Prior to being banned on Twitter and Facebook, former President Donald Trump’s posts were often labeled with various disclaimers which warned the reader of the possibility of false information, which, to say the least, was beyond annoying for his millions of followers.
According to The Hill, Trump’s supporters were reminded of Big Tech’s censorship once again, this time while Trump delivered a speech at the Dallas, Texas-based Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), as the network ran a disclaimer chyron at the bottom of the screen while Trump spoke about the 2020 election.
This is a real disclaimer that ran on Fox during Trump’s CPAC Dallas speech: “THE VOTING SYSTEM COMPANIES HAVE DENIED THE VARIOUS ALLEGATIONS MADE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP…” pic.twitter.com/cTvWJgV9DK
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 11, 2021
What did Trump say?
As the former president usually does, Trump made mention of the 2020 election during his CPAC speech and reiterated to the energized audience how he believes that the final vote count doesn’t make sense to him.
“And now, it’s also because I got more votes, 75 million, than anybody in the history of the presidency, and far more than Clinton, far more than Obama, and a record 12 million more than 2016,” Trump told the audience.
Trump added: “Think of it, in the history usually they go down a little bit second term and they win, but they go down a little bit.”
It was roughly at that moment that Trump’s fans at home were shown a disclaimer by Fox News at the bottom of the screen that looked all too familiar.
“Voting system companies have denied the various allegations made by President Trump and his counsel regarding the 2020 election,” the Fox disclaimer read.
Why did Fox do that?
The network had to know that airing such a disclaimer was guaranteed to spark outrage in certain sectors of the media and among social media users, which it most certainly did.
But many believe it was shown simply for liability reasons, as Fox is still the target of two, multi-billion-dollar defamation lawsuits, one from Dominion Voting Systems and the other from its competitor, Smartmatic.
According to Mediaite, Fox kept the disclaimer chyron on the screen for roughly 38 seconds. For part of that time, the former president wasn’t speaking about the 2020 election results.
Although Fox News issued strong counter statements in the wake of being served with the defamation lawsuits earlier this year, it appears that the network still has its proverbial tail between its legs when the former president gets behind a microphone on their airwaves.