Natalie Martinez

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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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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Popular Conservative Facebook Meme Pages Affiliate Themselves With An Extremist Militia Movement

The fake news website America’s Freedom Fighters has identified itself as part of the extremist militia movement The Three Percenters (also referred to as the Three Percent movement and III%), which has been implicated in multiple cases of race-based violence. Some pages that are part of America’s Freedom Fighters’ popular Facebook network bear the name or the logo of the militia movement in their name or profile pictures. 

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Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook

Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"631568","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"774","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"545"}}]][[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"631569","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"709","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"544"}}]]

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Sean Hannity Has a Long, Shady History of Deceptively Editing Videos

On December 11, Fox News host Sean Hannity aired an edited quote from CNN analyst Paul Callan regarding Wikileaks and Donald Trump Jr. in order to label CNN as “fake news.” This is not the first time Hannity has deceptively edited clips to attack his perceived opponents.

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