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Opinion Why the right-wing media is fracturing in its defense of Trump

Bret Baier, a Fox News anchor, sharply denounced Trump over new revelations that the former president deliberately allowed the mob rampage to continue on Jan. 6, 2021. Julian Zelizer: It's not an option for many in the right-wing media to admit that Trump transgressed, as it would disrupt their deeper aim of casting the committee’s efforts as illegitimate. He says this schism reflects differing relations to D.C. power centers. Zelizer says this split might be penetrating Rupert Murdoch's world: The divide will be something Republicans heed in taking the temperature of ‘influencers’ heading into 2022 and 2024. He says the split might also be penetrating Murdoch‘s world: But Fox (whose personalities continue standing by him)

Right-wing media figures spent months validating the very lies that drove Trump’s coup attempt and even helped launder the legal “theories” supposedly justifying the effort. They then pushed “false flag” conspiracy theories about Jan. 6, relentlessly played down the violent criminality of the rioters and strained to whitewash the corruption of top co-conspirators. But now that it has been demonstrated with great clarity