Media Matters for America
Media Matters (MMFA) is a non-profit and a progressive media watchdog. Since June 2015, I have worked there as a researcher. In this role, I monitor media in real-time and write critiques of the media.
In April 2016, I was promoted to research coordinator for strategy. In this role, I supervise members of the research team, direct content, and work independently on long-term projects. I have also represented the organization in a few radio interviews.
In addition to the pieces below, I have contributed research to larger projects, including the Benghazi hearings, debates, and media coverage of the Iran nuclear deal. Another responsibility I have is clipping content for the website. This involves editing video and audio and transcribing clips.
September 5, 2016
As Labor Day approaches, Media Matters looks back at how media have attacked organized labor over the past year. In the midst of several important battles for labor unions in 2016, media have often pushed misleading information about union membership and fees, attempted to delegitimize the votes of union members, uncritically cited and elevated voices from anti-union dark-money groups without proper disclosure, and claimed that teachers unions’ activism shows that educators do not care about what’s best for their students.
September 1, 2016
Republicans are using a flawed Associated Press report -- that baselessly alleged Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton granted special State Department access to Clinton Foundation donors -- to justify calls for an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Even though the report included no evidence of wrongdoing, numerous media figures hyped it as a scandal, claiming “the optics are disturbing” for Clinton.
August 31, 2016
Fox News ignored a report from Mother Jones revealing that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s modeling agency, Trump Model Management, “profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here.” The report got attention from MSNBC and CNN, where it was discussed as a “particularly awkward” point of hypocrisy for Trump ahead of his speech on immigration.
August 29, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump followed right-wing media’s lead by connecting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to former Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) to mitigate the accusations that he is racist and has stoked racial tension. Conservatives have invoked Byrd’s past affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) for years to deflect from accusations of bigotry in the Republican Party, despite Byrd’s disavowal of his involvement with the hate group and his dedication of the rest of his life to atoning for his mistakes and supporting legislation to help minorities.
August 5, 2016
In what was supposed to be a moment of unity within the Republican Party following the national convention, presidential nominee Donald Trump has fostered a party consumed by infighting, much of which is taking place within right-wing media. Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has been at the center of the brawl, going to battle against conservative magazine National Review and an editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page.
August 3, 2016
Donald and Eric Trump’s victim-blaming responses to questions about sexual harassment were condemned in the media, but they echoed right-wing media’s long history of putting the onus on the victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Right-wing media figures have suggested that being a sexual assault survivor is a “coveted status,” that victims should “make better decisions,” and that “women need to take some responsibility.”
Media Slam The Republican Leaders Disavowing Trump’s Feud With Khans But Not Rescinding Their Endorsements
August 2, 2016
Media figures are criticizing Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), for refusing to rescind endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump while condemning his attacks on the Khans, an American Muslim family whose son was killed in action in Iraq in 2004. They are calling the statements refusing to flat-out disavow Trump “acts of cowardice,” “less than worthless,” and “empty words.”
Media Call Out Newspapers For Leaving Hillary Clinton's Photo Off Front Pages After History-Making Nomination
July 27, 2016
Media figures are calling out major newspapers -- including The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune -- for omitting Hillary Clinton’s photo from their front pages the morning after she became the first woman nominated as the presidential candidate of a major party.
July 22, 2016
Media are criticizing a speech by Republican nominee Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump at the Republican National Convention in which she asserted that her father is “a fighter” for women. Media say the characterization is “ironic” and “an enormous crock,” given Trump’s “platform and history.”
Media Shouldn't Be Fooled By The Republican National Convention: Trump, Pence, And The GOP Aren’t LGBT-Friendly
July 21, 2016
Media should beware that even though the Republican National Convention is featuring speeches from prominent LGBT figures Peter Thiel and Caitlyn Jenner, that does not mean the party or its nominees for president and vice president support LGBT rights. In fact, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, and the GOP platform support anti-LGBT laws and have turned to anti-LGBT extremists and hate group leaders for advice on related issues. Media have a history of whitewashing Trump’s record on LGBT issues and casting him as an advocate for the community despite his documented opposition to LGBT equality.
Five Times Comey Corrected Right-Wing Media Misinformation During His Congressional Testimony On Clinton Email Probe
July 7, 2016
During his July 7 testimony on Capitol Hill, FBI Director James Comey dismantled several right-wing media myths about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. In his testimony about the FBI’s recommendation against pursuing criminal charges, Comey debunked flawed comparisons and corrected faulty definitions that right-wing media have repeatedly pushed.
