Welcome back to The Best & The Brightest, our new-ish daily compendium of political news from across the White House, Capitol Hill, K Street, the Pentagon, and the media covering it all. I’m Tara Palmeri.
In tonight’s edition, my conversation with Puck’s founding partner and senior media correspondent Dylan Byers about whether Trump’s likely indictment will galvanize—or turn off—the G.O.P. base and swing voters; how the spectacle will play out across the rapidly transforming media landscape; whether Fox News will pull its punches, post-Dominion; and the DeSantis political wild card.
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Tara: Dylan, how do you think the networks and cable news channels will cover this incoming Trump indictment, assuming that the Manhattan District Attorney actually charges him tomorrow? Will Fox News give Trump the full victim treatment, like they did after the F.B.I. raid on Mar-a-Lago, and welcome a chorus of Republicans to echo his belief that this is a political witch hunt?
Dylan: You’re hitting on a very important question, Tara, which is: What is Fox’s posture toward Trump in a post-Jan. 6, post-Dominion, and possibly post-indictment landscape? The recent Dominion filings revealed that Fox’s leadership and its top primetime anchors were willing to suppress their personal antipathy toward the president in order to stay on the right side of his base for the sake of the business. But that hasn’t always required a full-throated defense of Trump, himself. More often than not...