Media Matters for America
Nov 14, 2012 19:00 EST
Fox News ignored the election of Tammy Baldwin and devoted a single segment to gay marriage wins at the ballot box. Fox News ignored the historic significance of Wisconsin Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin's win and devoted a single segment to gay marriage wins at the ballot box. According to Media Matters for America, conservative Fox News, whose motto is ?fair and balanced,? mostly ignored the gay community's historic November 6 gains. On Election Night, Fox News reported Baldwin's win but failed to mention that she is the nation's first openly gay senator. CNN devoted 2 segments to Baldwin, and MSNBC mentioned her race 13 times. Fox News also under-reported marriage equality wins, which included voters in three states, Maine, Maryland and Washington state, legalizing the institution and Minnesotans rejecting an effort to ban it. Between November 6 and November 9, Fox News devoted one segment to the topic and made 9 mentions. CNN, on the other hand, devoted two segments to the topic and MS
Oct 04, 2012 19:58 EDT
The National Rifle Association, the biggest gun rights lobby in the United States, announced Thursday its endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney for president.
Oct 27, 2011 20:00 EDT
MSNBC is being called on to sanction 'Morning Joe' contributor Pat Buchanan for his anti-gay remarks. MSNBC is being called on to sanction Morning Joe contributor Pat Buchanan for his anti-gay remarks. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights group, joined media watchdog group Media Matters on Thursday in calling on the cable network to take action against Buchanan after he called homosexuality ?unnatural? during a Wednesday interview on National Public Radio (NPR). ?I believe that homosexuality is ? that it is unnatural activity. Unnatural and immoral,? Buchanan told Diane Rehm, host of The Diane Rehm Show. ?I would say that kind of conduct should be discouraged in a good society, in a healthy society.? ?And it used to be discouraged. And I do think that the idea that men can marry men and women marry women in the USA is a sign of a civilization in its final throes. I mean, we saw things like this at the end of the Weimar Republic. Things like this at the end o
May 16, 2011 20:00 EDT
Three leading gay groups have banded together to urge advertisers to walk away from advertising on Fox News. Three leading gay groups have banded together to urge advertisers to walk away from advertising on Fox News. The group Equality Matters for America kicked off its Drop Fox campaign by appealing to gay-friendly travel site Orbitz. ?Orbitz risks alienating gay and lesbian customers by giving ad dollars to Fox News, a network that blatantly promotes an anti-gay political agenda,? Llyse Hogue, senior adviser at Media Matters for America, said in a statement. ?Orbitz customers who value equality can and will take their business elsewhere, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Any company whose customer base values the diversity, civil rights, and journalist standards should recognize that doing business with Fox will only cost them in the long run.? Gay media watchdog GLAAD and the California-based Courage Campaign are also backing the campaign. At the website DropFox.com, the gro
Apr 06, 2011 18:17 EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Glenn Beck and cable channel Fox News are ending his daily TV show after falling ratings, a loss of advertisers and months of controversy over inflammatory remarks by the conservative U.S. host.
Dec 26, 2010 19:00 EST
David Brock, a former gay Republican, has called gay members of the GOP 'self-loathing'. ?David Brock, a former gay Republican, has called gay members of the GOP ?self-loathing.? The journalist behind progressive watchdog Media Matters for America and the nascent gay rights watchdog Equality Matters defected from the conservative movement after coming out gay. Brock and Richard Socarides, president of Equality Matters, appeared Wednesday on MSNBC's Hardball to discuss the recent repeal of ?Don't Ask, Don't Tell,? the Clinton-era law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly. During the roundtable discussion, host Chris Matthews asked his guests, ?Why do gay Republicans put up with their party being so homophobic?? ?I used to be one,? Brock announced. ?Why did you put up with it?? Matthews asked. ?I'll tell you. Self-loathing. I wasn't confident enough in myself to come out.? ?So you joined a party that hated you?? ?That's exactly right,? Brock responded. Brock also suggeste
Dec 19, 2010 19:00 EST
A new push for gay marriage begins on Monday with the birthing of Equality Matters. A new push for gay marriage begins on Monday with the birthing of Equality Matters. ?We believe that the moment for decisive action for full gay equality is here ? that this moment is a historic imperative,? Richard Socarides, president of the nascent group, said in a statement announcing the group. ?The goal of Equality Matters is to leverage our expertise in media and communications, and politics and policy, to support those who share that belief and help create an environment where policymakers, the courts, the media and the public at large understand that gay rights are human rights.? The group bills itself as a ?communications war room for gay equality? and its new website is expected to tackle homophobia in the media. The group is launching after a decisive victory ? the demise of the military's ban on openly gay service ? and is looking to clear a political path for lawmakers supportive of gay ri
Nov 30, 2010 06:59 EST
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - One of the first subjects Laura Schlessinger will tackle in depth on her new Sirius XM Radio talk show in the new year is the one that nearly derailed her.
