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Baltimore City State Attorney’s Office Asks FCC to Censor Local News: ‘Enlist the Full Enforcement Powers’

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, headed by the embattled Marilyn Mosby, has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against a local news station for alleged “blatantly slanted, dishonest, misleading, racist, and extremely dangerous” coverage in a move many believe is an attempt by Mosby to censor reporting on her own federal criminal investigation.

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 24: State's Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland, Marilyn J. Mosby is interviewed by Shoshana Guy, Senior Producer NBC News (not pictured) on August 24, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for BET Networks)

Wikipedia Discourages Editors from Using Fox News as a Source on ‘Contentious Content’

Following a month of discussion involving over 150 Wikipedia editors, Fox News is no longer deemed “generally reliable” as a source on political and scientific topics, a downgrade from its prior status. The official finding by a three-person panel of administrators, users with advanced privileges on Wikipedia, was that “no consensus” existed on Fox’s reliability in those areas. The finding came in an election year despite a plurality of editors believing Fox should retain its status as a generally reliable source alongside CNN and the Guardian, one of Wikipedia’s third most-cited sources.

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Wasinger: The Left’s War on Trump Loyalists Gets Nastier

As predicted in this column several months ago, the coordinated effort between well-funded Leftist groups and their media allies to target Trump loyalists in the administration is continuing to gain ground, just as Never-Trumpers and presidential appointees unsympathetic with the president’s agenda are rising in influence and power.

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CNN Cuts Ties with Jeffrey Lord After ‘Sieg Heil’ Tweet

CNN announced Thursday that it has severed ties with conservative contributor Jeffrey Lord after he said “Sieg Heil” to the head of Media Matters for America during a back-and-forth on Twitter, in which Lord accused Media Matters of being a fascist group.

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CNN Purges Jeffrey Lord Allegedly for ‘Sieg Heil’ Tweet After Allowing Nazi Smears Against Breitbart

CNN—the network that allowed anchor Brooke Baldwin to falsely smear Breitbart News as the “most prominent platform” for the “Nazi salute” and enabled New York Times columnist Charles Blow just a few weeks ago to falsely defame Breitbart News as the home of “Neo-Nazism”—reportedly fired outspoken pro-Trump contributor Jeffrey Lord on Thursday for mocking Nazis and fascists with a “Sieg Heil” tweet.

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TNR: Media Matters Seeks New Identity in Post-Clinton World

Clio Chang and Alex Shephard write in The New Republic about the organizational shake-up and shift in focus at the leftwing media watchdog Media Matters for America. The brainchild of its Clinton ally founder David Brock, Media Matters now seeks to reinvent itself in a post-Clinton world. Brock has recently stated that he hopes to transform his social media platform Shareblue into a “Breitbart of the left.” But Clinton’s electoral loss offers a unique challenge for Media Matters because, as Chang and Shephard report, “[t]he organization had long ceased to be a mere watchdog, having positioned itself at the center of a group of public relations and advocacy outfits whose mission was to help put Clinton in the White House.”

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