Parker Molloy

Parker Molloy is a Chicago-based writer.
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What the cancellation of The Hunt says about the power of right-wing outrage culture

Try to imagine if prominent liberals spent day after day demanding the cancellation of a seemingly pro-Trump movie they hadn’t seen based on a script they had not read, going so far as to repeatedly suggest that its impending release could inspire…

Try to imagine if prominent liberals spent day after day demanding the cancellation of a seemingly pro-Trump movie they hadn’t seen based on a script they had not read, going so far as to repeatedly suggest that its impending release could inspire…

Try to imagine if prominent liberals spent day after day demanding the cancellation of a seemingly pro-Trump movie they hadn’t seen based on a script they had not read, going so far as to repeatedly suggest that its impending release could inspire…

It's long past time for mainstream media to see through conservatives' deficit charade

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs recently appeared on panel alongside fellow network hosts to discuss news that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell planned to cut interest rates by 0.25%. “If you want to blame the Federal Reserve and a too-aggressive…

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs recently appeared on panel alongside fellow network hosts to discuss news that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell planned to cut interest rates by 0.25%. “If you want to blame the Federal Reserve and a too-aggressive…

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs recently appeared on panel alongside fellow network hosts to discuss news that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell planned to cut interest rates by 0.25%. “If you want to blame the Federal Reserve and a too-aggressive…

Right-wing extremism in America is a real threat. Conservative media downplaying the problem only makes it worse.

Just two weeks ago, right-wing media outlets worked themselves into a frothy rage over a 2018 interview between journalist Mehdi Hasan and then-Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar on Al Jazeera’s UpFront. Hasan asked Omar about…

Just two weeks ago, right-wing media outlets worked themselves into a frothy rage over a 2018 interview between journalist Mehdi Hasan and then-Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar on Al Jazeera’s UpFront. Hasan asked Omar about…

Just two weeks ago, right-wing media outlets worked themselves into a frothy rage over a 2018 interview between journalist Mehdi Hasan and then-Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar on Al Jazeera’s UpFront. Hasan asked Omar about…

Lies, damn lies, and media: Right-wing repetition of debunked narratives reshapes reality

On February 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the Green New Deal resolution in the House and Senate, respectively, and conservative media lost their collective mind. If passed, the 14-page proposal would…

On February 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the Green New Deal resolution in the House and Senate, respectively, and conservative media lost their collective mind. If passed, the 14-page proposal would…

On February 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the Green New Deal resolution in the House and Senate, respectively, and conservative media lost their collective mind. If passed, the 14-page proposal would…

Fox News wants to keep politics out of sports -- liberal politics, anyway

The U.S. women’s national team returned home after its 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the July 7 final of the soccer World Cup to a thankful nation united in celebration of the team’s second straight championship -- well, mostly united. As the…

The U.S. women’s national team returned home after its 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the July 7 final of the soccer World Cup to a thankful nation united in celebration of the team’s second straight championship -- well, mostly united. As the…

The U.S. women’s national team returned home after its 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the July 7 final of the soccer World Cup to a thankful nation united in celebration of the team’s second straight championship -- well, mostly united. As the…

Jul 5, 2019
'Go gays!': Why USA's LGBTQ World Cup stars are more important than ever

“Go gays!” said Megan Rapinoe following USA’s World Cup quarter-final victory over France. “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team - it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there!” She had been asked about whether…

“Go gays!” said Megan Rapinoe following USA’s World Cup quarter-final victory over France. “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team - it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there!” She had been asked about whether…

“Go gays!” said Megan Rapinoe following USA’s World Cup quarter-final victory over France. “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team - it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there!” She had been asked about whether…

How conservative figures turned a flimsy rumor about "concrete milkshakes" in Portland into a meme

Over the weekend, far-right and anti-fascist protesters clashed in downtown Portland, OR. Among the controversies was an attack carried out against Quillette editor Andy Ngo, caught on film by Oregonian reporter Jim Ryan. The June 29 footage shows…

Over the weekend, far-right and anti-fascist protesters clashed in downtown Portland, OR. Among the controversies was an attack carried out against Quillette editor Andy Ngo, caught on film by Oregonian reporter Jim Ryan. The June 29 footage shows…

