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Stelter: Fox News and Facebook are part of the pro-Trump fantasyland that enabled the Capitol siege

January 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A sick brew of misinformation and hate, cooked up for years by pro-Trump media and enabled by Big Tech, culminated last Wednesday in the siege of the US Capitol, the symbol of American democracy.

"The more research I did this week, the more I realized that Fox News shows and Facebook groups are just part of the pro-Trump Fantasyland," said CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources" Sunday.

Stelter said Big Tech and conservative media hosted and repeated President Donald Trump's lies that led to the siege.

Ahead of Wednesday's events, Trump supporters virtually gathered on various social media platforms, including Twitter, TikTok and Parler, the now-banned social media platform popular with conservatives.

Despite some efforts to rein in the most hate- and violence-inciting parts of their networks, including banning Trump from Facebook and Twitter last week, Big Tech has largely failed or has been unwilling to get a hold of the worst aspects of social media.

"Trump's cheering section in the right-wing media is desperately trying to downplay Wednesday's crimes," Stelter said.

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