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The Fox News Propaganda Machine Has Systematically Dodged Reports About Paul Manafort's Legal Problems

President Donald Trump’s favorite Fox News shows are all but ignoring the cascade of damning reports regarding former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his legal troubles. Since May 2017, special counsel Robert Mueller has been scrutinizing various relationships between the Trump campaign and Russian nationals closely tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin, appearing to focus closely on Manafort’s business history and associates. As the legal pressure ramps up against Manafort, the president’s propagandists at Fox News have sought to distance Manafort from Trump and, through selective reporting on Manafort’s legal troubles, discredit the probe against Trump’s former campaign manager.

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Jeanine Pirro Wants to Destroy Jeff Sessions So She Can Have 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 Struggles to Sell Trump's 'Right-Wing Sh*t' as Advertisers Flee Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham: Report

We now have further confirmation that Fox News’ role as a mouthpiece for Donald Trump is affecting the network’s bottom line.

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CPAC Head Matt Schlapp Says Trump Should Abuse His Pardon Powers to Warn Mueller Against Going 'Too Far'

From the June 1 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:

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'Surge in Candidates Running on an Explicitly White Nationalist Message' Dominates 2018 Midterms: MSNBC

From the May 31 edition of MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson:

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'Jews News' is a Fake News Site Run By A Man Who Defended Nazis After Charlottesville

An American-born man who has defended the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, VA, runs a website that has repeatedly spread fake news and linked to fake news websites.

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Is Sean Hannity Coordinating with the White House?

Every episode of Fox News’ Hannity follows a fairly basic formula these days: pugnacious cube-headed goon Sean Hannity serves up a monologue devoted almost entirely to the vituperative (and frequently incoherent) slander of President Donald Trump’s political adversaries, and then he lards out the hour with panel discussions featuring a small, rotating cast of like-minded Trump sycophants and the odd sacrificial liberal.

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Corporate Media Allowed Net Neutrality to Die in Silence

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today voted to repeal net neutrality rules, which will allow internet service providers to block or slow down service and access to websites, or charge fees for faster service.

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Anti-Abortion Violence and Harassment Was Already Bad. Right-Wing Media Are Making It Worse

Rates of Anti-Abortion Harassment and Violence Are High -- and Continuing to Rise

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Sean Hannity Has Been Dumpster Diving With Conspiracy Theorists Again

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.

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Breitbart Declares All-Out War on Jared Kushner After Steve Bannon's Ouster from the National Security Council

Breitbart.com, the pro-Trump propaganda outlet previously run by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, is now being deployed against President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top White House staffer Jared Kushner as part of an internal power struggle.

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Conservative Media Struggles to Defend Trump and His Widening University Scam Scandal

What good is having a right-wing echo chamber if it’s not cranked up and blaring out a disciplined message during the presidential campaign? The conservative movement continues to grapple with that propaganda question in the wake of Donald Trump clinching the nomination, which has created deep fissures within the right-wing media and its historically united front.

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The Donald Trump Vs. Fox News Love-Hate Relationship, Explained

A quick recap of the tumultuous, on-again/off-again relationship between Fox News and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump:

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The Final Year Of Obama Derangement Syndrome Is Gonna Be A Doozy

It didn't take long for conservative commentators to start hurling childish insults at their television sets last night during President Obama's State of the Union address. As he mapped out his vision for America, he was called a "crapweasel president," a "shameless snake" and a "bad man" giving a "stupid shit" speech.

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6 Years of Right-Wing Media Attacks on Obama's State of the Union Addresses

Right-wing media personalities have incessantly attacked President Obama's six previous State of the Union addresses -- from calling the speeches "boring" to questioning his decision to invite a wounded veteran to the event -- and have even frequently waged the attacks before the addresses even occurred. Ahead of Obama's January 12 State of the Union address, Media Matters looks back at conservative media's long history of attacking annual addresses.

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What New Jersey Journalists Want You To Know About Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is garnering increased attention among Republican candidates thanks to a rise in his New Hampshire polling numbers, is misleading many about his economic record, has a history of big corporate tax breaks, and continues to fall in the polls back home, according to Garden State journalists who have covered him for years.

