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How Fox News helped turn masks into another culture war flashpoint

How Fox News helped turn masks into another culture war flashpoint

Novel coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are once again in the United States, with new epicenters in Republican-led states like Arizona, Texas, and Florida. In response, have started urging Americans to wear masks in public spaces to slow the spread of the virus. But those GOP officials are fighting against figures with at least as strong a hold on their supporters as they have -- Fox News stars like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.Carlson, Ingraham, and several of their colleagues have denounced masks and those who promote them, even as evidence has accumulated that masks are one of...

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The right-wing playbook against supposed liberal media bias is being used on tech giants with alarming effectiveness

The right-wing playbook against supposed liberal media bias is being used on tech giants with alarming effectiveness

On Sunday, reported how President Donald Trump and Republicans have used baseless charges of anti-conservative bias to create an increasingly conservative-friendly environment at Facebook. Nothing about the Post’s reporting is particularly surprising as Facebook’s of and to to have been public knowledge for some time.Since 2015, the social media behemoth has wrestled with how to placate Trump. Responding to Republicans’ charges of bias against them on the platform, Facebook has largely abandoned or scaled back a number of its high-profile initiatives aimed at addressing the spread of false...

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Right-wing media are furious that the Supreme Court just struck down an anti-abortion law

Right-wing media are furious that the Supreme Court just struck down an anti-abortion law

On June 29, the Supreme Court a Louisiana law that could have closed abortion clinics in the state. The case, June Medical Services v. Russo, was about whether abortion providers in the state needed admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The Court that such restrictions are not medically necessary and would put abortion access out of reach for many in the state. Right-wing media responded with attacks on the Justices, particular Chief Justice John Roberts who concurred in the opinion, and by further promoting about the law in question.Fox News:Breitbart:The Gateway Pundit:The Drudge...

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Fox anchor talked about Biden being in his basement just minutes after the network ignored his speech in Pennsylvania

Fox anchor talked about Biden being in his basement just minutes after the network ignored his speech in Pennsylvania

On the June 25 edition of Bill Hemmer Reports, Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier said that “Democrats are warming to Biden just staying in the basement.” This line referenced a common Fox refrain that Biden has been hiding from the public throughout the campaign season, which was repeatedly mentioned earlier in the segment as a “bunker strategy.”Only minutes before Baier said this, however, Biden in Lancaster, PA, in which he at President Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic and health care policy during the crisis.Fox News ignored Biden’s speech and continued...

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Desperate Trumpists say civilization is on the ballot as Biden lead grows

Desperate Trumpists say civilization is on the ballot as Biden lead grows

President Donald Trump’s reelection bid is faltering. Former Vice President Joe Biden has of the campaign, he has a double-digit advantage in several , he in key battleground states, and he’s to Trump’s once-dominant fundraising position. Trump’s supporters can’t make up ground by pointing to his record with the nation pummeled by a deadly pandemic and economic devastation under his leadership. And their -- in part because the has proven less convincing against a white male target, and in part because the president about than his opponent.With both positive and negative messages failing,...

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As more outbreaks emerge, Trump’s propagandists suggest the coronavirus is a hoax (again)

As more outbreaks emerge, Trump’s propagandists suggest the coronavirus is a hoax (again)

From Fox News’ airwaves to right-wing talk radio to the pages of the nation’s most prominent conservative newspaper editorial section, the novel coronavirus is being declared a . More than from COVID-19, in key states, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is that the nation is “still in the first wave” and this year. But Trumpists have returned to the talking point they settled on at the start of the pandemic: Democrats and the press, they claim, are conspiring together, exaggerating the danger from the virus in order to damage President Donald Trump’s...

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How Fox figures defend racist monuments

How Fox figures defend racist monuments

In 2015, after a white supremacist gunned down nine Black worshipers in a Charleston, South Carolina, church and calls to dismantle the symbols of racism and slavery grew louder, Fox figures rallied around the Confederate flag. When state leaders, led by then-Gov. Nikki Haley, ordered the flag’s removal from public buildings, Bill O’Reilly used his Fox prime-time perch to say it “represents, to some, bravery in the Civil War because the Confederates fought hard.” Then-Fox personality Kimberly Guilfoyle speculated about whether the American flag would be next.In 2017, when a white...

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GOP organizations in Florida and Georgia have been promoting QAnon on Facebook

GOP organizations in Florida and Georgia have been promoting QAnon on Facebook

Two Republican Party organizations in Florida and a GOP group in Georgia have used their Facebook pages to promote the violence-linked QAnon conspiracy theory. Dozens of congressional candidates have already backed QAnon and President Donald Trump has frequently amplified supporters of the conspiracy theory on Twitter. QAnon conspiracy theorists -- based on cryptic posts to online message boards from an anonymous user known as “Q" -- that Trump is secretly working to take down the purported “deep state,” a supposed cabal of high-ranking officials who they claim are operating pedophile...

