In the latest instance of apparent hostility by some at the network toward the Trump administration, Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier recently cut away from a White House press conference during which press secretary Kayleigh McEnany provided an update of President Donald Trump’s election-related litigation.
In response, primetime Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson took a thinly veiled jab at his colleague, stressing the dangers of attempting to suppress certain viewpoints, as reported by The Blaze.
“We have to be very clear”
The controversy stemmed from a broadcast on Monday during which Cavuto decided to abruptly cut off a live feed of McEnany’s news conference.
Shortly after the press event began, the network switched back to Cavuto behind the news desk, at which time he offered something in the way of an explanation.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa, I just think we have to be very clear,” the anchor said. “She’s charging the other side as welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting.”
He went on to confirm that Fox News would resume coverage of McEnany’s remarks if and when she provided sufficient proof of her allegations.
“Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this,” Cavuto continued. “I want to make sure that maybe they do have something to back that up, but that’s an explosive charge to make that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating.”
“You can’t ignore honest questions”
Carlson was not the only viewer to express outrage, with numerous social media users sounding off. Many critics noted that the network and its personalities did not seem as eager to cut away from Trump critics hurling accusations at the administration.
For his part, Carlson pointed out that a growing number of Americans are beginning to question the nation’s system of democracy, which could prove destructive if left unaddressed.
Without naming Cavuto directly, he nevertheless dropped the proverbial hammer of any pundit who would act as his colleague did during the recent on-air diatribe.
“In a democracy, you can’t ignore honest questions from citizens,” Carlson said. “… You can’t dismiss them out of hand as crazy or immoral for asking. You can’t just cut away from coverage you don’t like.”
Beyond the increased scrutiny of the president himself, even Newsweek reported that the Fox News Channel’s election coverage has created an apparent “schism” among its loyal viewers — most notably with its call of Arizona’s presidential race for Democratic nominee Joe Biden before all the votes were counted.