On Tuesday, CNN host Brian Stelter told Jake Tapper that he had to update his book Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth to include new reporting on the post-2020 election. Stelter said, “Fox staffers leaked to me by the dozens.” The staffers, according to Stelter, said they were “distraught” over Fox News downplaying the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. “They looked the other way; made excuses for the rioters,” Stelter said.
“Fox has radicalized in the past few months,” Stelter said. Tapper noted that Dominion Voting Systems are suing Fox News for $1.6 billion over false claims about the 2020 election. Stelter, though, said the lawsuit isn’t having an impact on programming for the network.
One source at Fox News told Stelter, “We’ve turned so far right, we’ve turned crazy.”
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The network certainly has downplayed the riot. Fox News recently declined to broadcast a 60-second ad that the liberal Political Action Committee submitted, MeidasTouch, so MSNBC aired it.
Thank you Brian Williams for sharing our ad that Fox “News” doesn’t want their viewers to see pic.twitter.com/VIgDC0rdod
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) June 8, 2021
The ad is called ‘GOP Betrayed America,’ and it’s about the violence that law-enforcement members had to face on Jan. 6 as they tried to stop the rioters at the U.S. Capitol. Fox News wants to pretend as if the insurrection didn’t happen, but the network didn’t look away when government facilities were attacked in Benghazi. I’m afraid I have to disagree that Fox News has radicalized in recent months. The network’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic was appalling. And like with the insurrection, Fox downplayed that, too. The anchors on the network seemed to resist science and even attack our country’s top infectious disease expert. The network has been radicalizing for a while now.
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