Chris Stirewalt says Fox News hasn't been giving its Viewers Accurate Assessments of Political Races
In his book, "Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back," Stirewalt said that during his work at Fox News, coverage didn’t fully capture what viewers needed to hear
Chris Stirewalt, a former Fox News Political Editor, has claimed that the viewers of the controversial news channel would have responded better to President Donald Trump’s loss in 2020 if they had been given “a more accurate assessment of the Presidential race through the network’s coverage.”
In his book, "Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back," Stirewalt said that during his work at Fox News, coverage didn’t fully capture what viewers needed to hear and got worse over the years. He said that coverage become commonplace during Donald Trump’s White House tenure and pointed out the “rage” that he encountered after Fox News called the Arizona election in Biden’s favor.
"Amid the geyser of anger in the wake of the Arizona call, Senator Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota, called for my firing and accused me of a 'cover-up.'
Covering up what, exactly? We didn't have any ballots to count and we didn't have any electoral votes to award. Had viewers been given a more accurate understanding of the race over time, Trump's loss would have been seen as a likely outcome. Instead of understanding his narrow win in 2016 as the shocking upset that it was, viewers were told to assume that polls don't apply (unless they were good for Trump) and that forecasters like me were going to be wrong again."
Chris Stirewalt said.
The January 6th House Committee hosted Chris Stirewalt who mentioned the importance of Arizona and how the decision affected the news channel. Donald Trump was angered that Fox News called Arizona for Biden. Stirewalt said, "We were able to make a call early. We were able to beat the competition."
"We had gone to pains — and I'm proud of the pains we went to to make sure that we were informing viewers that this was going to happen because the Trump campaign and the president had made it clear that they were going to try to exploit this anomaly. And we knew it was going to be bigger because the percentage of early votes was higher."
Chris Stirewalt continued.