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Nine ways Fox has pushed disinformation about civil unrest to terrify its audience

Nine ways Fox has pushed disinformation about civil unrest to terrify its audience

Fox News has spent the last few weeks terrifying its viewers about the personal threat they face from outbreaks of civil unrest. As polls show that Americans the protests against racism and police brutality spurred by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Fox’s coverage has on instances of violence and chaos. From star host Tucker Carlson’s that “violent young men with guns” will soon “make the rules in your neighborhood” to contributor Dan Bongino’s that “this fight is coming to your front door, to every single person watching,” the message going out to its audience is...

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Rush Limbaugh: “Well, where are all the people with guns” to “push back” against the left?

Rush Limbaugh: “Well, where are all the people with guns” to “push back” against the left?

Limbaugh returned to the topic later in the show:

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The Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal to fire folks for being LGBTQ, and right-wing media are furious

The Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal to fire folks for being LGBTQ, and right-wing media are furious

Right-wing media figures had a meltdown after the Supreme Court decided that it is unconstitutional for employers to discriminate against LGBTQ people, it “” and “a brute force attack on our constitutional system.” In one of the most significant rulings for the rights of trans and queer people, the court 6-3 that LGBTQ employees are protected under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The Supreme Court issued a combined ruling on ; two were on behalf of men who were fired for being gay and a third about a woman who was fired for being...

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How the pro-Trump outrage sausage is made

How the pro-Trump outrage sausage is made

George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police triggered global protests against racism and police brutality and a seismic shift in U.S. public opinion. Former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden discussed this phenomenon at a Thursday event, saying that because technological advances allowed millions of Americans to see Floyd’s killing on their phones, his death had a greater worldwide impact than that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the hours that followed, Biden’s comment was ripped from its context and spun with fake outrage by pro-Trump right-wing...

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A debunked conspiracy theory about Black Lives Matter, ActBlue, and Democrats can be traced to far-right message boards

A debunked conspiracy theory about Black Lives Matter, ActBlue, and Democrats can be traced to far-right message boards

A false money laundering conspiracy theory regarding the Black Lives Matter movement's use of a payment processing company for donations has gained traction online among right-wing figures and can be traced back to far-right message boards.The conspiracy theory alleges that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is some kind of a front to launder money to Democrats because the BLM website uses ActBlue to process its online fundraising payments. ActBlue is a payment processor progressive groups and organizations affiliated with the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party has an equivalent...

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Despite network policy, Fox’s Karl Rove is advising and campaigning for numerous GOP organizations and candidates

Despite network policy, Fox’s Karl Rove is advising and campaigning for numerous GOP organizations and candidates

Karl Rove has been advising President Donald Trump ahead of the November election, which is the latest in a string of campaign activities for the Fox News contributor. Rove has also been helping raise money for numerous Republican organizations and campaigns; advising the Texas GOP; filming campaign ads; and headlining Republican fundraisers. Rove has undertaken those activities despite Fox News in November 2018 that it “does not condone any talent participating in campaign events.” (In reality, network personalities in campaign events without any apparent repercussions.) Rove most famously...

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Early media coverage of Breonna Taylor’s killing branded her a “suspect” and sanitized police violence

Early media coverage of Breonna Taylor’s killing branded her a “suspect” and sanitized police violence

On March 13, 26-year-old EMT , a Black woman, was shot and killed in Louisville, Kentucky, by police officers who had mistakenly broken into her home during a narcotics investigation that did not involve Taylor. While Taylor’s name has now become a for demands to end police brutality, early local media reports described Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, as “suspects” at the center of an investigation, focusing the narrative on an injured police officer and uncritically accepting the police version of events. The initial reporting is indicative of the media's with on police brutality...

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Fox figures lash out at Republicans refusing to back Trump for reelection

Fox figures lash out at Republicans refusing to back Trump for reelection

Some Fox News personalities are lashing out over a report that a few prominent Republicans including former President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney won’t be supporting President Donald Trump’s reelection.The New York Times on June 6 that “Bush won’t support the re-election of Mr. Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote,” though a spokesperson for the former president The Texas Tribune that the report was wrong and Bush “has not indicated how he will vote.” The Times added that Romney, a former Republican presidential nominee, “won’t...

