“Maybe You Are Fake News”: Donald Trump, Fox News, and Right-wing Criticism of Right-wing Media

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Abstract

Following the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, Donald Trump became critical of the right-wing cable network Fox News. Rather than an example of bitter infighting on the right, however, his attacks are part of a tradition of criticism of right-wing media. Focusing on President Trump’s communications on the social media platform Twitter, I compare his post-election criticism with his previous criticism of right-wing media and the news media in general. Trump demanded loyalty from Fox News and singled out critical voices for insults, intimidation, and accusations of bias while extolling complimentary voices and promoting competitors. Thus, I argue that the study of Trump’s criticism of Fox News furthers our understanding of right-wing criticism of the news media in general.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalWider Screen
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • conservative media
  • Twitter
  • Republican Party
  • 2020 election
  • media politics
  • free press
  • Presidential elections
  • United States politics
  • United States--US

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