On this episode of the The Federalist Radio Hour, Wilfred Reilly joined host Ben Domenech to explore how Americans have felt in recent months during the lockdown and protests and how the media encourages their fears. Reilly is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Kentucky and has written multiple books, most recently “Hate Crime Hoax: How the Left is Selling a Fake Race War,” and “Taboo: 10 Facts You Can’t Talk About.”
Reilly argues the media often focuses on the worst and least likely of situations to gain more views and clicks on their stories, which results in a needlessly terrified public. He also blamed the media for the current widespread tension between Americans.
“The media benefits from… people tuning into things that they’re existentially afraid of and feeling that little trimmer of terror,” he said. “And the media has definitely exploited that with two recent stories: Covid19 and the protests and riots following the death of George Floyd.”