Why you need to watch Fox News
Paul Manafort is in jail. He was out on bail and had already violated the terms of his home confinement once. So when he was caught witness tampering (a crime especially agitating to judges) he was remanded to prison.
Legal titan Alan Dershowitz argues Manafort should not be imprisoned. “The government says he did it, he says no he didn’t do it. He didn’t know they were witnesses, and his conversation’s entirely innocent. Why does the government get to win without a hearing or trial?” Dershowitz recently told Fox and Friends.
Dershowitz knows thousands of mostly poor US americans are in prison having never been tried or convicted, in situations like Manafort’s. And while he decries the status quo, he gets media attention when it is the president’s rich white campaign manager being mistreated. He is a civil libertarian and “Trump whisperer” because of his frequent and legally compelling criticisms of the Mueller Investigation.
But Fox News is not just important because this lawyer who helped get O. J. Simpson off is critical of the special counsel’s investigation. Fox is the mouthpiece for Trump’s base and they rely on this story telling network for the talking points needed to justify his criminal and unethical behavior. After Fox News insufferable Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson perhaps the most important apologist for Trump. Carlson has been called Fox News’s “Master of Misdirection” by the Washington Post.
Please only listen to the first 3 minutes of this video
I don’t want to be responsible for your mental health if you take a larger dose.
Faced with the prospect of Manafort flipping on the president who Fox News loves, Carlson is pulling out all the stops in the above audio broadcast. The first moments of this Carlson monologue quotes one of the presidents better written tweets.
Then Tucker builds an amazing story in which Manafort crime become the crime of all politicians – that he did not register as an agent of foreign governments. Tucker falsely claims that this is Manafort’s core crime. Manafort has been indicted for many other more important offenses including: conspiracy against the US, money laundering, tax evasion, failing to report foreign bank accounts, lying to the FBI as well as witness tampering.
[For a much more amusing treatment of exactly this problem you should watch this funny episode of John Olivers Last Week Tonight’s building the case against Fox News https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3XTzVzaHQEd30rQbuvCtTQ]
You need to, very occasionally, in measured doses, watch Fox News, because so many people are being poisoned by it and believing it. With millions of dedicated viewers, you may well find yourself in an argument with one of the Fox News fans. If these deceptive stories are left unchecked, then we are well down the highway to authoritarianism and war.