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Did Sean Hannity and Donald Trump commit a crime?

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Brian Stelter, an MSNBC political analyst and author of the book “Network of Lies: The Epic Saga of Fox News, Donald Trump and the Battle for American Democracy,” discussed various aspects of his book in an interview with Mediaite’s podcast, “The Interview.”

Stelter delved into the role of Fox News in relation to the January 6 Capitol riot, based on the extensive documents revealed during the discovery process in the defamation litigation with Dominion Voting Systems.

Stelter highlighted the significant impact of the Dominion trial on his book, as it provided a wealth of documents and records that were previously undisclosed.

He emphasized that these documents, including text messages and emails from Fox News executives and personalities, are now part of the public record, offering a unique insight into the inner workings of Fox News.

Regarding Fox News’ culpability in the January 6 riot, Stelter acknowledged that the network’s on-air personalities were not explicitly encouraging the attack on the Capitol.

However, he argued that Fox News had been “softening the ground for months” by spreading misinformation and lies about the election. Stelter pointed to the smears against Dominion and Smartmatic, noting that these narratives were propagated on Fox News, creating an environment where false claims about the election thrived.

Stelter also raised concerns about the influence of Fox News on individuals who participated in the Capitol riot. He cited cases of rioters who had pleaded guilty and admitted to consuming misinformation from Fox News.

He emphasized the role of the network in shaping the beliefs and actions of its audience, leading some to engage in acts of violence.

I KNOW MEDIA HAS COVERED SOME OF THESE CASES OF RIOTERS WHO HAVE PLED GUILTY, WHO HAVE SAID THEY WERE WATCHING FOX. THEY’RE WATCHING TOO MUCH FOX. YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T GET ON A PLANE AND FLY ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHETHER YOU’RE ASHLI BABBITT, THE WOMAN WHO WAS SHOT, WHETHER YOU’RE RAY EPPS, THE MAN WHO WAS SMEARED BY FOX AND IS NOW SUING FOX FOR DEFAMATION. YOU DON’T FLY ACROSS THE COUNTRY UNLESS YOU’VE CONSUMED A LOT OF THESE LIES. YOU’RE NOT JUST WATCHING FOR 20 MINUTES AND THEN BOOKING AN AIRLINE TICKET. YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN THIS NETWORK OF LIES. YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN THIS STUFF EVERY DAY FOR MONTHS. SO THAT’S WHY IT MATTERS THAT THIS WAS GOING ON FOR TWO MONTHS.

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