A former Fox News editor said the network switched to former President Donald Trump and his allies when he amplified the “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.
“Fox had the opportunity to use his position to speak the truth for the good of the country and did not use the power and resources he had to stand up to Donald Trump,” said Chris Stirewalt, former editor. Fox News policy, in a recent documentary.
The Australian news show ‘Four Corners’ documentary investigates Fox News’ role in promoting Trump’s lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him after his loss to Joe Biden.
Part one of the investigation, released last week, analyzes media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s role in Fox and Trump’s early successes. Part Two, airing Monday, describes what happens when the ratings trump the truth.
“Four Corners” interviewed several former Fox News team members, including Gretchen Carlson, who left the network in 2016 over allegations of sexual harassment against then-CEO Roger Ailes. Since his departure, Carlson has been a vocal critic of the network.
“I think they allowed the former president to dictate the news they broadcast to the American people,” Carlson told “Four Corners.” “We’re in a dangerous political climate right now in our country, sort of about whether we’re actually going to believe the facts or not. “
Problems arose for Stirewalt on election night when he and his team correctly called the hotly contested state of Arizona for Biden ahead of other major outlets. Stirewalt soon finds himself without allies.
“I get tweets sent to me, and then a US Senator is on a radio show calling for my dismissal, and I’m like, ‘What’s going on here? What is wrong with you? ‘ “Stirewalt told” Four Corners “. “There’s this river of hate on this call, like I got Arizona to vote for Biden.”
Stirewalt was then fired.
“As a father it was very difficult because I didn’t know how I was going to tell my sons that I was unemployed,” Stirewalt said tearfully during his interview.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a former military network analyst, described the shift from a pseudo-information network to a full-fledged propaganda machine.
“The Green Room over the last few years in the Trump administration when I left, the guests got more and more weird,” Peters told “Four Corners”. “More disagreeable. The green room began to resemble the bar scene in the first ‘Star Wars’ movie. These people are monsters, and then you realize that you are one of the monsters.
Peters explained what he meant by “monsters”.
“People without qualifications couldn’t even speak convincingly,” he said. “They could only speak the words they memorized while praising Trump, as if he was a pagan god who needed to be appeased by slavish rhetoric.”
Watch parts 1 and 2 of the documentary.
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