Media Matters for America (27)

Fox & Friends gave Trump's FCC chairman a free pass to spin his assault on net neutrality

Ajit Pai, the Republican-appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission , enjoyed a lighthearted interview on President Donald Trump’s favorite news program this morning in which he was allowed to spin the reasons he is rescinding Obama-era consumer protections guaranteeing fair ...

Google is promoting and monetizing a website’s fake story about Keanu Reeves

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Google has a serious problem with promoting and monetizing fake news, as a recent fabricated story about actor Keanu Reeves has shown once again. The story, which originated from a fake news website, was still one of the first results for an incognito search of ...

Fake news website YourNewsWire deletes bogus story about Keanu Reeves

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Prominent fake news website YourNewsWire deleted a fabricated story headlined “Keanu Reeves: Hollywood Elites Use ‘Blood Of Babies’ To Get High” after the site was called out for its lie on Twitter -- but not before the post was widely circulated on ...

How CBS and PBS have reported on Charlie Rose's sexual misconduct

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters CBS and PBS are the latest news outlets to cover reported incidents of sexual harassment and misconduct by one of their own employees -- and so far both networks are taking measures to send the right messages to staff and viewers. On November 20, Irin Carmon and Amy ...

Brian Kilmeade gets everything wrong about undocumented immigrants

In an error-filled interview with Republican California gubernatorial candidate John Cox, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade falsely claimed that undocumented immigrants in California are reaping benefits provided by the state without paying taxes and suggested that undocumented immigrants are ...

Morning news shows ignored report that Trump’s FCC plans to roll back net neutrality

Dayanita Ramesh / Media Matters Cable and broadcast morning shows virtually ignored reports that the Republican-appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission , Ajit Pai, is expected to reveal his plan to gut net neutrality regulations this week. According to the internet advocacy ...

Study: How Sean Hannity is trying to discredit Mueller and the Russia probe

Fox News’ Sean Hannity has used his prime-time TV show as a platform to try to discredit both the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the special counsel, Robert Mueller, leading the investigation. For months, Hannity and his guests have called for Mueller to resign and brought ...

A white supremacist who got permanently banned on Twitter attempted a comeback and failed

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Last week, signaling upcoming major policy changes, Twitter suspended or removed verified badges from the profiles of several users who habitually engage in white supremacist rhetoric and hateful speech. One of these users was Tim Gionet, more commonly known online as ...

Fox News allows host Jeanine Pirro to work as a paid GOP fundraising speaker

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Fox News host and legal analyst Jeanine Pirro has found a lucrative side gig headlining Republican Party fundraisers. The network has claimed that it prohibits hosts from stumping for political candidates but has no apparent objection to hosts fundraising for party ...

Fox News is firing up the right-wing spin machine for the Supreme Court's new abortion case

On Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, host Tucker Carlson fearmongered about a reproductive rights case that the Supreme Court just decided to hear -- signaling the start of another right-wing misinformation campaign about abortion. On November 13, the Supreme Court agreed to hear National ...

Echoing Fox & Friends, Trump blasts NFL player for sitting during national anthem

President Donald Trump once again tweeted along to Fox News' morning show, Fox & Friends, this time complaining about an NFL player they criticized and quoting their cyron during a segment about the economy. Trump tweeted about NFL player Marshawn Lynch sitting during the U.S. national anthem ...

Trump administration officials use Sunday news shows to lie about GOP tax bills

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney appeared on Sunday news shows and lied about the effects of the House and Senate tax bills. In their current forms, the bills will raise taxes for many middle-income Americans, provide a tax break for wealthy ...

CNN and MSNBC highlighted Trump's selective outrage about sexual assault while Fox News defended him

During the 11 a.m. hour of news shows on CNN and MSNBC, hosts highlighted President Donald Trump’s selective outrage about recent reports of sexual assault by politicians amid long-standing accusations against him. Meanwhile, Fox News used the same hour to defend Trump’s failure to ...

VIDEO: Asian-American and Pacific Islander activists demand that Congress pass a clean DREAM Act

Miles Le / Media Matters In early September, Trump called for an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The repeal would threaten the 800,000 DACA beneficiaries or so-called “Dreamers,” young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. ...

