Fox News anchor Brett Beyer wanted the network to withdraw its famous invitation to Joe Biden in Arizona on election night in 2020, citing pressure from the Donald Trump campaign and saying the swing state should be “returned to its column,” a new book says.
Bayer email news featured in The Barrier: Trump in the White House 2017-2021published in the United States on Tuesday.
The authors, Peter Becker of The New York Times and Susan Glaser of The New Yorker, called Bayer’s request “amazing,” because Arizona “has never been in Trump’s column. And while his margin of defeat in the state has shrunk since election night, it’s still lagging behind.” More than 10,000 votes. “
Trump won Arizona in 2016. His calling for Biden four years later did not give the Democratic White House but indicated that Trump was in big trouble. Accounts of his anger over the sudden early call, which other networks did not follow, abound.
According to author Michael Wolff, Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, personally approved the call and He said about Trump: “Heck him.”
Fox News denied this, but Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law He wrote in his own book On election night, Murdoch told him that Arizona “isn’t even close.”
was the election Biden called On November 7, four days later, when his victory at Pennsylvania was agreed upon.
But Baker and Glaser reported that “turmoil” reigned at Fox News over Arizona, amid concerns that right-wing rivals, including Newsmax, who are firmly in the Trump bandwagon, might take viewers away.
“Fox executives were horrified,” the authors wrote, adding that Susan Scott, chief executive, wanted Fox News to stop calling any other states until they were approved by election authorities — a process that would take weeks.
Becker and Glaser say that Washington managing director Bill Somon rejected that plan, saying: “Our enemies – and there are many – would portray this as: For the first time in its history, Fox News rejects the concept of the next president, who happens to be the Democrat who defeated Donald Trump. “.
Baker and Glaser reported that although Bayer “has long insisted he is different from Trump’s fan-friendly opinion hosts” on Fox News, he felt pressure from the White House to cancel the Arizona call.
In an email on Thursday, November 5, they reported that the broadcaster said “the Trump campaign has been really angry” and added, “This situation has become uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable. I still have to defend this on air.”
Reportedly, “Bayer was accused of [Fox News] Office of Decision to “stick with pride” and added, “It hurts us. The sooner we pull her out–even if she gives us a big egg–and put her back in her column, the better off, in my opinion.”
They also say the Resolution Office was not allowed to call Nevada for Biden even after the other networks did, because doing so would have made Biden on Fox News the expected winner, given the Arizona call.
Trump continues to lie about mass voter fraud in Arizona, even after an “audit” by the state’s Republicans found no fraud – instead slightly a plus Biden’s victory margin.
In the aftermath of the Arizona call, Baker and Glaser, Bill Simon and Chris Stewart, two prominent members of the Fox News political team, wrote, “were temporarily separated.”
Fox News insists Simon retires while Stirewalt – who has it written His book – abandoned due to “restructuring”.
“Whatever they called it, Fox decided that respecting Trump was more important than correcting the story,” Baker and Glaser wrote.
Quoting another email, they say Jay Wallace, Fox News president and executive editor, told Simon, “I respect the hell out of you, but it turned into a war.”