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 2018-11-16 02:11 

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Lou Dobbs contradicts his own network, calls CNN suit against the White House "frivolous" and "a publicity stunt"...

LOU DOBBS (HOST): The president, I don't think in any way acted on this in a timely fashion, and certainly not in a hurried fashion. He's put up with this nonsense -- he -- since he was standing there before them in the White House press room. DAV...

 2018-11-16 02:11 

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Lou Dobbs suggests with no evidence that sweeping Democratic victories in 2018 were due to migrants who voted illegally...

LOU DOBBS (HOST): Let's turn to the press attempts, the national left-wing media the Democratic Party's effort -- let's be really honest, the Republican establishment's efforts as well as that of the radical Dems -- they have been trying t...

 2018-11-15 20:01 

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MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle asks why Facebook gets a pass on spreading misinformation when "we don't forgive" Fox News for doing the same...

STEPHANIE RUHLE (CO-ANCHOR): [Facebook executives] can't be too thrilled with your upcoming interview where Mark Benioff, where he says Facebook is like our time's cigarettes. If Facebook is intent on sort of the victimization of them or their exe...

 2018-11-15 20:01 

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Fox's obsession with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez...

Since New York Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' primary win in June, Fox personalities have spent a remarkable amount of time and energy focusing on her. The network has complained about her platform (Medicare for everyone, green jobs, ...

 2018-11-15 18:37 

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Open Society's Patrick Gaspard: Facebook used anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to silence critics...

ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): Facebook is under intense fire following a bombshell investigation by The New York Times detailing how the social media giant allegedly tried to contain the fallout from the 2016 campaign data breaches. According to the Times, Face...

 2018-11-15 16:32 

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WSJ 's James Freeman warns against regulating Facebook, instead pushes focus on fake claims of conservative censorship...

MORGAN ORTAGUS (NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST): I think the question is not when is regulation coming but what kind. I mean, Facebook, Google, everyone knows that it's on its way. Me, Dagen, many others have called for these social media companies taking ...

 2018-11-15 16:18 

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Trump's Fox propagandists are trying to scuttle the bill to protect Mueller...

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Fox hosts with close ties to President Donald Trump are denouncing Sen. Jeff Flake's (R-AZ) legislative effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 president...

 2018-11-15 14:48 

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Fox & Friends guest says any efforts to expand Medicare will just make it worse...

DR. NICOLE SAPHIER (FOX NEWS MEDICAL CONTRIBUTOR): Well, access is not health insurance, it's a completely different concept and health care was very popular during the midterms and it should be because over past decade since the implementation of the...

 2018-11-15 14:11 

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After attacking Michelle Obama's efforts for years, Fox & Friends lauds Melania Trump for getting involved in West Wing politics...

DOUG WEAD (PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN): It's not necessarily that the person leaving did a bad job at all -- it's because there's new things he wants to accomplish and new people with skills who have them to do. I will say this, Melania Trump, ver...

 2018-11-15 00:55 

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MSNBC's Ari Melber says media outlets should learn from their botched coverage of the migrant caravan...

ARI MELBER (HOST): Since the election, caravan coverage has mostly disappeared. The same folks hyping this before the election aren't even talking about it now. Here was Trump before Election Day. ... Fox News echoing that message with almost breathle...

 2018-11-14 23:10 

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40+ times the Trump administration specifically targeted Jim Acosta and CNN...

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters CNN and its chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta have sued President Donald Trump and various administration officials for violating the First Amendment when Acosta was banned from the White House. The lawsuit specific...

 2018-11-14 23:10 

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White supremacists directly linked to pro-Trump media figure Jack Posobiec. Here's what you need to know about him....

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Jack Posobiec, a conspiracy theorist and consummate pro-Trump media figure who often boasts of his access to the White House and other MAGA celebrities, worked as recently as 2017 with white supremacists who advocate for vio...

 2018-11-14 23:10 

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The fatal police shooting of Jemel Roberson disproves the NRA's favorite myth...