Over the weekend, far-right and anti-fascist protesters clashed in downtown Portland, OR. Among the controversies was an attack carried out against Quillette editor Andy Ngo, caught on film by Oregonian reporter Jim Ryan. The June 29 footage shows…

It’s time for a reckoning for journalists who boosted false narratives about Donald Trump’s LGBTQ policy positions

It’s an understatement to say that LGBTQ rights in the U.S. haven’t exactly flourished under President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Upon taking office, Trump and his team ordered the removal of references to LGBTQ issues from a number…

It’s an understatement to say that LGBTQ rights in the U.S. haven’t exactly flourished under President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Upon taking office, Trump and his team ordered the removal of references to LGBTQ issues from a number…

It’s an understatement to say that LGBTQ rights in the U.S. haven’t exactly flourished under President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Upon taking office, Trump and his team ordered the removal of references to LGBTQ issues from a number…

Right-wing media push false narrative that Biden called for a “physical revolution”

The conservative media sphere has worked itself up into a frothy rage over a video in which Joe Biden supposedly calls for a “physical revolution.” Spoiler: Biden did not, in fact, call for a “physical revolution.” On Monday, the former vice…

The conservative media sphere has worked itself up into a frothy rage over a video in which Joe Biden supposedly calls for a “physical revolution.” Spoiler: Biden did not, in fact, call for a “physical revolution.” On Monday, the former vice…

The conservative media sphere has worked itself up into a frothy rage over a video in which Joe Biden supposedly calls for a “physical revolution.” Spoiler: Biden did not, in fact, call for a “physical revolution.” On Monday, the former vice…

How Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss have taken the NY Times’ campus concern trolling to new heights in just 2 years

In April 2017, The New York Times announced the hiring of Wall Street Journal columnist and Pulitzer winner Bret Stephens. In a memo sent to staff, editorial page editor James Bennet wrote that Stephens would “bring a new perspective to bear on the…

In April 2017, The New York Times announced the hiring of Wall Street Journal columnist and Pulitzer winner Bret Stephens. In a memo sent to staff, editorial page editor James Bennet wrote that Stephens would “bring a new perspective to bear on the…

In April 2017, The New York Times announced the hiring of Wall Street Journal columnist and Pulitzer winner Bret Stephens. In a memo sent to staff, editorial page editor James Bennet wrote that Stephens would “bring a new perspective to bear on the…

Everyone knows headlines are broken. Here's how news organizations can start fixing them.

There’s a longstanding journalistic tradition of treating presidential utterances as inherently newsworthy -- so newsworthy, in fact, that the “president says” construct is a staple of headline writing. But how should journalists cover those remarks…

There’s a longstanding journalistic tradition of treating presidential utterances as inherently newsworthy -- so newsworthy, in fact, that the “president says” construct is a staple of headline writing. But how should journalists cover those remarks…

There’s a longstanding journalistic tradition of treating presidential utterances as inherently newsworthy -- so newsworthy, in fact, that the “president says” construct is a staple of headline writing. But how should journalists cover those remarks…

Media Matters’ Parker Molloy at the Columbia Journalism Review: Caster Semenya coverage illustrates how public perception can shape policy

When the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the International Association of Athletics Federations’ recent rule about limits on testosterone for female athletes on May 1, it may have put an end to the career of one of this generation’s greatest…

When the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the International Association of Athletics Federations’ recent rule about limits on testosterone for female athletes on May 1, it may have put an end to the career of one of this generation’s greatest…

When the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the International Association of Athletics Federations’ recent rule about limits on testosterone for female athletes on May 1, it may have put an end to the career of one of this generation’s greatest…

Conservative outrage over Obama and Clinton “Easter worshippers” tweets is just the latest phony right-wing controversy

On Sunday morning, terrorists carried out a coordinated attack on churches, hotels, and other populated sites across Sri Lanka, killing nearly 300 people. Sri Lankan officials believe the attack was carried out by a radical Islamist group called the…

On Sunday morning, terrorists carried out a coordinated attack on churches, hotels, and other populated sites across Sri Lanka, killing nearly 300 people. Sri Lankan officials believe the attack was carried out by a radical Islamist group called the…

On Sunday morning, terrorists carried out a coordinated attack on churches, hotels, and other populated sites across Sri Lanka, killing nearly 300 people. Sri Lankan officials believe the attack was carried out by a radical Islamist group called the…

Media trumpeted William Barr's spin on the Mueller report (again) -- will they ever learn?

On Thursday morning, Attorney General William Barr held a press conference to discuss the then-impending release of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report. The press conference -- like Barr's March letter about Mueller's report -- was a…

On Thursday morning, Attorney General William Barr held a press conference to discuss the then-impending release of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report. The press conference -- like Barr's March letter about Mueller's report -- was a…

On Thursday morning, Attorney General William Barr held a press conference to discuss the then-impending release of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report. The press conference -- like Barr's March letter about Mueller's report -- was a…

Stuck on how to refer to trans people in the past? The answer is actually really simple.

It’s been more than five years since Chelsea Manning came out as transgender, but news organizations continue to struggle when it comes to reporting on her past. With her name in the news once again as a result of the April 11 arrest of WikiLeaks…

It’s been more than five years since Chelsea Manning came out as transgender, but news organizations continue to struggle when it comes to reporting on her past. With her name in the news once again as a result of the April 11 arrest of WikiLeaks…

It’s been more than five years since Chelsea Manning came out as transgender, but news organizations continue to struggle when it comes to reporting on her past. With her name in the news once again as a result of the April 11 arrest of WikiLeaks…

Right-wing media amplify absurd interpretation of something Rep. Ilhan Omar said about 9/11

On March 23, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) spoke at an event put on by the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Woodland Hills, CA. The roughly 20-minute speech, which centered on some of the challenges American Muslims…

On March 23, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) spoke at an event put on by the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Woodland Hills, CA. The roughly 20-minute speech, which centered on some of the challenges American Muslims…

On March 23, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) spoke at an event put on by the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Woodland Hills, CA. The roughly 20-minute speech, which centered on some of the challenges American Muslims…

Flawed media coverage of Mueller’s findings underscores the importance of good headlines

What makes a good headline? And for that matter, how do we define what “good” even means in such a context? Is a good headline one that informs the reader what to expect -- a sort of one-sentence summary? Or is it one that piques a reader’s…

What makes a good headline? And for that matter, how do we define what “good” even means in such a context? Is a good headline one that informs the reader what to expect -- a sort of one-sentence summary? Or is it one that piques a reader’s…

What makes a good headline? And for that matter, how do we define what “good” even means in such a context? Is a good headline one that informs the reader what to expect -- a sort of one-sentence summary? Or is it one that piques a reader’s…

Two anti-LGBTQ websites dropped a writer for being too homophobic. She's right to be surprised.

Two right-wing websites won minor praise over the weekend when they parted ways with a freelancer after she went on a homophobic tirade against a gay journalist. On Saturday night, journalist Yashar Ali replied to a nearly day-old tweet by…

Two right-wing websites won minor praise over the weekend when they parted ways with a freelancer after she went on a homophobic tirade against a gay journalist. On Saturday night, journalist Yashar Ali replied to a nearly day-old tweet by…

Two right-wing websites won minor praise over the weekend when they parted ways with a freelancer after she went on a homophobic tirade against a gay journalist. On Saturday night, journalist Yashar Ali replied to a nearly day-old tweet by…

No, news outlets do not owe right-wing media an “apology” for their coverage of Mueller's Russia investigation

After Attorney General William Barr released the summary of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, pro-Trump media, feeling vindicated, immediately launched into attacks on news organizations that credulously…

After Attorney General William Barr released the summary of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, pro-Trump media, feeling vindicated, immediately launched into attacks on news organizations that credulously…

After Attorney General William Barr released the summary of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, pro-Trump media, feeling vindicated, immediately launched into attacks on news organizations that credulously…

Fox News’ Gillibrand distortion is a perfect example of how the propaganda machine works

At her March 19 presidential campaign event in Davenport, IA, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) fielded a series of questions from potential voters on a wide range of topics. However, it was a very specific part of her answer to a broadly worded…

At her March 19 presidential campaign event in Davenport, IA, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) fielded a series of questions from potential voters on a wide range of topics. However, it was a very specific part of her answer to a broadly worded…

At her March 19 presidential campaign event in Davenport, IA, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) fielded a series of questions from potential voters on a wide range of topics. However, it was a very specific part of her answer to a broadly worded…