Trump, Barr, and Fox News are working in concert to undermine confidence in the election

The playbook here is obvious -- throw together some sketchy investigations and use them to throw doubt on the election results.…
Literally within minutes.
Looks like there's no evidence that this had anything to do with the election -- the ballots were among "roughly 1,875 pieces of mail" recovered from dumpsters -- but the Barr/Fox machine is flogging that anyway to undermine confidence in the election.…
1. Barr put out a new DOJ policy to interfere in elections
2. It's already being used in sketchy fashion by NJ's US Attorney.
3. Fox instantly picked up that story.
4. Because the point is to use stories like this to undermine confidence in the election.…
5. The real action on a story like this is local media, which is currently bombarding NJ-area voters with headlines like this.

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9 Oct
NEW STUDY: Two years of Trump's Fox live-tweeting obsession, by the numbers

Trump live-tweeted Fox 1,146 times from September 2018 through August 2020 -- 7.5% of his total tweets…
This is the culmination of quite a lot of toil dating back to when I started chronicling Trump’s live-tweets in October 2017, so I hope you’ll indulge my long thread; if not, feel free to mute this.
First, why Trump’s Fox obsession matters: It dictates policy outcomes.

Here are 15 ways that happened over the two years of the study, from military strikes to impeachment to the coronavirus to racial justice protests to pardons to personnel and more.…
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Good luck, folks.
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Carlson has said at least three times already that he didn't expect Biden to actually show up tonight.
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Unclear whether the press will sustain the coverage, but this is what using the agenda-setting power looks like.
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Leading the news shows today.
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