Fox News is facing criticism after a questionable election night call that favor’s Joe Biden and the Democrats.
The media outlet had many conservatives furious – including President Trump and his campaign – after they called the state of Arizona in favor of Joe Biden extremely early on. Fox News was the only outlet to call a Biden upset in the state.
Senior Trump campaign official Jason Miller wrote on Twitter: “Fox News is a complete outlier in calling Arizona, and other media outlets should not follow suit. There are still 1M+ Election Day votes out there waiting to be counted – we pushed our people to vote on Election Day, but now Fox News is trying to invalidate their votes!”
“We only need 61% of the outstanding, uncounted Election Day votes in Arizona to win,” Miller continued. “These votes are coming from ‘our counties,’ and the 61% figure is very doable based on what our other Election Day votes are looking like. @FoxNews should retract their call immediately.”
Arizona political insider and columnist Jon Gabriel said that there was “something very odd about” what was going on in the state. While Federalist co-founder Sean Davis wrote that the Trump campaign was furious.
Davis said, “I’ve talked to several Trump campaign advisers, and I can’t convey how furious the campaign is at Fox for its completely unjustified AZ call for Biden. They say when not even CNN and MSNBC have called a race for the Democrat, you know something is up. Fox is ‘f***ing us hard,’ one adviser said.”
Governor Doug Ducey responded to the Fox News assertion that Biden had quickly won the state.
“It’s far too early to call the election in Arizona,” Ducey wrote. “Election Day votes are not fully reported, and we haven’t even started to count early ballots dropped off at the polls. In AZ, we protected Election Day. Let’s count the votes — all the votes — before making declarations.”
Even Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the most watched cable news host, pushed back on the network’s decision to call Arizona for Biden.
Richard Baris, a data journalist, said the Fox call after the vote count was frozen in Maricopa County was akin to something seen in third-world countries.
“Fox is playing a role,” Baris said in a tweet
Arnon Mishkin, the Fox News decision desk director, said during an appearance on the network that he was 100 percent confident in the call.
“We made it after basically a half hour of debating, ‘is it time yet?’ Because it’s been clear for a while that the former vice president is in the lead in Arizona and was most likely to win the state,” he added.
Arizona is a crucial battleground state that delivers the winner 11 electoral votes. President Trump won the state by nearly one million votes in 2016 when he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The state was also won by the Republican nominees in the 2008 and 2012 elections – making it even less believable that Joe Biden so easily defeated President Trump in the state.