This is why the public shaming of Trump officials is so threatening to Fox News: One of Fox News’ most utilized tools to influence its audience is their framing of breaking news.
When Robert Mueller released an indictment of 3 Americans and 17 Russians, including 3 companies, the mainstream media used the indictment to show that Russia really did meddle in our 2016 Presidential election.
Up to that point, both Trump and Fox News’ opinion section had maintained that Russia did not interfere in our election. Once Mueller’s indictment was released, their story changed to ‘we weren’t saying Russia didn’t interfere, we were saying Trump didn’t collude with them.’
That’s quite a change. Then Sean Hannity took his framing of the Mueller indictment to the next level, claiming that it confirmed that Hillary Clinton was the one who colluded with the Russians because ‘Uranium One,’ or some other BS excuse.
Fox needs to control the narrative of what their audience hears. It is part of their MO of manipulating media to present a biased and inaccurate picture of what is happening in the world right now.
When we publicly protest Trump and his officials over child separation, we are wrenching Fox’s control on the narrative and framing of the argument.
Watching a lot of Fox News, I can say that these public taunts against Trump’s people are the biggest threat to Fox’s control over Trump’s base, and the narrative they want to maintain. I see fear in their eyes when they talk about it on their shows. People like Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Jeanine Pirro and Pam Bondi appear on the Fox screen and tell Democrats to stop it. Democrats don’t watch Fox News, so who are they talking to?
Public shaming is such a threat to Fox because it is people exercising their First Amendment rights, which is the same amendment Hannity, Ingraham, Carlson, and others hide behind as their justification to say whatever they want to their audience, including purposefully editing and manipulating quotes said by Democrats to reinforce their narrative.
Fox has no control over people exercising their First Amendment rights, and it scares the hell out of them. They can try to reframe the argument