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Why Does Fox News’ Steve Doocy Still Have a Job After Gretchen Carlson Lawsuit?

Two years ago today, Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a civil lawsuit against then-Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, detailing serial sexual harassment and retaliation by Ailes and persistent gender-based harassment from her former co-host Steve Doocy. Two years later, the toxic culture for women at Fox has been exposed and Ailes and his deputy have both left the network in disgrace, but Doocy continues to co-host “the most powerful TV show in America.”

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Arizona Senate Candidate Kelli Ward and Her Husband are Admins of Racist Conspiracy Group on Facebook

Republican Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward and her husband Michael Ward have been campaigning on a racist Facebook group with over 94,000 members called Tea Party that pushes conspiracy theories. The Wards are among the group’s administrators and moderators, along with some other Republican congressional candidates and extremist media figures. Some of the administrators and moderators have shared far-right conspiracy theories, fake news, and anti-Muslim, racist propaganda in the group.

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Tucker Carlson Claims Democrats Have Been 'Plotting, in Effect, a Coup' Through Immigration Policy

From the July 5 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight:

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As the Movement to Abolish ICE Gains Mainstream Support, Fox News Goes into Attack Mode

Fox News is scrambling in response to the grass-roots movement to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has begun seeping into mainstream progressive and Democratic politics. On the evening of June 28, all three of the network’s prime-time shows aired segments attacking the Abolish ICE movement, as did Fox & Friends the next morning.

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Fox News Has Gifted Trump with More Than $13 Million in Free Media Value by Airing His Campaign Rallies

Over the past two months, Fox News has aired all six of President Donald Trump’s rallies live and almost entirely uninterrupted, essentially giving the president $13 million in free media.

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The Fox News to White House Pipeline: How Trump's Favorite TV Network is Taking Over the U.S. Government

Donald Trump is reportedly close to bringing aboard Bill Shine, Sean Hannity’s former producer and the former president of Fox News, as the next White House communications director.

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Tomi Lahren Whitewashes Border Patrol History of Abuse and Calls Its Agents 'Humanitarians'

From the June 27 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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Here's How the Media's 'Civility' Game Helps Trump

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was politely asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA, this past weekend because the owner was unwilling to serve a senior Trump administration official who defends (among other things) the cruel and inhumane separation of migrant families and internment of immigrant children. This act of protest -- the most recent example of a senior Trump official being heckled or protested over the family-separation policy -- galvanized certain pundits who voiced a moral objection to what they viewed as a grave injustice: “uncivil” behavior by ordinary people toward perpetrators of a despicable government policy.

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Here Are 6 of the Most Absurd Excuses Right-Wing Media Used for Trump's Draconian Family Separation Policy

As President Donald Trump’s administration implemented a new “zero tolerance” prosecution policy at the border that led to unprecedented and systematic separation of immigrant families and locking kids in cages, right-wing media flailed around trying to blame the administration’s policy on anybody or anything except Trump.

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Watch MSNBC's Ruhle Show How Private Prison Companies Are "Cashing in" on Trump immigration Policies

From the June 22 edition of MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle:

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Fox News Host: 'These Aren't Our Kids. ...It's Not Like [Trump] is Doing This to the People of Idaho or Texas'

From the June 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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Right-Wing Media Are Rallying to Defend the Trump Administration’s Inhumane Separation of Families at the Border

The Trump administration is separating immigrant children from their parents or legal guardians after they cross the border, with at least 2,000 children taken from their parents since April 19. The administration’s merciless and inhumane policy has spurred numerous heartbreaking stories, including reports of a breastfeeding baby who was ripped from her mother, a Honduran father separated from his family who took his own life, and children who are held in cages alongside strangers. Yet right-wing media figures have been quick to defend the policy and dismiss its inherent cruelty:

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Local Media Repeatedly Failed to Report That Virginia Republican Senate Nominee Is a Neo-Confederate

On June 12, neo-Confederate Corey Stewart was elected to be the Republican nominee to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA). Stewart is an ardent defender of Confederate symbols and a staunch opponent of immigrants’ rights, and he has been affiliated with white supremacists. Unfortunately for Virginians, local TV news in the state largely failed to mention Stewart’s extremism while reporting on his victory. While some Virginia newspapers did a better job in giving the context of Stewart’s background to audiences, others largely failed to mention his bigotry.

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Trump's Tariffs Could Hurt Millions of Americans, But Media Focuses Instead on Presidential Drama

On May 31, CBS News reported on retaliatory tariffs from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, targeting numerous products including American steel and aluminum, playing cards, motorcycles, and tobacco. European Commission president Jean-Paul Juncker said that Trump’s move “leaves us with no choice but to proceed … with the imposition of additional duties on a number of imports from the U.S.”

