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After Patreon’s ban, QAnon creators are using these platforms to make money

After Patreon’s ban, QAnon creators are using these platforms to make money

Patreon finally banned creators advancing QAnon misinformation from its platform. Now, those same creators are using SubscribeStar, PayPal, and GoFundMe to monetize the violence-linked conspiracy theory, despite the fact that their content appears to violate these platforms’ terms of use as well. The QAnon conspiracy theory is centered around claims that President Donald Trump is secretly fighting against members of the “deep state” and “pedophiles,” who will supposedly be rounded up and executed soon. These threats and calls for violence targeting Trump’s political opponents are often...

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Rudy Giuliani is trying to manipulate the press. It isn’t working — yet.

Rudy Giuliani is trying to manipulate the press. It isn’t working — yet.

If you blinked, you might have missed the turn in the national spotlight of Tony Bobulinski, a disgruntled former business partner of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. Bobulinski’s claims of corruption by Joe Biden were promoted by President Donald Trump and his campaign, then debunked within hours. But the affair shows why journalists should be wary of the information control strategy that Trump’s allies are using to smear the former vice president through his son’s business interests. Here’s a brief timeline of yesterday’s events. At around 3:45 p.m. ET...

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Right-wing media keep lying about Trump’s “very fine people” comment after Charlottesville

Right-wing media keep lying about Trump’s “very fine people” comment after Charlottesville

Right-wing media voices are again attempting to rewrite the history of on both sides of in Charlottesville, Virginia, after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris of the event, which of counterdemonstrator Heather Heyer.Biden had previously referred to Trump’s “very fine people” remark as an event that . Meanwhile, right-wing media voices that Trump was taken out of context, and they argue that he actually “condemned ‘neo-Nazis and White nationalists.’”In this case, of course, it’s important to look at what Trump actually said. And this really becomes...

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Sinclair stations are set to air a monologue falsely claiming masks and lockdown precautions do not help slow the spread of COVID-19

Sinclair stations are set to air a monologue falsely claiming masks and lockdown precautions do not help slow the spread of COVID-19

Update (10/16/20): Following the publication of this post, Bolling The New York Times that the segment “was being edited to remove some of his statements before airing this weekend on dozens of Sinclair stations.” A Sinclair spokesperson explained that Bolling “did not provide necessary context when providing commentary about the recent rise in new coronavirus cases.” According to the Times, “Mr. Bolling stood by his unsubstantiated claims that Chinese scientists had tampered with the virus.” Sinclair is a town hall with President Donald Trump hosted by Bolling on October 21.Sinclair...

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Right-wing media question integrity of Pennsylvania’s election by conflating mail-in ballot applications with mail-in ballots

Right-wing media question integrity of Pennsylvania’s election by conflating mail-in ballot applications with mail-in ballots

After a ProPublica report revealed that mail-in ballot applications were overwhelming the system in Pennsylvania, with many requests getting rejected because they were duplicates, Fox & Friends, Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk, The Blaze, and other pro-Trump media pushed a false claim that the story was about ballots. ProPublica reported that one voter submitted 11 requests to vote by mail -- not that anyone received 11 ballots.Many voters requesting a mail-in ballot had already checked the appropriate box.Pennsylvania, one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds in the...

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On election coverage, CBS is falling for the same trap it did four years ago

On election coverage, CBS is falling for the same trap it did four years ago

In the final weeks before Election Day, CBS is validating a likely foreign intelligence operation against Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In its own reporting, CBS has pointed to the suspicious smear campaign as similar to mainstream media’s obsession with the nefarious leaking of Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016 -- yet its reporter still fell for the same trap years later and elevated the pseudo-scandal anyway.During an impromptu press gaggle on October 16, CBS reporter Bo Erickson asked Biden for a response to unverified claims from a series of suspicious articles from the New York Post...

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A user on a far-right message board was promoting the NY Post Hunter Biden articles days in advance

A user on a far-right message board was promoting the NY Post Hunter Biden articles days in advance

Update (10/15/20): This article has been updated with additional details.A user on TheDonald.win, a , was hinting at and promoting a series of dubious articles from the New York Post about Hunter Biden days before they were published. The user also claimed to know the people involved with the articles.On October 14, the New York Post released a series of articles claiming to show emails from the laptop of Hunter Biden -- the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden -- that showed he arranged for a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm to meet with the then-vice president when he...

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A bizarre Benghazi conspiracy theory traveled through the right-wing echo chamber from QAnon accounts to the president

A bizarre Benghazi conspiracy theory traveled through the right-wing echo chamber from QAnon accounts to the president

Over the last several days, a fringe right-wing narrative has been circulating alleging a secret plot among Obama administration officials and the CIA to protect Osama bin Laden and assassinate members of SEAL Team 6. The claims appear to have originated at a conservative conference last weekend and quickly spread across the internet, reaching President Donald Trump by Tuesday evening when he retweeted an unverified account affiliated with QAnon. This conspiracy theory is not the first time that the president has amplified fringe, far-right accounts, but it shows the speed that such false...

