We have already seen how the networks have avoided the connection of Les Gilet Jaunes or Yellow Vest protests in Paris to the Global Warming ideology promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron which led him to impose a fuel tax that he was forced to back away from due to the burden it placed on ordinary citizens. However, another bit of misreporting from much of the mainstream media involves properly identifying who it is during these Yellow Vest protests that are doing the looting and desecration of monuments with graffiti.
Since the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, most of the networks have revisited one of the longstanding liberal peeves against the former Republican President -- that he brought to the attention of voters the fact that 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis supported a prison furlough program that allowed a convicted murderer, Willie Horton, to violently attack a couple while he was free. And, in doing so, the networks have also repeated the recurring myth that Bush's campaign was responsible for "the Willie Horton ad" that used a mug shot of Horton, thus revealing his race, when, in reality, the version of the ad run by the Bush campaign did not use the image and made no hint that Horton was black.
As Bill D'Agostino has previously reported this week at NewsBusters, the media have erected a “wall of falsehoods” surrounding the caravan of economic migrants making its way to the United States-Mexico border from Central America. On Tuesday’sTucker Carlson Tonight, the eponymous host addressed this very topic and asking the rhetorical question of whether or not the press is “better than a propaganda outlet.” Along with guest Buck Sexton, Carlson refuted six claims made by the media and Democrats regarding the caravan.
For the past month, talking heads on CNN and MSNBC have repeated numerous outright falsehoods about the Central American caravan: namely, that it is comprised of “mostly women and children”; that there is “no evidence” of criminals participating; and that none of those marching north are “economic migrants.” An MRC analysis of cable news coverage also identified eight instances in which panelists brazenly claimed that the existence of the caravan was itself a conspiracy theory.
Between Wednesday and Thursday, several MSNBC anchors have continued to push discredited claims of "voter suppression" by Georgia Republicans, with host Ali Velshi giving credence to the claims on both days. On Wednesday afternoon shortly before 4:00 p.m. Eastern, during a segment with Adrianne Shropshire of BlackPAC as his guest, Velshi posed:
Over the past week, several CNN hosts have returned to repeating the discredited myth that Donald Trump once lobbied for a group of innocent underage teens to not only be convicted of a rape they may not have committed, but that he even pushed for them to be executed. On Wednesday's CNN Tonight, Don Lemon even devoted a segment to speaking with two of the now adult members of the Central Park Five as he sought to portray President Trump as hypocritical for defending U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from sexual assault accusations.
During Friday’s edition of Real Time With Bill Maher, most of the panel had few kind things to say about Republicans and conservatives. Panelist Thom Hartmann referred to them as “rubes” while host Bill Maher described them as “stupid and racist.”
On Monday's Deadline: White House on MSNBC, fill-in host Katy Tur not only repeated the discredited myth that the Barack Obama administration deported more illegal immigrants than previous Presidents, she complained because Donald Trump supporters refused to believe her when she presented them with her flawed data during the 2016 presidential campaign. The segment she was hosting also included the latest example of MSNBC blaming Fox News and conservative talk radio for many voters not believing the liberal media, rather than the media's biased reporting.
In contrast to CNN's weasel attempt on Tuesday to absolve themselves of their increasingly-dubious Trump Tower story, CBS updated their own CBSNews.com post and NBC’s Hallie Jackson wrote a piece explaining the change at NBCNews.com. For ABCNews.com, they did next to nothing by instead relying on an Associated Press wire story about Davis’s flip-flopping. However, none acknowledged on-air the changes despite 39 minutes 23 seconds of coverage one their morning and evening newscasts from July 27-31.
As of 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, CNN has not spent a second of airtime on Monday night’s revelation that Michael Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis now admits to lying on-air to Anderson Cooper when he denied being a key source for a massively-hyped news item CNN broke last month.
On Monday afternoon, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell was still pushing the debunked claim that the Trump administration is kicking immigrants out of the U.S. military as she interviewed former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
In the past week, several networks have repeated questionable claims that an eight-month-old Palestinian baby was killed by Israeli tear gas in the Gaza Strip. And MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin even went so far as to twice repeat a discredited story that a paraplegic in a wheel chair was killed by Israeli snipers without noting that the IDF already disputed the story in March.