July 6, 2016
Media spuriously likened Hillary Clinton’s email use to the case of Bryan Nishimura -- who was criminally charged with mishandling classified information -- after FBI Director James Comey announced the bureau would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton. Media figures seized on Nishimura’s 2015 charges to erroneously characterize Comey’s announcement as a double standard, but, as with the debunked comparisons of Clinton’s email use to David Petraeus’ and John Deutch’s cases, legal experts note that unlike Clinton, Nishimura knowingly mishandled classified information.
June 15, 2016
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump hyped a debunked talking point from a Breitbart News article to claim that he was correct to insinuate that the Obama administration supports terrorists. However, the memo cited in the Breitbart article never says that the U.S. and Al Qaeda worked together, and in fact Breitbart News' interpretation has been “widely debunked.”
June 13, 2016
Fox News host Steve Doocy asked, “So, why is the Obama administration pushing to take away life-saving armor” like Kevlar helmets and BearCat vehicles from the police, noting that both were used to save lives during the June 12 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. But neither item is included on a list of prohibited police equipment President Obama created in a May 2015 executive order, which prevents the federal government from transferring certain items to local police departments and the departments from buying those items with federal dollars.
June 7, 2016
Fox News host Sean Hannity, a staunch supporter of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, has defended Trump numerous times, backing him when journalists and experts criticized his “racist” comments about a judge, debunked his claims, and dubbed his policy proposals “fact-free.”
June 1, 2016
Mainstream media figures criticized presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s attacks on the press during a May 31 press conference as showing “a fundamental misunderstanding of reporters’ roles” and “little regard for … the legitimate role of a free press in a free society,” while right-wing media lauded the attacks as a “smart move” against the “corrupt media.”
May 20, 2016
Media figures criticized Donald Trump’s response to the EgyptAir crash saying that it was “totally irresponsible” and “bad practice” for Trump to blame the crash on terrorism despite having no information at the time. Meanwhile, Fox News defended Trump’s “strong statement,” and praised him for saying “exactly what’s on everyone’s mind.”
May 9, 2016
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump echoed conservative media and the National Rifle Association by baselessly claiming that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton wants to “abolish the Second Amendment” and “take your guns away.” In fact, Clinton says that Second Amendment rights can be "protected" while the government also implements "common-sense" measures like universal background checks to keep guns from dangerous people.
May 4, 2016
Hours after he was declared the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump took to the broadcast network morning shows to defend a conspiracy theory from the National Enquirer, the tabloid with which Trump has a cozy relationship.
April 28, 2016
Editorial boards are criticizing the vision that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump outlined in a foreign policy address, calling it “ultimately dangerous” and “full of platitudes and contradictions.”
April 19, 2016
The New York Times editorial board debunked the “big myths” Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are “peddling about the Affordable Care Act and also their ill-conceived plans of what might replace it.” The board wrote that Trump and Cruz are “willing to mislead the public any way they can” to “trash the Affordable Care Act” by “inventing problems that don’t exist and proposing solutions that won’t help.”
April 18, 2016
A New York Times analysis found “historic increases” in those covered by the Affordable Care Act, destroying right-wing media predictions about health care reform including that it would “topple the stock market” and enslave Americans. The Times analysis is just one of many pieces of research that have highlighted the successes of the Affordable Care Act.
April 17, 2016
On April 18, the U.S. Supreme Court “is weighing the fate” of President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration which “could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation” and grant them legal right to work. Right-wing media have spent years misinforming about the legality, and economic impact of the executive actions. Here are the facts.
April 15, 2016
New York radio host Mark Simone, a longtime friend of GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump, has used his show to shill for Trump and defend him from criticism on his radio show and during guest appearances on television. Independent of his support for Trump, Simone has also attacked immigrants, minorities, and Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
After Obama Says He Is Not Influencing Email Investigation, Conservative Media Claim President Is “Tipping The Scale” For Clinton
April 11, 2016
Right-wing media, including several Fox figures, accused President Obama of “tipping the scales” in favor of Hillary Clinton in the ongoing investigation into her email practices after Obama responded to a question posed by Fox’s Chris Wallace about his influence in the matter. During a Fox News Sunday interview, Obama said he guaranteed that “there is no political influence” in the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s private email server, and right-wing media responded by criticizing Obama for even answering the question.
April 4, 2016
Media called Donald Trump's claim that he could eliminate the national debt in eight years by renegotiating trade while still cutting taxes "impossible" and "absolute fabulism" that "insult[s] the intelligence of Americans" because "the math, of course, doesn't add up."
March 30, 2016
Fox News hosts and contributors criticized President Obama as "hypocritical" and "condescending" after he called on journalists to consider the role they play in "the divisive and often vulgar rhetoric" in the 2016 presidential election.
