Fox News appeared poised to broadcast Hillary Clinton’s speech before Thursday’s New York state Democratic Party convention, but those plans seemed to change quickly when the 2016 nominee actually began speaking.
Commentators on Twitter noted that the network stopped covering her speech while Mrs. Clinton was in the midst of a scathing attack on Donald Trump and the Republican Party, in which she stated that the GOP supported rioters who fought cops and tried to lead a riot.
New York State, she said in the address seconds before being cut off by Fox’s Martha MacCallum, “must become not just a laboratory of democracy, but a protector of democracy. And we must reject the big lie about the 2020 election –“
Amazing – Fox News has been hyping coverage of Hillary Clinton’s speech all day. They ended up wearing about 30 seconds of it before cutting off as she denounced Republicans for defending “coup plotters” and embracing the big lie https://t.co/2CwshTYqUn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 17, 2022
The moment the cameras cut away from Fox lasted just over five minutes into Ms Clinton’s speech – not 30 seconds like Aaron Rupar, a former vox journalist, claims.
While CNN and MSNBC didn’t carry the speech at all, Fox’s decision to trim it was notable given the number of times her forthcoming remarks have been referenced on Fox News and Fox Business in the past few hours. An analysis of transcripts from shows throughout the day revealed that it was mentioned 37 times.
The Independent has reached out to Fox officials for comment.
CNN was criticized by liberals and media watchdogs during the 2016 election for then-President Jeff Zucker’s decision to broadcast Donald Trump’s speeches in full, often with minimal fact-checking as the events took place. This led to long airtimes during which the former president was allowed to spread false or misleading claims without protest.
Fox News, as well as many Republicans on Capitol Hill (not to mention Mr. Trump himself) remain fixated on Ms. Clinton, the former president’s 2016 challenger, for reasons allegedly revolving around allegations that she or those associated with her did both “spied on” the 2016 Trump campaign, the Trump White House, or both.
John Durham, a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department, alleged in a recent court filing that an attorney who previously worked for Ms. Clinton had formed a relationship with a company that would form a relationship with the White House that would lead to the company’s executives led to having access to government databases, which allowed them to snoop around on alleged links between Mr Trump and Russia.
Ms Clinton has yet to comment on the development and there is still no evidence that she or others around her knew of the efforts of attorney Michael Sussmann, who has pleaded not guilty to lying to investigators in the case. On Thursday, Mr Sussmann’s lawyers asked a judge to dismiss those charges.