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Ari Rabin-Havt
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Ari is the author of The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine and Executive Vice President at Media Matters.

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Hating Breitbart Gets R Rating and the Right Screams Bias

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 9:31 AM

Hating Breitbart, an R-rated documentary about the late conservative agitator, opened in theaters on Friday. Incapable of letting the opportunity pass by without inventing a scandal, online conservatives were outraged that the film received an R rating from the MPAA based on some four letter words spoken by the movie's...

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When Truth Is a Lie

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 3:07 PM

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer was right to apologize to Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer after he mistakenly chastised the columnist for claiming that a bust of Winston Churchill that sat in the Bush Oval office had been returned to the British government. Contrary to Pfeiffer's claim that it...

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Better Idea -- Next Time, Just Light Your $35 Million on Fire

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 12:55 PM

It was less than a year ago when Thomas Friedman devoted his column space in the New York Times to extolling the virtues of a "quiet political start-up." Americans Elect would hold an online convention and nominate an independent, bipartisan ticket to run for president of the United States. The...

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The Koch Brothers Behaving Like Children

(8) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 6:23 PM

For heirs whose fortunes are rooted in their father's work building refineries for Stalin during his first five-year plan, David and Charles Koch just might be the world's most delicate billionaires.

The Kochs are owners of America's second largest privately held company. But...

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From Dog Whistles to Air Raid Sirens

(8) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 5:04 PM

Conservatives and liberals shared a rare moment of interideological unity last week in condemning the racist ranting of John Derbyshire, which ultimately ended his residency at the National Review.

The irony is that Derbyshire's racism, while deplorable, is not nearly as corrosive to...

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For Murdoch, the Sky Has Fallen

(17) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 2:50 PM

On Thursday, Sky News became the fifth enterprise owned by Rupert Murdoch to be implicated in criminal behavior since investigations into the phone-hacking scandal began. In this case, the news channel did so to gain information about a British man who faked his own death to collect insurance...

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Fox News

(39) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 12:51 PM

Contrition is the rarest of acts in modern American journalism. When a mistake is acknowledged, it is typically with only a passing glance - small, poorly worded type inserted under the masthead of a newspaper, a quick mention by a host at the end of the show. Seldom are mistakes...

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Media Quotes: The Worst Things Said On Fox News

(1432) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 7:25 AM

Roger Ailes, granted unprecedented freedom by Rupert Murdoch and utilizing his unique production talent, has built Fox News into cable news's Goliath, dominating the ratings with an audience that is both large and dedicated to the network's brand. Fox is loved by the conservative base and feared by politicians of...

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"We Need A New System"

(107) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 1:53 PM

In the Spring of 2000, my friend and former colleague Zack Exley arrived in Washington, DC, to observe the protests that had engulfed the city during the World Bank's annual meeting. Driving into Washington from the airport, out the window of his taxi he saw "a teenage white...

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"I'm Afraid Fox Loses This Round."

(51) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 11:49 AM

As Glenn Beck's television show came to a close, Fox News launched a flurry of attacks on Media Matters for America making the ludicrous argument that the Internal Revenue Service should revoke our status as a nonprofit organization. Over the past three weeks, Fox News has run more than

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Rupert Murdoch Reportedly Funds North Korean Regime

(10) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 1:32 PM

This morning, Bloomberg News carried this stunning revelation:

"Programmers from North Korea's General Federation of Science and Technology developed a 2007 mobile-phone bowling game based on the 1998 film ["The Big Lebowski"], as well as "Men in Black: Alien Assault," according to two executives at Nosotek Joint Venture...
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Rupert Murdoch Lied to Me (Personally)

(461) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 3:16 PM

Last night, Bloomberg News reported that NewsCorp gave $1,000,000 to the Republican Governors Association, making them the organizations largest single contributor.

Rupert Murdoch was singing a different tune back in April when I confronted him at the National Press Club about Fox News' support of the Tea Parties....

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How Not to Be a Tracker

(1914) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 12:15 PM

Wednesday afternoon as our building held an ice cream social in the lobby, a young man showed up at Media Matters office armed with a camera. Positioning himself outside our office, he proceeded to ask people leaving the building what is was like to work for George Soros.

I decided...

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How Far Does Beck Have to Go?

(319) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 5:14 PM

For just over three hours yesterday, I believed a mild dose of sanity had befallen the executives who run Fox News. Michael Calderone reported:

Simon Greer, chief executive of Jewish Funds for Justice, told The Upshot that when Greer approached them, [Fox News President Roger] Ailes and senior...
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The Willie Hortonization of Barack Obama

(916) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 11:38 AM

A long line of inmates solemnly enters and exits a prison yard through a revolving door. As the lone black inmate reenters society, he peers into the camera with a menacing glance. He is the only inmate to do so.

The ad described above was created by...

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Anti-Semitism Rears Its Head in Attacks on Elena Kagan

(315) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 3:38 PM

Conservatives and Republicans are no strangers to the use of code words and bigotry in their attacks on progressives. What's rare is when they unveil those vile tendencies for the world to see.

That is exactly what leading conservative judicial activist Manuel Miranda did in an Accuracy...

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"I'd Even Vote For a Communist Right Now": My Trip to the Showdown in Searchlight

(319) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 11:59 AM

"We're Republican by registration, but I'd even vote for a communist right now if they would start to change the way we're running the country." [Tea Party Volunteer Norman] Halfpenny said, adding he thinks Democrats in power are leading the nation towards socialism, a Tea Party lament.
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O Craps

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 3:11 PM

Saturday's New York Times story on John McCain and his lobbyist's ties to the gaming industry begins with this person anecdote:

Senator John McCain was on a roll. In a room reserved for high-stakes gamblers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, he tossed $100 chips around...

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Bush's Tax Cuts Pay For Cindy's Outfit

(33) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 1:12 PM

According to Vanity Fair, the outfit Cindy McCain wore at the Republican Convention Tuesday night cost a whooping $313,100.

Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000-$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100

I hope she thanked Laura Bush...

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