March 29, 2016
Utah's governor just signed into law an abortion anesthesia measure that, according to The Associated Press, is "based on that disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain," a concept that has been promoted by right-wing media. But research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that "fetal perception of pain is unlikely before the third trimester."
March 28, 2016
Fox's Andrew Napolitano and Andrea Tantaros and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough cited a March 27 report from the Los Angeles Times to push the possibility that Hillary Clinton used a private email server unlawfully, claiming she "might be a criminal defendant in a felony prosecution." But the Times article quotes legal experts who say there is "no reason to think Clinton committed any crimes with respect to the use of her email server," and the piece says the chances of a finding of criminal liability are "low."
March 27, 2016
The Associated Press highlighted the backlash to Donald Trump's "fondness" for phone interviews, writing that the practice "is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions."
Editorial Boards: Right-Wing Arguments Challenging Contraceptive Mandate Are "Absurd," "Extreme" And Resorting To "Hyperbole"
March 23, 2016
On March 23, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a consolidated case brought by religious nonprofits challenging a process for opting out of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The editorial boards of three major newspapers called the right-wing objection in the case "absurd" and pointed out that the government has gone "a long way to accommodate religious objections" already.
March 23, 2016
Right-wing media quickly exploited the terrorist attacks in Brussels by stoking fears about the U.S. refugee vetting process, calling for the profiling of Muslims, stoking anti-immigrant sentiments, hyping anti-Muslim fears, blaming political correctness for the victims of terrorism, crediting Donald Trump with being "right" when he said Brussels was turning into a "hell hole," calling for torture and waterboarding, and criticizing President Obama.
March 16, 2016
In the wake of President Obama's announcement that he is nominating Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, media are highlighting Garland's record as "an experienced and respected federal judge" and pointing out his history of "bipartisan support."
March 15, 2016
Fox News is attempting to whitewash recent violent incidents at campaign events for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump by invoking sexual assault to make Trump appear to be the victim; claiming that protesters are invoking violence simply by attending the events; and asserting that the instances of violence are nonexistent or overstated.
March 11, 2016
After a series of violent incidents at Republican front-runner Donald Trump's public events, media are saying Trump has "some accountability" for "creating this hostile atmosphere" that leads to violence, noting in particular the violent rhetoric he employs in his speeches.
March 9, 2016
GenderAvenger, the Center for American Women and Politics, and the Women's Media Center launched a project called Who Talks? "that will analyze and publicize the gender balance of analysts appearing" on top-rated cable news programs throughout the 2016 presidential campaign to learn "whether women analysts are at the table contributing to the conversation."
March 8, 2016
To commemorate International Women's Day, Media Matters looks back at some of the most striking instances of sexism on Fox News in the last year -- from asserting that women are "less ambitious" than men to hosting a panel of men debating whether a woman's outfit is "appropriate."
March 7, 2016
Critics are calling out moderators of the Democratic presidential primary debates for not asking any questions about abortion, despite the Supreme Court's current consideration of "the highest-stakes abortion case in a generation" and the many recently passed state bills curtailing abortion access.
March 4, 2016
Media pointed out that Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) pledge to support front-runner Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee is "especially unusual" given that Rubio "has been caustically attacking Mr. Trump as a 'con man.'"
"Frankentrump": Media Explain How Trump Was The Manifestation Of The GOP's Obstructionism And Extremism
March 3, 2016
Amid reporting that Republicans are trying to halt presidential front-runner Donald Trump's progress in the primary campaign, media are explaining that the GOP has only itself to blame for having "created this monster" with Republicans' "wild obstructionism" of President Obama and by fostering a "climate of hate" that Trump has thrived in.
How A Right-Wing Media Myth Made It Into Oral Arguments For A Case Challenging Texas' Restrictive Abortion Law
March 2, 2016
In the oral arguments for Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt -- the case before the Supreme Court concerning Texas' anti-choice law, HB 2 -- Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller relied on a common right-wing media myth to justify medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion. In his argument, Keller made the long-debunked claim -- pushed for years by right-wing media -- that HB 2 was passed to prevent another "Kermit Gosnell scandal," in which illegal operations led to multiple deaths at a Philadelphia clinic.
March 1, 2016
Newspaper editorial boards have called Texas' anti-choice law "an assault on abortion access" and said that it in fact "increases the risk to women's health." Several editorial boards have called on the Supreme Court to strike down the regulations, which they said place "an 'undue burden' on women."
February 26, 2016
During CNN's February 25 Republican presidential debate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) claimed that the Affordable Care Act "is a job-killing law." The assertions by Cruz and Rubio, which fact-checkers called "false" and "hard to square," echoed years of false right-wing media reports that the health care law would kill jobs.
February 25, 2016
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson likened Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards to a notorious Nazi doctor, calling her "America's own version of Josef Mengele" and labeling Planned Parenthood a "mass murdering organization."
