FOX News Pushing Back on Trump

Dr. Louis Perron
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FOX News is cutting away from Trump rallies to immediately correct statements about the last election being stolen. And in interviews, anchors confront the former President.

On Fox Business, Stuart Varney recently challenged Trump’s campaign press secretary, whether is appropriate for the former President to call the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, “New-scum” (you can watch the video here).

I see this as a concerted effort by FOX News of pushing back against Trump, which has started since the Domonion lawsuit, when FOX News agreed to pay Dominion Voting Systems 787.5 million USD.

Stuart Varney was absolutely right to ask that question, insist on getting an answer and then crystallizing the answer himself after Karoline Leavitt avoided answering the question. I also agree with the host that this kind of language is bad politics, as in it’s not something that will appeal to swing voters.

But there’s a bigger point to be made. A word such as “scum” is classic rhetoric that totalitarian leaders use(d) to demonize the opposition. An election campaign is all about showing contrast and differences, but we have to make sure we don’t lose basic civility in our discourse. Words matter. It just has become so common and widely accepted to bash and trash our political leaders and, frankly, social media has not made things better in that respect.

All the while, we forget that we actually elect our leaders and they most often are quite typical representatives of their cities, states and countries.

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