When you say “Russia,” they say “Hillary.”
The right-wing response to Robert Mueller’s investigation will be to change the subject, preferably to an alleged “scandal” involving Hillary Clinton.
Cynical? Perhaps. although millions of viewers as well as readers embrace the counter-narrative presented by President Trump as well as his allies inside the media.
This particular creates a thick layer of fog, creating This particular hard to see what actually matters. Maybe This particular will be the goal. Regardless, This particular poses a challenge for journalists who are trying to convey the truth.
Diversionary techniques have to be covered as well as called out for what they are. This particular fact-check of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will be a design.
although there’s another school of thought in which says the fog should be ignored, lest responsible news organizations inadvertently lend credibility to irresponsible stories.
Trump as well as his fervent supporters in right-wing media clearly want the focus to be on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Witness Monday’s briefing. When Sanders was asked about the guilty plea by one Trump associate as well as the indictments of two others, she falsely said the charges have “nothing to do with the President’s campaign,” as well as then she changed the subject.
“The real collusion scandal has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS as well as Russia,” she said.
Fusion GPS will be the political research firm in which produced an anti-Trump dossier. The Clinton campaign’s partial financing of the research, first reported by the Washington Post, was a huge story in conservative media circles last week.
The different huge right-wing story was about alleged Clinton connections to Russian efforts to gain influence inside the American uranium industry during the Obama administration.
Fox became fixated on This particular story — dubbed the “Uranium One scandal” — as well as demanded answers.
Pro-Trump hosts recast the ongoing Russian investigations as a scandal for Clinton as well as the Democrats.
inside the wake of Monday’s indictments, when Trump tweeted “why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????,” he was conveying what he had heard coming from right-wing media.
Trump did This particular again on Tuesday, tweeting, “Check the DEMS!”
This particular’s a feedback loop between Trump as well as his cheerleaders on TV as well as online — as well as the end result will be confusion.
A campaign of confusion can have ill effects on the audience. As Trump supporter Scott Adams, the creator of the “Dilbert” cartoon, observed on Fox Monday night: “There’s so much Russian ‘stuff’ in which people are overwhelmed. I’ve lost track. Are there six scandals? Seven scandals?”
Some Democrats have urged the public to try to see through the fog.
People inside the Trump campaign “sought the help of the Russians. They then lied about This particular,” Congressman Jim Himes said on “The Situation Room” Monday night.
Himes said part of Trump’s “pattern will be ‘Please don’t look over here. Look at Hillary Clinton. Look at Uranium One,’ where anybody who looks at all 5 facts related to any of those things will see in which in which will be nothing different than a distraction away coming from some very serious developments here.”
although on Fox, various Clinton-related storylines are portrayed as “very serious developments.”
Next to graphics in which said “NUCLEAR BRIBERY?” as well as “MAJOR CRISIS IN AMERICA,” Sean Hannity asked why Hillary Clinton hasn’t been charged with any crimes.
Hannity talked about Clinton all throughout his hour-long show on Monday. “We do need a special prosecutor,” he said at one point. He even called her “President Clinton” by accident.
At recent public events, Clinton has been joking about Fox’s fixation.
At a Human Rights Campaign gala on Saturday, Clinton said she wished she lived inside the White House, as well as quipped, “Fox News seems to think in which’s where I live, inside the White House. Because they spend a disproportionate amount of their time talking about impeaching me,” Clinton said.
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sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published October 31, 2017: 5:40 PM ET