Media Hype Entrance Poll Showing Trump Won Nevada Latinos -- But Latinos Still Overwhelmingly Oppose Trump
February 24, 2016
Media are hyping an entrance poll result that shows Donald Trump receiving a plurality of votes from Hispanic Republicans in Nevada. But the vast majority of Latinos across the country do not support Trump, and experts are drawing attention to the poll's small sample size and high margin of error.
February 23, 2016
A Washington Post piece on anti-choice groups going before the Supreme Court discussed "post-abortion syndrome" without explaining that the concept was created by a discredited researcher and has no medical evidence behind it. The piece also neglected to point out that the group pushing the myth, Americans United for Life (AUL), is an extreme anti-choice organization trying to eliminate all abortion access, even in cases of rape and incest.
February 21, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) claimed that pro-Trump Breitbart News is "not a credible source" during a Fox News interview about a story published to the website that was critical of his previous immigration policies. However, Rubio wrote a post that was published by Breitbart News just days before he dismissed the website.
February 18, 2016
Media outlets called out MSNBC's Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for their performance moderating a town hall with Donald Trump, stating the hosts "went easy on the frontrunner" and calling the event "disgraceful," and a "big fat waste."
February 17, 2016
Media are pointing out and criticizing Donald Trump's role in mainstreaming conspiracy theories that Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, saying Trump "has elevated those ideas and made them a part of the mainstream discourse" and is "engag[ing] with the ugly, irrational underbelly of far right-wing politics."
February 16, 2016
Media are making false comparisons between current Republican rhetoric and past Democratic actions and comments to undermine the president's pledge to nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Unlike Democrats in the past, Republicans are indicating they will refuse to even engage in the nomination process at all, an abdication of their basic constitutional responsibilities that is unprecedented.
February 12, 2016
Ohio media outlets are warning about the potential health care consequences if Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, is successful in his push to defund Planned Parenthood. News outlets are saying the move could potentially "jeopardize comprehensive health care for women around the state."
February 8, 2016
Conservative media are applauding Marco Rubio for how he defended his extreme stance that abortion should be illegal in all cases, except to save the life of the mother, during the February 6 Republican primary debate. But many of these media outlets are ignoring the fact that most Americans do not agree with his position.
February 5, 2016
Media are criticizing Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough's "thinly veiled" attacks on Hillary Clinton's voice as "a redux of sexist coverage" of women in politics.
January 29, 2016
Prominent media figures are cheering Megyn Kelly's performance as a moderator in the January 28 Fox News Republican presidential debate as "brilliant," while lauding her for asking "the toughest questions" and"throwing fastballs." Such praise ignores the conservative myth-filled questions Kelly has a history of asking guests on her show the rest of the year when she's not in the presidential debate spotlight.
Editorial Boards Hail CMP Indictments And Call Out "Incendiary Speech And Actions" Against Planned Parenthood
January 27, 2016
Major newspaper editorial boards urged politicians to abandon efforts to defund and slander Planned Parenthood after a grand jury indicted two members of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-choice group that released smear videos against the women's health organization.
January 27, 2016
Fox News slammed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after he announced he would not participate in the January 28 Republican presidential primary debate co-sponsored by Fox News because of his on-going feud with moderator Megyn Kelly.
January 26, 2016
Donald Trump will "definitely" boycott Fox News' January 28 Republican primary debate due to the "conflict of interest and bias" moderator Megyn Kelly holds against him and the network's response to his criticism. After reportedly speaking with the Republican front-runner, Fox News and its leadership have stood behind Kelly -- a marked contrast to the network's response when Trump complained about Kelly after the August debate.
January 25, 2016
The Washington Post editorial board called out Republican presidential candidates' anti-immigrant "rancor and outright nativism" that falsely gives "rise to the impression that illegal immigration has soared to unprecedented levels" when in reality recent studies show that illegal immigration is "now at its lowest level since 2003."
January 22, 2016
The influential conservatives who penned essays for National Review urging voters not to cast their ballots for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump have their own histories of extremism. They have called President Obama a "racist" with a "deep-seeded hatred for white people" and compared him to a "skinny, ghetto crackhead"; termed Supreme Court Justice David Souter a "goat fucking child molester"; reportedly "helped push" Sarah Palin onto the 2008 GOP presidential ticket; and offered inflammatory Islamophobic comments.
Wall Street Journal Columnist Uses 13 Hours To Hype Benghazi Myths And Threaten Hillary Clinton's Presidential Run
January 21, 2016
A Wall Street Journal column used the recently released film depicting the Benghazi attacks to revive old myths about the attacks while claiming that the movie "ought to" threaten Hillary Clinton's presidential run.