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WaPo Contributor Finally Admits He's a Shill for Fossil Fuel Industry on Climate Change

In his latest column repeating his clients' attacks on climate change policies, lobbyist and Washington Post writer Ed Rogers finally disclosed to readers that his lobbying firm "represents interests in the fossil fuel [industry]." Rogers is the chairman of BGR Group, a top lobbying firm that has received more than $700,000 from the energy industry in 2015. Rogers has personally lobbied this year for Southern Company, one of the largest electric utility companies in the U.S. -- and one of the biggest opponents of the most significant U.S. policy to combat climate change.

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How Shoddy NY Times Journalism Has Already Marred Campaign Reporting

As the most famous and powerful news organization in America, the New York Times prides itself on leading the press pack. And as the media world fragments into smaller and smaller slices, it's the Times that can still set the agenda like few other outlets can.

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The Worst Islamophobia of 2015 (VIDEO)

Fleeing from terror and indiscriminate violence in parts of the Middle East, millions of people have packed up and left their homes to start safer lives for themselves and their families elsewhere.

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How Right-Wing Media Disgraced America by Making People Feel Bad for Being Poor

In 2015, conservative media outlets -- led by Fox News -- set a new standard for attacking the least fortunate members of American society, targeting low-income workers, recipients of government assistance, and the homeless in a campaign of misinformation. The campaign was so pervasive that President Obama personally addressed it during a leadership summit dedicated to alleviating poverty. In recognition of their exemplary efforts to distort the public discourse on poverty, here are five of the worst trends in right-wing media poor-shaming from 2015.

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Fox's Kilmeade Asks African-American Fox Host If She Makes Kool-Aid With Her Cobbler

From the November 25 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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CNN Anchors Press French Muslim to Accept 'Responsibility' for ISIS Attacks in Paris

From the November 15 edition of CNN International's CNN Newsroom, via Raw Story:

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35 of the Worst Moments From Fox Business, GOP Presidential Debate Host

Fox Business hosted the fourth Republican presidential debate on Tuesday. Unlike its sister network Fox News, many are unfamiliar with the low-rated Fox Business. But Media Matters has been watching since the network's debut in 2007.

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Radio Host Who Called for Enslaving Immigrants Has Hosted GOP Presidential Candidates More Than 40 Times

Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson, who recently pushed an immigration plan that would force undocumented immigrants to become enslaved workers if they refuse to leave, has hosted Republican presidential candidates 43 times in 2015. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) leads all candidates with 11 appearances; former Gov. Mike Huckabee has appeared 8 times.

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How Fox News and Donald Trump Ate the Republican Primary

We've raced past so many memorable markers already during the circus-like Summer of Trump, there's no indication this one will stand out upon reflection weeks or months from now. Nonetheless, when Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy tweeted out the news that Donald Trump would appear on the program this week, the announcement seemed worth remembering, if only to document the absurdity of the Republican primary:

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Trump's 'Very Good Friend' Roger Ailes Also Has A Long History Of Sexism

Reviewing the recent dust-up between Fox News and Donald Trump over sexist comments, Roger Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman noted that the Fox News chief "is like Trump" in that both have a history of misogyny. Indeed, as Sherman laid out in his book The Loudest Voice in the RoomAiles' professional career is marred by a pattern of blatant sexism.

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Why the Political Press Totally Didn't See Donald Trump's Surge Coming

It’s hard to miss the media’s looming sense of bewilderment over Donald Trump’s continued strong showing among Republican voters. As the bulling billionaire cements his status as this summer’s star GOP attraction, many pundits and reporters have been left scratching their heads over the turn of events.

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Latest Video Attacking Planned Parenthood Full of More Deceptive Edits

In its latest deceptively edited video, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) claims to have caught a Planned Parenthood official "haggling" over the price of "baby parts" and agreeing to change abortion methods to aid the fetal tissue collection process. But the full video and transcript show the official confirming that any change in procedure is done pursuant to medical advice without additional risk to the patient, and that the compensation being discussed was about legal reimbursement for costs associated with tissue donation.

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From Scandal to Farce: What the Clinton Email Coverage Tells Us About The Press

When the story of Hillary Clinton's private email account first broke in March, the Beltway media's response resembled barely controlled hysteria as pundits searched for adjectives to describe the impending political doom in store for Clinton.

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Chipotle Overload: The Media's Pathetic Presidential Coverage

Less than one week into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and it's a blurry image from a fast-food restaurant security video that's emerged as the defining media image. After "news" broke that Clinton, en route to Iowa to meet with voters, stopped in at an Ohio Chipotle for lunch and that the order was captured on film, the press corps basically went bonkers, treating it like a Tupac sighting and going all-in with fevered reporting.

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