While Fox News spent the day blaming Democrats for canceling Dr. Seuss because his publisher will no longer continue to publish some of his books that show racist imagery. They missed FBI Director Christopher Wray saying that Antifa had no part in the attack on the Capitol and there was no evidence to suggest that they did.
In an extensive fact-check, CNN's Daniel Dale followed what is being called "the second big lie" by some hosts Tuesday. It all began with a report from the conservative outlet The Washington Times, which falsely claimed on Jan. 6 that Antifa was behind the attack. They later corrected the story, and then wrongly claimed that some facial recognition company identified two Antifa members in the attack, Dale explained.
Those who pushed out the lie "include right-wing television networks Newsmax and One America News; Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Trump impeachment attorney Michael van der Veen; Republican members of Congress like Rep. Mo Brooks, Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Ron Johnson; Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Republican state legislators; former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin; right-wing conspiracy websites like The Gateway Pundit; and popular right-wing commentators on social media and talk radio," Dale listed.
Some have admitted that it was a lie, but most haven't. Dale spoke with research director Joan Donovan at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, who explained that right-wing media continues to find ways to "blame Antifa for everything from mass shootings to wildfires."
Antifa blame has become so prevalent that it's now become a meme for evading responsibility.
Like all things... I blame Antifa. Why not right? pic.twitter.com/jqolp9gtDT
— The Dark Zone Pilot (@DarkZonePilot) February 5, 2021
They blame Antifa for everything. Cuz you know, they be organized and bad... pic.twitter.com/ylCcRkxDRa
— KevinBoogie_andBliss (@Kevin_A_Boogie) February 2, 2021
@brownandrew899 @Iweyer2 @Mominsweats @FoxNews Did someone say ANTIFA? I thought they must be to blame. https://t.co/3ZohhYCuE2— Sol.Ray (@Sol.Ray)1613668540.0
When in doubt, blame ANTIFA. I guarantee half of Americans couldn't tell you what ANITFA even stands for. https://t.co/kyOk2X0DMW— AJ (@AJ)1610135214.0
Trump's lawyers blame "Antifa" for the riots like they're a terrible band playing their worst hits. https://t.co/3VnNlv4Zb2— Zimran Jacob (@Zimran Jacob)1613167104.0
But sure, blame it on Antifa pic.twitter.com/RektVdmEVx
— ♣️ Jacob ♣️ (@DragonKing____) March 2, 2021
Dale closed by saying that it may seem impossible to get Fox News and other right-wing platforms to be more responsible, " it seems just as hard to address the demand-side problem. Between the popularity of absurd lies about the birthplace of former President Barack Obama, the rise of the bonkers QAnon movement, the popularity of Trump's lies about the 2020 election and now the popularity of this lie about Antifa and the Capitol, it appears clear that millions of right-wing Americans are eager to believe in outlandish conspiracy theories about their political opponents."