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OH PLEASE: CNN’s Brian Stelter Laments Rise of Information Bubbles, Echo Chambers

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If there’s anybody who will not be in place to lament the elevate of bubbles and echo chambers, it’s anybody who works at CNN, however that did not cease Brian Stelter and CNN Proper Now visitor host Pamela Brown from doing simply that on Thursday.

Stelter was speaking about President Trump and his supporters’ relationship with Fox. Stelter, whose dislike of Fox led him to write a book known as Hoax, determined that Fox is now not state-run information, “[Trump] is offended at Fox and so are a few of Fox’s loyal viewers, they’re offended Fox known as Arizona for Biden early on, they’re offended Fox has rightly recognized Biden because the President-Elect, and so Trump and a few of his followers are lashing out on social media.”

 

 

After Stelter famous that’s nonetheless sharing some clips of Fox hosts, Brown inquired, “You are monitoring different right-wing media shops. What patterns are you seeing amongst his voters?”

Stelter noticed that shops like Newsmax and OAN are rising in recognition as a result of “There’s clearly an viewers for a channel that is up to now proper they deny Biden is the President-Elect, that they promote voter fraud innuendo all day lengthy, so some Fox followers are going off to different channels as an alternative.”

For Stelter, the massive image is rising polarization in media consumption:

Persons are going an increasing number of into their very own echo chambers. Extra into their very own bubbles, particularly Trump voters. There is a new social media out known as Parler getting a number of consideration. As a result of conservatives are, saying they’re saying they’re leaving Twitter and Fb going to Parler as a result of they imagine Parler is a safer house for them. What we’re seeing is extra bunker mentality in right-wing media. Finally that is not good for the nation. 

Brown agreed with the same old CNN lingo: “No, it’s not good, it’s a risk to democracy that these individuals are in echo chambers, and so they’re being fed a eating regimen of lies, basically.”

Stelter can definitely fear about media shoppers staying in “echo chambers,” however his community prefers liberals “debate” with By no means Trumpers who endorsed Biden as an alternative of normal Republicans, so he shouldn’t be accusing others of dwelling in bubbles. And touting the concept that Trump colluded with the Russians to get elected in 2016 was….a eating regimen of lies. 

An August research confirmed — and if CNN has taught as something this yr, it’s that science is to not be questioned — the Beltway media bubble is definitely worse than thought with College of Illinois journalism professor Nikki Usher, who will not be precisely a Trump fan, saying CNN’s bubble was notably unhealthy, “CNN is telling a narrative about what is going on with CNN, and that’s worrisome. Possibly that’s an organizational branding technique, however I feel it doubtlessly has deleterious results for public discourse.”

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Here’s a transcript for the November 12 present:

CNN

CNN Proper Now

1:46 PM ET

BRIAN STELTER: He’s tweeting extra about Fox Information than about COVID. It exhibits his 5 phases of grief, it indicators he’s nonetheless within the anger section. He’s offended at Fox and so are a few of Fox’s loyal viewers, they’re offended Fox known as Arizona for Biden early on, they’re offended Fox has rightly recognized Biden because the President-Elect, and so Trump and a few of his followers are lashing out on social media. Pamela, this has at all times been a marriage of comfort between Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump. It’s at all times been a wedding of comfort. Actually, either side are saying hurtful phrases now, however it’s nonetheless a marriage. Trump could also be threatening to see different folks, however it’s nonetheless a marriage. Trump can also be selling Sean Hannity, sharing clips he likes on Fox. So, it’s difficult and divorce could possibly be down the street, however not but. 

PAMELA BROWN: Proper. He appears to love the opinion hosts like Sean Hannity extra than the precise simple information journalists, precisely. You are monitoring different right-wing media shops. What patterns are you seeing amongst his voters? 

STELTER: Yeah, after I discuss with a divorce, that is as a result of there are different suitors on the market. There are these smaller right-wing channels like Newsmax and One America Information which can be additional to the correct than Fox Information and Trump is selling these likelihood now. Newsmax seeing extraordinary surge in viewership, nonetheless quite a bit decrease than CNN or Fox, however this was a channel that had 50,000 viewers earlier than the election, now typically a half million viewers. There’s clearly an viewers for a channel that is up to now proper they deny Biden is the President-Elect, that they promote voter fraud innuendo all day lengthy, so some Fox followers are going off to different channels as an alternative. 

It’s attainable after Inauguration Day, that Trump could do the identical, whether or not he needs to launch a streaming service, host a radio present or go to a channel like Newsmax. There continues to be a number of chatter about what his future media platform could be: may he find yourself with a present on Fox Information? It’s not out of the realm of risk. However there are positively different choices for the outgoing president. That is one thing to maintain a watch on. 

I feel huge image right here, Pamela, right here is the regarding development line right here. Persons are going an increasing number of into their very own echo chambers. Extra into their very own bubbles, particularly Trump voters. There is a new social media out known as Parler getting a number of consideration. As a result of conservatives are, saying they’re saying they’re leaving Twitter and Fb going to Parler as a result of they imagine Parler is a safer house for them. What we’re seeing is extra bunker mentality in right-wing media. Finally that is not good for the nation. 

BROWN: No, it’s not good, it’s a risk to democracy that these individuals are in echo chambers, and so they’re being fed a eating regimen of lies basically.