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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...

September 24, 2020
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Fox News is worried about legal action after misleading viewers about coronavirus

Fox News is worried about legal action after misleading viewers about coronavirus

Media Matters the failures of Fox News regarding the novel coronavirus / COVID-19. 

April 12, 2020
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Corporate TV news largely ignored the relationship between environmental justice and COVID-19

Corporate TV news largely ignored the relationship between environmental justice and COVID-19

In the midst of wall-to-wall TV news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than Americans, there was a period of intense reporting on the much higher death rates for people of color, especially Black Americans.But missing from the coverage of disproportionate minority deaths were discussions about how air pollution worsens COVID-19 outcomes and the Trump administration’s will make communities of color .A Media Matters analysis found that during a four-week period, only 7% of the 239 broadcast and cable TV news segments about the disparate death rates from COVID-19...

May 6, 2020
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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...

June 12, 2020
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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...

September 26, 2020
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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:

June 16, 2020
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Alex Jones' unhinged conspiracy theories about Bill Gates and the coronavirus

Alex Jones' unhinged conspiracy theories about Bill Gates and the coronavirus

Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has placed Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates at the center of a coronavirus-related globalist depopulation plot that Jones has suggested could be staved off if Gates is executed.is one of public figures by right-wing conspiracy theorists throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic. Over the last several decades, Gates has had major involvement in public health efforts, notably in the . He has also been one of the more prominent voices about the possibility of a major global pandemic. More recently, Gates has pledged to the effort to...

May 5, 2020
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Right-wing media struggle to handle Trump’s train wreck Axios interview

Right-wing media struggle to handle Trump’s train wreck Axios interview

President Donald Trump met last week with Axios political correspondent Jonathan Swan, for an interview on the program Axios on HBO, which and is now being  — though — especially for regarding the accelerating U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic, which has again reached over 1,000 per day.“They are dying, that's true. And it is what it is,” Trump . “But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control, as much as you can control it.”The interview is also on overall media treatment of Trump, with the Australian journalist Swan finally providing the...

August 5, 2020
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Fox News laid the groundwork for the Department of Justice's decision to drop charges against Michael Flynn

Fox News laid the groundwork for the Department of Justice's decision to drop charges against Michael Flynn

The Department of Justice against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn on Thursday, following a prime-time campaign by Fox News to lay the groundwork for Flynn’s exoneration. According to court documents filed in D.C. District Court, the Justice Department did not consider the continued prosecution of Flynn to “.”Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and then in January 2020. The motion to dismiss the charges against Flynn claimed that recently...

May 9, 2020
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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...

September 24, 2020
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