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Brian Stelter: “Fox & Friends” is Donald Trump’s “safe space” with no dissenting voices

If President Donald Trump had his own infomercial, it would be the Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends,” according to CNN’s Brian Stelter.

Trump’s undying affection for the conservative morning show — which is more of an echo chamber than a news broadcast — is far from hidden. The president has constantly tweeted about how the show is superior to the “fake news media.” Here is just a screenshot of a recent sample of the dozens, if not more, of tweets the president has sent out to praise the show.

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After the “Reliable Sources” staff at CNN watched an entire week of broadcasts they determined that “Fox & Friends” is “Trump’s safe space.” That is of course, because show’s hosts shower the president in compliments on a daily basis and invite guests on — often politicians — who are looking to gain some loyalty points.

“The show is about showering Trump with positive attention, and burying his enemies with negative attention,” Stelter said on Sunday. One of the show’s biggest enemies? The “liberal media” of course. Other themes on the show include undermining special counsel Robert Mueller, and flatly stating that any collusion between Trump and Russia is unequivocally false. While no evidence has been shown to surface about collusion, it doesn’t mean it can’t be written off as impossible, which is basically the entire point of an investigation.

“Watching for an entire week,” Stelter said, “we saw lots of the president’s friends. But almost no dissenting voices.” Anyone who has criticized Trump has been shown in a soundbite “which were then knocked down.”

“It’s all about optimism for Trump, resentment about his opponents,” Stelter explained.

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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