Ousted former Fox News editor Chris Stirewalt went public with claims that the public reaction to Donald Trump’s election loss was due to “informational malnourishment” in a veiled shot at his former employer.
Stirewalt — one of the main proponents of Fox’s disastrous premature call of Arizona for Joe Biden on election night — was fired from Fox News earlier this month due to a post-election “restructuring” at the network.
The former Fox News analyst wrote an op-ed published on Thursday by the Los Angeles Times attacking Americans that don’t buy the news narratives pushed by the mainstream media.
“Americans gorge themselves daily on empty informational calories, indulging their sugar fixes of self-affirming half-truths and even outright lies,” Stirewalt sniped. “Can anyone really be surprised that the problem has gotten worse in the last few years?”
Despite the fact that Stirewalt was behind the call that led to a disastrous cascade that has resulted in Fox News taking enormous ratings losses and likely promoting his firing, he declared that he was “proud of our being first to project” Biden’s ultimate win in Arizona, and slammed disgruntled voters that called out his bias.
The rebellion on the populist right against the results of the 2020 election was partly a cynical, knowing effort by political operators and their hype men in the media to steal an election or at least get rich trying. But it was also the tragic consequence of the informational malnourishment so badly afflicting the nation.
When I defended the call for Biden in the Arizona election, I became a target of murderous rage from consumers who were furious at not having their views confirmed.
Having been cosseted by self-validating coverage for so long, many Americans now consider any news that might suggest that they are in error or that their side has been defeated as an attack on them personally. The lie that Trump won the 2020 election wasn’t nearly as much aimed at the opposing party as it was at the news outlets that stated the obvious, incontrovertible fact.
Stirewalt’s open disdain — now that he’s already been fired — for Trump voters concerned about media bias and misrepresentation of the election provides further proof of what many longtime Fox News fans have suspected for months — the once-stalwart network is rife with operatives that are no friend to their conservative viewers.