News at Eleven

Since the election, we’ve been understandably obsessed with the role of social media, and the potential for that medium to leave us vulnerable to manipulation. But we shouldn’t forget that Fox News played a greater role in the election and the network remains a driver of many of the president’s public statements, new hires, and even policies. As influential as Fox has been, Sinclair media may ultimately have an even bigger impact (and Trump has already tweeted his support). Deadspin: How America’s Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump’s War On The Media. (Don’t miss the video…)

+ For a little more background on Sinclair, see this December piece in Politico. Kushner: We struck deal with Sinclair for straighter coverage.

+ We know about the dinners with Hannity and Geraldo, and many journalists have tracked the connection between what we see on Fox News and what we see in the president’s Twitter stream. But when it comes to anchor Lou Dobbs, the relationship is even closer. “Trump will ask Dobbs for his opinion before and after his senior aides or Cabinet members have spoken. Occasionally, he will cut off an official so the Fox Business host can jump in.” The Daily Beast: Trump Puts Lou Dobbs on Speakerphone in Oval Office Meetings. (It’s not just that the revolution will be televised. It’s that the television is the revolution.)

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