Judge Pirro bumped, Biden celebration touted, as backlash grows against Fox News election coverage

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Fans and former fans of Fox News have increasingly expressed anger and resentment at the network over its Election Night call for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to win Arizona and the network’s handling of ongoing election coverage as it is contested by President Donald Trump.

Fans’ anger at the network only grew on Saturday when it joined with other media organizations in declaring Biden the president-elect though President Donald Trump’s campaign has not conceded and is litigating, or planning to litigate, outcomes in key battleground states.

“Once the hysteria over the presidential election recedes, it should be interesting to see what the Fox News Channel’s ratings look like. Online, there is definitely a backlash growing against the disgraced outlet,” writes John Nolte, citing the rising anger expressed online and elsewhere at the network.

“What should worry Fox above all is that they appear to have forever lost their core viewers, the people who were once the most loyal,” he added. “You never want to lose your base. Once you lose your base, you’re in serious trouble.”

Nolte pointed out that fans have become increasingly exasperated with “Fox News Sunday” host and political analyst Chris Wallace, anger that exploded after he backtracked on his word to be nearly invisible during the first debate between Biden and Trump by appearing to the president’s supporters to be less aggressive with the former vice president.

But the early call on Election Night, giving Arizona to Biden while refusing to call races in eastern and midwestern states where voting had wrapped up hours earlier infuriated Fox News viewers and appeared to even frustrate some of the network’s hosts and correspondents.

Even The New York Times backtracked after it became apparent that Arizona was too close to call and took it out of Biden’s ‘win’ column. And as of this writing, the Times still has not awarded the state to either candidate.

But fans — many now former fans, apparently — have begun to voice their disdain for the network loud and clear.

For instance, during a live MSNBC shot outside a ballot counting center in Maricopa County, Ariz., on Friday, scores of Trump supporters were heard chanting, “Fox News sucks!” — which correspondent Gadi Schwartz pointed out.

And after network anchor Bret Baier took to Twitter to invite Americans to watch him and co-anchor, Martha MacCallum, Saturday evening, users responded negatively.

https://twitter.com/BretBaier/status/1325219383069773824

“Fox News has lost, in my opinion, all legitimacy. Fox News was founded as an alternative to the mainstream media, the idea that the center of the country is not Manhattan, the center of the country is not the [Washington, D.C.] Beltway, the center of the country is the country,” said Greg Kelly, a former Fox News correspondent, in an interview with Newsmax TV, his current employer.

“Now it appears to me that Fox News is more concerned with what The New York Times writes about them than what the audience thinks about them,” Kelly added. “They have lost their audience, they have lost their way.”

Kelly was responding, in part, to a report that Fox News suspended Judge Jeanine Pirro from her Saturday show over a disagreement about her intended coverage of the election results.

Per Fox News, Judge Jeanine’s program and others were preempted for special election coverage and will be back on the air next Saturday at 9PM.

“Everything you’re seeing tonight is an illusion. There is no president-elect. Even the term ‘president-elect’ used right now is a media fabrication. We don’t have a president-elect until the electors come and they nominate a president-elect and that happens sometime next month.

“This is still in dispute… Constitutionally though, nothing significant has happened,” he added. “I believe, overall…this is a third coup attempt.”

Jon Dougherty

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