On Monday night, Fox News presenter Neil Cavuto cut off the coverage of the press conference from Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Officer – and Tucker Carlson is not impressed.
During the broadcast, McEnany’s opening speech immediately degenerated into unproven allegations of election fraud as Donald Trump still refuses to step down from the presidency.
Cavuto quickly cut off the footage, saying they could not air the speech unless facts were presented to support the allegations.
“You are taking these positions because you welcome the fraud and illegal voting,” McEnany said shortly before the Fox News cut.
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“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. I just think we have to be very clear: she accuses the other side of welcoming fraud and illegal voting. If she doesn’t have more details to back this up, I can’t continue to show you this with a clear conscience,” Cavuto said.
Carlson seemed to be responding to this editorial decision, which Cavuto had made in his own Tucker Carlson Tonight show, with an attempt on his part the Monday after.
“In a democracy, you cannot ignore honest questions from citizens,” Carlson said. “You can’t just dismiss them because it’s crazy or immoral to ask them. You can’t just stay out of reporting that you don’t like.”
Cavuto went on to explain his reasons for the interruption of the press conference: “But this is an explosive accusation that the other side is effectively manipulating and cheating, if they bring proof of that, we will of course take you back so far that right at the beginning they said they welcome fraud, they welcome illegal voting. Not so fast”.
At the press conference, no concrete evidence was presented to substantiate the allegations.
Earlier, in his monologue on Monday night, Carlson said: “If after answering all the questions it turns out that Joe Biden is a legitimate winner of the presidential election, we will accept that and encourage others to accept it as well.
Carlson had previously compared the alleged election fraud to a rigged carnival game, as he told his viewers: “It’s the milk bottles at the fair. They knew you were coming. They laughed at you when you left. We wish that wasn’t true, but it is true, and you are not crazy because you knew. You’re right.”
All major networks, including Fox News, have predicted Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.
In fact, Fox’s coverage of the election has created a kind of split between the channel and its Trump-supporting viewers, and has ended the symbiotic relationship the channel once had with the Trump administration.