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A network of pro-Trump public Facebook groups is promoting right-wing clickbait

A network of pro-Trump public Facebook groups is promoting right-wing clickbait

As Facebook plans to boost its groups into the news feeds of the users who don’t follow them and even in searches outside of Facebook, a network of pro-Trump public Facebook groups is promoting right-wing clickbait websites that contain misleading and sensational content.Media Matters has found a network of at least five pro-Trump public Facebook groups -- Kayleigh McEnany Fan Club, Trump Daily Report, TRUMP TRAIN-MAGA Fan Club, Sarah Sanders Fox News Fans, and God Bless Trump -- which regularly promote right-wing clickbait including conspiracy theories, false claims about election fraud,...

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Right-wing media now pretend that Republicans aren’t trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act

Right-wing media now pretend that Republicans aren’t trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act

At Monday’s opening Senate hearing on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats focused on the Affordable Care Act as a major issue, explaining that Barrett — who has Chief Justice John Roberts for his ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act in 2012 — poses a major threat of overturning the law’s protections, and in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.However, right-wing media have begun a new public charm offensive to assure everyone that the ACA is in no danger — even as the Trump administration and Republican state attorneys general are in a...

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In wake of foiled kidnapping plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, right-wing media sows confusion

In wake of foiled kidnapping plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, right-wing media sows confusion

On October 8, state and federal officials with alleged crimes relating to a kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The suspects are associated with the militia group “” and sought to overthrow the state’s government, including trying Whitmer for treason and starting a civil war. Though they have been , conservative media have been claiming that they are not and arguing that Whitmer used the plot as a political weapon.The militia group is associated with the movement, which advocates for another civil war. Though boogaloos tend to , they are an iteration of domestic...

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15 examples of Fox News’ unrivaled federal influence over the last two years

15 examples of Fox News’ unrivaled federal influence over the last two years

Fox News and its biggest stars currently enjoy an unprecedented influence over the federal government’s actions because President Donald Trump is obsessed with the network’s propagandistic programming and relies on its incendiary right-wing personalities for advice. Fox has with the Trump administration, an event with no analogue in modern American history. The network’s sway over the political universe has become so great in recent years that whether you watch it or not, its coverage and commentators have had a tangible effect on your life. In 2020, that impact of the president’s fixation...

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James O’Keefe’s videos attacking mail-in voting in Minnesota fall apart after being spread by right-wing media

James O’Keefe’s videos attacking mail-in voting in Minnesota fall apart after being spread by right-wing media

Serial political fraudster James O’Keefe, founder of the right-wing group Project Veritas, is now facing the collapse of yet another of his purported “sting” videos — this time, involving accusations of ballot fraud and bribery in Minneapolis. But the fraud and bribery might really be coming from Project Veritas itself.Project Veritas’ basic modus operandi is to secretly record videos, then deceptively edit and release them in order to create a “gotcha” moment for right-wing media. These attempts often backfire. [Business Insider, ]Project Veritas has a long history of distorting videos,...

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Fox News' celebration of Trump leaving the hospital is going to get people killed

Fox News' celebration of Trump leaving the hospital is going to get people killed

On Monday night, Fox News figures gave President Donald Trump the North Korea-style propaganda he’s always wanted, fawning over him following his return to the White House after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Their pathological obsequiousness and desperate need to bolster the president’s reelection bid is going to get a lot more people killed if network executives don’t put a stop to it. Trump was with COVID-19 last week after he spent months publicly downplaying the danger posed by the novel coronavirus that causes it and recklessly ignoring public health recommendations to lower the...

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GOP-backed Senate candidate Lauren Witzke appeared in a video for a white nationalist website to push racist tropes

GOP-backed Senate candidate Lauren Witzke appeared in a video for a white nationalist website to push racist tropes

Republican Senate candidate Lauren Witzke is continuing her outreach to white nationalists by promoting her campaign in a video interview with the white nationalist site VDare. The Delaware Republican Party has continued backing Witzke despite her appeals to far-right extremists. Witzke is running for the U.S. Senate in Delaware against incumbent Democratic Sen. Chris Coons. As have documented, Witzke has frequently interacted with white nationalists and anti-Semites during her campaign. She has also praised the violent neo-fascist Proud Boys for helping her campaign. Additionally, Witzke...

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Members of QAnon Facebook groups are calling for the execution of George Soros

Members of QAnon Facebook groups are calling for the execution of George Soros

Facebook in August to remove content associated with “movements and organizations tied to violence” including the QAnon conspiracy theory, which an labeled as a domestic terrorist threat in 2019. Even though Facebook promised to remove pages and groups featuring “discussions of potential violence,” Media Matters has identified over 40 violent death threats calling for George Soros’ execution in more than a dozen public QAnon groups on Facebook.Facebook’s QAnon enforcement problem is -- the company has consistently struggled to hold violent QAnon groups accountable. Its initial policy update...