January 21, 2016
On the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, PBS remains the gold standard for coverage of campaign finance reform while other broadcast networks show room for improvement, according to a Media Matters review of their evening and Sunday news shows over the past 16 months. While coverage of the subject has increased across the board, with CBS in particular showing a substantial increase, a sizable fraction of the increase is due to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) raising the issue in interviews on Sunday programs, rather than proactive efforts by journalists to cover campaign finance reform.
January 15, 2016
Media fact-checkers are calling out Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz for "gloss[ing] over" his failure to disclose loans he received for his 2012 Senate campaign to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), writing that it was not, as Cruz claimed, "a paperwork error" and that '"[f]ederal election laws require candidates to disclose such loans, and failing to do so has led, in some cases, to investigations and fines."
January 12, 2016
While discussing a Supreme Court case focused on union fees, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade falsely claimed that public employees were "forced to join unions" and to pay fees that went directly "to political causes." Not only can public employees opt out of joining a union, but the reduced fees that non-members pay, known as agency fees, are used by the union to collectively bargain on behalf of all the employees of a workplace -- including non-members -- and are distinctly not permitted for use toward a union's outside political activity.
January 8, 2016
The hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe wrote off reports that Donald Trump's campaign screened attendees at an event to admit only supporters as something "candidates on both sides of the aisle" typically do, but previously condemned Hillary Clinton for the "control freakishness" of vetting attendees at her campaign events.
January 7, 2016
After years of pushing birther myths that President Obama may not have been eligible for the presidency, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh hypocritically dismissed Republican claims that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz may face eligibility problems due to being born in Canada.
January 6, 2016
Newspaper editorial boards are urging support for President Obama's executive actions to curb gun violence, calling them "an important step," and "the beginning of sensible reform."
January 5, 2016
Media highlighted the "racial double standard" in the coverage of an armed group of protestors occupying a federal building in Oregon as compared to recent coverage of minority group protestors like members of the Black Lives Matter movement. While some in the media referred to the Oregon militiamen as "patriots," black and Muslim protesters have previously been labeled as "terrorists" or "thugs."
Fox Promotes Conspiracy Theorist Who Threatened Sexual Violence Against Hillary Clinton As Militia Spokesperson
January 4, 2016
Fox News is promoting Pete Santilli as a spokesman for the armed group that is occupying a federal building in Oregon. Santilli is better known as a conservative Internet host who has espoused conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks and repeatedly expressed a desire to shoot Hillary Clinton "right in the vajayjay."
January 3, 2016
Chuck Todd neglected to ask Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) about armed militia members who took over a federal government building in Oregon. The takeover was led in part by sons of Cliven Bundy, who Paul initially supported in his 2014 standoff with federal officials over land use and with whom Paul had extensively discussed land rights after a June 2015 campaign event.
December 22, 2015
Fox News has a long history of promoting sexism on-air, and 2015 was no different. Media Matters rounded up the 10 most cringe-worthy instances of sexism that happened on Fox this year -- as well as a bonus cringe-inducing moment from CNN.
December 21, 2015
Media are comparing Hillary Clinton's debate claim that ISIS recruiters are "showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam" to Trump's falsehood that thousands of Muslims celebrated the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Desperate to declare that both parties are engaged in the same behavior, these outlets are pushing a false equivalence that ignores that Trump's bigoted comments are fomenting and sought to capitalize on anti-Muslim sentiment that experts agree is being used by ISIS to attract recruits, while Clinton's comment sought to bring attention to that behavior.
Media Fixate On Clinton "Video" Remark, Ignore That ISIS Does Reportedly Recruit Using Trump's Islamophobia
December 21, 2015
Hillary Clinton said during the December 19 Democratic presidential primary debate that ISIS is using Donald Trump's inflammatory anti-Muslim comments "to recruit more radical jihadists." Although experts say that ISIS and other terrorist groups are using Trump's remarks to attract recruits on social media, journalists have ignored that fact and fixated on Clinton's specific statement that the terrorists use Trump's comments in recruitment "videos" to suggest that Clinton "made the stuff up about Trump and ISIS."
December 17, 2015
Media are condemning Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's proposal to carpet-bomb ISIS, which they explain could lead to "death and injury inflicted on innocents" and could also be classified as "a war crime."
December 16, 2015
During the final Republican presidential primary debate of 2015, which was focused on national security and terrorism, CNN moderators failed to ask the Republican presidential primary candidates about the deadly shooting attack at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, which has been linked by many in the media to heated anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric from the GOP.
December 16, 2015
During the December 15 Republican presidential debate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) again backed away from his support of comprehensive immigration reform in 2013, saying his opinion changed with that of the American people. However, polling data suggests that Americans consistently favored comprehensive immigration reform, the Republican Party sabotaged immigration reform, and Rubio faced extreme backlash from right-wing media causing him to change his position.
