Eric Deggans, David Folkenflik, FOX discussed on All Things Considered


Out to make sure that that's called out because it shouldn't be blamed on groups that weren't responsible for some analysis of how media outlets are covering this extraordinary story. We're joined by NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. Welcome back, Eric. Thanks for having me and our media correspondent David Folkenflik. Hello. Hey, Audie. I want to start with the broadcast networks where TV news viewers traditionally go for, you know gravitas, Eric. How do they do? Well, I think they seemed a little shell shocked Aziz. Many viewers were by what was going on. The networks broke into the regular programming, including in prime time to cover what was going on and deliver. Um, you know the facts of what had happened, and David, it sounds like you saw in their attempts, a scramble just to find the language right to describe what was going on. That's right. I think that you saw them initially talking about protesters because the day started with a protest right And then it moved to people who were starting to move on the capital, and they were trying to figure out You know, to anticipate where it would go without being hyperbolic about it. And suddenly these people became essentially a mob that were storming or laying siege or sacking, ultimately, the U. S Capitol building and yet they didn't want to get out ahead of it. So you know, we finally you saw debates play out in newsrooms, including our own Are they Are they protesters still are they Insurrectionists. Are they rioters? How do you do this? And I think ultimately you saw news organizations not casting aside caution but casting upside self inflicted restraints to try to capture what their colleagues on the hill we're seeing with their own ears and eyes. David, I want to follow up on this thought because you watch cable news closely in specifically Fox, which has had a lot of competition from its right flank. Can you describe what you saw there? Yeah. So on Fox, you would essentially seen ah, lot of very sympathetic voices. Not surprisingly, to the folks who were part of the demonstration on The mall that the president was addressing and essentially turned out to be inciting on. Then you saw essentially kind of deflections and affirmation of what they were doing in Martha MacCallum, a news anchor, seemingly offering a kind of affirmation. Of the movement towards Capitol Hill and ultimately is the realized what happened and started depicting things as as truly a mob and truly sacking the capital. There was a deflection of blame. I want to play for you a clip. It's Pete head Seth. He was on Fox and friends this morning and he was deflecting where blame should lie for what occurred yesterday on Capitol.

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