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Network and cable news largely ignore wave of anti-Asian violence

Network and cable news largely ignore wave of anti-Asian violence

Recent reports have indicated an uptick in a disturbing trend of violence against people of Asian descent in the U.S., which has continued throughout the pandemic amid racist associations between the virus and Asian countries. Cable news outlets and TV channels of corporate broadcast networks have largely ignored the recent reports of increasing violent assaults on elderly Asian Americans in California, as Asian Americans to pay attention and take action against rising anti-Asian discrimination.Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, xenophobia and have been Hate incidents...

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Rush Limbaugh sold listeners a false reality — and we’re all still paying for it

Rush Limbaugh sold listeners a false reality — and we’re all still paying for it

Before Fox News and Donald Trump, there was Rush Limbaugh. A talk radio trailblazer who chased ratings by stoking bigotry and shielding his listeners from uncomfortable truths, Limbaugh reshaped right-wing media and eventually the Republican Party itself.On February 17, Limbaugh’s wife on air that he died after a battle with lung cancer.The Rush Limbaugh Show began broadcasting nationwide in 1988 and the host soon amassed an army of “dittoheads,” a term which came to  fans with unquestioning support for Limbaugh’s views. According to , more than 15 million unique weekly listeners tuned into...

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How Fox News is exploiting Texas’ power outages to fearmonger about clean energy

How Fox News is exploiting Texas’ power outages to fearmonger about clean energy

Extreme winter storms wreaked havoc across the United States over the weekend, causing . As many people are wondering why the largest energy-producing state in the country is facing widespread power failures amid below-freezing temperatures, Fox News’ answer is to blame the state’s reliance on wind energy. But while renewable energy sources such as wind are a familiar and convenient scapegoat for Fox -- allowing the network to feed fears about clean energy and the Green New Deal that it has long nurtured -- this narrative is flat wrong.On the February 15 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson...

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Right-wing media are spreading conspiracy theories about officer Brian Sicknick's death

Right-wing media are spreading conspiracy theories about officer Brian Sicknick's death

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, and other right-wing commentators like Patrick Howley and Steve Bannon are using the cloudy circumstances of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death to shift attention away from former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and to paint a narrative that Democrats and the media are concocting lies to punish Trump and his supporters.Since Sicknick’s death the day after the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, right-wing media have seized on inconsistencies in reporting on the cause of his death. , citing law enforcement sources, claimed Sicknick had...

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58 times Trump has cast doubt on the election in response to Fox

58 times Trump has cast doubt on the election in response to Fox

Editor's Note: New examples will be added to this post as they occur. It was updated on November 9, after Trump lost the election and subsequently highlighting Fox segments which questioned the results, and again on November 16.Polls suggest President Donald Trump has of getting the most votes in the 2020 presidential election. Instead, his chances of reelection largely rest on winning key swing states to secure the electoral vote while losing the popular vote, as he did in 2016. But Trump and his allies another, darker path to victory -- keeping the margins close enough in those states for...

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After years of shrugging off Trump’s lack of interest in working with Democrats, the press suddenly cares about bipartisanship

After years of shrugging off Trump’s lack of interest in working with Democrats, the press suddenly cares about bipartisanship

“I actually don't necessarily think that he has to reach out to the people that didn't vote for him,” said CNN chief political correspondent . “It would be nice if he did. It would be, you know, part of the tradition of presidents-elect and new presidents to do that. But he's not that person, and he's never going to be that person, and he's the guy who America elected.”Bash was, of course, referring to Donald Trump, who was fresh off his upset victory in that year’s presidential election. Trump would take office with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, just as President...

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The myths and facts around the For the People Act

The myths and facts around the For the People Act

Democrats are working to revise election law across the country, introducing the For the People Act to strengthen and expand voting rights protections and promote increased campaign finance transparency. But right-wing media are falsely painting the legislation as a corrupt attempt to seize power from Republicans and state legislatures. The Brennan Center for Justice -- recently reintroduced in the House (H.R. 1) and soon to be brought to the Senate (S.B. 1) -- will bolster the right to vote for all Americans:The Act incorporates key measures that are urgently needed, including automatic...

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Right-wing media fuel audience anger, then try to dodge accountability when it results in violence

Right-wing media fuel audience anger, then try to dodge accountability when it results in violence

To hear right-wing media talk about it, the January 6 pro-Trump putsch that left and was a fluke. After cycling through a series of responses that included cheering on the attack and making baseless claims of left-wing infiltration, the conservative movement seems to have decided to move on and pretend this whole thing never happened. It’s in the past! Mistakes were made, but there’s no need to discuss it further! Surely, it was just a one-time thing!Unfortunately, it’s quite obvious that the Capitol insurrection wasn’t just a one-off event that can be shrugged off and buried. Threats...