Google is still profiting from a racist fake news site that promotes violence 

Google advertising network AdSense is helping monetize racist and dangerous anti-Muslim articles from the fake news website Freedom Daily, despite clear violations of AdSense’s policies prohibiting content that "hreatens or advocates for harm on oneself or others" or “incites ...

Sean Hannity's extensive history of undermining women who report sexual misconduct and defending the men accused

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Fox News host Sean Hannity has become a reliable ally for powerful men accused of sexual assault and harassment, regularly using his platform to discredit women who report sexual misconduct and cast doubt on their complaints. Here is a look back on the ways Hannity has ...

Here’s how a 4chan hoax galvanizes, spreads, and creates chaos: Operation Swedistan edition

Avaaz has removed the petition from their website, telling BBC Trending: "This small petition is one of thousands started by individuals on the Avaaz platform. ...We've polled our members on it, and the overwhelming majority voted to take it down, so it's now been removed from our site." On ...

Bill McKibben on why we should be worried about media consolidation and Facebook

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters "I think media activism is one of the most important parts of this whole resistance," Bill McKibben, influential climate activist and journalist, told Media Matters in a recent interview. His new novel, Radio Free Vermont, puts a spotlight on the importance of independent ...

Sean Hannity's stubbornness and volatility keep him in Roy Moore's corner

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Well, this take didn’t age well. I was sure that when Sean Hannity issued an ultimatum to Roy Moore on Tuesday night, saying that the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in next month’s Alabama special election had 24 hours to clear up reports that he preyed ...

Here’s how a 4chan hoax galvanizes, spreads, and creates chaos: Operation Swedistan edition

On Monday, November 13, a user on 4chan’s “politically incorrect” message board started a campaign to mock Swedish multiculturalism by ironically referencing a petition hosted by Avaaz, a U.S.-based global activism group that has not endorsed the online effort, to change the cross ...

Who’s afraid of Steve Bannon?

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Steve Bannon would have you believe that he stands at the crossroads of history, directing traffic. Ever since he emerged as a national political figure in the latter stages of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Breitbart.com chairman has cultivated a ...

Fox News faces advertiser problem following Sean Hannity’s public fight with Keurig

Advertisers are distancing themselves from Fox News host Sean Hannity after he attacked the women who reported sexual misconduct by Senate candidate Roy Moore and helped organize a boycott of Keurig, a Fox News sponsor that stopped advertising on Hannity. On November 11, Keurig, a coffee-maker ...

Roy Moore attempts to explain away sexual assault reports by writing open letter to Sean Hannity

Embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore responded to Fox News host Sean Hannity's November 14 ultimatum demanding that Moore explain inconsistencies in his public statements regarding reports of sexual assaults or get out of the race. Moore’s bizarre open letter denied reports that he sexually ...

Gateway Pundit’s idiotic new defense of Roy Moore: His accuser’s body language was fake

Saraho Wasko / Media Matters The Gateway Pundit, a far-right blog that regularly traffics in false claims, continues to sink to new lows in an effort to defend embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. The blog is now claiming that the body language of a woman who accused Moore of ...

What’s with Hannity’s bizarre comment about being illegally surveilled?

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Sean Hannity either broke a massive bombshell implicating the Trump administration in ongoing, illegal spying on journalists on his Fox News show last night, or he casually pushed yet another baseless conspiracy theory to his audience of 3 million viewers. Just past the ...

Highlighting Media Matters research, Al Jazeera calls out "gaping hole" in media coverage of climate change

"Journalists and news outlets they work for consistently fall short on what may be the biggest story of them all: the future viability of the planet," said Richard Gizbert, host of The Listening Post, Al Jazeera's media critique and analysis program, in a recent segment. The segment highlights Media ...

Three reasons why Sean Hannity issued Roy Moore an ultimatum

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Sean Hannity has finally given up on defending Roy Moore, telling his Fox News audience last night that the Alabama Senate candidate should leave the race if he cannot clear up the allegations against him today. "For me, the judge has 24 hours. He must immediately and ...