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After Trump's Proud Boys debate remarks, right-wing media replay Charlottesville playbook

After Trump's Proud Boys debate remarks, right-wing media replay Charlottesville playbook

During the first presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle, moderator Chris Wallace asked President Donald Trump if he would condemn white supremacist groups. Trump, following his practice, . Instead, Trump urged the group the Proud Boys to “.” The Proud Boys Trump’s tacit support for their violence in yet another cycle of Trump for extremist groups.Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy during the debate was met with . Despite Trump’s own stating that white supremacist groups constitute the largest domestic terrorist threat in this nation, Trump and right-wing media constantly...

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The Murdochs' Fox News and New York Post go all in on Biden earpiece conspiracy theory

The Murdochs' Fox News and New York Post go all in on Biden earpiece conspiracy theory

On the same day when one of Fox News purported “news”-side anchors, Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, is set to moderate the first general election debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the rest of Fox’s “news” side as well as its corporate sister publication the New York Post have been promoting conspiracy theories spread by the Trump campaign against Biden in the run-up to that debate itself.A Media Matters review shows that since 10 a.m. EDT, Fox News has aired 11 segments discussing the conspiracy theory about an alleged secret earpiece that Biden may...

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CBS correspondent amplifies — and manipulates — bogus Senate GOP report against Joe Biden

CBS correspondent amplifies — and manipulates — bogus Senate GOP report against Joe Biden

CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge on Wednesday amplified a politically motivated report by Senate Republicans aiming to dredge up allegations against Hunter Biden’s business involvement in Ukraine. And Herridge, a former Fox News correspondent, has even further embellished the report through a key omission of wording.This story had become the center of President Donald Trump’s to pressure that country into announcing an investigation against the Biden family in 2019 — and thus to damage his likely election opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden — which led to...

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Pro-Trump media accuse Democrats of being “anti-science” for trusting scientists

Pro-Trump media accuse Democrats of being “anti-science” for trusting scientists

During a Sunday interview with Fox News host , President Donald Trump accused Democrats of “denigrating” possible coronavirus vaccines because they don’t want him to get credit for having a vaccine “in record time.”Trump’s comments echo a narrative that’s been gaining traction on the right in recent weeks, which has attempted to frame Democrats as being anti-science and anti-vaccine, stemming from an interview vice presidential nominee (D-CA) did with CNN. Harris was asked whether she would get a vaccine if it was approved and distributed before Election Day, to which she responded that she...

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A decade after screaming about nonexistent "death panels," Fox News is downplaying the deaths of 200,000 Americans

A decade after screaming about nonexistent "death panels," Fox News is downplaying the deaths of 200,000 Americans

A decade after sounding the alarm about nonexistent “death panels” for seniors -- and eight years after obsessing over the four lives tragically lost in the Benghazi attacks -- Fox News has spent the past six months systematically downplaying, excusing, and shrugging off the now-200,000 Americans killed in the COVID-19 pandemic. The juxtaposition reveals the reality: It’s politics, not American lives, that matters to Fox News.During the first two years of the Obama administration, conservative media were relentless in their promotion of the “death panel” lie. In July 2009, former New York...

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Five ways Fox News is undermining vaccine and therapeutic development

Five ways Fox News is undermining vaccine and therapeutic development

Right-wing media’s coronavirus coverage has injected chaos and politics into the efforts undertaken by -- a partnership between the federal government and the pharmaceutical industry -- to fight COVID-19. The most recent dustup involves former podcast host and Roger Stone acolyte Michael Caputo, currently serving as the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, who announced he was taking leave until after the election following reporting from that he accused his colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of “sedition” in a...

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When Trump sought to delegitimize ballots counted after Election Day

When Trump sought to delegitimize ballots counted after Election Day

If vote tallies on election night show President Donald Trump leading in some states, only for subsequently counted mail-in ballots to close the gap in Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s favor, Trump will likely respond by trying to delegitimize the vote in tweets fueled by Fox News’ conspiracy-minded, fraud-obsessed coverage. That’s exactly what happened following the midterm elections two years ago.Trump’s stated theory of the election goes like this: The polls that regularly show him Biden by a large margin are , and the show he actually leads that  only if Democrats rig the election with...

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Evoking anti-Semitic imagery, Trump campaign runs Facebook ad with Bernie Sanders as puppetmaster of Joe Biden

Evoking anti-Semitic imagery, Trump campaign runs Facebook ad with Bernie Sanders as puppetmaster of Joe Biden

The Trump campaign is running ads on Facebook depicting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as a puppet of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), his former rival for the Democratic nomination — invoking a classic anti-Semitic image of a Jewish public figure as a puppetmaster.The Trump Make America Great Again Committee funded the ads and ran them through the Facebook campaign accounts for both Donald J. Trump and Team Trump. The Trump campaign is also running similar versions of this ad, but featuring either Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) or former President Barack Obama in the puppeteer...

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