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Bombshell report: Facebook has known that it is fomenting extremism for years -- and refuses to stop

Bombshell report: Facebook has known that it is fomenting extremism for years -- and refuses to stop

A major report from The Wall Street Journal revealed that Facebook has known that it is fomenting political polarization for years -- and that its top executives refused to implement proposed solutions to stop it.This reporting dovetails that Facebook is refusing to enforce its own policies that might upset conservatives in the United States. The Journal’s specifically mentions concern within Facebook that proposed changes “would have disproportionately affected conservative users and publishers, at a time when the company faced accusations from the right of political bias.”The report cites...

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Fox News advertisers claim to support Black Lives Matter on social media

Fox News advertisers claim to support Black Lives Matter on social media

This is a list of advertisers that have run advertisements on Fox News since May 27. by Minneapolis police and the nationwide uprising following his death , , , .For example, Fox host Tucker Carlson dedicated his opening monologue on June 3 to showing photos of unarmed Black people killed by police and smearing them to justify their deaths.These advertisers claim to support the Black Lives Matter movement, as evidenced by the following statements they’ve put out on social media. But they should put their money where their mouth is and stop funding racism by advertising on the...

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Study: Right-wing fearmongering leads Facebook engagement about peaceful protests

Study: Right-wing fearmongering leads Facebook engagement about peaceful protests

As demonstrations against police brutality continue across the country, right-leaning and ideologically nonaligned Facebook pages are promoting narratives that misrepresent the largely peaceful protests or even encourage police violence against them. And Media Matters found that posts from right-leaning pages earned more engagement than posts from nonaligned or left-leaning pages, with right-leaning Facebook pages receiving over 48 million interactions -- or nearly 40% of all interactions -- despite representing only a quarter of all posts about the protests.Protests racism and police...

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TikTok is full of “boogaloo” content even though it prohibits content from “dangerous individuals and organizations”

TikTok is full of “boogaloo” content even though it prohibits content from “dangerous individuals and organizations”

Content that promotes the extremist “boogaloo” movement has proliferated on the social media platform TikTok, even though the company prohibits “dangerous individuals or organizations” from using the service to “cause harm.”The boogaloo movement, as described by , is “an anti-government movement that advocates for a violent uprising” and “wants a second Civil War.” The movement on the message board site 4chan, which is known for hosting , and the (ADL) has noted that “from militia groups to white supremacists, extremists on a range of online platforms talk about—and sometimes even...

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The Trump campaign demanded a retraction. Here’s our response.

The Trump campaign demanded a retraction. Here’s our response.

The Trump campaign sent the following request to Media Matters:Hope you all are doing well, staying healthy and safe. Saw this morning on the use of tear gas at Lafayette Square. Wanted to make sure you saw our official statement on the false reports and would appreciate it if you would retract and correct your piece.As always, happy to be a resource for you.You can read the full statement from the campaign .Our response: No.The Trump campaign is currently pressuring journalists and news outlets, demanding they issue retractions and corrections. None of them should cave to the pressure to...

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Fox News continues praising Trump's photo-op outside church, ignoring that he tear-gassed peaceful protesters for it

Fox News continues praising Trump's photo-op outside church, ignoring that he tear-gassed peaceful protesters for it

Fox News continued Tuesday morning of President Donald Trump’s actions last night, when police tear-gassed peaceful demonstrators outside the White House protesting the police killing of George Floyd, so that Trump could walk over to pose with a Bible outside St. John’s Church.The Washington Post reports that Trump “began mulling a visit” to the church earlier Monday, : “The president was upset about news coverage of him briefly retreating to the White House bunker Friday evening amid protests, and he repeatedly wondered why anyone would have disclosed those details to the news media, two...

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Fox’s disgusting propaganda in support of Trump tear-gassing peaceful protesters

Fox’s disgusting propaganda in support of Trump tear-gassing peaceful protesters

Fox News is defending and cheering on President Donald Trump after he had peaceful protesters outside the White House cleared with tear gas so that he could hold a photo-op on Monday, with some network personalities blaming the protesters themselves and offering nonsensical semantic quibbles over whether gas that caused tears was actually tear gas. There is no line the network will not cross and no limit whatsoever on Fox’s willingness to serve as eager propagandists for the president.The world watched in horror on Monday evening as federal law enforcement officials tear gas, flash-bang...

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There’s now more evidence that Fox’s coronavirus miracle drug doesn’t work

There’s now more evidence that Fox’s coronavirus miracle drug doesn’t work

It would have been nice if the drug Fox News had promoted to President Donald Trump’s attention as a miracle cure for COVID-19 had actually worked. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.“A study of 96,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients on six continents found that those who received an antimalarial drug promoted by President Trump as a ‘game changer’ in the fight against the virus had a significantly higher risk of death compared with those who did not,” The Washington Post Friday. “People treated with hydroxychloroquine, or the closely related drug chloroquine, were also more likely to...

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