Media Matters for America (28)

With Bannon gone, the far-right media trolls are ready to break up with the White House

Stephen Bannon is no longer the White House chief strategist. His departure, in addition to furthering the narrative of a Trump administration in constant chaos, is likely to become a source of acrimony between right-wing anti-establishment outlets and online trolls and those who remain in the Trump ...

European "alt-right" ship tries to stop refugee rescue missions, fails miserably

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters The campaign of Defend Europe, a European white nationalist “Identitarian” movement, to disrupt humanitarian search-and-rescue missions for migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, ended yesterday after months of problems, from its ship’s mechanical failure to ...

Why is Tucker Carlson so reluctant to condemn white supremacists?

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters White supremacists and neo-Nazis marched on Charlottesville, VA, last weekend. Support for the town’s statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee was their rallying point, though the underlying rationale was a toxic mixture of racism and anti-Semitism. The protesters ...

Media Matters to James Murdoch: Your letter took a stand against white nationalism. Now keep it up by living your values at Fox News.

Washington, DC-- Media Matters President Angelo Carusone released the following statement after James Murdoch circulated an email expressing concern about President Donald Trump’s defense of white supremacists and neo-Nazis -- and emphasized the need to “stand up to” this toxic ...

Pro-Trump media conspiracy theory: The white supremacist who organized Charlottesville rally is really a liberal spy 

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Hyperpartisan media outlets, fake news purveyors, and fringe right-wing media figures are promoting a conspiracy theory that suggests that one of the white supremacist organizers of the rally in Charlottesville, VA, was really a “liberal double agent” who staged ...

NRA’s double standard on terror is on display following vehicle attacks in the US and Spain

The National Rifle Association’s live news show Stinchfield issued a “terror alert” following terrorist van attacks in Spain, in which ISIS supporters drove vans into crowds at two locations, killing 14 and injuring more than 100 people. But the show has yet to mention the events of ...

Business lobbying coalition recruits right-wing hosts to deliver virtually identical town hall ads

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Conservative radio listeners have been hearing some of their favorite hosts implore them to visit local town halls hosted by members of Congress to make their “voices” heard. But far from being a “grassroots” campaign, the coordinated ads are part ...

Sean Hannity has been dumpster diving with conspiracy theorists again

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Fox News host Sean Hannity used his radio show to promote the inane conspiracy theory that “antifa agitators” who opposed the neo-Nazi and white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday were actually actors hired by a publicity firm. The claim ...

Thanks to Fox's Tucker Carlson, pro-Trump Reddit is discovering anti-abortion extremism

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had a night off on August 7, but that didn’t stop him from airing yet another interview with anti-choice extremist and spreading misinformation about Planned Parenthood. And Reddit’s “r/The_Donald” forum, where ...

Why does USA Today keep publishing op-eds that dispute climate science?

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters USA Today has once again invited a climate denier onto its opinion pages to cast doubt on mainstream science, and the paper failed to disclose the author’s numerous industry ties. On August 14, USA Today's editorial board wrote a well-reasoned editorial highlighting ...

A defense of Trump’s unforgivable statements on Charlottesville may be airing on your local news

Former aide to President Donald Trump and current administration media shill Boris Epshteyn is now using local television news spots across the country to back Trump in his disgraceful “both sides” treatment of violent neo-Nazism and white supremacy in Charlottesville, VA. Epshteyn is the ...

As the nation reels from Trump’s embrace of neo-Nazis, Fox News invites racist, anti-Semite Ted Nugent on for full hour

Fox News’ The Specialists included racist Ted Nugent on its panel for the full hour one day after President Donald Trump praised the “very fine people” participating in a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA, that resulted in the murder of a woman protesting the racism and bigotry ...

CNN law enforcement analyst claims “the left” shares blame for Heather Heyer’s death

CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck tweeted today that “the left has to take some responsibility” for the death of anti-racism activist Heather Heyer. He also defended the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA: pic.twitter.com/UoAWfGT929 — Harry J Houck ...

