Media

To Prevent ‘Disinformation Cesspool,’ Networks Urged to Run RNC Convention on One-Minute Delay

In a letter to the presidents of major news networks Monday, a coalition of progressive groups asked that the airing of the Republican National Convention be delayed by one minute in order to “help prevent the spread of dangerous disinformation in real time.” Members of the coalition—including UltraViolet Action, ACRONYM, BlackPAC, Color of Change PAC, …

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Critics Warn Against Smear Campaign, ‘Creepy Victorian Moralizing’ Aimed at Progressive Challenger Alex Morse

Alarm bells were sounded over the weekend following vaguely-worded accusations of “inappropriate” sexual behavior by Alex Morse—the openly gay and politcially progressive Mayor of  Holyoke, Massachusetts challenging powerful Democrat incumbent Congressman Richie Neal in the state’s primary next month—as critics condemned what appeared as a potentially unfounded smear campaign against the 31-year-old politician as well …

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‘Riddled With Lies’: Analysis Finds Fox News Covid-19 Coverage Featured Misinformation 253 Times in Just Five Days

Fox News hit viewers with an “avalanche of misinformation” in its weekday coverage of the coronavirus crisis from July 6 through 10, according to a national media watchdog group that documented at least 253 instances of the network’s coverage undermining science, politicizing the pandemic, emphasizing economic issues, and promoting other lies or problematic positions in …

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Fauci Admits Penchant for Facts About Covid-19 Threat Explains Why He’s Not on TV So Much Anymore

Amid reporting that President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci are now barely on speaking terms, the top health official admitted in an interview published Friday that his reputation for truth-telling and fact-based warnings about the coronavirus outbreak is likely why the American people have not seen him very much on television recently. “I have …

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Secret Service Forces Press to Leave the White House as Police Use Pepper Spray and Batons to Beat Back Protesters

Without initially offering an explanation, the Secret Service late Monday ordered members of the press to leave the White House grounds as law enforcement officials in riot gear used pepper spray and batons to beat back a nearby protest at which some attempted to topple a statue of former President Andrew Jackson. A spokesperson for …

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Staffer Outrage, Sickout Spurred by NYT Publication of Sen. Cotton ‘Send in the Troops’ Op-Ed

The New York Times‘s Wednesday publication of Sen. Tom Cotton’s op-ed calling for the U.S. military to respond to ongoing protests across the nation with an “overwhelming show of force” sparked outcry from the newspaper’s own staffers and a “sickout” protest Thursday.  Among the staff critics was 2020 Pulitzer Prizer winner Nikole Hannah-Jones. “I’ll probably …

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Staffer Outrage, Walkout Spurred by NYT Publication of Sen. Cotton ‘Send in the Troops’ Op-Ed

The New York Times‘s Wednesday publication of Sen. Tom Cotton’s op-ed calling for the U.S. military to respond to ongoing protests across the nation with an “overwhelming show of force” sparked outcry from the newspaper’s own staffers and a “sick-out” protest Thursday.  Among the staff critics was 2020 Pulitzer Prizer winner Nikole Hannah-Jones. “I’ll probably …

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‘Never Seen Anything Like This’: Watch Police Arrest CNN Journalist and Camera Crew During Live TV Coverage of George Floyd Protests

This story has been updated. A CNN journalist and his entire camera crew were arrested by Minnesota state police Friday morning during their live television coverage of the aftermath of Minneapolis protests over the killing of George Floyd. While standing in the middle of a street in front of police officers in riot gear, CNN …

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As Covid-19 Devastates Already Struggling Industry, New Blueprint Sets Forth Bold Vision to Save Local Journalism

As the coronavirus pandemic continued to devastate local news outlets across the United States—even as some have seen audience and subscription boosts—the group Free Press Action on Monday unveiled a proposal to provide crucial financial relief to newsrooms and reporters while envisioning a more sustainable future for the industry. The proposal, What a Journalism-Recovery Package …

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‘Propaganda Aired at Taxpayer Expense’: Trump Uses Coronavirus Briefing to Play Campaign-Style Clip Attacking Media

President Donald Trump on Monday evening used the daily Coronavirus Task Force briefing—purportedly designed to provide the U.S. public with urgent COVID-19 updates—to air a bizarre campaign-style video attacking the press and touting the White House’s response to the pandemic in the wake of new reporting documenting how the administration failed to take decisive early …

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