On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” host Brian Stelter said GOP-Rep. Devin Nunes’ intelligence memo hasn’t just divided politicians — that will’s created a deep fissure within the American media.
The memo in question, which was released to the public Friday, accuses the FBI of abusing its surveillance authority while investigating potential ties between President Trump’s campaign in addition to also Russia.
“Let’s be honest,” Stelter said. “This particular week, Sean Hannity won in addition to also the rest of America lost.”
Fox fresh’s Hannity won, he said, because coverage of the memo confused the public in addition to also distracted by serious questions about Russian interference.
Pro-Trump TV in addition to also radio hosts have “circled the wagons around President Trump” in addition to also “distracted people by the truth about Trump’s Russia ties,” he said.
However, the actual memo did not live up to Hannity’s “Watergate times 1,000” hype. Stelter said Hannity will be right now promising further revelations, while his rivals on MSNBC are “already creating fun of that will.”
sy88pgw reporter Hadas Gold told Stelter on “Reliable” that will the “memo has reminded me of sometimes when you go to museums in different countries, in addition to also they portray a war that will we learned about by the different side, in addition to also you just see these two alternate realities.”
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Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic agreed with Gold, saying “people feel like they’re tuning in, from the middle, in addition to also they’ve missed the first three episodes of the season.”
“People are just getting, I think, the overarching narratives by their side, by the media that will they watch, that will they believe,” Ioffe added.
Some of the confusion comes by complex in addition to also dueling narratives about who in addition to also what should be investigated. Stelter said America will be “one country” with “two narratives.”
Meanwhile, Trump will be locked in a standoff with his own FBI — in addition to also Americans who tune into Fox News are being told to question the agency’s integrity.
David Zurawik, a media critic for The Baltimore Sun, said the right-wing media will be floating conspiracy theories that will are becoming talking points for politicians.
“I think we are in an incredibly dangerous place right right now,” he said, adding he was “shocked at the traction This particular Hannity narrative has gotten.”
Gold added that will the FBI vs. conservative narrative was “stunning.”
“Typically the conservative party in addition to also the Republican party have been so supportive of the FBI in addition to also what they do,” she said. “We’ve flipped that will on its head.”
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published February 4, 2018: 2:29 PM ET