With an audience of up to 3 million people watching every weekday night for some primetime programming, Fox has also essentially turned over the platform to voices from the MAGA world to stoke anti-angry anger. to the FBI, the Department of Justice and the White House.
“The Mar-a-Lago search reveals the swamp’s Trump obsession,” said a Wall Street Journal opinion columnist. The sub-head read: “An FBI raid against a former president will never happen.”
The New York Post ran an opinion column with the headline: “FBI Trump raid exposes secret Washington hoaxes.” The passage quoted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a staunch Trump supporter, as saying the search revealed “the unacceptable state of weaponization by the Justice Department.”
The rest of the right-wing media were right there in the stepping stone.
There have been calls for armed war in the name of Trump across social media. An NBC News report said, “within minutes after news of the search broke, users on pro-Trump forums like TheDonald, a Reddit-like site used to provide logistics. before the Capitol riots, urged immediate violence, asking questions like ‘When does filming begin?’ and calling on Trump to summon the militia.”
Here’s another layer of media support for Trump that has been campaigning on his behalf this week, and it certainly seems far more conspicuous and threatening than what happened during the campaign. his in 2016 – if it even existed then.
Trump megaphone is even bigger
In 2016, much of his political power came from his ability to successfully use both old (Fox News) and new (Twitter and Facebook) media to amplify his message. His media performance aptly describes the period of technological transformation in which we are still living.
Trump has since been banned from Facebook and Twitter, and his social media site, Truth Social, is struggling. But that doesn’t seem to matter this week as the mainstream media and tens of thousands of people on Twitter and elsewhere are retweeting, quoting, posting and quoting what he’s saying on Truth Social and other places. He has dominated social media just as he did with cable news this week.
And Trump has further enhanced his echo chamber by adding another level of media messaging he didn’t have in 2016: MAGA members of Congress and midterm campaign candidates. which he supported. Many of them objected to his defense by repeating his points and adding their own fallacies.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican member of Congress from Georgia, invoked the Civil War when denouncing the search on Twitter. In another tweet, she said there was a “very high probability” that the FBI planted “evidence” during the search, a conspiracy theory proposed by Trump himself.
At the local level, politicians like Dan Cox, the Trump-backed Republican candidate for governor of Maryland, joined the chorus by condemning the search as “a police tactic” state” and called on “Maryland Republicans” to condemn the search.
Cox didn’t seem like he was adding much, but when he and other candidates around the country spoke to reporters in their cities and states about the search, they localized the words. of Trump in a way that can often give them as much credibility as a local TV anchor might have.