What MSNBC Gave Up When It Gave In To A Right-Wing Smear Campaign

When right-wing conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich put an 8-year-old tweet from MSNBC contributor Sam Seder on blast last month, falsely claiming it was an endorsement of child rape, he bemoaned that the mainstream media would ignore his discovery. When MSNBC caught wind of the scandal Cernovich was attempting to incite, the cable news network decided to sever ties with Seder , who has regularly appeared on the network's shows for over a decade and hosts the podcast "The Majority Report."

Watch Shepard Smith Demolish Fox News’ Uranium One Clinton Conspiracy Theory

The only thing missing from Shepard Smith's complete debunking of his colleagues' Uranium One conspiracy theory was a calling out of the role that his own network has played in promoting this witch hunt into a Congressional investigation. In case you missed it, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that he is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate Fox News' whataboutism for the Russia investigation: Hillary Clinton's role in approving the 2010 sale of the Uranium One sale to a Russian company.

Paul Gosar Versus His Siblings: Brother Calls Congressman an ‘Embarrassment’

Paul Gosar's brother called him "an embarrassment" to the family on Friday, following up on a published letter by seven siblings blasting the Arizona Congressman for his conspiracy theories. His siblings had their blistering letter published in the Kingman Daily Miner on October 24, criticizing the Prescott congressman for his debunked theories about August's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

What’s in the JFK files?

President Donald Trump announced Saturday morning that he planned to release the tens of thousands of never-before-seen documents left in the files related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination held by the National Archives and Records Administration. "Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened," Trump tweeted early Saturday.

Trump plans to release of JFK assassination documents despite concerns from agencies

President Donald Trump announced Saturday morning that he planned to release the tens of thousands of never-before-seen documents left in the files related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination held by the National Archives and Records Administration. "Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened," Trump tweeted early Saturday.

Barack Obama

Stepping into the political spotlight for the first time since leaving the White House in January, Mr Obama did not mention President Donald Trump in two campaign speeches, but he did tell crowds that they could send a message to the rest of the country in forthcoming elections. He told a rally in Virginia in front of several thousand supporters: "Why are we deliberately trying to misunderstand each other, and be cruel to each other and put each other down? That's not who we are."

Alex Jones’ week of irresponsible Las Vegas shooting conspiracy theories

Jones has recklessly accused a multitude of people and groups of being involved in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history Hours after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, America's most famous conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, took to the airwaves to name the culprit as a "leftist" who was "angry about Trump" before connecting the shooting to the 100-year anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution -- and Jones was just getting started. No credible reporting had said anything of the sort.

Nibiru Doomsday in the Time of Trump

So, a man named David Meade says that there's a prophecy in the Christian Bible that warns that a mysterious planet called Nibiru will appear in the sky on September 23 this year, and will crash into the Earth and kill us all in October. We've heard crazy conspiracy theories from David Meade before.

Jordan Klepper Trolls Trump Fans with ‘Impeach Hillary’ Campaign


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Former Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper's new Comedy Central show The Opposition does not premiere until September 25. But as we can see from the first clip of the new series, he is already hard at work. Klepper, who channels an Alex Jones-type conspiracy theorist character on the show, traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for Donald Trump's raucous rally last month.

Louise Mensch Fires Her Lawyer On Twitter

Anti-Trump conspiracy theorist Louise Mensch fired an attorney representing her pro-bono in a Russia-related lawsuit on Wednesday, and she did it all in public view on Twitter. Mensch, a former member of the British parliament, fired Mark Zaid after he got into a disagreement with former Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin.

Firefighter Prophet: Illuminati Is Changing Our DNA To Make Us Hate Trump

This explains so much --it's the Illuminati and the Freemasons, up to their old tricks! Via Right Wing Watch , this important interview "firefighter prophet" and right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor, author of "The Trump Prophecies," on Sheila Zilinsky's radio program: "I believe what happened on November 8 is the enemy has literally sent out a frequency," Taylor said, "and it agitated and took control, basically, of those who have their DNA that was turned over to the enemy. That's what's happening.

a Return to Conservatism:


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Much of this mess is of the Republican Party's own making. Let's not forget that Mr. Trump's political rise began with his promulgation of the racist conspiracy theory that President Obama was not a natural-born American citizen.