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Fox Business Contributor Calls for Press Briefings to End After Sarah Sanders Confronted Over Family Separation Policy

From the June 15 edition of Fox Business Network's Varney & Co.:

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Fox News' Jeanine Pirro Calls for Jeff Sessions’ Head (because she wants his job)

The key to understanding how Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro operates is to realize that she is single-minded in her personal ambition while completely unencumbered by anything resembling shame, dignity, or professional integrity. As it stands, Pirro is one of the more influential pundits in the country by virtue of her close relationship with President Donald Trump. She uses her awful Fox News program, Justice with Judge Jeanine, to propagandize on Trump’s behalf, for which she is granted access to the president, interviews with key administration officials, etc.

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Fox News Host Abby Huntsman Attacks NFL Players After Trump Disinvites the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House

From the June 5 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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Sunday News Shows Ignore Puerto Rico Amid New Study That Nearly 5,000 People Died as a Result of Hurricane Maria

Following a new study estimating that almost 5,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria, Sunday news shows completely ignored the devastation and death toll that is 72 times higher than the government’s official number of 64.

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WATCH: Rick Santorum Blames Obama for Trump's Racism

From the June 3 edition of CNN’s State of the Union:

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Rick Santorum Calls 1,500 Missing Migrant Children 'Hyperbole to Try to Create an Issue'

DANA BASH (HOST): That was Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing the new policy of the Trump administration to separate families caught crossing the border.

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How Right-Wing Media Help Trump Spin Lies About the Russia Investigation

President Donald Trump has moved beyond Twitter griping and is using the powers of his office to try to discredit the Russia investigation. This past weekend, Trump demanded that the Department of Justice “look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration.” He met with top DOJ officials on Monday to pressure them to start an investigation into their own department’s investigation of Trump’s campaign.

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How Fox News' Sean Hannity Spent the Last Year Laying the Groundwork for an Authoritarian Response to Mueller's Russia Probe: Report

There’s nothing President Donald Trump hates more than the media, but that’s hardly because he’s indifferent to what the press says about him. Instead, the first 15 months of his administration have been defined by his tirades against outlets that have covered him critically and his fondness for live-tweeting Fox & Friends.

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Watch: Surreal Sinclair Broadcasting Town Hall Goes Off-the-Rails in Discussion on 'Youth and Morality'

Last night, Sinclair Broadcast Group station WJLA hosted a “town hall” discussion on "youth & morality" featuring morally bankrupt media personality Armstrong Williams, young conservative talking heads Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, a campus carry activist, and a Daily Caller reporter (among others) -- and Sinclair wants you to believe it’s for the public good.

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NY Times Reporter Explains How Corporate Media Outlets Fall for Trump’s Racism

President Donald Trump’s defenders are attacking the media, claiming that his recent comments -- in which he called some undocumented immigrants “animals” in response to a question about suspected members of the gang MS-13 -- were taken out of context. But The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman explained that attacking the media for reporting on his vague, often racially coded statements has been a core part of Trump’s playbook since at least 2015.

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Fox News Basically Just Ignored Reports That Saudi and Emirati Princes Offered Trump Campaign Assistance

Fox News has almost entirely ignored a recent article published in The New York Times reporting that countries other than Russia may have offered to help the Trump campaign to victory in the 2016 election. According to the Times, a representative of the princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation, offered Donald Trump Jr. assistance.

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Hugh Hewitt Seriously Proposes a Trench Coat Ban to Stop Gun Violence After Texas School Shooting

From the May 21 edition of Salem Radio Network's The Hugh Hewitt Show:

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Watch Fox Business Ludicrously Attack Pope Francis for Promoting 'Authoritarian Socialism'

From the May 18 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Co.:

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Fox News Is Already Trying to Blame Video Games for Santa Fe School Shooting

From the May 18 edition of Fox News' Happening Now

Here's Everything You Need to Know About Right-Wing Theory That FBI Planted Spy in Trump Campaign

In recent days, many on the right have pushed the claim that the FBI "infiltrated" President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign with a "mole." The claim relies upon the testimony of a co-founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired a former British agent who compiled an intelligence dossier about Trump’s connections to various Russians. The claim also builds off of a recent squabble between the Department of Justice and the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), over the release of classified information. Here is what you need to know about the story’s origins:

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Here's What You Need to Know About the Right's Theory That the FBI Planted a Spy in the Trump Campaign

In recent days, many on the right have pushed the claim that the FBI "infiltrated" President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign with a "mole." The claim relies upon the testimony of a co-founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired a former British agent who compiled an intelligence dossier about Trump’s connections to various Russians. The claim also builds off of a recent squabble between the Department of Justice and the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), over the release of classified information. Here is what you need to know about the story’s origins:

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