Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth by Brian Stelter:
In my estimation, the say-anything president lost the benefit of the doubt somewhere between January 21, when he said that the skies became “really sunny” right after his inaugural address, when in fact it remained cloudy with occasional sprinkles, and January 24, when he claimed that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in the election that he won. He proved that his words were worthless, yet they were taken so seriously by his converts, and thus they remained newsworthy.
This was true in 2017 and it remained true in 2020. So much of what came out of Trump’s mouth was inaccurate, illogical, or incoherent. But Fox’s show still generally took his words seriously. Segments were centered around his point of view, even when his point of view made no sense. On Fox, his failures were treated gently. His lies were ignored almost completely.