmation hearing, when he said he “did not have communications with the Russians.” During the Obama administration, conservative media figures and Republicans demanded that his attorneys general resign or be fired for supposed outrages far less damaging than lying to Congress, none of which were criminal in nature, and were in many cases completely phony.

March 2, 2017 8:08 PM EST
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10 Times Media Figures Demanded The Recusal Of An Attorney General

Meanwhile, Calls Grow For Attorney General Jeff Sessions To Recuse Himself From An Investigation of Trump's Ties To Russia

On March 1, the news broke that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had spoken to Russia’s ambassador to the United States during Trump’s campaign, for which he was an official surrogate, despite his assurance to Congress during his confirmation hearing that he “did not have communications with the Russians.” Sessions is currently overseeing investigations into Russian connections with Trump’s campaign. During the 2016 campaign, media figures were quick to call for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recusal from the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server after Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac. 

March 2, 2017 3:30 PM EST
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Trump Fell For Right-Wing Media's Misleading Spin On A Study About Immigration

A September 2016 report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) found that immigrants pay more in taxes than they use in benefits over time, but right-wing media cherry-picked and distorted the findings to claim that immigrants “drain the government,” a claim that President Donald Trump repeated in his February 28 speech to Congress.

March 2, 2017 3:28 PM EST
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Trump's Bogus Immigration Claims Come Straight From Nativist Groups And Fringe Right-Wing Media

President Donald Trump spent part of his February 28 speech to Congress fearmongering about immigrants. His claims that today’s immigration system threatens jobs and lowers wages, drains government benefits, and makes communities less safe come straight from nativist groups and fringe right-wing media outlets that present distorted research as fact and discredit credible studies that undercut their anti-immigrant agenda.

March 1, 2017 3:09 PM EST
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Media Can't Stop Pining For Another Trump Pivot

Media seized on President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress as an opportunity for him to “pivot” or “reset” his administration. This canard that he would at some point change course was repeated throughout the presidential campaign, yet any shifts that occurred were always short-lived.

March 1, 2017 12:31 AM EST
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STUDY: Broadcast And Cable News Largely Ignored Xenophobic Shooting Of Indian Immigrants

Fox News’ 14 Seconds Of Coverage Continues Its Pattern Of Dismissing Hate Crimes Against People Of Color

Broadcast and cable news largely ignored the February 22 shooting of two Indian immigrants in Kansas in which the suspected attacker told the victims to “get out of my country,” devoting mere minutes to the attack. Fox News’ virtual failure to cover the attack fits into the network's larger pattern of severely downplaying hate crimes aimed at people of color.

February 27, 2017 5:42 PM EST
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Media Respond To White House’s Blacklist; Calls To Join AP, Time, And USA Today

"The Society Of Professional Journalists Stands By Those News Organizations That Chose Not To Participate In The Briefing"

Media are criticizing as "unacceptable" the Trump administration’s blacklisting of outlets from a White House briefing and some are considering joining the boycott of AP, Time Magazine, and USA Today immediately. Unlike those outlets, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox News accepted the invitation to join the briefing and attended. 

February 24, 2017 8:03 PM EST
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Major Publications Fail To Identify Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups In Transgender Policy Coverage

Major news outlets have failed to label the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council -- groups praising President Donald Trump’s repeal of nondiscrimination protections for transgender students -- as anti-LGBTQ hate groups. This failure is part of a larger trend of major news outlets failing to properly identify anti-LGBTQ hate groups or acknowledge their extremism.

February 23, 2017 5:09 PM EST
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The Nativist Group That Is Going All Out To Sell Trump's Border Wall Proposal

Right-Wing Media And CIS Are Behind A Major Push For The Wall

Nativist group Center for Immigration Studies and right-wing media outlets touted a deeply flawed and misleading study in order to corroborate top Trump adviser Stephen Miller’s claim that President Donald Trump’s proposal for the construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border would “pay for itself.” Right-wing media's promotion of the flawed study was an attempt to legitimize the Trump administration’s misinformation about undocumented immigrants while also lifting up an anti-immigrant nativist group.

February 23, 2017 2:23 PM EST
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Fox News Dismisses Huge Town Hall Participation As Paid Liberal Organizing

Fox News personalities are attempting to downplay the huge number of constituents that are attending town hall events held by their members of Congress as “manufactured” and “paid-for,” and advocating for the cancellation of events because progressive groups are “activating people to turn out and cause a raucous.”

February 22, 2017 8:29 PM EST
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Pro-Trump Media Push Myth Of Muslim “No-Go Zones” In Sweden

Following President Donald Trump citing an incident in Sweden that apparently never took place, pro-Trump members of the media attempted to cover for him by perpetuating the lie of “no-go zones” in Sweden despite Swedish authorities debunking this claim.

February 22, 2017 6:44 PM EST
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Nativists And White Supremacists Love Trump’s New Immigration Executive Orders

The Department of Homeland Security on February 21 rolled out a pair of memos meant to set internal guidelines for the implementation of President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant executive orders. The flagship policies of those executive orders are unpopular with a majority of Americans, but they have been a cause for celebration among nativists and white supremacists. 

February 22, 2017 3:24 PM EST
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