Nov 29, 2010 12:44 EST
Outspoken Dr Laura follows Howard Stern to satellite radio. Talk-show host Laura Schlessinger won't stay away from radio very long ? only a weekend, in fact.
Nov 26, 2010 09:57 EST
Outspoken Dr Laura follows Howard Stern to satellite radio. Talk show host Laura Schlessinger won't stay away from radio very long ? only a weekend, in fact.
Nov 23, 2010 19:00 EST
Fox News has rejected an ad that features Canadian and Australian military leaders talking about the lifting of their gay bans as nonevents. Fox News, the Robert Murdoch-owned television network, has rejected an ad that features Canadian and Australian military leaders talking about the lifting of their gay bans as nonevents. In the ad, Major General Walter Semianiw, chief of military personnel in the Canadian Forces, says: ?There is no negative impact of having men and women of any sexual orientation fighting together, be it in Afghanistan, be it in Iraq.? ?The lifting of the homosexual ban is a bit like Y2K. It was a nonevent, and it continues to be a nonevent,? Major General Simon Willis (retired), the former head of defense personnel in the Australian Defense Force, says. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.) Both men made their comments during a May 19 panel in Washington D.C. The ad, titled Business as Usual, is produced by the Palm Center, a think tank at the
Nov 18, 2010 17:46 EST
Watchdog: 5 potential GOP presidential candidates log nearly 66 hours on Fox News in 10 months. A liberal advocacy group estimates that five potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates who work for Fox News Channel were on the air nearly 66 hours in the first 10 months of the year.
Nov 11, 2010 17:42 EST
Media Matters for America said it submitted the winning bid for the lunch with Murdoch through an online charity auction benefitting the Global Poverty Project.
Oct 27, 2010 03:18 EDT
Record year for midterm campaign spending, pushed along by Republican-allied outside groups. A year ago, two top Republican strategists sat down for lunch at the venerable Mayflower Hotel, five blocks from the White House, calculating how to exploit the voter anger they had seen erupt at Democratic town hall meetings that summer.
Aug 26, 2010 18:21 EDT
Glenn Beck headlines big rally Saturday_ at Lincoln Memorial on anniversary of King speech. Glenn Beck says it's just a coincidence his Restoring Honor rally on Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial will take place on the anniversary and at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Civil rights veterans are skeptical.
Aug 26, 2010 17:50 EDT
Glenn Beck headlines big rally Saturday_ at Lincoln Memorial on anniversary of King speech. Glenn Beck says it's just a coincidence his Restoring Honor rally on Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial will take place on the anniversary and at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. But he's hardly apologizing for the connection.
Aug 19, 2010 23:02 EDT
Coverage of US troops' exit from Iraq illustrates stark differences in cable news networks. Nowhere was the difference between the cable news networks on starker display than in prime-time coverage on the night the last American combat brigade left Iraq following a war that started seven years and five months ago.
Aug 18, 2010 17:06 EDT
Dr. Laura plans to end radio show to 'regain 1st Amendment rights' after using N-word on-air. Talk show host Laura Schlessinger says her desire to talk freely without having affiliates and sponsors attacked led to her abrupt decision to end her "Dr. Laura" radio show later this year.
Jul 22, 2010 00:24 EDT
Agriculture Department dismissal pushes debate over black racism to the forefront. Is black racism a real problem? Or is it pure politics?
Nov 11, 2009 21:21 EST
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CNN host Lou Dobbs, whose outspoken views on U.S. immigration have made him one of the most controversial figures on television, said on Wednesday he is leaving the 24-hour cable news network immediately because he wants a freer platform to state his opinion.