Media Matters for America (18)

Anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom attacks Michigan elementary school for trans-inclusive policy

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters International anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom is once again trying to stop a local school district’s attempts to create an inclusive environment for transgender students. ADF sent a letter that mentioned possible litigation against the Grass Lake ...

The Republican Governors Association tried to run a shady, undisclosed phony “news” website

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters FreeTelegraph.com resembles any of a host of hyperpartisan conservative websites that purport to share news. The website’s home page and articles emphasize social media sharing buttons and large photos; the pieces are brief and feature block quotes from other ...

The next Virginia governor could ban abortion, so debate moderators must ask about it

On September 19, Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie will meet for their second of three debates ahead of the November 7 election. As the race between these two candidates becomes tighter, debate moderators have a responsibility to ask Gillespie ...

Fox & Friends hosts EPA chief Scott Pruitt, misrepresents new climate study

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was a guest Tuesday morning on Fox & Friends, President Donald Trump's favorite program. The show's co-hosts used the occasion to misrepresent a new scientific study on climate change and cast doubt on the impact of climate change on ...

After Trump pardon, Joe Arpaio gives interview to publication that denies the Holocaust

Joe Arpaio, the racist Arizona sheriff who was recently pardoned by President Donald Trump, gave another interview to an anti-Semitic publication that has repeatedly pushed claims that the Holocaust is a “hoax.”   Trump pardoned Arpaio on August 25 after he was convicted of criminal ...

Hannity goes rogue, helping O'Reilly attack the women who reported him for sexual harassment and asking him to return to Fox

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Fox News host Sean Hannity turned his radio show into a platform for embattled former colleague Bill O’Reilly to undermine the reports of sexual harassment that led Fox to terminate his employment earlier this year, and repeatedly urged him to return to the network. ...

How the NRA exploited hurricanes to promote gun ownership

NRATV hosts repeatedly used hurricanes Harvey and Irma to push for both more gun ownership and pro-gun laws, while fearmongering that this type of catastrophe can happen anywhere and people should be prepared with guns to fight looters as law enforcement can’t be everywhere. NRATV host ...

Today show set to welcome reported serial sexual predator Bill O'Reilly

Sarah Wasko  / Media Matters NBC’s Today Show, broadcast to 4.5 million viewers across the country as they get ready for the day ahead, apparently cannot think of a better use of its platform than to help a reported sexual harasser promote his weird vanity project and attempt to rehab his ...

Alex Jones: "Do we put an ad out" so "Islamist men" can show up at J.K. Rowling's house and "genitally mutilate her"?

From the September 15 edition of Genesis Communications Network’s The Alex Jones Show: PAUL JOSEPH WATSTON: J.K. Rowling is gonna lecture me about how I am afraid while she lives in a gated mansion in the countryside. ALEX JONES : I got an idea, why doesn't somebody do a Quran burning in ...

Fox & Friends spread false information about London attack, hosted anti-Muslim hate group leader

Fox & Friends’ coverage of an apparent terror attack in London demonstrated Fox News’ playbook for exploiting acts of terrorism at home and abroad by spreading misinformation about the incident and turning to discredited Islamophobes for insight into the nature of terror threats. According ...

These three advertising networks are powering fake news

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters A Media Matters review of 100 websites that publish fake news found that 84 percent use at least one of three specific advertising networks for revenue. Much of the public criticism about the proliferation of fake news in the past year has focused on social media ...

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Todd Starnes attacking Superman for protecting “illegals” from being shot

The right wing grievance over a perceived liberal bias in Hollywood, which previously led to right-wing media personalities attacking Wonder Woman, The Lego Movie, Frozen, Tinker Bell, and the Mario Brothers, has now turned toward the latest issue of Action Comics. In his article for FoxNews.com, ...

Fox Business hosts far-right troll who yelled Seth Rich conspiracies at a Hillary Clinton book signing

Fox Business host Liz MacDonald invited far-right, Seth Rich conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer on to the network to promote her ambush video attacking Hillary Clinton at a book signing event. MacDonald hosted Loomer, who has pushed the conspiracy theory that Clinton was involved in the murder of a ...

The fake news that spread about Hurricane Irma

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Websites and social media personalities that traffic in fake news took advantage of Hurricane Irma to spread false information. While the hurricane made landfall in the Caribbean and parts of Florida, many fake news stories that could potentially impede recovery efforts ...

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, …. It’s Todd Starnes attacking Superman for protecting “illegals” from being shot

The right wing grievance over a perceived liberal bias in Hollywood, which previously led to right-wing media personalities attacking Wonder Woman, The Lego Movie, Frozen, Tinker Bell, and the Mario Brothers, has now turned toward the latest issue of Action Comics. In his article for FoxNews.com, ...

Some TV networks continue to lag in covering link between hurricanes and climate change

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters After failing to note the impact of climate change on hurricanes in their coverage of Hurricane Harvey, ABC and NBC both discussed the link while covering Irma, Media Matters has found in a new analysis of coverage of the more recent storm. But NBC did a better job: It ...

Clay Travis, Tucker Carlson’s go-to sports expert, is a racist conspiracy theorist, and his "credo" is "all women are sluts"

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Outkick the Coverage website owner Clay Travis, who has a long history of promoting racism and misogyny, appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight to criticize an ESPN personality for her tweets critical of President Donald Trump. Travis has recently ...

Tucker Carlson’s go-to sports expert is a racist conspiracy theorist, and his "credo" is "all women are sluts"

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Outkick the Coverage website owner Clay Travis, who has a long history of promoting racism and misogyny, appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight to criticize an ESPN personality for her tweets critical of President Donald Trump. Travis has recently ...