PHOENIX, AZ — Kari Lake of Arizona, a former Fox 10 Phoenix anchor running for governor as a Republican, sat down with Breitbart News for an exclusive interview where she opened up about why she left the world of journalism and detailed what sets his meteoric grassroots campaign apart from other candidates.
Lake, whom Democratic strategists consider a “big MAGA star” in the making, spoke to Breitbart News Wednesday night in Phoenix. After 22 years at Fox 10 and nearly three decades as an anchor, Lake said she decided to leave the world of journalism because left-wing biases made their way to the forefront of news coverage. .
“We’re so over legacy media, mainstream media, it’s so obvious what they’re doing,” said Lake, who is backed by former President Donald Trump. “The way they cover things up when they say, ‘Oh, you can’t ask that, you’re an election denier, you’re that’, they call people names, and you just say, ‘Wait a minute , journalists shouldn’t call names like that, they shouldn’t label people.
“I think people are aware of the fake news and thank God for President Trump for opening our eyes,” she continued. “I just got fed up; I knew he was heading left. I knew that the majority of people in the news were liberal, some of them being hard-core leftists, and it was a smaller and smaller group of people who were conservative.
“Look, we’re going to have all kinds of people in this world. Not everyone will be completely neutral in the middle; it’s really hard not to have an opinion, but you have to check your opinions at the door,” she added. “I was trained to do this. People come up to me and say, ‘I didn’t know you were a conservative. I didn’t even know. And I’m like, ‘It’s because I was a good journalist.’ I didn’t show it on air.
Throughout his campaign, Lake has taken on the conflicting media in a head-on, off-the-cuff manner reminiscent of Trump. In fact, moments before the interview, Lake held a nearly 30-minute press conference outside the Arizona PBS in downtown Phoenix, where she came face-to-face with members of the media and criticized PBS for giving Hobbs an exclusive interview against the leadership of the Clean Election Commission. The CEC had set up a one-on-one between Lake and the station because Hobbs refused to debate, and the entity chose not to accommodate the Democratic secretary of state by giving her an exclusive.
“I try – when I call people at these press conferences – when I’m tough on the press – I try to train them and show them, ‘This is how you guys do it. Start covering the news fairly because people are on you,” Lake explained. “The headlines that have ever appeared on this debate before I was [to the press conference] were already so biased. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I haven’t even spoken yet. And they have already been wrong in history. They put the narrative, which was not fair. So hopefully I straightened them out, and they twist it a bit and straighten it out.
Lake noted earlier in the interview that she’s “a bit optimistic” about the future of current affairs as she “sees new media developing.”
“Amazingly, Breitbart and some of the conservative media who are considered conservative now are really fairer than before,” the former news anchor later said. “Now he’s gone so far to the left; I think to myself… ‘How can anyone believe this stuff?’ You can hear it when they ask the questions, often the leading questions, that there’s an agenda… You’re like, ‘Was there a question in there? It’s crazy.'”
As Lake garnered huge support from an overwhelmingly enthusiastic base — perhaps better than any other candidate in the country this year on either side of the aisle — Breitbart News asked what sets Lake, the candidate and her campaign apart. others.
“I think one of the things is that I’m really a citizen running for office,” Lake began. “Most of the other candidates have ties to politics. I really do it because the people of Arizona asked me to. And I got sick of my career; I’ve had enough of the propaganda. I walked away from that. And I think God pushed me to make that decision and opened me up for this moment.
“People asked me to run; I have a unique ability and skill in that I understand this condition more than the average person because I covered it for almost three decades,” she continued. “I’ve been to people, whether they’re… Democrats, Independents or Republicans, so people know me and they like me. Before I entered politics, they were listening; we were number one for 22 years, pretty much that time. It’s unheard of in local news to be a powerhouse like that. And when I left, it amazed a lot of people.
“I’m talking to people now about the election campaign – they say, ‘I can’t believe when you left. I told my husband that she had to run for office. I never emailed you this, but I said it and then you ran for office; I was so excited. I’ve never been so excited about politics in my life,” Lake told Breitbart News. “Not everyone texted and wrote to me to run for office, but…probably hundreds did. They said, ‘We love you, thank you for being such a fair journalist, could you run for office?’
She called her formula “the perfect combination of friendship, knowing Arizona and understanding the issues here.”
“I don’t need to have a bunch of politicians telling me what to talk about because I get this state,” Lake added. “And the base is behind me because they recognize, ‘She’s there for the right reason. It is not controlled by any particular group. She’s in there because she really loves Arizona. And that’s… what people expect from their chosen one, someone who’s there for the right reason.
Her approach has touched voters and strikes fear into the hearts of Democrats who are watching her transform into an America First national superstar before their eyes. Two of the latest polls on the Arizona governor’s race show Lake taking the lead in the race after a tight September. An Insider Advantage poll sponsored by Fox 10 Phoenix shows Lake with a nearly four-point lead after going neck-and-neck with Hobbs in September, while an OH Predictive Insights poll found Lake has a three-point lead over the democrat who refuses to debate.
The political aptitude of Arizona Republican Kari Lake strikes fear in the hearts of Democratic operatives who fear she is a “big MAGA star” in the making, Axios reported.
Posted by Breitbart on Sunday, October 16, 2022
The Insider Advantage poll sampled 550 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2%; Fox 10 Phoenix did not share the date of the poll, although it was released on October 11. OH Predictive Insights sampled 674 likely voters from October 4-6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.77 percentage points.
As Lake gained momentum in the polls, which coincided with the disastrous week-long debate narrative that Hobbs turned into a spectacle, Democratic strategists are watching the Republican closely. David Plouffe, who was former President Barack Obama’s campaign manager in 2008, recently told Axios that Lake was a “plausible presidential candidate.” While Democrats see national potential in Lake, the Republican seems squarely focused on the race ahead of her.