Carl Bernstein: US is in a ‘cold civil war’ over Russia news


Legendary reporter Carl Bernstein says U.S. politics is in a “cold civil war” over the frequent revelations related to Russian election interference.

Bernstein, famous for covering the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post, said Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that today is a “different media universe” than the one that existed during Watergate.

“It’s a cauldron taking place in this hothouse of political debate, in which a fact-based debate is becoming impossible in this culture,” Bernstein said. “And that’s part of the difficulty here, we’re just lobbing accusations back and forth in which a fact-based environment is almost impossible to maintain.”

Bernstein said Americans believing some sources of news more than others has led to this “civil war.”

“Part of the cold civil war itself is the configuration of media, with Fox News, with CNN being perceived by different sets of viewers as representing different truths,” Bernstein said.

He said Fox News has changed American politics “as perhaps no other institution has since its invention in 1996” and that politics have been dramatically influenced by the right-wing cable news channel.

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