Explained

Fox News

Tucker Carlson promoted the false conspiracy theory that President Biden was responsible for the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline. Carlson’s show blamed Russia’s aggression on the Biden administration.

Fox News published an op-ed that complained about liberal criticism of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni over her fascist sympathies.

Fox promoted conspiracy theories about the attack on the Nord Stream pipeline that echoed similar theories from Vladimir Putin’s government in Russia.

Fox host Dagen McDowell claimed concerns about concussions suffered by Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa were a “conspiracy” promoted by “lunatics.”

Fox host Jesse Watters said that the mentally ill do not deserve to have equal rights with other people.

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner told viewers to vote for the Republican Party in the 2022 midterm elections.

Fox dedicated much of their prime time coverage in fall 2022 to attacking Pennsylvania senate candidate John Fetterman, who led Republican Mehmet Oz in most polls.

CNN

The reboot of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter, written by Oliver Darcy, ignored the controversy surrounding Stelter’s ouster at CNN.

The premiere of former Fox News host Chris Wallace’s show on CNN, Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, was a bomb. Wallace’s show only drew a total of 401,000 viewers and an even smaller 44,000 viewers in the key 25-44 demographic.

Washington Post

Columnist Karen Tumulty praised Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin, describing him as an alternative to Trumpism and as someone who should run for president in 2024.

Republican Racism

Rep. Paul Gosar promoted Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist.

Republican candidate and Georgia governor Brian Kemp darkened the skin of his opponent Stacey Abrams in his campaign ads.

Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent did interviews with a white supremacist.

Conservatives expressed anger after the Library of Congress allowed singer Lizzo to use a flute once owned by James Madison.

Republican Rhetoric

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) compared the FBI to the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Gohmert also compared the Department of Justice to the Gestapo.

Republicans and Impeaching Biden

House Republicans introduced more than 12 impeachment resolutions against Biden in the first two years of his presidency, all of them failing.

Student Loan Forgiveness

Six Republican state attorneys general sued the Biden administration in an attempt to overturn forgiveness of millions in student loan debt.

Conservative Attacks On Transgender Rights

Daily Wire host Matt Walsh proposed a ban on gender-affirming health care.

Tennessee Republicans cited a viral blog post with misinformation in a letter pushing a hospital to stop providing transgender health care.

An attack ad against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer claimed Democrats wanted drag queens in every classroom. FactCheck.org noted, “The ad’s citation refers to a June 15 article that carried a headline that said Nessel was joking about putting drag queens in schools.”

Democrats And Transgender Rights

California governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation protecting kids traveling to his state for gender-affirming health care.

Democrats And Immigration

Biden set the cap on immigration at 125,000 in 2022 and 2023.

Democratic Accomplishments

Democrats averted a government shutdown in fall of 2022, voting to fund the government.

Biden secured the release of seven American citizens who had been detained by the Venezuelan government. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken: “We welcome the release from Venezuela of six wrongfully detained U.S. citizens — Jorge Toledo, Tomeu Vadell, José Luis Zambrano, Alirio Zambrano, Matthew Heath, and Osman Khan — as well as U.S. legal permanent resident Jose Pereira.”

Conservative Conspiracy Theories

Former Republican candidates DeAnna Lorraine and Lauren Witzke claimed that Hurricane Ian was a product of “weather manipulation technology” being used to attack fellow Republican Ron DeSantis.

Republicans And Guns

Ted Budd, Republican congressman, sold insurance for domestic abusers at his gun store.

Republican Votes

Only ten Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to fund the federal government in September 2022.

205 Republicans voted against school-based mental health care in September 2022.

30 Republicans voted against compensation for the families of the 9/11 terror attack.

Republican Lies

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) claimed that Donald Trump “caught” Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed after a mission authorized by President Barack Obama.

Russian Annexation Of Ukraine

Joe Biden imposed “swift and severe” sanctions against Russia as punishment for illegally annexing Ukraine. Biden warned Putin that “every inch” of territory in NATO would be protected against his aggression.

On the UN Security Council, Russia vetoed a condemnation of its annexation as illegal.

Donald Trump

Trump called Mitch McConnel’s wife Elaine Chao, who is Asian, “coco chow.”

Trump promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory on his Truth Social account.

Even after the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, the National Archives said it still had not recovered all the records taken by Trump.

Trump praised Ginni Thomas for lying to the January 6 committee by claiming that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Greene lied and said that Democrats have been engineering killings of Republicans.

Matt Gaetz

Gaetz voted against a resolution helping FEMA to be funded, even after Hurricane Ian hit his home state of Florida.

Ron DeSantis

In Congress, DeSantis voted against aid for New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.

Greg Abbott

After two Texas residents killed undocumented immigrants, Abbott blamed President Joe Biden.

Herschel Walker

Mandy Robinson-Hand, an activist designated as a campaign “captain” by Walker, was arrested and charged with taking part in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Peter Thiel

Thiel invested in a conservative dating app called The Right Stuff that released a video saying that women seeking an “alpha male” should use them.

Ken Paxton

Ken Paxton’s office dropped sexual assault cases and cases against human traffickers as a result of massive disorganization within his office.

Paxton ran away from a process server attempting to serve him a subpoena as part of a lawsuit about Texas’ anti-choice abortion law.

Kari Lake

Lake praised Italian prime minister-elect Giorgia Meloni, a fascist. Lake said that if a politician isn’t described as racist or fascist, “you’re probably not representing the people of your country.”

Ginni Thomas

Thomas lied to the January 6 committee and claimed the 2020 election had been stolen from Donald Trump.

2024 Presidential Election

51% of the respondents to a poll said that after Trump was accused of stealing classified documents they do not believe he should be allowed to serve a second term as president.

CPAC

CPAC tweeted support for Russia’s annexation of Ukraine, which was condemned around the world including by the U.S. government.

Roger Stone

The day before the 2020 election, a documentary crew caught Stone on video saying, “Fuck the voting, let’s get right to the violence.” When confronted about the contents of the video, Stone claimed — without evidence — that it was a “deep fake.”

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