Once Fox News called AZ for Biden, it ended any chance of Trump winning the 2020 presidential election in the network’s eyes! It was controversial that the viewers abandoned the network.
Also, another controversy was when a man at the Decision Desk, Chris Stirewalt, was fired.
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If you read the latest book, the decision emerged from a more powerful man than Stirewalt, the Fox News owner, Rupert Murdoch, reported Business Insider.
The book is titled “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” and Michael Wolff was the author.
Wolff wrote that Murdoch’s son Lachlan, the CEO of Fox Corporation, got a call from the network’s election-data operation shortly after 11 p.m. ET on election night saying it was ready to declare Arizona for Biden.
The book noted that the Murdochs — who spearhead a vast right-wing media empire — had “every reason” to delay calling Arizona at the time, given Fox’s steadfast allegiance to Trump and the fact that no other network had made the call yet.
“Lachlan got his father on the phone to ask if he wanted to make the early call. With a signature grunt, his father assented, adding, ‘F— him,'” referring to Trump, Wolff said.
Fox Media denied the words in the book to Business Insider.
“This account is completely false,” it said. “Arnon Mishkin, who leads the FOX News Decision Desk, made the Arizona call on election night, and FOX News Media President Jay Wallace was then called in the control room. Any other version of the story is wildly inaccurate.”
It is crucial to know that Wolff has had problems in the past, and with the previous book on the Trump administration being scrutinized by the fact-checkers and reporters who announced that some details in the didn’t add up.
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The book’s author shared that when the network decided to make the call on AZ when Hemmer told Trump’s lead social media strategist, Jason Miller, who had a furious response.
“Miller involuntarily rose from his seat. ‘What the f—?’ he said out loud, looking around and seeing the still-merry and untroubled faces in the Map Room,” he said.
“That’s what they’re doing. That’s what they’re going with,” Hemmer reportedly said, according to Wolff’s account.
“Who?” Miller asked.
“The election desk,” Hemmer said, adding that the network’s decision was going to be aired imminently, the book said.”
Fox News spokesperson denied that Hemmer said: “This never happened and is completely untrue.”
The Trump campaign was furious by the Fox News decision.
“What the f—? How can they call this?” Trump said, Wolff reported. “We’re winning. And everybody can see we are going to win. Everybody’s calling to say that we’re winning. And then they pull this?”
In January, Stirewalt attended MSNBC and said it happened after Fox News made the call.
“We were kind of out there by ourselves, and through that process, we became a focus of all of this rage, all of this anger,” he stated. “A lot of people have grown accustomed to being flattered by their news outlets,”
“It was long after any calls were made that I had any idea that this was a huge deal or that people were freaking out or all that stuff,” he added. “I would not understand the magnitude of the anger on the right about this for some time,”
“It was not just a matter that they were unhappy or disagreed with it. It was a matter of real anger and spoke to me about the depth of the problem,”