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The same pro-Trump organizers behind the insurrection are planning a "MAGA sellout" bus tour

The same pro-Trump organizers behind the insurrection are planning a "MAGA sellout" bus tour

A pro-Trump organizer who helped plan the January 6 “March to Save America” rally that led to a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is now planning a “MAGA sellout” bus tour targeting Republicans who did not side with former President Donald Trump’s efforts to steal the election. Dustin Stockton and his fiancé, Jennifer Lynn Lawrence, both former Breitbart bloggers, were recently featured as major players in an about how Trump’s shameless string of lies and conspiracy theories percolated through a series of rallies and other events put on by his supporters in the period between the...

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QAnon supporters and far-right message boards hail Myanmar coup and say the same thing should happen in America

QAnon supporters and far-right message boards hail Myanmar coup and say the same thing should happen in America

Supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory and users on far-right message boards are lauding the military coup in Myanmar and saying the U.S. military should take similar action against President Joe Biden over false claims of voter fraud.On February 1, Myanmar’s military against the country’s civilian government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, after her party won a majority in parliament in November. The military claimed the coup was necessary due to allegations of voter fraud in the election, though it has not provided concrete evidence of those claims. The Biden administration has condemned the...

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Fox spent 19 segments in one week lying that Biden's executive order protecting LGBTQ Americans was all about trans athletes

Fox spent 19 segments in one week lying that Biden's executive order protecting LGBTQ Americans was all about trans athletes

On January 20, President Joe Biden signed an telling federal agencies to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in numerous areas of public life, such as housing, health care, employment, public accommodations, and education. Despite the order’s myriad protections, over the following week, Fox News aired 19 segments -- totaling 51 minutes -- that miscategorized the order as a move that would destroy women’s sports; only one of those segments even alluded to its nondiscrimination protections. The order mentions sports only one time, saying, “Children should be able to learn without...

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Right-wing media helped usher in the age of "cancel culture," but now pretend it's an invention of the left

Right-wing media helped usher in the age of "cancel culture," but now pretend it's an invention of the left

In an op-ed plastered across Monday’s front page, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) calls for an end to the “muzzling of America.” Despite getting a spot on the front page of the in the U.S., coverage across , a , an audience of more than half a million followers on Twitter, and a lengthy , Hawley would like you to believe that he is a man without a voice.Hawley’s essay makes a now-familiar argument against so-called “cancel culture,” which naturally, came for him all because he tried to invalidate the votes of millions of Americans and maybe, sorta, kinda helped incite a deadly mob to attack the...

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Conservatives' latest absurd attack on Biden: He's violating calls for "unity" unless he does everything we want

Conservatives' latest absurd attack on Biden: He's violating calls for "unity" unless he does everything we want

Unity was a major theme of President Joe Biden’s campaign, and so it wasn’t much of a surprise for the word to show up eight times in his . But predictably, right-wing media quickly ripped Biden’s message from its context and redefined it as a promise to capitulate to Republican demands. In his January 20 address, Biden warned that “few periods in our nation’s history have been more challenging or difficult than the one we’re in now,” asking the country to join forces to defeat “common foes” like anger, resentment, hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, joblessness, and hopelessness.With...

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Local and national media outlets are citing anti-immigrant extremist groups to discuss Biden’s immigration plan

Local and national media outlets are citing anti-immigrant extremist groups to discuss Biden’s immigration plan

As President Joe Biden recently unveiled his U.S. immigration policy, some legacy national and local media outlets have been quoting well-known anti-immigrant extremist groups to provide commentary on the plan.Days before he was sworn in as president, Biden disclosed that he was going to propose  for an “overhaul of immigration laws” on his first day in office, including creating “an eight-year pathway to citizenship for immigrants without legal status.” Qualifying immigrants would receive a temporary status for five years and then a green card once they meet certain requirements, becoming...

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Sinclair's new “commentary-free” national news program broadcasts dangerous COVID-19 misinformation during its premiere episode

Sinclair's new “commentary-free” national news program broadcasts dangerous COVID-19 misinformation during its premiere episode

Dangerous COVID-19 misinformation, similar to a false claim that was previously cut from another Sinclair Broadcast Group program following Media Matters’ reporting, was broadcast on Monday to 68 Sinclair-owned or -operated stations nationwide by Sinclair’s new morning news program The National Desk during its premiere episode.Sinclair The National Desk on January 18, claiming anchor Jan Jeffcoat will “provide audiences with commentary-free news coverage from both a local and national perspective,” with contributions from local and national Sinclair reporters. According to Sinclair’s press...

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On Facebook in 2018, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene endorsed conspiracy theories that 9/11 was an inside job and that Sandy Hook was staged

On Facebook in 2018, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene endorsed conspiracy theories that 9/11 was an inside job and that Sandy Hook was staged

In a newly uncovered exchange, Marjorie Taylor Greene in 2018 agreed with a Facebook commenter who claimed that 9/11 “was done by our own gov[ernment]” and that “none of the school shootings were real or done by the ones who were supposedly arrested for them,” including the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Media Matters earlier this week that Greene agreed in 2018 that the Parkland shooting was actually a false flag planned event. She also wrote in a separate post that...

