Regardless of who ends up winning, it appears that the 2020 election is going to have a number of both expected and unexpected consequences. Here’s one that would fall into the latter category.
It now appears possible that, as a result of its Election Day coverage, Fox News is going to lose a lot of viewers.
Fox goes to the Democrats on Election Night
Putting off to the side just how, suspiciously, inaccurate Fox’s preelection polls were, the outlet raised a number of eyebrows on election night by awarding Arizona to Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden before hundreds of thousands of votes, votes correctly expected to favor Trump, were counted.
At the time of this writing, Arizona has still not been declared by the majority of outlets, and that’s because it is still up for grabs. Even CNN, of all networks, admits as much.
But not Fox, which actually had Arizona called, in Biden’s favor, before it called a number of other states that were obviously going to President Trump. Because of this, Fox, somewhat ironically, could end up be the first network to call the election for Biden.
What is going on?
The Trump campaign on Thursday gave us a hint: It turns out that the man who is running Fox’s decision desk is Aaron Mishkin, and Mishkin is a bigtime Democrat.
“Why would Mishkin put his finger on the scale for Joe Biden before so many votes are counted?” the Trump campaign wrote in a statement. “Mishkin is a registered Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, worked as a Democrat political consultant, and has a long record of donating to Democrats, including the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign.”
That explains a lot. Now, though, it has to be asked what effect Mishkin’s decision had on the election. Here’s the opinion of Breitbart’s John Nolte: “There is no question that Mishkin and Fox News deliberately called Arizona early on Tuesday in a deliberate attempt to rig a close presidential election where who was perceived to be the winner would be very important going forward.”
The unexpected consequence
As a result of this obvious left-wing partisanship, a number of Fox viewers tuned out on election night, and, instead, they tuned in to networks like Newsmax, particularly after Fox called Arizona for Biden.
In the days following election night, Republicans across the internet have voiced their displeasure with Fox with many vowing to never read or watch the network again.
Others, however, weren’t willing to go that far, saying, instead, that they will still watch such conservative personalities as Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. This will probably be the more common approach.
Many have noticed, for some time, that Fox has been leaning a little too far to the left these days. They have continued to watch and to read, regardless. Now, however, it appears that this Election Day coverage could end up being the final straw.