“The more research I did this week, the more I realized that Fox News and Facebook bands are just part of pro-Trump Fantasyland,” CNN’s chief correspondent Brian Steller told Reliable Sources on Sunday. “There’s a lot of guilt to get around.”
Steller said Big Tech and the conservative media were hosting and repeating the lies of President Donald Trump that led to the siege. Trump confronted the rebels with an election announcement that was circulated on right-wing media and social media platforms. These messages were soon spread in the deepest, ugliest layers of the Internet, from InfoWars to 8chan message boards.
Despite some efforts to control the most hateful and violent parts of their networks, including a ban on Trump from Facebook and Twitter last week, Big Tech largely failed or didn’t want to get to the worst aspects of social media . The siege of the Capitol was planned on these platforms.
Facebook’s own survey found that two-thirds of times a user joins an extremist group on Facebook, it’s because Facebook’s own algorithm recommends it, “said Adam Sharp, a former head of news, government and elections on Twitter. .
Sharp has changed when it comes to expelling the president from Twitter.
“I didn’t think Twitter or any private company should whitewash this president’s archive,” he said. “[But] violations of the law by the president and Twitter policies when it comes to threatening Congress are so obvious because he is president and because he has crossed that very specific constitutional line. “
The role of the right-wing media in violence
Some right-wing figures distanced themselves from Trump after the attack on the Capitol. This is a step in the right direction and one that other conservative media presenters must take to prevent future incidents such as the Capitol riots, Julie Roginski, a Democratic strategist and former Fox News contributor, told Reliable Sources.
“Fox News can stop this,” Roginski said. “They can stop this by putting the truth in power. She added: “I suspect the Murdocs know this [Trump is] crazy. “
But if there is any self-reflection in Fox, Newsmax, OAN and other right-wing media, it is not universal.
Some conservative media still spew disinformation about the election. Some figures have claimed on air and social media that Antifa’s leftist groups were responsible for Wednesday’s violence, allegations refuted by videos of the attack and arrest of Trump-backing rebels.
“There are always bad actors who will infiltrate large crowds,” Haniti said on her show Wednesday night after the siege of the Capitol.
And Fox’s Tucker Carlson was quick to say that the violence had nothing to do with racism, although police offered little resistance to the mass white crowd. In recent months, the police have been relatively much stronger against black protesters.
“Whatever you thought about what happened yesterday, what was a racist in it? Nothing, of course. There’s nothing racist about it,” he said on his show.
Until the weekend, the Fox talks turned to Twitter’s decision to ban Trump.
“Trump’s right-wing media entertainment section is desperately trying to downplay Wednesday’s crimes,” Steller said. “They’re trying to move on and cram it into the memory hole. They’d rather complain about Twitter.”