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USA At present and Suffolk U carried out a survey of 1,000 Trump voters, recognized through 2020 polls, prior to now week. The outcomes reaffirm that Donald Trump’s massive lies at the moment are a part of the bedrock of the Republican Get together. Riot denialism, for instance:
“Most Trump voters embrace a model of occasions on Jan. 6 that has been debunked unbiased truth checkers and legislation enforcement companies,” USA At present’s Susan Web page wrote Sunday. “Requested to explain what occurred throughout the assault on the Capitol, 58% of Trump voters name it ‘principally an antifa-inspired assault that solely concerned a number of Trump supporters.’ That’s greater than double the 28% who name it ‘a rally of Trump supporters, a few of whom attacked the Capitol.’ 4 % name it ‘an tried coup impressed President Trump.’”
Trump generally instructed the general public to not imagine their eyes and ears — and a few of his followers evidently agreed. The day of MAGA terror on the Capitol has been flushed down the reminiscence gap Trump’s base. “Solely 4% say the impeachment trial made them much less supportive of Trump; 42% say it made them extra supportive,” Web page wrote. “Fifty-four % say it didn’t have an effect on their help.”
Rinse and repeat
The Large Lie about Trump successful the election, and Biden “stealing” it, largely lives on as a result of some individuals need to imagine it and since a constellation of Trump propaganda sources pump out a eating regimen of dishonest information that props it up. However it’s also vital to see how the Large Lie remains to be being rinsed and repeated on respectable TV exhibits.
Matt Negrin, a longtime critic of public affairs exhibits, known as out ABC’s reserving of Rep. Steve Scalise on Sunday: “He was rewarded with 10 minutes of airtime and pushed the lie once more,” Negrin wrote. “The networks are actively serving to Republicans unfold this lie.”
Negrin additionally identified that election-denying lawmakers have been welcomed on different community TV exhibits in current weeks, and mentioned that “the one Sunday present that doesn’t e book these Large Liars is ‘SOTU’” on CNN.
ABC reps would say Scalise was challenged, time and again, host Jon Karl. They’d say viewers noticed how Scalise evaded the questions and noticed how Karl held him accountable. They’d say that Monday’s “GMA” is airing an unique interview with a police officer who defended the Capitol on 1/6. They’d say that each one of that is a part of a information outlet’s mission. However are these defenses persuasive to you when democracy is on the road?
The brand new “Misplaced Trigger”
>> Garry Kasparov wrote in response to Negrin: “That is like giving air time to individuals promoting bleach as a miracle treatment, besides much more harmful.” He mentioned that “denying the integrity of the 2020 election is the brand new Misplaced Trigger” and “the media shall be partly accountable if it takes root.”
>> “Someway,” CNN’s Jim Sciutto noticed, “acknowledging the reality at the moment — on Jan 6 and the election — has change into an outlier place in GOP and past.”
>> Agree or disagree? “The best menace of misinformation and disinformation is home, presently spearheaded the leaders of a political celebration and platformed every day a media shops pressured into ‘each sides-ism’ through many years of bad-faith strain,” Jared Holt of Proper Wing Watch wrote…
A “traditional disinfo marketing campaign”
Researcher Kate Starbird wrote Sunday: “The ‘massive lie’ (claiming large voter fraud in 2020 election) has a number of options of a traditional disinfo marketing campaign, together with: designed to sow doubt (somewhat than persuade of a single rationalization), pushes a number of (even conflicting) narratives, features to undermine democracy.”
“This isn’t about discovering a coherent narrative,” Starbird wrote. “It’s about creating doubt through throwing voter fraud spaghetti on the wall. And fairly unsurprisingly, the subsequent transfer is to make use of these identical false and deceptive narratives for future voter suppression, making it tougher for individuals to vote subsequent time.” CNN’s Zach Wolf just lately wrote about that…
Story of two GOPs
Saturday evening on “Decide Jeanine,” Lara Trump mentioned her father in legislation “is the pinnacle of the Republican Get together. He’s actually the person who everybody will proceed to show to with the intention to assist them get throughout the road — whether or not we’re speaking about 2022 or past.”
Sunday morning on “Meet the Press” Chuck Todd requested Rep. Will Hurd, “What position ought to former President Trump have in the way forward for the Republican celebration? Or ought to he not have a job?” Hurd mentioned “I feel little or no, if none in any respect.”
One other takeaway from the brand new ballot…
“In a USA TODAY/Suffolk Ballot in October 2016, 58% of Trump voters mentioned Fox was their most trusted supply of stories. Within the new ballot, that drops to 34%,” the aforementioned Susan Web page reported. “Belief has risen in two comparatively new shops which have made their reputations championing Trump. Newsmax is essentially the most trusted amongst 17% of Trump voters, adopted 9% for” One America Information.
>> Right here’s what Suffolk’s David Paleologos mentioned: The findings may replicate a “a seismic shift within the panorama of trusted information sources for conservatives…”