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Fox News rejects President Biden’s call for unity

Fox News rejects President Biden’s call for unity

President Joe Biden for “uniting our nation” and ending “this uncivil war that pits red against blue” during Wednesday’s inauguration, while warning about the destructive potential of “lies told for power and for profit.” As if to demonstrate his point, Fox News’ propagandists responded with a wave of grievance-mongering designed to keep their audiences angry, afraid, and tuned in to the network for the next four years.Notably, the network’s hosts have stressed to their audiences that when Biden and others call for defeating white supremacy and domestic terrorism in light of the deadly...

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Reacting to the inauguration, Rush Limbaugh suggests Biden had “not legitimately won it”

Reacting to the inauguration, Rush Limbaugh suggests Biden had “not legitimately won it”

Limbaugh claimed that Democrats were “able to lie to themselves, they're able to tell themselves stories.” It should be noted, however, that right-wing figures such as MyPillow CEO and Goya Foods CEO have circulated the false claim — just echoed by Limbaugh himself — alleging that roughly 80 million people voted for President Donald Trump, but that this was erased and concealed by a conspiracy involving the voting machines.In , it was Joe Biden who received 81 million votes versus Trump's 74 million. In addition, the in the swing state of Georgia did not significantly change the results, a...

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Facebook in 2018: Parkland school shooting was a false flag planned event

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Facebook in 2018: Parkland school shooting was a false flag planned event

In a previously unreported interaction, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) agreed with a 2018 Facebook comment that the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was actually a “false flag” planned event. In a separate Facebook post in 2018, Greene also claimed: “I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that ‘we need another school shooting’ in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.” Greene was a right-wing commentator before successfully running for Congress in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District....

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Conservatives want everyone to know that they’re the real victims of the January 6 insurrection

Conservatives want everyone to know that they’re the real victims of the January 6 insurrection

In the days since a mob of Trump supporters waged an attack on the U.S. Capitol, I’ve been thinking a lot about the week in October 2018 when a supporter of President Donald Trump was caught mailing explosives to prominent Democrats and a right-wing gunman slaughtered 11 people at a Pennsylvania synagogue. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about Trump’s reactions to the events, which were arguably inspired by his own rhetoric.Trump opened his remarks during the event at the White House with an update on the bombing story, which had dominated the news that week: An arrest had been made.“These...

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PA state Sen. Doug Mastriano called effort to overturn election a “death match with the Democrat Party” shortly before heading to insurrection attempt

PA state Sen. Doug Mastriano called effort to overturn election a “death match with the Democrat Party” shortly before heading to insurrection attempt

Doug Mastriano is a Pennsylvania Republican state senator and right-wing commentator who to Washington, D.C., on January 6 for what became the deadly pro-Trump riot at the Capitol. Just days before the insurrection attempt, Mastriano promoted his efforts to overturn the election on a right-wing program and stated that Republicans are “basically ... in this death match with the Democrat Party.” Mastriano  represents Pennsylvania State Senate District 33 and is a retired U.S. Army colonel. He also runs the personal “Doug Mastriano Fighting for Freedom.” He has become one of the in...

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Prominent anti-vaccine figures pushed COVID-19 vaccine misinformation live on Facebook and YouTube

Prominent anti-vaccine figures pushed COVID-19 vaccine misinformation live on Facebook and YouTube

During a two-hour event, prominent anti-vaccine figures attempted to undermine the COVID-19 vaccines by promoting misinformation and repeatedly attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, the of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The event was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube, even though both platforms have a on vaccine misinformation.On January 5, conspiracy theorist hosted an event titled Focus on Fauci with known anti-vaccine activists, including Judy Mikovits, a who  in the conspiracy theory film ; Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who heads ; David Martin, who in Plandemic; and...

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Fox News lies about trending topic on Twitter of violent threat against VP Mike Pence

Fox News lies about trending topic on Twitter of violent threat against VP Mike Pence

As the major social media companies locked out President Donald Trump from access to their platforms — over concerns that he may have been continuing to by his supporters on Washington, D.C. — and internet infrastructure companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Google are , Fox News engaged in a shameless bit of whataboutism over the phrase “Hang Mike Pence” trending on Twitter.In fact, the phrase was trending as a result of a video posted during the January 6 insurrection of an apparent lynch mob made up of Trump supporters who were chanting “Hang Mike Pence” as they stormed the Capitol. Yet...

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Infowars’ Alex Jones funded and fomented the mob

Infowars’ Alex Jones funded and fomented the mob

Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and coordinated with the White House in the organizing of a January 6 event that culminated in a failed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In comments made on Infowars broadcasts and during speeches delivered in Washington, D.C., in the days before January 6, Jones and his fellow Infowars host Owen Shroyer frequently used violent and revolutionary rhetoric in calling for the overturning of legitimate election results. Five people lost their lives during the violent incursion in the Capitol that...

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