How Trump is trying to confuse the public over the election result

Trump Trump. There is nothing new to say about the man. But there is still a lot to know about its possibilities. Starting with GOP functionaries as Fox News hosts, a great many people are helping to undermine democracy by denying elections and attacking reality. A lot of people are accomplices.

People like Maria Bartiromo. A formerly acclaimed journalist known around the world for CEOs to tell the truth, he now claims Trump to tell a lie after a lie. His Sunday morning call with Trump on Fox News was his first “interview” since losing the election, but it wasn’t a real interview at all. He wasn’t ready to admit he lost it, and neither was he. He showed delusional weakness. He was an accomplice. And it is by far the only one.

Ron Brownstein on CNN on Sunday night: As Trump’s conspiracy theory of “fake” elections becomes more and more fantastic and widespread, involving the DOJ, the FBI and Republican governors, listening to Republicans in Congress – especially Mitch McConnell , Especially Kevin McCarthy, who let this poison spread in the U.S. political system – is increasingly resembling a modern analogue of listening to Republican congressional leaders during Joe McCarthy’s rampage in the early 1950s. I think history has no problem finding a parallel between Mitch McConnell’s efforts to look different, and what did so many Republican leaders do until Joseph Welch said, finally, sir, “No fairness?”

Trump steps back

He lost nearly four weeks in the election but refused to admit it. Judging from his tweets, he spirals even deeper into denial. The Bartiromo interview was a sign that he was prepared for a battle in public – a disturbing appearance of weakness that some interpret as a force. Thanksgiving evening with Q&A with reporters was another sign of the same. After making a call with members of the military, he asked questions for the first time in three weeks – the “longest gap” presidency – mostly by hijacking and deception. As he walked out, one of the reporters asked, “Is this the language of a dictator?” and another said, “Mr. President, some say you deny reality.”
On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” Jonathan Rauch placed Trump’s recent statements in the context of the information war. Trump is pursuing a “classic Russian-style disinfection campaign,” known as the “fire of falsehood,” when he “pushes as many different stories and conspiracy theories, lies and half-truths” as possible, “Rauch said.” The goal here is to confuse people. , and it performs very well in this. It’s a classic propaganda tactic. ”
>> Craig Mazin, creator of HBO’s Chernobyl reacted to my section on Rauch, repeating one of the most memorable lines in his series: “The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, we will no longer recognize the truth at all.”

This belongs to the Murdochs

Trumpism is a big part of Fox’s business model. The men in charge of Fox, Rupert, and Lachlan Murdoch were obviously quite happy with Bartiromo’s propaganda, proud enough of Trump’s sycophony to be given again at 3 p.m.

Right after that, at 4 p.m., Eric Shawn newscasts actually dismantled Trump and Bartiromo’s structures. (No wonder Trump is constantly attacking Fox’s weekend news.) Shawn said Trump “doubled allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, despite local and national election officials and federal and state courts in several states – and in some cases Trump’s own lawyers – saying there was no evidence to prove this. “He added,” Experts say such allegations are simply unsupported lies that are not supported by any facts. “

It is clear, convincing language. Then why did Fox Trump broadcast all of his claims without real-time tracking? A Fox spokesman did not answer my questions.

Trump says Hannity “gets it,” but …

During a telephone call with Bartiromo on Sunday morning, Trump praised Mark Levin’s show “Last Night,” even though Saturday’s broadcast was just a repetition of a six-day episode of Levin’s show. He also said, “Sean Hannity, you know, he gets it. He gets it.” What it means? How does Hannity think Trump won the election? On Sunday night, Hannity posted a tweet that the media helped “expel Trump from office,” which was notable in particular for admitting that Trump’s presidency was over. To understand some of the far right rage take a look at the responses to Hannity’s tweet.
>> A few days ago, I quoted a longtime broker at Fox who said “our audience is absolutely radicalized,” and that’s what this is all about. The audience. Bartiromo’s Sunday morning show has a much larger audience than Fox’s later daytime newscasts.

Darcy’s questions

Oliver Darcy writes: “In the past, Maria Bartiromo has been portrayed as a member of Fox’s” straight news “department – one of Fox’s arms with Bret Baier and Chris Wallace as their faces. So it’s worth asking,” Where are they? that the spoiled behavior represents them well? “

>> Darcy’s further questions: “Can we say Trump is coming out of his shell? Will he call Hannity and ‘Fox & Friends’ in the next few days?”

The irony is rich

Oliver Darcy adds: “If you watched Fox News in the last week, you’ve no doubt seen a segment or two attacking journalists for lobbying Biden on suspected ‘softball’ issues. These segments have dominated Fox’s talk shows lately. That’s what Bartiromo said in an interview.” “an astonishing double standard and plenty of hypocrisy. Think of Bartiromo’s ‘interview’ the next time Fox is nervous about attacking journalists for questions they ask Biden or members of his next administration …”