A Vast Right-Wing Shadow Network

Al Franken interviewed Anne Nelson, author of the 2019 book, Shadow Network: Media, Money and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right. If you read Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, and Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, this could be the next book to read.

Here’s Franken’s June 19, 2022 podcast with Anne Nelson. In it she lays out how dark money brought us to Jan. 6, 2021. The section after 35:00 is about how large blocks of voters don’t read newspapers and have developed an alternative way of news gathering. In essence, they created their own echo chamber (my words, not hers) rendering traditional media, radio, TV, newspapers and magazines, irrelevant.

Definitely worth the listen. If you can’t get enough of Anne Nelson, Blog for Iowa posted a different interview with her here.

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