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How the Fox News feedback loop is responsible for ‘every bad decision’ Donald Trump makes

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Fox News is responsible for “every bad decision” President Donald Trump makes, writer Matthew Gertz argues in a Daily Beast column.

Gertz’s argument opens with what Trump did the morning after he gave in on the government shutdown he forced in a standoff with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over funding the border wall that he promised voters Mexico would pay for in the 2016 election. After ending the shutdown, Trump turned on Fox & Friends and tweeted about what he saw.

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This is very typical, Gertz writes.

“For more than a year, I’ve studied this Trump-Fox feedback loop, the president’s habit of live-tweeting his favorite shows on the right-wing cable news network,” he writes.”Fox helped build Trump’s political brand and fuel his electoral rise, and in recent years has remade itself as a propaganda outlet in support of his presidency. Trump, in turn, has long been obsessed with the network. His worldview and decision making are shaped by the former network personalities with whom he has stocked his administration.”

Because Fox and Trump are so simpatico, the network wields immense influence over the national conversation. Which turns “the network’s particular fixations into national news.”

One example is Tucker Carlson’s outrageous claims about whites suffering South Africa, which the evening host had to walk back after Trump took him too seriously, potentially prompting an international incident.

Gertz says the shutdown standoff, in which Trump was humiliated by having to face reality while remaining defiant, shows the feedback loop at its most dangerous.

“Trump’s incessant craving for validation from the network’s conservative commentators,” caused the standoff, “but there is no evidence Trump has learned anything from the crushing defeat, suggesting that he will continue trying to make policy with respect to the wall and other issues, on the basis of whether it pleases Fox hosts.”

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Gertz says the same loop is likely to lead to Trump declaring a national emergency to fund the wall, even as Republicans in Congress tell Trump it’s a “terrible idea.”

“We’ve seen how this played out before,” Gertz writes. “The president will continue to wallow in Fox’s programming, as night after night its hosts tell him that the declaration is his only way to win. And eventually, he will listen.”

Read the full column here.

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MSNBC’s Maya Wiley reveals she is exploring a bid to run for mayor of New York City

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Civil rights activist and prominent MSNBC analyst Maya Wiley revealed on MSNBC on Thursday that she is considering a campaign for mayor of New York City.

Wiley also serves as the senior vice president for social justice at The New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment.

"There have been reports in multiple outlets about some people discussing whether or not you might run for mayor of new york," MSNBC chief legal analyst Ari Melber noted. "Not as friend of Maya, but as a journalist, do you have any comment on that? Are you considering running for mayor?"

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GOP Senate candidate suspended football player for one game — for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl: report

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On Thursday, in an op-ed, the conservative Washington Examiner reported on an incident from Alabama Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville's career as a football coach for Auburn University in 1999.

"When Clifton Robinson, the short but quick receiver from Naples, Florida, returned to the Auburn University football team in August 1999 after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor to avoid going to trial after being charged with the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl, first-year head coach Tommy Tuberville pledged to figure out the right punishment for him," wrote Siraj Hashmi. "'Clifton is back on the team,' Tuberville said. 'He and I will sit down today, and I'll tell him that we do things right around here, so he can expect there will be some punishment. What it is, I don't know yet.' That punishment ended up being a mere one-game suspension from the team's Sept. 4 season opener against Appalachian State. Auburn won 22-15."

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Arizona Republican attacks Fauci and Birx for ‘undermining’ Trump with COVID-19 facts

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona set a record on Thursday, but one of the state's Republican representatives in Congress went to Fox News to urge the end of President Donald Trump's Coronavirus Task Force.

"I think that Birx and Fauci have gone well past their, their -- they've expired, their time of usefulness has expired," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said.

"What they do, is when the president comes out and makes a policy -- because he is the president, he is the policymaker. When they come and make these statements that they make, they engender panic and hysteria and undermine what the president's doing. That's what I think's critical," they argued.

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