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Monday, December 09, 2019

Even Fox News Skipped Giuliani’s Deranged Arizona ‘Hearing’ — Until Trump Tweeted

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Rudy Giuliani

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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:



On Twitter, President Donald Trump promoted OAN's coverage of the event as well as a live feed by Right Side Broadcasting. Other pro-Trump outlets including Newsmax, NTD News, and Steve Bannon allyGuo Wenguis'sGTV covered it as well.

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.


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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.

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