“He's not just delusional. He is not just narcissistic. Trump's behavior with the coronavirus pandemic is intentional. He is malevolent. He is a first-degree mass murderer.” — Dr. John Gartner, Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University Medical School
His Evil is reinforced by his media consumption, malevolent Trump is (still) Evil, there's no other kind, except maybe Kerins and Charentes (see below). What’s worse is the Trump-Fox feedback loop where Trump’s tweets are shaped and derived from Fox News programming content. That loop conditions and reproduces malevolence.
President Donald Trump tweeted in response to television programs he was watching nearly 300 times in the first six months of 2020, according to a Media Matters review. More than nine in 10 of those tweets came in response to Fox News or its sister network, Fox Business, as the right-wing channels maintained their unprecedented influence over the federal government.
Trump’s obsession with Fox is well-documented. The president has stocked his administration with former Fox employees, invites its hosts to advise him on policy and politics, regularly praises his network supporters during public events and interviews, and lashes out whenever he finds its coverage less than adoring.
Since 2017, I’ve been studying what I call the Trump-Fox feedback loop, tracing the president’s often erratic and hyper-aggressive tweets back to the television programming that spurred them. Last year, as the president’s relationship with the right-wing networks drove federal policy and national politics, Trump sent at least 657 such live tweets in response to Fox News or Fox Business.
And the power of the Trump-Fox feedback loop is likely to increase in the days to come. The “rhetorical roots” of the president’s July 4 speech at Mount Rushmore are in Carlson’s recent monologues, according to Axios’ Jonathan Swan. “Trump's Independence Day speech lays a marker for how he's going to campaign through to November, according to campaign advisers,” he reported. “Perhaps no TV host has ever had such an influential role — whether Trump's team admits it or not — in defining a president's re-election message.”
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