Conservatives turned to Fox News coverage of the 2020 election to follow the results on election night, expecting to get fair coverage from their favorite network. It didn’t take long to see that Fox was manipulating election results when early on, Fox called Virginia for Biden while Trump’s numbers were in the ’50s and Biden’s significantly lower.
Fox calls Virginia for Biden with less than 1% in and 46%… strange math pic.twitter.com/XWBKsxGHZu
— Eric Scott Hawkins 🎨 (@ES_Hawkins) November 4, 2020
At the same time, Fox refused to call Florida for Trump for hours even as President Trump had a significant lead there.
Many viewers, confused by Fox’s coverage, flipped to CNN and were surprised to find CNN more cautious in its predictions as states reported their results.
Don’t hate me, but for some reason, .@cnn is doing a MUCH better job than #FoxNews on election coverage. Way too much negative speculation on Fox. CNN playing it closer to the middle, yet still obviously pulling for Biden. Sad state for Fox. #MAGA 🇺🇸
— Montgomery Granger (@mjgranger1) November 4, 2020
But CNN didn’t satisfy conservatives, because, in spite of their cautious reporting, they were also preparing Americans for what the Democrats have been planning all along. CNN recommended patience, repeatedly saying that the final results would take more time because of the early mail-in voting. What they were really saying was, “now that we know the margins, it will take time to make sure we have enough Biden votes to win Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.”
President Trump, ever and understandably his own advocate, addressed the issue of election fraud himself. He, accompanied by his family, questioned calling Arizona for Biden and pointed out the large margins he enjoyed in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the other battleground states. He also marveled that the counting had stopped in those battleground states, once again saying out loud what all his supporters were thinking.
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) November 4, 2020
Fox News is standing by their calls and lack of calls, driving many conservative viewers to the alternative conservative news outlet Newsmax for the fair and balanced coverage Fox seems to have abandoned.
Watch Trump adviser Jenna Ellis explain President Trump’s legal strategy to combat the Democrats’ fraudulent shenanigans to Newsmax’s Mark Halperin:
.@JennaEllisEsq tells @MarkHalperin that “we are looking at the method of the ballots being counted, we are also looking at questions at why the counting has stopped.” https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO pic.twitter.com/GT6kJx289V
— Newsmax (@newsmax) November 4, 2020
One of the president’s aides said that all the TVs in the White House were tuned to Newsmax.
One has to wonder at Fox News’s suicidal strategy. Their election night coverage has enraged their core base. At the same time, they can never hope to gain credibility with the other fake news networks that have been vilifying them for years for catering to that base.