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The rise and fall of RT America, a Russia-backed TV network – CNN
RT America sold conspiracy theories and alternative facts under the slogan “Question More.” Now it’s a casualty of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Reality Check’s John Avlon talks with CNN media correspondent Oliver Darcy about how RT America pushed misinformation to … Continue reading
DeSantis accused of hiding political goal behind Disney feud ‘smokescreen’ – CNN
CNN’s John Avlon reports a top Florida state legislator’s warning that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R-FL) move to dissolve Disney’s special tax status is a distraction from the state’s new redistricting plan.
This is how Elon Musk can fix Twitter – CNN
witter’s has accepted Elon Musk’s offer to purchase the company for $44 billion. CNN’s John Avlon examines some steps Musk could take to fix the tribal polarization on the platform.
Abortion and inflation set to be key issues in midterms – CNN
Two of the biggest issues that Democrats and Republicans face going into the 2022 midterm elections will be how to tackle inflation and the abortion debate. CNN’s John Avlon them breaks down.
How these Ukrainian journalists combat Russia’s disinformation war – CNN
The world has been getting another lesson in Russian disinformation during its invasion of Ukraine. Reality Check’s John Avlon speaks with Yevhen Fedchenko, a journalism professor and the editor-in-chief of the website StopFake.org. Since 2014, its team of fact-checkers and … Continue reading
The growing body count behind ‘Great Replacement’ conspiracy theory – CNN
CNN’s John Avlon examines the right-wing media’s role in elevating the “Great Replacement” theory from fringe conspiracy to the mainstream, and the human cost of that rhetoric.
White nationalist: “If whites do nothing they will be reduced to minority” – CNN
White identity politics is arguably the most politically influential form of identity politics in America. In the latest “Reality Check with John Avlon: Extremist Beat,” Avlon traces its evolution from slavery to a character in The Great Gatsby to Birtherism … Continue reading
The real cost of Covid-19 relief fraud – CNN
CNN’s John Avlon examines how much Covid-19 relief fraud is costing American taxpayers.
By telling the truth, Biden committed a classic Washington gaffe – CNN
Beijing is firing back in response to President Biden’s comments on Taiwan, claiming America has “broken its promise on the one-China principle.” What is that principle? John Avlon has more in today’s Reality Check.
Guns are now the leading cause of death for US kids – CNN
CNN’s John Avlon examines possible gun safety legislation that is broadly popular with the American public and could prevent future killings.
100+ midterm campaign ads feature guns – CNN
CNN’s John Avlon looks at the wide promotion of gun culture and gun politics in the campaign ads for the 2022 midterm elections.
Why the Marshall Plan still matters – CNN
CNN senior political analyst John Avlon explains the importance of the Marshall Plan 75 years later.
Hear how Matthew McConaughey reframed the debate on guns – CNN
Actor Matthew McConaughey appealed to Congress for more gun control in the wake of the shooting that killed 19 children and 2 teachers in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas. McConaughey reframes the topic of gun responsibility that details how Americans … Continue reading
This Georgia county is one of many Black communities erased by White mob violence – CNN
As talk of reparations crop up across the country, CNN’s John Avlon talks with historian Geoff K. Ward about the number of Black communities wiped out by mob attacks and how a young Senator Abraham Lincoln had warned the nation … Continue reading
Follow the money: Avlon on how election lies lead to profits for Trump – CNN
CNN’s John Avlon reports on the stark contrast coming to light about what Trump’s inner circle was saying publicly and privately days after the 2020 presidential election, and what the motivations were to mislead the public on election results.
Why the Democrats shouldn’t take the Hispanic vote for granted – CNN
CNN’s John Avlon examines the importance of the Hispanic vote and why Democrats need to pay attention after Republican Maya Flores flipped a long-held Democratic House seat in South Texas.
This former Trump aide is one of dozens warning he is “unfit to be president” – CNN
More than 30 former Trump officials and advisors are speaking out against his leadership and character, yet former President Donald Trump’s supporters seem to ignore the warnings. CNN political commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin, who served as White House Communications Director, … Continue reading
These women say they performed thousands of abortions in Chicago before it was legal – CNN
Heather Booth started an underground abortion network called JANE. In the late 60s through early 70s, the group performed thousands of illegal abortions just before Roe v Wade was decided. On this week’s episode of “Reality Check with John Avlon: … Continue reading
The danger of ‘junk history’ and its presence in the Supreme Court – CNN
John Avlon breaks down the meaning “junk history”, its recent presence in the Supreme Court, and why conversations that refer to history must be rooted in shared facts.
Russia’s ‘fire hose of falsehood’ propaganda – CNN
CNN’s John Avlon looks at Vladimir Putin’s recent gaslighting attempts as part of Russia’s propaganda war against Ukraine.