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2020-11-21 14:13:52 UTC
Tucker Carlson Dared Question a Trump Lawyer. The Backlash Was Quick.

The president’s allies quickly closed ranks behind Sidney Powell and her
pro-Trump conspiracy theory, accusing the Fox host of betrayal.
Sidney Powell, an election lawyer for President Trump, has laid out a
conspiracy theory that voting machines were hacked and millions of votes
were stolen from the president.

Sidney Powell, an election lawyer for President Trump, has laid out a
conspiracy theory that voting machines were hacked and millions of votes
were stolen from the president.

By Jeremy W. Peters

Nov. 20, 2020

For more than a week, a plain-spoken former federal prosecutor named
Sidney Powell made the rounds on right-wing talk radio and cable news,
facing little pushback as she laid out a conspiracy theory that Venezuela,
Cuba and other “communist” interests had used a secret algorithm to hack
into voting machines and steal millions of votes from President Trump.

She spoke mostly uninterrupted for nearly 20 minutes on Monday on the
“Rush Limbaugh Show,” the No. 1 program on talk radio. Hosts like Mark
Levin, who has the fourth-largest talk radio audience, and Lou Dobbs of
Fox Business praised her patriotism and courage.

So it came as most unwelcome news to the president’s defenders when Tucker
Carlson, host of an 8 p.m. Fox News show and a confidant of Mr. Trump,
dissected Ms. Powell’s claims as unreliable and unproven.

“What Powell was describing would amount to the single greatest crime in
American history,” Mr. Carlson said on Thursday night, his voice ringing
with incredulity in a 10-minute monologue at the top of his show.
“Millions of votes stolen in a day. Democracy destroyed. The end of our
centuries-old system of government.” But, he said, when he invited Ms.
Powell on his show to share her evidence, she became “angry and told us to
stop contacting her.”

The response was immediate, and hostile. The president’s allies in
conservative media and their legions of devoted Trump fans quickly closed
ranks behind Ms. Powell and her case on behalf of the president, accusing
the Fox host of betrayal.

“How quickly we turn on our own,” said Bo Snerdley, Mr. Limbaugh’s
producer, in a Twitter post that was indicative of the backlash against
Mr. Carlson. “Where is the ‘evidence’ the election was fair?”

The backlash against Mr. Carlson and Fox for daring to exert even a moment
of independence underscores how little willingness exists among
Republicans to challenge the president and his false narrative about the
election he insists was stolen. Among conservative media voices and
outlets, there’s generally not just a lack of willingness — they have
proved this month to be Mr. Trump’s most reflexive defenders.

For months before the election, as Mr. Trump spread disinformation about
the reliability of mail-in ballots, Republicans largely avoided
contradicting him and insisted that his concerns about fraud were not
entirely unreasonable. And in the weeks since election night, when Mr.
Trump falsely declared himself the winner and then refused to accept
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory, the acknowledgments that
the race is settled have come mostly from former officials like President
George W. Bush, or from a few current office holders, like Senator Mitt
Romney, who have not been afraid to air their differences with Mr. Trump.

The same fear that grips elected Republicans — getting on the wrong side
of voters who adore Mr. Trump but have little affection for the Republican
Party — has kept conservative media largely in line. And that has created
a right-wing media bubble that has grown increasingly disconnected from
the most basic facts about American government in recent weeks, including
who will be inaugurated as president on Jan. 20, 2021.

In the hours after Mr. Carlson’s monologue, word of which spread quickly
across social media, Mr. Trump’s supporters not only went after Mr.
Carlson but also Fox News. The network has become a source of particular
frustration with many on the right after taking a more skeptical view of
Mr. Trump’s claims about voter fraud and refusing to reconsider its call
on election night that Mr. Biden would win Arizona.
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That decision, which proved correct, deeply angered the president and led
him to start promoting some of Fox’s smaller competitors on cable like
Newsmax and One America News Network as more suitable alternatives for his
large and loyal following.

Roosh Valizadeh, a writer and podcast host who supports the president,
summed up the anger aimed at Fox by many on the right, saying, “As long as
Tucker Carlson works for Fox News, he can’t be fully trusted.”

All week on networks like Newsmax and OANN and talk radio programs, the
president’s supporters have been given a steady diet of interviews with
Trump allies, campaign officials and news stories that promote allegations
of fraud with little or no context.

One lawyer who is assisting the Trump campaign in its efforts, Lin Wood,
went unquestioned this week on Mr. Levin’s show when he made the
fantastical claim that Mr. Trump had won the election with 70 percent of
the vote. A story that OANN broadcast on Friday afternoon falsely
declared, “The state of Michigan is back in play,” giving credence to Mr.
Trump’s extraordinary but almost certainly unsuccessful efforts to delay
certification of the vote in Detroit.

Republican officials have remained mostly measured and muted in their
response, even after the conspiratorial and unsubstantiated claims floated
by Ms. Powell, Rudolph W. Giuliani and other members of Mr. Trump’s legal
team at a news conference on Thursday. Republicans like Senator Joni Ernst
of Iowa, who said that Ms. Powell’s accusations were “absolutely
outrageous,” were the exception.

Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review and sometimes critic of the
president who called his refusal to concede “absurd and sophomoric,” said
that whether it was a Republican politician or a talk-show host, breaking
the will that many Trump supporters have to believe he is the rightful
winner was extremely difficult.

“They want it to be true,” Mr. Lowry said. “On top of that, there’s an
enormous credibility gap and radical distrust of other sources of
information. And that’s compounded by the fact that the president has no
standards and is surrounded by these clownish people who will say
anything. It’s a toxic stew.”

Mr. Lowry added that he thought Mr. Carlson’s words were “admirable” and
had told the Fox host so himself. “It’s one thing for people who’ve been
opposed to Trump all along, or mixed, to say something like that,” Mr.
Lowry said. “It’s another thing for a leader of the populist wing of the
conservative movement to call it out.”

A question for conservative media that are more independent of Mr. Trump
is how much of the market the unabashedly pro-Trump media dominates in the
future. Some scholars said they expected that audience to be substantial.

“Drudge and Fox can try to pull back from the abyss,” said Yochai Benkler,
a professor at Harvard Law School who studies conservative media. “But the
audience is going to get what it wants and reward those who give it to

Mr. Carlson is no ordinary Trump critic. He has been one of the
president’s most aggressive defenders in prime time, especially when it
came to standing up for Mr. Trump as he attacked African-American
politicians, athletes and the racial justice activists in the Black Lives
Matter movement. He has also generally bought into the disproved notion
that voter fraud is a widespread problem — a popular position with Mr.
Trump and on Mr. Carlson’s network.

He has not been shy in criticizing aspects of the president’s policies he
disagrees with, whether the bombing raid in Iraq that killed Iran’s top
general, Qassim Suleimani, or Mr. Trump’s failure to take the coronavirus
pandemic seriously when it started spreading last winter. But he has never
gone out on a limb like this, with the president and his followers so

Mr. Carlson, no doubt aware that many in his audience, including possibly
the president himself, would not like what they were hearing, walked a
fine line on Thursday night. He insisted that he and his producers “took
Sidney Powell seriously,” and that he had invited her on the show to
present her evidence.

He also tried to reassure his audience that he was on their side after
all, explaining how he always kept an open mind about alleged cover-ups
like the one Ms. Powell has promoted. “We don’t dismiss anything,” he
said. “We literally do U.F.O. segments.”
2020-11-21 16:29:10 UTC
Post by Fox News Betrayal!!!
For more than a week, a plain-spoken former federal prosecutor
named Sidney Powell
Scary to think this idiot was responsible for putting a lot of people in