When the media becomes a political weapon

Steve Schmidt, veteran Republican campaign strategist and adviser — now vice chairman of public affairs at Edelman — said that some conservative media outlets are now peddling “outright misinformation” to the American people.

“I’m someone who’s been a beneficiary of there being a conservative media” during stints as an adviser to presidential campaigns, he said. “Now you’re routinely hearing calls for the arrest of political opponents and the jailing of members of the Justice Department. All these things fray at the norms in an advanced democracy and have enormous implications.”

John Buckley, a veteran of Republican presidential campaigns in the ’80s and ’90s who is now CEO of Subject Matter, a public affairs agency, said the growing mistrust of facts is “driven in part by the conservative media and in part by a president bringing down faith in institutions.”