Fox News continues a curious shift in the demeanor of its coverage of the election in the face of allegations of fraud from President Trump’s campaign, alienating more of its base by the day.
On Thursday, following a press conference by the president’s legal team detailing the findings that support their claim that the 2020 election was stolen, Fox News’ Kristin Fisher was thoroughly dismissive of the event led by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, calling it “colorful” but “light on facts.”
“So much of what he said was simply not true, or has already been thrown out in court,” the hard news reporter said. “Giuliani opened by making this really bold and baseless claim that a lot of this alleged nationwide voter fraud he is referring to all came from one centralized place.”
Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis was critical of the media during the presser, insisting that 99% of them are not “unbiased,” and she set her sights on Fisher during an appearance on Newsmax, saying her remarks were “frankly, embarrassing for her.”
Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield played a clip of Fisher’s reporting in setting up the Trump attorney.
“ Jenna, I don’t know what’s going on with Fox News, but they just called Mayor Rudy Giuliani a liar. Your reaction?” he said.
“Well, unfortunately for Kristin Fisher, she doesn’t understand how the legal process works and that was, frankly, embarrassing for her,” Ellis replied.
“She is not sitting on any federal court that I’m aware of, she hasn’t been looking at this,” she added. “The media really does need to take this seriously and actually allow the facts to be shown and cover this as responsible journalists.”
“Fox is off the rails,” Stinchfield interjected. “They don’t believe in an attorney presenting a case. An attorney, the likes of Rudy Giuliani, who has won a lot of cases, including taking down the mafia — fitting here, in this case, by the way.”
Ellis was adamant that Trump’s legal team had presented evidence on Thursday and she hit the “fake news” media for not reporting the facts.
“I’ve seen all of you taking pictures right now and I can anticipate what your headlines are going to be,” she said. “If you’re not willing to talk about the evidence that has been presented, then that is absolutely unacceptable for journalistic standards.”
“The American people deserve to know what we have uncovered,” she added.
Newsmax is experiencing an explosion in viewers since the election, while Fox News has reportedly been in a free fall — Newsmax remains well behind the Big Three cable news providers, but is making up serious ground.
The network’s primetime audience the week of Oct 5 was 61,000, compared to a total of 329,000 the week of Nov. 9, according to Forbes. In comparison, Fox News had an audience of 1.6 million the week of Nov.9, down from 3.1 million viewers the week of Nov. 2.
And Newsmax is working with a significant handicap.
As Forbes reported, the network “is currently available in 51.5 million TV households (42.6% penetration), which lags behind rival news networks CNN (78.4 million), Fox News (76.7 million) and MSNBC 76.1 million).”
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