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By Mairead McArdle | | April 18, 2016 | 4:15 PM EDT

Fake hate crimes and insults keep popping up in discussions about the most controversial issues of the day, and the media does little to investigate and separate the real from the staged.

A transgender North Carolina University student spread a false claim all over social media that the University of North Carolina College Republicans threw insults at him in a Facebook discussion about House Bill 2, the state’s new law requiring transgenders to use the bathroom corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate. 

By Mairead McArdle | | April 18, 2016 | 3:48 PM EDT

Saturday Night Live yesterday released another of its famous fake movie trailers, but this one garnered a few more down votes on Youtube than usual.  

“God is a Boob Man” pokes fun at the trailer for God’s Not Dead 2, released on April 1. 

By Matthew Balan | | April 18, 2016 | 2:50 PM EDT

CNN's Chris Cuomo hounded Bernie Sanders on Monday's New Day over his opposition to litigation against gunmakers and dealers. Cuomo spotlighted the lawsuit by some of the families of the Newtown shooting victims and wondered, "Why did you give such a quick no on...whether or not they should be sued?" Cuomo pressed him again about the Newtown case specifically: "Do you think they should be able to sue?...many people said you were on the wrong side of that issue."

By Kyle Drennen | | April 18, 2016 | 2:26 PM EDT

In an interview with Bernie Sanders on Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie worried that the Democratic presidential candidate’s criticism of frontrunner Hillary Clinton was similar to Donald Trump’s latest line of attack: “Donald Trump is test driving a new nickname for Hillary Clinton, ‘crooked Hillary.’ Maybe he uses fewer words, but have you been making the same argument against her?”

By Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella | | April 18, 2016 | 2:03 PM EDT

A team of MRC analysts logged each prime time interview of a presidential candidate or a plainly-identified supporter or surrogate on CNN, MSNBC and the Fox News Channel from March 21 to April 15, weekdays only, poring over approximately 240 hours of programming. Our study found that the Fox News Channel spent much more time interviewing Donald Trump and his surrogates than either of his GOP competitors. Trump was interviewed for a total of 178 minutes on Fox, while his leading competitor, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, was featured in interviews totaling 120 minutes on FNC.

By Sam Dorman | | April 18, 2016 | 2:01 PM EDT

Liberalism already pollutes the ecosystem of American media: TV shows, movies, books, etc. Now, a popular trivia game is inundating its gamers with environmentalism.

The heavily downloaded mobile app Trivia Crack recently announced it would push environmentalism onto its players, as part of an Apple initiative celebrating Earth Day. 

By Geoffrey Dickens | | April 18, 2016 | 1:20 PM EDT

CBS’s Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett hyped the rise of the once “fringe” socialist Bernie Sanders as an “enormously important moment” for the country. On Friday night’s edition of PBS’s Charlie Rose show, Garrett marveled “The [Bernie] Sanders phenomenon is real and long-lasting.” 

By Scott Whitlock | | April 18, 2016 | 12:57 PM EDT

ABC on Monday found Republicans who are bothered by Ted Cruz's supposed lack of civility, who disagree with him on gun control and gay marriage. The town hall aired on Good Morning America, allowing the senator 30 minutes and 38 seconds to talk to voters. But, unlike past ABC events that gushed over Hillary Clinton, this one featured tough questions from voters. 

By Curtis Houck | | April 18, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT

On Monday morning, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC fell in line and faithfully touted the promises of liberal actor George Clooney that his fundraisers for Democrats like Hillary Clinton will go away once they elect enough of them to ensure the Supreme Court overturns the Citizens United decision. Further, CBS This Morning used a portion of their interview with socialist Senator Bernie Sanders to lobby him to join Clooney and Clinton in raising money for Democrats collectively across the country. 

By Kyle Drennen | | April 18, 2016 | 12:04 PM EDT

In a report for Monday’s NBC Today, news anchor Natalie Morales highlighted a new interview with Monica Lewinsky in the The Guardian and used the words of the former White House intern to scold Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for bringing up Bill Clinton’s past sex scandals during the 2016 campaign.

By Scott Whitlock | | April 18, 2016 | 11:54 AM EDT

When Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos scored an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton, he completely ignored her e-mail scandal. In contrast, when Stephanopoulos and co-host Robin Roberts talked to Ted Cruz on Monday, Roberts played a montage of opponents saying bad things about the Republican. 

By Tim Graham | | April 18, 2016 | 11:44 AM EDT

The Associated Press reports the latest bad news for the press: “Just 6 Percent of People Say They Trust the Media.” Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by public skepticism about what they read on social media. "Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public's view of other institutions."

By Brad Wilmouth | | April 18, 2016 | 10:59 AM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, former PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer -- known for moderating a number of general election presidential debates in the past -- declared that he watches both CNN and MSNBC "a lot," but did not mention Fox News as part of his "well-rounded news diet."

By Jorge Bonilla | | April 18, 2016 | 10:48 AM EDT

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Texas - the case in which a coalition of 26 states, led by Texas, sued the Obama administration over the executive DACA/DAPA programs. On the leading domestic Spanish-language television network newscasts, the case was given existential treatment. Unfortunately, the coverage was just as one-sided as we would have expected.

By Clay Waters | | April 18, 2016 | 9:50 AM EDT

As the Supreme Court begins to debate whether President Obama's executive actions on immigration exceeded his authority, the New York Times lead National section story Sunday by Julia Preston, one of the paper’s most pro-amnesty reporters documented “A Family Anxiously Awaiting a Supreme Court Outcome – Justices Hold the Key To Immigration Mix.” Again, the Times skipped the clear formulation of “illegal immigrants” in favor of the longer “in the country illegally,” apparently to avoid hateful stigmatizing. The paper’s euphemism of choice was “unauthorized immigrants."