FOX News Finally Admits to Wild Election Night Misprojection After Eight Days
In what appears to be a flailing attempt to regain their once astonishing heights atop the news media mountain, Fox News has finally addressed some of their ridiculous election night predictions, owning incorrect projections that gave conservatives cause for concern.
It was a full eight days after the fact, but hopefully better late than never when Fox’s Bret Baier owned that the Fox News Decision Desk incorrectly projected that Democrats would gain five seats in the House.
“Democrats have clinched a majority in the House by reaching 218 seats,” the anchor said on Wednesday evening during Special Report.
It’s unclear who exactly is responsible for blunders at the supposedly all-knowing and all-powerful decision desk at Fox News, but one might suspect that they might want to invest in some resume critiquing because Americans aren’t happy with what they did on election night.
“There are still a handful of races undecided. On election night, the FOX News Decision Desk correctly predicted soon after 9:00 Eastern that Democrats would retain control of the House. But they also estimated Democrats would add about five seats to their majority,” said Baier. “That did not occur. Republicans have gained six seats with multiple races yet to be decided.”
Just a day after the election, when most were still glued to their screens, wondering what the outcome would be, when two of Fox News’ best and brightest began to share their distrust with the network’s coverage of the election.
BizPacReview reported that “Fox News senior political correspondent, Brit Hume, and top-rated prime-time host, Tucker Carlson, both expressed surprise and frustration at their network, for making a premature victory call for Arizona, on behalf of Joe Biden Tuesday night, while hesitating to call states that President Donald Trump appeared to be carrying.”
According to BPR, Fox was actually the first network to call Arizona in favor of the Democratic presidential nominee, something that in previous elections, circumspect about addressing, and that wasn’t the only blunder that had conservatives wondering.
“The network was the first to call the race in Arizona for the Democratic presidential nominee, along with the U.S Senate contest for Democratic challenger, Mark Kelly, against incumbent GOP Sen. Martha McSally,” BPR reported.
However, Fox News politics editor, Chris Stirewalt, as well as Decision Desk head, Arnon Mishkin, both got wind of the controversy and later appeared on the network, all in hopes of defending the aggressively early Arizona call. “I’m sorry, we’re not wrong,” Mishkin said. Baier noted that while they were projecting during that segment, his phone was “lighting up” with calls from Republicans and those on President Donald Trump’s team, complaining that it was too early to make the call.
Organizations such as Fox live and die by whether or not Americans can trust that what they are putting out is quality and dependable. However, it appeared that the motivation behind their fast and quick ruling could have been a personal one.
While Trump started out in Fox News good graces (and vice versa) as the president’s first term neared its end, the news outlet began to fall out of Trump’s good graces, due in large part to how they seemed to drastically poll against the president. Anyone who has followed Trump since the beginning of his presidency knows that he’s not one to take such a thing laying down.
Trump began his castigation of the network, which only seemed to cause them to double down, culminating with raging devastation of a call on election night in Arizona, which was made while voters still stood in line to vote (meaning they didn’t know what voter turnout would be yet, much less how those people would vote).
Since their surprising call, competitors Newsmax and One America News Network have had an unexpected windfall, however. I guess it’s true what they said, no great tragedy without some small gain (well, a gain for everyone except Fox).