Fox News likely upset some more of its viewers on Sunday.
Mediaite reports that during the airing of former President Donald Trump’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) speech, Fox News put up a disclaimer.
Here’s what the disclaimer said: “The voting system companies have denied the various allegations made by President Trump and his counsel regarding the 2020 election.”
The disclaimer was put up during the part of Trump’s speech when he was talking about the number of votes that he received during the 2020 presidential election.
“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 said. “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.”
Trump here was saying nothing that was counterfactual. He did receive a record number of votes in 2020, and, unlike many incumbent presidents, he did receive many more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016.
“I was told by a great pollster,” Trump continued, “really somebody great, John McLaughlin, ‘Sir, you got 63 million votes if you get it up to 64 or 65, nobody can beat you. Can’t lose.’ Thank you, John, very much. I got it to 75 and I lost, in quotes, ‘I lost.’ It’s a disgrace.”
Trump added that he did better in the 2020 election “than they ever thought in their wildest imagination.” And, it was at about this point that Fox’s disclaimer popped up. It stayed on the screen for a little over half of a minute.
Fox News, since the 2020 presidential election, has been trying to distance itself from any claims made by Trump that the election was in any way stolen. Fox has been even more aggressive in this regard since it was sued.
The outlet is currently facing two multi-billion dollar lawsuits, one from Dominion Voting Systems and one from Smartmatic. Both companies were used during the 2020 presidential election, and they have sued Fox for allegedly making false statements about their companies.
Fox’s disclaimer likely had something to do with these lawsuits.
But, it’s likely that many Fox viewers weren’t too happy with the disclaimer, especially considering that Trump wasn’t even talking about voter fraud or Dominion, or anything along these lines. For many, this is just another indication that Fox has lost its way.