December 9, 2015
Media are calling out Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States for marginalizing Muslims and helping ISIS recruitment tactics. Such criticism echoes statements from the U.S. Department of Defense explaining that "anything that creates tensions and creates the notion that the United States is at odds with the Muslim faith and Islam would be counterproductive to our efforts right now" to combat ISIS.
Donald Trump's Proposal To Ban Muslims Follows Right-Wing Media Calls To Stop Muslim Refugee Resettlement In The US
December 8, 2015
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called for a moratorium on Muslims entering the United States on December 7. Trump's statement followed widespread calls from conservative media not to allow Muslim refugees from Syria to resettle in the United States.
December 7, 2015
Right-wing media lashed out at President Obama for comments he made about gun violence prevention, anti-Muslim discrimination, and terrorism in his December 6 address from the Oval Office about combating the terrorist organization ISIS.
December 4, 2015
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson asserted that President Obama is at fault for an increase in mass shootings writing "the violent rhetoric of America's own president suggests" that "we are in a more violent age" and "now we are dealing with the consequences."
December 3, 2015
After the December 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California that left 14 dead and 17 more injured, conservative media distorted widespread criticism of Republican presidential candidates offering only their "thoughts and prayers" in response to the shooting, with no mention of proposals to prevent future gun violence, as an attempt "try to take God away."
December 2, 2015
Right-wing media are attempting to bolster Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's widely debunked claim that Muslims in New Jersey cheered as the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11.
November 19, 2015
Right-wing media figures are pushing the false claim that if the victims of the terror attacks in Paris carried guns, then they could have stopped the attackers and prevented the onslaught. Experts, however, have explained that civilians with guns have not historically stopped mass attacks and that increasing gun availability actually increases violence.
Right-Wing Media Take Obama Out Of Context Claiming He Said Paris Terror Attacks Were Merely A "Setback"
November 18, 2015
Conservative media deceptively took President Obama's comments following the November 13 terror attacks in Paris out of context to argue that he is being "apathetic" and "cavalier" about the threat of ISIS. However, in his full remarks, Obama referred to the acts as "heinous" and "a terrible and sickening setback" in the fight against ISIS.
November 17, 2015
At least 30 state governors -- 29 Republican, 1 Democratic -- are parroting right-wing media myths about security concerns presented by incoming Syrian refugees to argue against taking part in expanded refugee resettlement programs. However, the overwhelming majority of refugees pose no credible threat to the United States, and the vetting process for refugee applicants is thorough. Furthermore, state governments lack the legal authority to dictate immigration policy in the United States.
November 16, 2015
Right-wing media seized on the November 13 terror attacks in Paris to make at least five false or misleading claims about Syrian refugees, past statements from Hillary Clinton, President Obama's strategy against ISIS, the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees, and how guns in civilian hands could have supposedly changed the outcome of the attacks.
November 11, 2015
Media fact-checkers dismantled Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) claim during the fourth Republican presidential debate that "welders earn more money than philosophers" while conservative media championed the false assertion as part of Rubio's so-called mixture of "substance with soaring rhetoric."
American Prospect Dismantles Right-Wing Media's "Liberal Bias" Accusation After Routine Vetting Of Ben Carson's Autobiography
November 10, 2015
The American Prospect's Paul Waldman debunked right-wing media who "continue to insist that only Republican candidates get scrutinized by the press." Right-wing media, Waldman writes, are following the lead of conservative candidates who cry liberal bias to "pla[y] on their supporters' sense of victimization and deflect away from the substance of the questions being asked."
November 9, 2015
Media figures from multiple outlets debunked Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's allegations that no other presidential candidate has undergone similar scrutiny, after he lashed out at the media for reporting on several discrepancies in his autobiographical claims.
November 5, 2015
Media outlets are pointing out Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) shifting position on immigration reform after the presidential hopeful changed his position on ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). While Rubio previously supported eliminating the program after comprehensive immigration reform was in place, he recently stated he'd eliminate it regardless. This shift follows a push by conservative media figures who have long criticized Rubio for his immigration stances.
November 3, 2015
The USA Today editorial board debunked the conservative "Ferguson Effect" myth, arguing that it is "way too early, and probably wrong" to blame scrutiny of police for a rise in violence in some cities, noting it "shouldn't be done without firm data to back it up."
Face The Nation And This Week Fail To Question Speaker Paul Ryan On His Opposition To Paid Family Leave
November 1, 2015
Newly-elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) came under fire for accepting the position under the condition that he be able to spend time with his family, while also opposing a federal paid family leave policy. When he appeared on CBS' Face The Nation and ABC's This Week, both interviewers neglected to ask Ryan about his opposition to paid family leave policies, which benefit employees, employers, and the economy.
