Gavin Newsom reportedly told MSNBC’s Jen Psaki that his staff has informed them that he has an obsession with watching network primetime shows every night.
The California governor discussed how right-wing media figures like Tucker Carlson and networks like Fox News, One American News, and Newsmax have contributed to the political polarization in the United States on the most recent episode of Inside with Jen Psaki on Sunday, which aired a rebroadcast of an interview from April.
“One thing I heard from everybody, including the caucus today, is they’re so upset about being on the defensive. They’re so upset about the message. And on the other side, the anger industry, the entertainment wing, particularly of the Republican Party, the surround sound on Fox. One American news and Newsmax and what they’re doing to divide this country, you know where illusion rules, not facts.” Newsom declared during the interview.
Psaki then asked Newsom if he occassionally watched Fox News.
“Not occasionally. Every night,” he replied.
“Do you think Democrats should still be appearing on Fox or should they not be appearing,” Psaki asked in response.
“It contributes to the mental health crisis in the state. So on the basis of one’s own personal conditions, I would not recommend it. My staff has quite literally tried to have interventions with me about it. They say I’m too obsessed with it, but I need to understand it,” Newsom said in response, in spite of the fact that he recently appeared on the Sean Hannity show.