The fatal police shooting of an armed and trained security guard outside a bar, after he stopped a gunman from opening fire, provides further proof that the " good guy with a gun " myth peddled by NRATV is just that: a myth. On November 11 , 26-ye...

 2018-11-14 21:08 

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STUDY: NY Times , Wash. Post coverage of caravan plummets after midterms...

In the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, The New York Times and The Washington Post filled their news pages with reporting about a caravan of migrants moving through Central America and Mexico toward the United States. The caravan was more t...

 2018-11-14 21:08 

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MSNBC's First Look highlights how Fox News exploited the migrant caravan in the lead-up to the midterms, then immediately forgot about it...

AYMAN MOHYELDIN (CO-HOST): During the run up to the midterm elections, President Trump repeatedly brought up the migrant caravan coming from South America, labeling, quote, "an invasion," and ordering thousands of U.S. troops to guard the border. ...

 2018-11-14 20:22 

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Anti-LGBTQ forces warn that Colorado's first openly gay governor is a threat to Christians...

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Anti-LGBTQ groups and right-wing media outlet The Daily Wire have used the successful campaign of Colorado Gov.-elect Jared Polis, the first openly gay man to be elected governor, to push a false narrative pitting religion a...

 2018-11-14 20:22 

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Despite admitted trouble with advertisers, 21st Century Fox co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch tells shareholders he's "proud" of Fox News...

LACHLAN MURDOCH: And just two years later, we launched Fox News, creating a ratings juggernaut with millions of households trusting us to deliver the most valuable and most-watched journalism on television. Fox News offers the best news and the clearest o...

 2018-11-14 18:53 

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Fox News president says his network "supports CNN," but Fox News personalities have been attacking CNN and Jim Acosta on air...

In the wake of the White House's decision to pull CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass after a verbal spat with President Donald Trump during a press conference, and CNN's subsequent lawsuit against the Trump administration to restore Aco...

 2018-11-14 16:59 

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Newt Gingrich: "In a close election," Democrats "want every vote counted that you can manufacture"...

NEWT GINGRICH (FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE): If you're the Democrats, you have a simple principle: In a close election, you want every vote counted that you can manufacture. And anybody who doesn't want phony votes counted is either racist or anti...

 2018-11-14 12:54 

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On Fox & Friends , potential new DHS secretary Thomas Homan praises Fox for pushing out Trump's message...

TOM HOMAN (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): With the help of Fox News, and myself, and the president, we're all just saying, look, abolishing ICE equals open borders, because, if you get into the country illegally, no one's going to look to for you to remov...

 2018-11-13 22:36 

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Sean Hannity claims Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is lying about not being able to afford a D.C. apartment...

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): And watching all of these hardcore leftwingers - and by the way Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually said she can't afford an apartment in D.C. There's one little itsy bitsy problem, she actually can. She apparently has $15,000 i...

 2018-11-13 22:36 

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Right-wing media and Trump Jr. peddle debunked, years-old story about illegal voters in Florida...

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Is it true that "nearly 200,000 Florida voters may not be citizens?" No, but that didn't stop some prominent conservative social media accounts -- including that of the president's son -- from spreading a sin...

 2018-11-13 22:12 

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Updated: A guide to discredited conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi...

Portions of this guide were originally published in January 2017; it has been revised and updated in light of reported developments in Mueller's investigation. Robert Mueller has reportedly been scrutinizing Corsi Corsi reportedly could face charges r...

 2018-11-13 22:12 

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MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle calls out Trump for ignoring climate change and falsely blaming wildfires on forest mismanagement...

STEPHANIE RUHLE (MSNBC HOST): So let's walk through exactly what's happening here because, as the worst wildfire in California's history is ripping through the state, President Trump has been lobbing blame and a whole lot of threats. But, "...

 2018-11-13 20:53 

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Mainstream media parrots Trump's baseless claims regarding Florida recounts...

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Following news that Florida Senate and gubernatorial races would be heading to recounts , many mainstream media outlets reported on President Donald Trump's claims of voter fraud in the Florida election, but failed to no...

 2018-11-13 17:34 

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Sinclair is already gearing up for Trump 2020...

