Even Fox News Skipped Giuliani’s Deranged Arizona ‘Hearing’ — Until Trump Tweeted
Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters
On Monday, Rudy Giuliani and others from the Trump campaign appeared in a public meeting with members of the Arizona state legislature to contest the state's election results. The meeting predictably featured plenty ofderangedanddebunked conspiracy theories about the election from the Trump campaign:
Fox News did not take the hearing live though, which led to a Trump complaint at 12:34 p.m. EST:
After Trump's complaint, Fox "straight news" anchor Harris Faulkner suddenly started giving the Arizona hearing more coverage in the 1 p.m. hour. Harris devoted a good portion of her opening segment with Fox reporter John Roberts to the matter, teased a live report from the state twice, and then finally did go live to Fox's Matt Finn in Arizona, where excerpts of the hearing were heard:
The coverage continued into Fox anchor Dana Perino's "straight news" 2 p.m. hour.
This comes as Fox News is fending off challenges from pro-Trump cable news outlet OAN, and has repeatedlyused its "straight news" programming to launder talking points from its prime-time opinion hosts. There has even been a report that Fox was tracking guests on Newsmax to force them to pick a side between the warring right-wing media outlets.
Meanwhile, as this was all unfolding, Arizona certified its election results for President-elect Joe Biden.