Americans divided on the news of January 6, poll finds
We are one America divided into two almost completely separate media worlds. This should be the starting point for discussions on the country’s political dynamics and media regimes.
Republicans generally blame Antifa and other left-wing activists for January 6, despite all evidence to the contrary. “But no all Republicans, “said PRRI -” the media they consume matters. In this case, those who trust the information disseminated are much more like the rest of the country. Fox News and far-right Republicans are driving the trend. “
Trying to rewrite history
“In less than 48 hours in Washington, DC, there will be a rally of supporters of the former president who are now trying to rewrite the history of what happened on January 6,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Thursday. evening. “It is a rally of support for those who are currently being prosecuted for their role in the attack, and it seeks to portray many of those being prosecuted as political prisoners of some sort.”
Meanwhile, on One America News Wednesday night, one of the rally organizers said media attention is an explicit goal: Previous attempts to hold rallies supporting the Jan.6 “political prisoners” were “Largely ignored,” said Matt Braynard, “we have gone to the one place where the media in this country cannot ignore us.”
The editorial dilemma
“Soften the ground”
Sargent argues that these views, taken together, “add to something really toxic: the” belief “that the election was stolen, and the simultaneous refusal to attribute responsibility for an effort to violently overthrow our constitutional order, suggest that right-wing propaganda may soften the ground for a more concerted abandonment of democracy in the future. ”
In the months following the attack on the Capitol, MAGA media sources spent relatively little time covering the aftermath: arrests, prosecutions, threats of further violence. Ingraham, the 10pm host on Fox News, is a perfect example of this: she sought to downplay the importance of the riot and alienate the rest of the Republican Party from its more extreme elements.