Opinion | Is Fox News Really All That Powerful?

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Fox is one channel that no longer represents real institutional political influence in this country anymore. The financial/educational/political elite with all the power is on the other side, and I think they’re the people to be worrying about.

This month, the journalist Matt Taibbi suggested that the “financial/educational/political elite” hold real influence in America — not Fox and its viewers. According to Taibbi, America is controlled by the sensibilities of the few — especially those who run tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter. But where does that leave politicians, or the media, in the struggle for power in America?

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This week, Jane Coaston debates who’s really wielding power in America right now and to what ends, with Matt Taibbi, author of several books, including “Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another,” and writer of the newsletter “TK News”; and Michelle Cottle, a member of the Times editorial board.

Mentioned in this episode:

The book “Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America” by Chris Arnade.

Jane’s 2020 piece in Vox, “Trump was supposed to change the GOP. But the GOP changed him.”

(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

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