Oh my: FBI stops “Fight Club” bomber in Oklahoma

Score one for the FBI in the pursuit against domestic terrorists, and mark down yet another weird and obscure conspiracy theory about government. The Department of Justice announced the arrest of Jerry Varnell in Oklahoma after he conspired to blow up the Federal Reserve building, attempting to follow in Timothy McVeigh's footsteps but perhaps with a lower death toll.

Evidence shows that freedom works

I know many Democrats and progressives who continue to be frustrated by the conservative Republicans who have controlled the North Carolina General Assembly since 2010. The Left has spent years stating and restating its standard narrative about our state: that North Carolina has historically grown faster and been more successful than other Southern states because it was more willing to spend tax dollars on higher education, infrastructure, and other government programs.

A 27-year-old DNC staffer was shot and killed in DC – and his…


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A 27-year-old DNC staffer was shot and killed in DC - and his mysterious death led to a lawsuit against Fox News After Seth Rich was shot and killed in July 2016, a conspiracy theory emerged that his death was connected to the Democratic party's email scandal. A lawsuit by one of the people quoted in the article alleges Fox News published it to draw attention away from President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation.

Early reviews praise Megyn Kelly’s controversial interview with far-right provocateur Alex Jones


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NBC anchor Megyn Kelly faced more than a week of withering backlash over her decision to interview Alex Jones, the far-right founder of Infowars.com, a site that has perpetuated conspiracy theories about 9/11 and the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Kelly was uninvited as a guest at a gala hosted by relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting in Connecticut, which left 20 children dead, and J.P. Morgan pulled its ads from the broadcast.

NYT Uses GOP Shooting To Falsely Attack Sarah Palin With Debunked Conspiracy Theory

The New York Times used the attempted assassination of dozens of Republican congressmen by a left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter to attack former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with a baseless conspiracy theory blaming Palin for inciting mentally ill Jared Loughner to shoot Democratic Rep. Gaffy Giffords in 2011. "In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear.

Challenge: Provide Evidence That Seth Rich Sent Emails To Wikileaks

As evidence that Donald Trump has been trying to obstruct investigations into his involvement in Russian attacks against the United States in 2016 continues to grow, the Russian government is spreading a conspiracy theory designed to perpetuate Trump supporters' faith in their stumbling leader. A couple of days ago, the Russian Embassy in London spread a message on Twitter showing a blood-red image of Hillary Clinton's face in the background of a picture of Seth Rich, with the question, "Who killed Seth Rich?" Accompanying this image was this message from the Russian government: "Seth Rich murdered in the U.S., but MSM was so busy accusing Russian hackers to take notice."

Donald Trump Suffering From ‘Paranoid Delusion,’ GOP…

An explosive new report published Saturday by The Washington Post paints a portrait of Donald Trump whose "state of mind" has alarmed those close to him this week following the outraged public and congressional reaction after he fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. In fact, one source told The Post, Trump may be suffering from a "paranoid delusion."

Alex Jones Calls A Press Conference To Tell Reporters They Suck

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones called a press conference Friday to explain to reporters just how deceptive they are, whether covering his contentious child custody trial or dismissing what he views as urgent public health issues, like the cross-breeding of pigs with humans. Referring to reporters as "fops" and "fake news," the radio host and famed Donald Trump -whisperer flogged journalists for questioning whether his political views were authentic.

Fox News Promotes Eric Bolling, Noted Bigot, Conspiracy Theorist, And Muppet-Hater

In the wake of Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox News following an advertiser boycott stemming from sexual harassment settlements involving the prime-time host, Fox News announced a new lineup that includes giving host Eric Bolling his own show at 5 p.m. This promotion comes despite Bolling's history of trafficking in racist stereotypes, promoting fear of Muslims in America, and engaging in conspiracy theories, including the birtherism made famous by now-President Donald Trump. The Hill : Fox News Gives Eric Bolling His Own Show At 5 P.M. After Fox News announced Bill O'Reilly's departure, the network "unveiled its new weeknight schedule."

