Fox News largely ignores coronavirus whistleblower testimony in favor of “Obamagate” and baseball coverage

The May 14 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom carried two live snippets of the congressional testimony of Dr. Rick Bright, a Department of Health and Human Services whistleblower who is warning of “unprecedented illness and fatalities” without further COVID-19 mitigation efforts. However, America’s Newsroom declined to carry the entire hearing live, instead discussing topics such as NBC host Chuck Todd’s recent apology about an edited clip, developments in the case against retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (which President Donald Trump has termed “Obamagate,”) and an eventual return of professional baseball games.

America’s Newsroom previewed its first small piece of live coverage with Fox medical contributor Nicole Saphier criticizing Dr. Bright’s complaint. The show then briefly aired remarks by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and returned to Dr. Saphier’s pushback on Dr. Bright’s criticism of the Trump administration's coronavirus response.

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Citation From the May 14, 2020, edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom

America’s Newsroom soon returned to the hearing and aired Dr. Bright’s prepared remarks, after which co-anchor Ed Henry said, “We want to point out that it wasn't just negativity there. He pointed to success that he believes is coming, …  but also said he fears the pandemic is going to get worse [and] will be prolonged.” Henry then offered Dr. Bright’s criticisms to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to shoot down.

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Citation Fromt he May 14, 2020, edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom

Although America’s Newsroom did provide two updates on the hearing after that, it never returned to live coverage, in stark contrast to comparable shows on CNN and MSNBC which both carried live coverage of the hearing for hours. Instead, America’s Newsroom chose to focus on:

“Obamagate” and the sprawling theories in Flynn’s defense

A file image of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn at a Heritage Foundation event, with chyron reading "Documents reveal Biden among officials who requested unmasking that identified Flynn"
Anchor Sandra Smith and guest Sol Wisenberg with a chyron reading "Wisenberg: Judge in Flynn case may be trying to force a pardon out of Trump with his unusual order"

Chuck Todd apologizing for an edited clip

Anchor Sandra Smith and Mediabuzz host Howard Kurtz with a chyron reading "Chuck Todd apologizes for airing misleading clip of Attorney General"

The New York Times reprimanding a reporter

Anchor Sandra Smith and Mediabuzz host Howard Kurtz with a chyron reading "NYT says reporter 'went too far' in calling on CDC chief to resign amid pandemic"

Hunter Biden, son of presidential candidate Joe Biden

A file image of Joe, Dr. Jill, and Hunter Biden with the chyron reading "Senate committee schedules subpoena vote in Ukraine probe involving Bidens"

A discussion with the archbishop of New York about “bringing baseball back”

Anchor Ed Henry laughing at Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, comically putting on a hat. Chyron reads "Bringing baseball back, reuniting America"

Here are some examples of what Dr. Bright testified about: