Propaganda is Working For Trump, Helped by Coverage From the Mainstream Press
We begin with an analysis of why Trump is going up in the polls in spite of his disastrous handling of the coronavirus pandemic which goes beyond arrogant disregard and incompetence because the president actively worsened the crisis by consistently taking the exact opposite of decisions which should have been taken to recognize the threat and prepare for what is needed to protect the public and the medical professionals on the front line of battling the contagion. Joining us is Jason Stanley, a Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of How Propaganda Works whose latest book is How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. With authoritarian leaders like Kaczynski in Poland and Netanyahu in Israel and fascist autocrats like Orban in Hungary and Bolsonaro in Brazil taking advantage of the pandemic to increase their authority, we will examine how Trump not only has Fox News as his faithful propaganda arm but is also managing to get the mainstream press to cover his rallies dressed up as press briefings which is helping to boost his TV ratings and poll numbers. And even though mountains of evidence indicate Trump will have the blood of at least 200,000 Americans on his hands in the best case scenario if everything goes right from now on, there is no indication that those in his base can see the fraud and folly of Trump’s pathetic pretend leadership. Indeed even as the pandemic spreads to the Red States where unhealthy conditions of obesity, diabetes and hypertension are more prevalent and thus make mortality rates higher when COVID-19 strikes, it is unlikely that support for Trump will wane. This is because Fox and the right wing echo chamber have conditioned Trump’s base to equate facts with “fake news” from hated liberals. So in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the cult doubles down with obedience to the dear leader rather than be told by the “liberal elite” that they’ve been conned.