Fox News Promotes Eric Bolling, Noted Bigot, Conspiracy Theorist, And Muppet-Hater

In the wake of Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox News following an advertiser boycott stemming from sexual harassment settlements involving the prime-time host, Fox News announced a new lineup that includes giving host Eric Bolling his own show at 5 p.m. This promotion comes despite Bolling's history of trafficking in racist stereotypes, promoting fear of Muslims in America, and engaging in conspiracy theories, including the birtherism made famous by now-President Donald Trump. The Hill : Fox News Gives Eric Bolling His Own Show At 5 P.M. After Fox News announced Bill O'Reilly's departure, the network "unveiled its new weeknight schedule."

‘Infowars’ host Jones disputes persona in custody dispute

The right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is a performance artist whose true personality is nothing like his on-air persona, according to a lawyer defending the "Infowars" broadcaster in a child custody battle. Attorney Randall Wilhite said at a pretrial hearing in Austin last week that evaluating Jones based on his on-air comments is like judging Jack Nicholson based on his role as the Joker in "Batman."

Conspiracy theories distract us from real danger

Donald Trump, then president-elect, shakes hands with then-President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 10, 2016. WASHINGTON - When he was Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA's disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon.

Trump making us all conspiracy theorists

Last weekend, President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama - without any evidence - of ordering Trump's phones to be wiretapped during last year's presidential campaign. It was only the most recent in a bewildering number of conspiracy theories the president and his circle have embraced over the past year.

Behind Team Trump’s bogus claims of “voter fraud”…

We all know by now that President Donald Trump, along with one of his closest aides, Stephen Miller, has been repeating factually vacant conspiracy theories about massive voter fraud. Regarding Trump's falsehoods on this topic, we know that he most likely received his information about 3 million "illegals" voting for Hillary Clinton from radio conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Man behind conspiracy theory of 3 million illegal voters claims he may release their names

In an interview with the Daily Beast , the man behind the conspiracy theory that there were over 3 million votes cast illegally in the 2016 presidential election claims he has the names of those voters and he is considering releasing them. Back on Nov. 13, Gregg Phillips, who claims to head up a voter-fraud reporting group, stated on Twitter , "We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.

Kushner: Trump didn’t believe conspiracy theories

Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, personally assured skittish acquaintances the President-elect didn't really believe some of the more outrageous claims he was making, according to a new New York magazine profile. "Back when Trump was spinning birther conspiracy theories, which were lapped up by gullible Republicans, one person who talked to Kushner says he offered assurances that his father-in-law didn't really believe that stuff," the report says.

Conspiracy Theorists: Poll Shows Majority of Democrats Falsely Believe Russia Hacked Election Results

This poll is worth highlighting for a few reasons: It presents an ideal opportunity to reiterate an important factual claim about our electoral process, it allows us to puncture liberals' self-righteousness about conspiracy theories and anti-empiricism being the province of the Right, and it adds useful perspective to the panic over "fake news." Let's start with the data point itself, which comes via YouGov. PPP is famous for asking trollish questions designed to embarrass Republican voters, but as we'll see, neither side is immune from this sort of thing.

New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers

A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint. Roberta's, a Brooklyn restaurant known for its wood-fired pizza, received telephone calls threatening its employees, police confirmed on Wednesday.

New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers

A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint. Roberta's, a Brooklyn restaurant known for its wood-fired pizza, received telephone calls threatening its employees, police confirmed on Wednesday.

Why people believe Trump when he’s lying


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He has said that Barack Obama founded ISIS. He said that Texas Senator Ted Cruz's father was involved in the plot to assassinate JFK.

Fake news story led gunman to popular DC pizzeria, police say

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, N.C., surrenders to police Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Washington. Welch, who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place, fired an assault rifle inside the restaurant on Sunday injuring no one, police and news reports said.

