President Donald Trump doesn’t have many friends in the mainstream media at this point, but Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro has long been one of his staunchest allies. Sadly, that ally reportedly took a hit over the weekend when Fox News opted to cancel her show in favor of “election coverage.”
It was first reported by Newsmax that last Saturday’s episode of Justice with Judge Jeanine didn’t air because of “a spat on the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump.”
Newsmax suggested that Fox was concerned Pirro would defend Trump’s recent allegations of voter fraud in several key states. Her show would have come the same day the network declared the presidential race a victory for former Vice President Joe Biden.
Fox News, for its part, has denied all allegations that Pirro was suspended, the Washington Examiner reports.
Fox pushes back
Speaking with the Examiner, a spokesperson for Fox said Pirro would be “back next week.”
“The network ran election coverage last night and Jeanine Pirro will be back next week along with regularly scheduled programming,” they reportedly said.
Newsmax’s report had painted a much more dire picture, saying its sources “gave no inclination of whether the network is going to keep the show going” in the long-term.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) November 8, 2020
Pushback against Fox
The controversy comes as Fox is facing pushback from fans who are upset with the way the network has handled its election coverage. Fox was among the first outlets to declare Arizona a win for Joe Biden, despite the fact that officials there said the ballots would take days more to count.
Biden, for his part, claimed victory in the White House race in a speech Saturday, saying he would “work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did,” according to a transcript from PBS. But with the fight still ongoing in Arizona and other key battlegrounds, President Trump has made clear that he’s not giving up the fight yet.
“Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” Trump said in a statement Saturday, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media,” he added.