With hundreds of thousands of ballots remaining to be counted and major swing states too close to call, President Donald Trump gave a press conference Thursday evening declaring himself the winner of an election he claims was rigged against him. Journalists and news outlets immediately called out the president for lying:
Multiple networks — but not CNN — cut away from the presser after it became clear the president was simply using the media coverage in an attempt to falsely undermine public confidence in the election. But even CNN criticized Trump’s lies.
Meanwhile, Fox “hard news” anchors Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier treated the speech with kid gloves, repeating Trump’s claims while offering little pushback.