Police: Fake news story led gunman to popular DC pizzeria

A man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant on Sunday injuring no one, police and news reports said. Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Aquita Brown said police received a call Sunday afternoon about a male with a weapon on Connecticut Avenue, in an affluent neighborhood of the nation's capital.

Armed gunman went to pizzeria to – self-investigate’ an election-related conspiracy theory

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in northwest Washington, D.C., carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to investigate ''PizzaGate,'' a false conspiracy theory related to Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.

Reports: Man Who Shot Rifle in DC Eatery Said He Was Investigating ‘Pizza Gate’

A North Carolina man told police Sunday he went to a pizzeria in Washington D.C. with an assault rifle to "self-investigate" conspiracy theories that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief were running a sex sting operation from the restaurant, Politico reports . Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, North Carolina, told police that, "During a post-arrest interview this evening, the suspect revealed that he came to the establishment to self-investigate 'Pizza Gate' ," according to The Washington Post.

Gunman went to pizzeria to ‘self-investigate’ an election-related conspiracy theory: police

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in northwest Washington, D.C., carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to investigate "PizzaGate," a false conspiracy theory related to Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.

A recount won’t change the election results, but Trump and the…

President-elect Donald Trump amplified conspiracy theories from the far right about widespread illegal voting, and his efforts to re-litigate the election align somewhat with a movement led by the far left. President-elect Donald Trump amplified conspiracy theories from the far right about widespread illegal voting, and his efforts to re-litigate the election align somewhat with a movement led by the far left.

Donald Trump Just Told One Of His Most Brazen Lies Yet

President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday made the astonishing claim that "millions of people who voted illegally" contributed to opponent Hillary Clinton 's victory in the popular vote, following a campaign based largely on spreading conspiracy theories and claiming that the election was "rigged" against him. In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally Trump's latest lie seems to have originated from the conservative conspiracy website Infowars, which published an article claiming that Trump actually won the popular vote because "three million votes in the U.S. presidential election were cast by illegal aliens."

Fearing yet another witch hunt, Reddit bans ‘Pizzagate’


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Citing its policy against posting the personal information of others, Reddit has banned the "Pizzagate" conspiracy board from the site. Pizzagate, a persistent and popular conspiracy theory that combines the Clinton diaspora with accusations of a secret pedophile ring, has been a steady force in the enclaves of the pro-Donald Trump internet for the past few weeks.

More on the Donald’s Consigliere

Bannon, 62, was taking time off from Breitbart to serve as CEO of the Trump campaign before Sunday's announcement giving him a senior leadership role in the incoming administration. Breitbart has propagated conspiracy theories, like Planned Parenthood having Nazi ties or Clinton aide Huma Abedin being a spy for Saudi Arabia.

‘Why Not Believe Everything?’ Colbert Embraces the Avalanche of Election Conspiracy Theories


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Stephen Colbert used his Thursday show to lampoon the great number of false news stories that have pervaded the weirdness of the 2016 election. The Late Show host referenced the WikiLeaks bombshell suggesting that Hillary Clinton 's campaign bought a Trump Tower apartment in order to secretly record the operations inside Donald Trump 's Campaign HQ.

Claims of election fraud resonate with growing audience

Outraged claims of voting fraud are no longer only a regular part of elections in unsteady, young democracies - they're increasingly being made in established democratic countries by populist politicians who question the fairness of the voting process - and with it the validity of representation by and for the people. At the final debate of the U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump refused to commit to honour the result of the Nov. 8 vote.

Hillary unloads on Trump’s ‘conspiracy theories’ and says you…

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For Native Americans, Land Is More Than Just The Ground Beneath Their Feet


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While shuffling through a Washington, D.C.-area metro station recently, I noticed a large ad for the technology company Brocade plastered on the wall: This is, of course, an attempt at a cheeky play on obsessive-compulsive disorder, in which sufferers have compulsions to do the same things over and over. Companies and people alike frequently evoke the mental disorder with lighthearted puns or references just like that one.

