Fox News shares the blame!

Throughout history, presidents have singled out particular reporters for special access …Donald Trump, however, has gone far beyond past practices to favor an entire news organization, Fox News. In return, Fox gives Trump fawning, obsequious coverage, according to a new book, Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of the Truth, by CNN’s media analyst Brian Stelter. In great detail, he shows how access to Trump can make or break careers at Fox, with millions upon millions of dollars in ratings-driven compensation at stake.

Special thanks to Barry Ritholtz for offering this article and link. I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise. Keeping ahead on economics and politics is his gig. He’s one of the best.

4 thoughts on “Fox News shares the blame!

  1. Perhaps too much, even for Fox says:

    “Fox News anchor addresses cutting off Gingrich linking Soros to violent protests” https://thehill.com/homenews/media/516961-fox-news-anchor-addresses-cutting-off-gingrich-linking-soros-to-violent “On Wednesday, Gingrich argued that money provided by the billionaire progressive activist Soros was helping to fuel riots in multiple U.S. cities throughout the summer following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
    “Progressive district attorneys are anti-police, pro-criminal, and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros’s money. And they’re a major cause of the violence we’re seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the street,” Gingrich said Wednesday.”

    Mary Ann Mendoza, a member of the advisory board of President Trump’s reelection campaign, was due to speak at the Republican Republican on Aug. 25 but she was suddenly pulled from the schedule after she had retweeted a link to a conspiracy theory about Jewish elites plotting to take over the world. In her now-deleted tweet, Mendoza urged her roughly 40,000 followers to read a lengthy thread that warned of a plan to enslave the “goyim,” or non-Jews. It included fevered denunciations of the historically wealthy Jewish family, the Rothschilds, as well as the top target of right-wing extremism today, the liberal Jewish philanthropist George Soros. https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2020/september/whitfield-conversation.html

    (click to enlarge – note the label on the sleeve of the unseen puppeteer controlling Soros reads ‘Rothschilds’)

  2. Believe it or not says:

    “…When it comes to COVID-19, the apparent result of the combined disinformation campaign of Trump and Fox News has been devastating. A working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research in May analyzed anonymous location data from millions of cell phones to show that residents of Zip Codes with higher Fox News viewership were less likely to follow stay-at-home orders. Another study, by economists at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, suggested a disparity in health outcomes between areas where Fox News viewers primarily tuned in to Tucker Carlson, who, among Fox hosts, spoke early and with relative urgency about the danger of COVID-19, and places where viewers preferred Sean Hannity, who spent weeks downplaying its severity. The economists found that, in March, viewership of Hannity over Carlson, in the locales they studied, was associated with a thirty-two-per-cent increase in infections, and a twenty-three-per-cent increase in COVID-19-related deaths.”
    Joshua Yaffa, “Is Russian Meddling as Dangerous as We Think?” The New Yorker, September 14, 2020 Issue. (Yaffa is a Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker and the author of “Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia.”)

    “The Persuasive Effect of Fox News: Non-Compliance with Social Distancing During the Covid-19 Pandemic” NBER Working Paper No. 27237. Issued in May 2020, Revised in July 2020 https://www.nber.org/papers/w27237

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