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.
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.
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
Chuck Todd apologizing for an edited clip
The New York Times reprimanding a reporter
Hunter Biden, son of presidential candidate Joe Biden
A discussion with the archbishop of New York about “bringing baseball back”