Clinton says ‘conspiracy theories’ about her health not a concern

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, on Monday said that she was not distracted by rumors of ill health and that attacks on the Clinton Foundation were not rooted in fact. WASHINGTON Phyllis Schlafly, who became a "founding mother" of the modern U.S. conservative movement by battling feminists in the 1970s and working tirelessly to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, died on Monday at the age of 92, her Eagle Forum group said.

Clinton slams Trump for ties to ‘alt-right’ media

Seeking to forever tie Donald Trump to the "alt-right" and its media icons, Hillary Clinton on Thursday delivered a stemwinding indictment of Trump and his embrace of extreme conservative media, rhetoric and conspiracy theories. The speech, in Reno, Nev., used Trump's connections to outlets like Breitbart, InfoWars and the National Enquirer to portray him as a dangerous man living in a "paranoid fever dream."

Where the hell is Hillary Clinton?

DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been lampooned on social media as "missing in action", with the hashtag #WheresHillary trending number one globally. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who visited flood-ravaged Louisiana on Friday to deliver supplies and meet with locals, gave the hashtag a boost over the weekend.

Slain Jewish DNC staffer’s family slams conspiracy theories

The family of a Jewish Democratic National Committee staffer killed last month asked for an end to "unproven and harmful theories" about their son's death. The family of Seth Rich came out with a statement on Thursday, two days after WikiLeaks offered a $20,000 award for information leading to the conviction of his killer.

Trump’s criticism of Cruz renews questions about temperament

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands during an goodbye reception with friends and family following the Republican National Convention, Friday, July 22, 2016, in Cleveland. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands during an goodbye reception with friends and family following the Republican National Convention, Friday, July 22, 2016, in Cleveland.

Why do conspiracy theories abound nowadays?

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Clinton fires back at Trump for ‘outlandish lies and conspiracy’

Hillary Clinton delivered a sharp rebuttal Wednesday to a steady stream of attacks from Donald Trump, slamming her all-but-certain November opponent for spewing "outlandish lies and conspiracy theories." During a lengthy speech in Raleigh, N.C., that focused mostly on economic proposals, the presumptive Democratic nominee took aim at Trump on everything from his reality TV career to his flimsy, and often controversial, policy ideas.

Trump is a full-blown nutter: Here 58 unhinged conspiracy theories the Republican leader has promoted

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump not only surrounds himself with conspiracy theorists, he has spent years pushing conspiracy theories himself, much to the delight of his supporters. At times, Trump tries to remain evasive about whether he actually believes these conspiracy theories, insisting that he simply "heard" or "read" them somewhere or is just asking a question.

Venezuelan President Maduro says country is ready for American invasion

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro has been claiming for months that most of his country's problems are the result of an economic war being waged against Venezuela by the United States. Now, with the country collapsing into chaos and opposition figures turning in nearly two million signatures for a recall referendum, Maduro is taking his invasion conspiracy theory to a new level.

Texas education board candidate known for conspiracy posts

She is a retired Texas schoolteacher who has claimed President Barack Obama is a gay prostitute, Democrats orchestrated the assassination of John F. Kennedy and dinosaurs might not be extinct had bigger ones on Noah's Ark been able to reproduce. Mary Lou Bruner is also the front-runner in a Republican primary runoff Tuesday for a seat on the influential state education board - a nomination the 69-year-old nearly clinched outright despite a lengthy social media history of posting about conspiracy theories and fringe screeds.

Donald Trump to bring up suicide of Clinton White House lawyer Vince Foster

Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster took his own life in 1993 at age 48, shooting himself in a Virginia park Conspiracy theories have swirled for decades about a possible long-term love affair with Hillary Clinton leading to his death While Trump said others continue to talk about Foster's death 'because they think it was a murder,' he insisted that 'I don't do that' Donald Trump hinted in an interview published Monday that the 1993 death of Bill Clinton-era White House lawyer Vince Foster, a suicide that sparked conspiracy theories for years, could be a potent headache for Hillary Clinton in the fall.