Less than one week after the 2018 midterm elections, Sinclair Broadcast Group is already pushing "must-run" segments minimizing Democratic chances in 2020 and boosting President Donald Trump's re-election bid. A new "must-run" commenta...

 2018-11-13 17:12 

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Fox & Friends hosts former Ohio secretary of state with own track record of voter suppression to complain about Florida recounts...

Continuing their effort to cast doubt on the ongoing vote recounts in the Florida Senate and gubernatorial elections, Fox & Friends hosted Ken Blackwell, a member of President Donald Trump's now-defunct Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, to co...

 2018-11-13 13:10 

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Mike Huckabee pushes bogus claim that Florida election officials are attempting to "swing an election"...

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Do you agree with that investigative reporter saying that we can't be this stupid, there's something nefarious going on? MIKE HUCKABEE (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Absolutely. Yeah, this is not just mere incompetence, becaus...

 2018-11-10 03:35 

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Sean Hannity attacks Michelle Obama because she criticized Trump's racist birther lies...

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Whatever happened to, "they go low, we go" -- oh, the Democrats want to kick them, and get in their face and create a crowd, and after they create a crowd they are going to follow them into a grocery stores, department stores ...

 2018-11-10 01:41 

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Fox guest accuses Democrats of "manufacturing voters" in Florida...

KEN BLACKWELL: The forces on the left, the Democrats and their allies are trying to push this to what I call within the margin of litigation. They are manufacturing voters, and they are doing it with an architect, Superintendent Snipes, who has a record o...

 2018-11-09 21:26 

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Sean Hannity says efforts to count all Florida votes "purposefully violated the federal law and Florida state law"...

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Like everything else, where is equal justice under the law? Equal application of our laws? There's an emergency hearing over this race going on right now in Broward County and you know, if you're gonna follow the law, it is cl...

 2018-11-09 19:57 

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Just days after Democrats retake the House, conservative commentators insist that they're doing it all wrong...

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about the tendency among conservatives, particularly of the "Never Trump" variety, to blame liberals and progressives for their own decisions. The idea behind it was pretty simple: Membe...

 2018-11-09 18:49 

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Liberty Counsel's podcast compares same-sex marriage to pedophilia and adultery...

MAT STAVER (HOST, LIBERTY COUNSEL FOUNDER): In a number of Protestant groups where you have people running around the country or in their churches supporting same-sex marriage. You cannot support same-sex marriage. You can support people. HOLLY MEADE (LIB...

 2018-11-09 18:49 

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NRATV host Dan Bongino used doctored Infowars video of Jim Acosta in White House press briefing...

One day after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared a deceptively edited video of an exchange between CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and President Donald Trump, NRATV host Dan Bongino highlighted that same misleading vi...

 2018-11-09 17:57 

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Anti-abortion ballot measures based on right-wing misinformation are a threat to reproductive health...

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters On Election Day, voters in Alabama and West Virginia passed amendments that will not only codify anti-choice misinformation in their state constitutions, but will also place further restrictions on abortion access. Anti-abor...

 2018-11-09 17:57 

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Leading members of Trump's Fox cabinet support Jim Jordan's House GOP leader bid...

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the leader of the far-right House Freedom Caucus and a loyal ally of President Donald Trump, announced Wednesday that he will challenge Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to lead the party's caucus as Hou...

 2018-11-09 16:47 

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NRATV's Grant Stinchfield on the Thousand Oaks mass shooting: Californians are "sheep" because guns are prohibited in bars...

GRANT STINCHFIELD (NRATV HOST): The bottom line is once again, this was a bar, it was a gun-free zone. Now a lot of states, including Texas, has a law that if it's a bar, more than 50 percent alcohol sales, you can't carry firearms in there. You c...

 2018-11-09 16:03 

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Matt Schlapp: Gillum's call to "count every vote" means "count the votes of people who are not legally allowed to vote"...

MATT SCLAPP (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Way to go Senator Rubio for really being on top of this. Look, this happens. Talk to [Sen.] John Thune, talk to Dino Rossi, who ran for governor twice in the state of Washington, talk to Senator Norm Coleman. Republican...

 2018-11-09 16:03 

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NRATV host: Sen. Dianne Feinstein empowers mass shooters...

GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): [Sen.] Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], it's your gun laws that empower, empower the shooters, turning the law abiding into defenseless sheep. It's your gun laws that aid the madman responsible for shooting up a country bar, kill...

 2018-11-09 16:03 

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Fox's Jeanine Pirro suggests both that there were "more votes than people" in Florida and that a "truckload" of ballots were destroyed...

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Well you know what, and now [Gov. Rick Scott] is suing. And I said earlier here, he's sent in the highway patrol, he's actually called on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. Because suddenly, you know, ...

 2018-11-09 14:23 

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Fox & Friends contradicts itself on Florida vote count...

Fox & Friends contradicted itself within five minutes in a report on the ongoing process of tallying the votes from the 2018 Florida Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott. Guest co-host Katie Pavlich parroted Sen. Marco Rubio&...

 2018-11-09 14:01 

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Fox guest: There is a "moral hazard of turning Election Day into election season" with things like early voting and mail-in ballots...

MICHAEL KNOWLES (HOST, MICHAEL KNOWLES SHOW): They found a box of provisional ballots in a closet somewhere. A teacher found it. I think the word "provisional"; means, it's provision in case the Republican wins, then they go in there, they find...

 2018-11-09 14:01 

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Fox regular: Stacey Abrams "should be gracious in ... defeat" and "honored that [she] even had the opportunity to run"...

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): So let's move on and talk about another contentious race, not really -- Brian Kemp eked out a victory over Stacey Abrams. Look, it's a great story. Abrams comes of nowhere, gets Oprah to go door to door with her, but she ...

 2018-11-09 02:53 

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Sean Hannity ties Florida recount to Fusion GPS and dossier, says "somebody needs to go to jail"...

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Earlier tonight, Governor Rick Scott filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach and Broward Counties for lack of access to public records, regarding voting numbers. This comes as a recount now looms over his race for the U.S. Senate. Joining ...

 2018-11-09 01:46 

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Fox's Brian Kilmeade connects Florida recounts to Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS: "We are back in the dossier conversation"...

BRIAN KILMEADE (GUEST HOST): Senator, real quick, Marc Elias is coming in. He's a Clinton attorney, and guess what? Works for Perkins Coie, and guess what? They hired Fusion GPS, who hired Christopher Steele. We are back in the dossier conversation. M...

 2018-11-09 00:41 

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Right-wing media claim Democrats are trying to "steal" Florida elections by insisting all votes be counted...

Marco Rubio falsely claims "democrat lawyers" are trying to steal Florida elections On November 8, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) claim ed that "democrat lawyers" are trying "to change the results of [the] election" this week in Florida, ...

 2018-11-08 21:12 

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Sean Hannity suggests Florida recount is an illegal Democratic plot to steal the election...

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I want to start in the state of Florida because it looks like the typical, predictable, Democratic tactics of whatever it takes to win might be going on as it relates to the election of Rick Scott as the new senator from Florida and o...

 2018-11-08 20:59 

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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker compared taxation to theft at gunpoint at 2013 Senate campaign event...

MATTHEW WHITAKER: We need fellow citizens to think about, what does Article 1, Section 8 mean? What is the role of a legislature? What is the role and scope of the federal government? I will tell you what I believe, and what I believe is that the governme...

 2018-11-08 20:59 

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Fox regular who called for "a cleansing" of the FBI and DOJ is advising Trump on a replacement attorney general...

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Discredited Republican lawyer Joe diGenova told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he has been advising President Donald Trump on the replacement of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A U.S. attorney during the Reagan adm...

 2018-11-08 19:54 

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Fox News defends acting attorney general from criticism of his anti-Mueller op-ed because "he was expressing his opinion"...

RICHARD FOWLER (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Once again, I said what's more problematic about this is the op-ed [acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker] wrote for CNN disparaging the Mueller investigation. MELISSA FRANCIS (CO-HOST): Let me address that po...

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