The press is getting worked by Republicans on court expansion…
All four of the agenda-setting broadcast Sunday morning political talk shows discussed GOP complaints about potential court expansion.

Only one referenced Pence dodging Roe Q, which set it off.

None mentioned him dodging Q on peaceful transfer of power.
At the very moment that Republicans are violating political norms to cement conservative control of the court, they are demanding journalists focus on whether Biden might engage in his own norm violations to counter it in the future.
Journalists are not required to pretend to believe Republicans when they pretend to be angry about Democrats violating political norms.

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Great thread here from Parker. One point I'll add -- Fox News has an unrivaled hold on the Republican Party, from agenda-setting to candidate selection. That moves the GOP away from a majoritarian message -- but sometimes it wins anyway.
Donald Trump spent much of the 2016 campaign in a similar Fox feedback loop. And his message did not command the support of a majority of voters. But he got enough to win in the Electoral College despite getting three million fewer votes.
Once he was in office, Fox had more power over his administration than any media outlet has had in recent history. Here are 15 examples from the last two years, they influenced everything from personnel to a government shutdown.…
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NEW STUDY: Two years of Trump's Fox live-tweeting obsession, by the numbers

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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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The playbook here is obvious -- throw together some sketchy investigations and use them to throw doubt on the election results.…
Literally within minutes.
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Fox & Friends keeping the president focused like a laser on the issues marginal voters in swing states care about the most.
The president is down by double digits in recent polls amid his COVID diagnosis, and his Fox cabinet thinks his way back is... this?
Good luck, folks.
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Dawning realization that nine months into the pandemic. senior WH officials think that if you test negative it means that you definitely have not caught the virus and can do whatever you want and don't need to quarantine if you've been in contact with someone with COVID.
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