Cheyenne Mountain Resort cancels plans to host white nationalist VDare conference after wide criticism

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters The Colorado resort that was scheduled to host a conference for the white nationalist group VDare has canceled those plans.   As Media Matters reported, VDare recently announced, and started taking reservations for, its April 2018 conference at the Cheyenne Mountain ...

There will be no pivot

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters It’s been 17 days since retired Gen. John Kelly joined the White House amid a wave of media goodwill. As chief of staff in the place of the feckless Republican political operative Reince Priebus, the theory went, Kelly might be able to “rein in” President ...

Get ready. Things are going to get much, much worse.

Amid the horror of President Donald Trump’s press conference today -- his praise for the “fine people” he claimed marched among the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend; the declaration that they had a good point in opposing the removal of ...

White nationalists cheer Trump for assigning blame to “both sides” for Charlottesville violence

White nationalists applauded President Donald Trump for giving a press conference where he cast “blame on both sides” for an August 12 white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, VA, that culminated in a neo-Nazi plowing his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing activist ...

“Pizzagate,” Seth Rich conspiracy theorist troll giddy after Trump retweets him

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters President Donald Trump retweeted right-wing troll Jack Posobiec’s tweet to his more than 35 million followers in his ongoing effort to push alternative narratives to distract from his tepid condemnation of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA, that ...

How Sean Hannity's Charlottesville propaganda works

It’s been a bad few days for President Donald Trump. His approval ratings hit new lows yesterday in the wake of his widely criticized failure over the weekend to specifically denounce a violent rally of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA. Perhaps because many of his ...

With Charlottesville attack, NRATV confronted with terrorism it doesn’t want to hype

Every weekday morning starting at 9 a.m., the National Rifle Association’s news outlet NRATV begins its broadcast with a show -- Stinchfield, hosted by Texas radio personality Grant Stinchfield -- that “brings you live news updates and interviews” and “tackles the issues the ...

STUDY: EPA chief Scott Pruitt has given more interviews to Fox than to all other major TV networks combined

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has appeared on Fox News twice as often as on other cable and broadcast networks combined, and he has frequently granted interviews to right-wing talk radio shows and other climate-denying outlets, Media Matters ...

Neo-Nazis called on Trump to pardon Joe Arpaio. Now Trump is “seriously considering” doing it.

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, after neo-Nazi and other fringe media that have supported Trump called for him to do so. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court on July 31 after “defying a ...

Right-wing media provided home for white supremacist before he organized Charlottesville rally

Before he organized the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, Jason Kessler wrote for The Daily Caller and the white nationalist site VDare and appeared as a purported expert on Alex Jones’ Infowars network. Kessler was the organizer for the “Unite the Right” rally in ...

How Donald Trump emboldened Charlottesville white supremacists

White supremacists have been engaging in violent and racist protests this weekend in Charlottesville, VA. President Donald Trump responded to the violence by issuing a generic condemnation of problems "on many sides" and declining to specifically call out white supremacists. Trump's response fits ...

After Charlottesville terrorism, black voices provide vital perspective on the pervasiveness of racism in America

After a white supremacist, neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA, left one person dead and many others injured, black voices in the media conveyed a powerful and unequivocal rebuke of the resurgence of emboldened white nationalism in America. Black voices took to Sunday news shows to share the pain ...

After praising Trump's statement on Charlottesville, a neo-Nazi website celebrates murder of counterprotester Heather Heyer

White nationalist and neo-Nazi hate website The Daily Stormer openly celebrated the murder of counterprotester Heather Heyer during the violent August 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, calling her a “slob” and a “burden on society” with “no value.” The ...

How Donald Trump emboldened Charlottesville white supremacists

White supremacists have been engaging in violent and racist protests this weekend in Charlottesville, VA. President Donald Trump responded to the violence by issuing generic condemnations of problems "on many sides" and declining to specifically call out white supremacists. Trump's response fits a ...

"Alt-right" ship gets stranded at sea trying to keep migrants out of Europe, will be saved by refugee rescue ship

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters The C-Star, a ship used by anti-immigrant group Defend Europe to disrupt humanitarian search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea, has been “stranded in the Central Mediterranean,” the Independent reported. Italian officials told Sea-Eye, a German ...