On CNN, Angelo Carusone highlights the rise of white nationalist rhetoric on Fox News

Carusone: “It's well beyond a wink and a nod”

From the August 9 edition of CNN's CNN Tonight with Don Lemon:

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DON LEMON (HOST): Fox News host Laura Ingraham firing up white fright, doling out fresh fears saying, quote, “The America we know and love doesn't exist anymore.”


ANGELO CARUSONE (PRESIDENT, MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA): What they are doing really consistently is promoting ideas that derive from white nationalist places.

BRIAN STELTER: Angelo Carusone runs Media Matters, a liberal group that campaigns against Fox. He points to that clip as a reason why.

CARUSONE: Now, I think it's well beyond a wink and a nod. Now, I think it's full-throated promotion.

STELTER: He claims that Fox stars echo the rhetoric of racists like David Duke, who gave kudos to Ingraham for her, quote, “important, truthful monologue.” Duke has also complimented Tucker Carlson in the past.


STELTER: Segments on his show are frequently about the feeling of whiteness being under threat. Ingraham covers this, too. Fox's fan base, almost 100 percent white, is incredibly loyal. So, the ultimate winners here are Rupert Murdoch and his sons who run Fox's parent company, profiting from this right-wing rhetoric.


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