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Lachlan Murdoch finally says it out loud: Fox is the 'loyal opposition' to Biden

Lachlan Murdoch finally says it out loud: Fox is the 'loyal opposition' to Biden

(CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. On Thursday I devoured a column by political thinker Lee Drutman, for 538, titledHis was, in essence, that hyper-partisan politics are here to stay. For a long time. "Deepening partisan trench warfare will only worsen fights over the basic rules of voting," he wrote, "undermining the shared legitimacy of elections on which democracy depends."Then I heard Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch speak at an investor conference. And he reaffirmed Drutman's analysis without knowing it. How so? Because Murdoch...

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Feb 28
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Biden is president, but Trump's election lies are still being amplified by his media allies

Biden is president, but Trump's election lies are still being amplified by his media allies

(CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. USA Today and Suffolk U conducted a survey of 1,000 Trump voters, identified via 2020 polls, in the past week. The reaffirm that Donald Trump's big lies are now part of the bedrock of the Republican Party. Riot denialism, for example:"Most Trump voters embrace a version of events on Jan. 6 that has been debunked by independent fact checkers and law enforcement agencies," USA Today's Susan Page . "Asked to describe what happened during the assault on the Capitol, 58% of Trump voters call it 'mostly...

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Feb 22
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Tom Brokaw retiring from NBC News after 55 years with the network

Tom Brokaw retiring from NBC News after 55 years with the network

New York (CNN Business)Tom Brokaw is formally retiring from NBC News after an extraordinary 55 years with the network.Brokaw, 80, is best known for anchoring the "NBC Nightly News" from 1982 through 2004. He has been the network's senior correspondent in recent years, enjoying a form of semi-retirement while contributing essays to NBC and MSNBC programs.In his most recent essay, published in late December, he called the coronavirus pandemic "America's greatest test since the Civil War."Brokaw was absent from NBC's election and inauguration coverage, a fact that was partially attributed to...

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Jan 22
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Capitol riot denialism is already here

Capitol riot denialism is already here

New York (CNN Business)Law enforcement agencies are , combing through social media evidence, and uncovering the true depth of the plot to overtake the Capitol and stop the certification of Joe Biden's election.The story is getting bigger every day. But there is also a concerted effort underway, all across the pro-Trump media landscape, to make it smaller.Far-right personalities are trying to minimize the Capitol attack and divert blame away from President Trump. There are even some strands of full-fledged 1/6 denialism, something akin to the 9/11 "truther" movement that has festered on the...

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Jan 13
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Now it's sinking in: Wednesday's Capitol Hill riot was even more violent than it first appeared

Now it's sinking in: Wednesday's Capitol Hill riot was even more violent than it first appeared

(CNN)News outlets are publishing more and more , photos and testimonials from Wednesday's pro-Trump riot on Capitol Hill. And it's becoming clear that as heinous as the attack looked in real time, on live TV and in our social feeds, it was even worse than we knew then. It was even more violent. It was even more treacherous. And Trump's behavior was even more disturbing.On Wednesday we witnessed history through a handful of soda straws, to borrow a metaphor from the 2003 Iraq invasion. and deserve enormous credit for doing so. But in the fog of chaos, it was impossible to see the full...

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Jan 8
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How the news media covered domestic terrorism on Capitol Hill

How the news media covered domestic terrorism on Capitol Hill

(CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. The events on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, will be remembered as an act of domestic terrorism against the United States; as a national tragedy; and as a real-life manifestation of online radicalization. Here are the key questions heading into Thursday: -- Is President Trump a danger to the republic? Is he fit to hold office until January 20? -- Will the 25th Amendment be invoked, like a wide range of opinion leaders are urging? -- Will the White House aides who resigned, like...

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Jan 7
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Analysis: Pay attention to the propaganda, and other ways to cover an attempted coup in America

Analysis: Pay attention to the propaganda, and other ways to cover an attempted coup in America

(CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. Sunday showed how. With President Trump's anti-democratic front and center, reporters and anchors used blunt language; challenged complicit politicians; and relied on primary source material, including Trump's own words from his damning call with Georgia election officials. CNN anchor Ana Cabrera a "Nixonian" recording of Trump sounding "like a mob boss." Carl Bernstein said it was evidence that Trump is trying to Dan Balz, writing for the front page of Monday's Washington Post, "there are but 16...

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Analysis: Why Trump's 'enemy of the people' smear will have long-lasting effects

Analysis: Why Trump's 'enemy of the people' smear will have long-lasting effects

(CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. If someone managed to sleep through the Trump years, and asked me what they'd missed, I'd start with "enemy of the people." Why? Because Trump's demonization of the media explains almost everything. He convinced his fans that the people covering him were lying. He advised them to trust certain Fox shows and ignore practically everything else. He said he was in a "running war with the media" on his very first weekend in office, and never stopped.Many times, in many influential corners of the...

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Dec 27
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Joe Biden holds court with newspaper columnists in 'old-fashioned' approach

Joe Biden holds court with newspaper columnists in 'old-fashioned' approach

New York (CNN Business)The contrast between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden was a daily story in 2020 -- and Wednesday was an excellent example.Trump ignored the White House press corps when he left what Wolf Blitzer called a "self-imposed bunker" in Washington and flew to Mar-a-Lago. Trump the defense spending bill, pushed election conspiracies on Twitter and pardoned more of his allies.And then there was Biden, at home in Wilmington, working the phones. He held a call with a select group of columnists from The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street...

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Dec 24
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Minnesota has a First Amendment problem

Minnesota has a First Amendment problem

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. Authorities in Minnesota are coming under wholly deserved scrutiny for mistreating members of the media who are covering protests in Brooklyn Center and beyond.While the state's governor has expressed regret for the earlier incidents, including the wrongful arrest of a CNN producer, there are new concerns about what will happen later this week when a jury is expected to deliver a . On Sunday's "Reliable Sources" telecast, CNN correspondent Sara Sidner pointed out that Gov. Tim Walz also...

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Brian Stelter
Apr 18
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