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Trump Meadows chief of staff called top Fox News VP on election night to complain about Arizona call

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows angrily questioned a top Fox News employee about the network’s decision to call Arizona in favor of President Joe Biden on election night last year within minutes of the call. .

Mr Meadows wrote in Minister, a memoir published last week, that he angrily phoned the editor of Fox News operations in Washington DC, Bill Sammon, to complain about the call he described in the book. is “mathematically impossible” for the net to do when it happens.

Previously, he had berated Sammon for what he saw as “a network of libertarians trying to undermine President Trump in the name of objectivity” and that Fox journalists were said to have not covered the news. evenly on the Trump campaign. The network’s opinion hosts are mostly pro-Trump, and some, including Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, are among television’s biggest supporters.

“I called Bill Sammon again, hitting the numbers with such force that I was surprised I didn’t crack the screen of my iPhone,” Meadows wrote in his memoir.

The network’s news team has also been accused by other news organizations of leaning their coverage towards focusing on issues of culture war and immigration concerns related to the stories. stories of GOP candidates, including Mr. Trump.

The Independent has reached out to Fox News for comment on the reported exchange between Mr. Sammon, who retired in January, and Mr. Meadows.

In his own writing, Mr. Meadows argued with Mr. Sammon that “[t]there is no information that you may have at this time that would make this call a reality”, adding that while it was likely Mr Trump would lose his traditional red status he just do so with at least 10,000 votes.

In fact, Mr. Trump lost in the state by a little over 10,000 votes. Fox News became the first to call on the state to endorse Mr. Biden, doing so before midnight with just over a quarter of the vote remaining and Mr. Biden up about 9 percentage points. The leadership of the president will be greatly reduced, but Related press followed suit and declared the status to Mr. Biden a few hours later.

According to Meadows, the Fox call resulted in “a flurry of shouting and obscenities” from rallying staff watching the news in the White House, and Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported on election night that it was Mr Trump who phoned Rupert Murdoch, the network’s owner, to ask for the call to be withdrawn.

“According to a source, Trump phoned Fox owner Rupert Murdoch to yell about the call and ask for it to be retracted. Murdoch declined and the call continued,” Mr. Sherman reported.

Despite calls by the network to eventually be vindicated, Mr. Sammon is said to have faced criticism from executives at Fox for the decision. Fox political editor and permanent face on Fox News’ decision desk, Chris Stirewalt, was fired over the incident at the same time as Mr. Sammon announced his plan to exit the network.

Mr. Meadows now faces possible contempt of Congress charges after terminating his cooperation with a House committee investigating the January 6 attack on Congress.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-s-chief-of-staff-meadows-called-top-fox-news-vp-on-election-night-to-complain-about-arizona-call-b1974699.html Trump Meadows chief of staff called top Fox News VP on election night to complain about Arizona call

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