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Is the Media Enabling Trump to “Usher in a New Era of Fascism”?

Former MSNBC journalist Mehdi Hasan is launching a new digital media company that he hopes will counter the mainstream media’s many failings throughout the Trump era.

Trump in South Carolina
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This week, former MSNBC journalist Mehdi Hasan launched a new digital media company called “Zeteo,” which is Greek for “to seek.” Hasan intends this as an answer to the failings of the mainstream media, which he says is enabling Donald Trump’s effort to “usher in a new era of fascism in the United States.” We chatted with Hasan about his new project’s goals, his belief that the conventions of political reporting are failing to meet this moment, and why the far-right information space is flourishing while the small-l liberal media is in crisis.