Conservatives and the Trump administration railed against Fox News after the network called Arizona for Joe Biden.
During his speech on election night, Fox News decision desk director Arnon Mishkin was asked about his call to Arizona and asked if he was 100% sure of his call, to which he replied “absolutely”.
Fox was the first news organization to announce a winner in Arizona, making it the first red-blue flip on the voting card. Since then, AP has also called Arizona for Biden.
“It’s been clear for some time that the former vice president is at the top of Arizona and is the most likely to win the state,” Mishkin said. “I think we have heard from the White House that they expect to get only 61 percent of the outstanding votes and their 870,000 outstanding votes, and they will get that. That is not true.
“The reality is that they will probably only get about 44 percent of the outstanding votes there. We are in a race right now where Biden gets 53 percent and Trump 46 percent of the votes.
Mishkin continued, “I’m sorry, the president will not be able to take power and win enough votes to eliminate the seven-point lead of the former vice president.
Trump campaign manager Jason Miller fired back at Twitter, calling Fox a “complete outlier” in his decision.
1/ @FoxNews is a complete outlier when it comes to calling Arizona, and other media should not follow suit.
There are still 1 million votes on election day waiting to be counted – we urged our people to vote on election day, but now Fox News is trying to invalidate their votes!
– Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) November 4, 2020
“FoxNews is a complete outlier when it comes to calls to Arizona, and other media should not follow suit,” Miller twittered. “There are still 1M+ votes on election day waiting to be counted – we urged our people to vote on election day, but now Fox News is trying to invalidate their votes!
He added, “We only need 61 percent of the outstanding, uncounted votes on Election Day in Arizona to win. These votes come from ‘our districts’, and the 61 percent figure is very feasible considering our other votes on election day. Fox News should withdraw its appeal immediately.
Fox’s count was Biden with 53 percent and Trump with 46 percent.
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Liz Harrington also reacted angrily to Fox’s call to Arizona.
Call GA, NC and TX, you HACKS!
Pull AZ back!
– Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) November 4, 2020
“Call GA, NC and TX, you HACKS!” she twittered bluntly. “Pull AZ back!”
In 2016, Trump Arizona won by 3.5 percent.
Country singer and ardent Trump supporter Travis Tritt said he would switch from Fox to Newsmax because of his disappointment with the coverage.
Whatever the final result tonight, one thing is very clear. @FoxNews can no longer claim to be the fair and balanced network it once was. There are many biased hacks there now, and a ton of people are noticing this. Itâs now @newsmax for me for election results.
– Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) November 4, 2020
“Whatever the final results tonight, one thing is extremely clear,” he wrote, “@FoxNews can no longer claim to be the fair and balanced network it once was. There are many biased hacks there now, and a lot of people are starting to notice. It’s @newsmax for me now because of the election results.”
Actress Alana Stewart agreed and added: “I just changed the channel from @FoxNews to @newsmax. #FoxNews #ElectionNight.”
I just changed the channel from @FoxNews to @newsmax. #FoxNews #ElectionNight
– Alana Stewart (@AlanaKStewart) November 4, 2020
The co-founder of the conservative publication The Federalist, Sean Davies, was also disgusted by Fox’s appeal to Arizona.
Since Fox News made its completely inexcusable early call for Biden in Arizona (before more than a million votes were counted on election day), Trump has reduced Biden’s lead by nearly a third. And we are still only 77% of the coverage (Fox called it 73%).
– Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 4, 2020
“Since Fox News made its totally unacceptable early call for Biden in Arizona (before more than a million votes were counted on election day), Trump has reduced Biden’s lead by almost a third,” he twittered. “And we are still only 77% (Fox called it