October 27, 2015
Sean Hannity echoed a previously debunked statistic to claim that 38 percent of all murder convictions in some states are committed by undocumented immigrants. The claim appears to have originated on the conservative news site Breitbart.com, and has been debunked by PolitiFact for relying on a flawed study from the conservative Center for Security Policy.
October 15, 2015
Julie Alderman, Researcher at Media Matters for America gives her take on Tuesday evening’s Democratic Presidential debate and discusses the morning after media reaction.
October 15, 2015
A professor of history and Holocaust studies debunked Ben Carson's suggestion that fewer people would have been killed in the Holocaust had there been greater access to guns in an op-ed for The New York Times, explaining that such assertions "are difficult to fathom" for anyone "who studies Nazi Germany and the Holocaust for a living."
Morning Joe, Fox & Friends Ignore NYT Editorial Calling On House GOP To "Shut Down The Benghazi Committee"
October 7, 2015
Cable morning news shows mostly ignored The New York Times' editorial board's call for House Republicans to "shut down the Benghazi committee" now that it has lost "any semblance of credibility." The editorial was mentioned in only one segment on CNN's New Day, and ignored by Fox News' Fox & Friends, as well as by MSNBC's Morning Joe hosts -- who stayed silent about the editorial during an interview with committee chair Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) as he vigorously defended what is now one of the longest congressional investigations in history.
October 6, 2015
Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano and co-host Brian Kilmeade hyped conservative myths about guns to disparage Hillary Clinton's proposals to curb gun violence. Fox ignored the fact that there are major differences between assault weapons and other firearms, that background checks are effective in keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them, that higher gun ownership leads to more violence and crime, and that most mass shootings do not occur exclusively in so-called "gun free zones."
October 2, 2015
A member of The New York Times editorial board argued that the House Select Committee on Benghazi is "not a genuine attempt to get the facts behind a tragic incident in which four Americans, including the United States ambassador, lost their lives," but is "a partisanwitch hunt" targeting Hillary Clinton.
California News Media Proves Gender Pay Gap Is Real, Throw Support Behind New Wage Equity Law WSJCalls "Foolish"
October 1, 2015
A Wall Street Journal op-ed falsely claimed that there is no gender-based pay-inequality in the United States and therefore no need for California's Fair Pay Act, which Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign this month. However, California media outlets that have covered the wage issue stand behind the new law because research shows that the gender pay gap does exist, and hurts both women and the economy as a whole.
GOP Committee Chair Brandishes Data Promoted By Right-Wing Media At Planned Parenthood Hearing, Doesn't Realize It's From Anti-Choice Group
September 30, 2015
Right-wing media have spent months promoting a deceptive data chart from the anti-choice Americans United for Life that on September 29 became the cornerstone of Rep. Jason Chaffetz's (R-UT) cross-examination of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at a House Oversight Committee hearing aimed at defunding the organization. The chart's data is out of proportion and neglects to document numerous services performed by the women's health care provider to make it appear as if most of what Planned Parenthood does is pregnancy terminations.
September 29, 2015
The Center for Medical Progress' deceptively-edited videos have been repurposed by the House Oversight Committee to promote its investigation into Planned Parenthood.
September 28, 2015
Citing a controversial proposal by a Republican mayor in Maine to publish the contact information of people who receive public assistance, a guest on Fox News called for more shaming of welfare recipients and was enthusiastically supported by Fox host Steve Doocy. The proposal, which would be illegal, is aimed at reducing welfare fraud, which is already extremely rare. It was just the latest example of how Fox News tries to shame welfare recipients.
September 24, 2015
Fox Business host Stuart Varney praised a misleading campaign video ad produced by a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina without mentioning that the ad contains deceptively-edited audio and video aimed at smearing Planned Parenthood and defending Fiorina's previous lies about the organization.
September 23, 2015
Right-wing media are attacking President Obama and Pope Francis for what they're characterizing as the hypocrisy and cowardice of their joint remarks at the White House marking the beginning of the pope's first-ever visit to the United States.
LA Times Columnist: "The News Media Haven't Done Enough" To Call Out Carly Fiorina's False Planned Parenthood Smear
September 21, 2015
LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik asserted that "the news media haven't done enough to call out" the false claims Carly Fiorina made about Planned Parenthood during last week's Republican presidential debate, explaining that her statements about the women's healthcare provider are "a pure fabrication."
September 17, 2015
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter posted a derogatory attack on Jewish Americans in response to mentions of Israel during the second Republican presidential debate.
