John Whitehouse, Media Matters

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Beyond the notable Media Matters work below, here are some other things I’ve read this week: Peter Beinart on how a far-right conspiracy theorist found a captive audience in Trump’s White House, Megha Rajagopalan on targeting of Asian Muslims by internet trolls and fake news, Nona Willis Aronowitz on misogynists in sheep’s clothing, and Alexandra Petri on Trump’s budget.

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Trump and Fox & Friends caused an international incident

It is now confirmed: Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano got a British intelligence conspiracy theory from Russian state media. The connection was apparent days ago, before Sean Spicer repeated the absurd accusation against President Obama in the White House briefing room. Fox anchor Shep Smith made very clear that Fox News does not stand behind Napolitano’s claim. Napolitano is a 9/11 truther and Trump favorite who has called into Alex Jones’ show. Trump’s endless consumption and embrace of Fox News has now caused an international incident.

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The public editor of The New York Times helped out an “alt-right” harassment campaign by chastising a journalist of color at the paper for making a pun about dogs. Seriously:


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Jake Tapper: “What is the White House defending here? Because it damn sure isn’t national security or credibility before the world.”

Hate is still bad for business

Breitbart has the same problem that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have had: Advertisers despise hate. So far, 1,500 companies have dropped the far right outlet as a result of an online campaign.