Fox News slams Trump with ticker saying POTUS baselessly claims poll was rigged: 'It's going to fall on him'
The network, which was once among Trump's closest, has been found distancing itself with him in the months leading up to the presidential election
Fox News, which remained one of President Donald Trump’s few trusted allies in the mainstream media for long, saw itself at a distance with the incumbent as the November 3 election approached. Trump was left distraught with the channel’s coverage and often reprimanded it publicly saying its standards have fallen. But Fox did not budge, and on Thursday, November 26, it treated its viewers to yet another anti-Trump dose saying the incumbent has “baselessly” and “falsely” claimed that this year’s election was rigged.
The message to the Fox News audience was displayed on the channel’s ticker graphic at bottom of the screen. It read: “President Trump phoned into a meeting organized by Republicans in Pennsylvania Wed., baseless claiming that the election was ‘rigged’ and falsely claiming that he won it ‘by a lot’.”
It then added: “Most of Trump’s legal efforts to challenge voting procedures in PA, MI and other states have been thrown out and his campaign has not produced sufficient evidence to back up claims of widespread voter fraud. At the hearing Wed., Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani claimed Trump had potentially won VA, when in fact the state’s vote count shows Trump lost VA by over 450,000 votes.” The network further said that all those states where Trump’s campaign contested results — GA, MI, PA and NV — have either certified or moved closer to certifying their results in the past week to confirm the victory of president-elect Joe Biden.
A day before, hosts of ‘Fox & Friends’, the network’s morning news show, said the responsibility to clear up the confusion over this year’s presidential election lies squarely on Trump who has refused to concede defeat so far.
'With great power comes great responsibility'
Host Jedediah Bila said “at some point, it’s going to be incumbent upon him” to concede that Biden has won the election and there was no widespread fraud that would turn the tables around, something Trump and his loyalists are still hoping for but with little success. “It’s going to fall on him. With great power comes great responsibility to say, ‘You know what? The process is done. This is the verdict. Let’s move on’,” she said.
Along with Bila, her co-host Steve Doocy also pointed out the incumbent’s responsibility for sowing seeds of suspicion and distrust in the results of the November 3 election. Trump has always been vocal against the use of mail-in ballots for this year’s election — an idea that gained traction amid the coronavirus pandemic — claiming that it would lead to widespread corruption. His camp has moved courts to seek a legal remedy after the US media projected Biden to win the election on November 7 but has not been able to produce any evidence to back its claim. “When the president says that the election was rigged against him — he says it a number of times — it starts to ring true to people and they start to believe it,” Doocy, who referred to a recent CNBC survey that found only three percent of Trump’s voters accept Biden as the actual winner of the election.
Bila added to Doocy’s statements, saying: “It’s always going to be deeply disappointing when your candidate of choice doesn’t win. With that being said, as of right now, the evidence shows that Joe Biden is the president-elect. There hasn’t been anything brought forth in court that has shown otherwise and what’s concerning about the polling, I think, is that you worry, ‘Are we at a point where the country is so divided that no matter what is shown in court … is a large segment of the population going to believe it was stolen or rigged simply because the president is saying so?’” She said Trump’s supporters were reacting that way because he is speaking on those lines.
Trump on Thursday said it's "very hard thing to concede" the election but admitted that he would leave the White House when the time came if the Electoral College votes for Biden.
Trump attacks Fox
Trump and his sympathizers were, however, in no mood to spare Fox. Conservative author and podcaster David Harris Jr tweeted on Thursday an opinion piece on his site saying Fox News’s daytime ratings plummeted by 32 percent in two weeks since the election. It said: “Rupert Murdoch made the mistake of allowing his liberal son to take over the Fox juggernaut created by the late Roger Ailes.”
Trump responded to the tweet cursing the network. He said: “Will go down much further. Weekend daytime even worse, dead. They still don’t get it. Fantastic alternatives! The late/great Roger Ailes is seriously missed, but I still won LEGAL VOTES by a lot!!!”
Will go down much further. Weekend daytime even worse, dead. They still don’t get it. Fantastic alternatives! The late/great Roger Ailes is seriously missed, but I still won LEGAL VOTES by a lot!!! https://t.co/rm0ygRnW3S— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2020
In the past, Trump has been seen seeking help from Ailes, one of his close aides and a former Fox CEO, who died in 2017, when he found Fox’s coverage not suiting his own preferences.