September 4, 2015
Fox News' Fox & Friends seized on the latest testimonies of Hillary Clinton aides before the House Select Committee on Benghazi to push the long debunked myths that Obama administration officials altered talking points on the attack to cover up or alter the facts for political purposes, and falsely blamed an inflammatory anti-Islam video for inciting the attack. In reality, a bipartisan Senate review of the attack determined there was no effort by the Obama administration to alter their talking points for political purposes, and U.S. intelligence, suspected attackers, and witnesses have repeatedly linked the inflammatory video to the attack.
September 3, 2015
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for the "insidious political crime" of increasingly "attacking the First Amendment's protection of a free press by menacing journalists."
September 2, 2015
Fox News figures twisted a 2009 executive order to allege that communications related to or with foreign officials are "automatically classified," a misrepresentation of the law meant to smear Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email use while secretary of state.
Intelligence Experts Debunk Speculation That Hillary Clinton Could Face Criminal Action For Email Use
September 1, 2015
There's no evidence Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or her aides violated any laws with her use of a private email server while secretary of state, according to government secrecy experts cited by the Associated Press.
Prosecutor Who Led Conviction Of Petraeus: Comparison With Hillary Clinton's Email Use "Has No Merit"
August 31, 2015
In an August 30 USA Today opinion piece, the former U.S. attorney who oversaw the prosecution of retired Gen. David Petraeus for mishandling classified state secrets debunked the false comparison by conservative media of Hillary Clinton's email use to Petraeus' actions, explaining that the "comparison has no merit" because "Petraeus knowingly engaged in unlawful conduct" and "Clinton is not being investigation for knowingly sending or receiving classified materials improperly."
August 27, 2015
Fox News was quick to label the Virginia murder of two white journalists at the hands of a black former colleague a hate crime, a markedly different response than the network's treatment of the racially motivated massacre of nine black churchgoers in Charleston.
August 25, 2015
Mainstream media cited a new Quinnipiac poll to claim that voters in swing states "overwhelmingly oppose" the Iran nuclear deal. However, Quinnipiac's polling on the Iran deal provided no context, and a recent CNN poll showed when voters are given details of the deal, a majority support the nuclear agreement.
August 24, 2015
Breitbart News compared Planned Parenthood to Nazis, writing that the organization's president, Cecile Richards, "is well on her way to personally matching Hitler's body count."
Joe Scarborough Hypes Right Wing Media's False Claim That Clinton's Server Was Kept In A Bathroom Closet
August 20, 2015
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton's email server was stored in the bathroom closet of the headquarters of Platte River Networks, the Denver based IT management company Hillary Clinton hired to maintain her private emails. But a spokesperson from Platte River confirmed that the server was stored in a data center in New Jersey and that the company does "not store data in any bathrooms."
August 19, 2015
Conservative media have been hyping the myth that inspectors will have to wait 24 days before entering Iranian nuclear sites, leaving enough time for them to destroy evidence of nuclear weapons. According to Vox, not only will inspectors have access within 24 hours, but it takes much longer than 24 days to wipe away traces of nuclear weapons.
ABC's Martha Raddatz Debunks Ben Carson's Claim That Planned Parenthood Targets Black Communities For Abortion
August 16, 2015
ABC's Martha Raddatz debunked GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson's claim that Planned Parenthood engages in racist population control by targeting black communities.
NY Times Ignores Carly Fiorina's Anti-Woman Positions To Claim She Could End The GOP's "War On Women" Problem
August 13, 2015
The New York Times claimed that Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican Party's "weapon against [the] 'War on Women' charge," ignoring how her policy positions are actually harmful to women.
August 11, 2015
Fox News is up in arms over Target's announcement that it will remove some gender-based signage from its stores in the coming months.
August 10, 2015
Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich hyped Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's false claim that unions are partially responsible for the gender pay gap. But research has found that unions actually help diminish gender wage inequality, lowering the pay gap by as much as 40 percent in unionized workplaces.
July 22, 2015
Right-wing media are seizing on deceptively edited videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood profits from the illegal sale of fetal tissue to justify comparing the organization to Nazis, invoking the deadly human experimentation of notorious Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. In reality, the full, unedited versions of the videos debunk the allegations. Many groups, including Planned Parenthood, donate fetal tissue to support medical research such as the development of treatments for diseases, and such donations are legal with consent from the donor. It's also legal for providers to accept payment "for reasonable expenses" with "informed consent," but Planned Parenthood does not profit from tissue donations -- Legal reimbursement helps offset the costs associated with donations.
July 8, 2015
After Hillary Clinton called out Jeb Bush for his immigration stance, media are defending the Republican presidential contender by pointing out that he is married to a Mexican immigrant, despite the fact that Clinton accurately explained how Bush does not favor a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.