I mentioned a bit earlier tonight about how Fox chief political anchor Bret Baier and the panel on Fox's “straight news” program Special Report had downplayed the demonstrable lies in President Donald Trump's new video posted to social media today.
But the problem at Fox goes beyond that one program.
Fox News has sent out a push alert flat out touting the speech:
Fox's website was similar:
Worst of all, the Fox article in question by Matt Leach and Paul Steinhauser doesn't fact check Trump at all. The closest it gets is noting Attorney General Bill Barr has not found evidence of fraud, other Republicans disagree with Trump, and that the warning labels placed on the speech by Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter, as it has for numerous Trump tweets regarding charges of election fraud, added a disclaimer that said “This claim about election fraud is disputed.” And Facebook noted that “Joe Biden is the projected winner of the US Presidential election.”
Trump’s speech, recorded in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, came one day after Attorney General William Barr said in an interview with the Associated Press that following inquiries by the Justice Department and the F.B.I., “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
And it comes as a growing number of members of his own party have broken with Trump over his claims of voter fraud.
CNN on Wednesday declined to air Trump's wild 46-minute video alleging mass voter fraud. Jim Acosta said on-air that it was 'essentially a propaganda video' which recycled previously debunked falsehoods. 'We are not showing you any excerpts because the allegations made by the president have been rejected in the courts as well as by state election officials from both parties, not to mention from his own attorney general,' Acosta said. Erin Burnett explained on her show that CNN was 'not going to air clips... because to do so would amplify things that are factually untrue, and the president knows to be factually untrue.'"
>> Election beat reporter Jessica Huseman watched the video and concluded: "It is arguably -- and this is significant -- the 46 minute span in which Trump has told the most lies."
>> Philip Rucker's WaPo lead: "Escalating his attack on democracy from within the White House, President Trump on Wednesday distributed an astonishing 46-minute video rant filled with baseless allegations of voter fraud and outright falsehoods..."
Fox News is actively subverting the election on a daily basis, out of a short term fear of losing market share to even more deranged competitors. There's no way this will end well.