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Networks Practice Election Restraint

What may end up being the biggest call of the election was made by the president’s favorite network, Fox News, not typically a target of his ‘fake news’ attacks.

Evan Donovan

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As election night approached, television networks were under pressure about when and how they would call states for the presidential candidates. 

Restraint, so far, has ruled the day(s).

In fact, what may end up being the biggest call of the election was made by the president’s favorite network, Fox News, not typically a target of his ‘fake news’ attacks. 

Fox made the first projection of the 2020 election where a Trump state flipped from red to blue, calling Arizona for Joe Biden at 11:20 p.m.

None of the other major networks — CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC — followed suit. More than 24 hours later, they still hadn’t called it.

The pressure of that decision is immense, given the level of competition between networks. The moments after, inside those network decision desks, must have been frantic.

Fox’s call reportedly enraged the president, leading him to call Rupert Murdoch and demand a recall — which he refused.

CNN’s Kaitlin Collins reported the president immediately became concerned he may lose, pushing his legal team to pursue the lawsuits the campaign would later announce on Wednesday.

Eventually, the president held a campaign press conference in the White House where he claimed, “This is a fraud on the American public.”

All this, and the networks still didn’t join Fox.

The network reportedly bases its call on a proprietary model that uses Associated Press data.
About 3 1/2 hours later at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, AP called Arizona for Joe Biden.

Still no call from the networks.

The country is on edge awaiting the results of the race. The collective anxiety to come to an answer on who actually wins is insanely high. 

And to be the first network to make that call… the stakes could not be higher.   

Despite all that, it’s encouraging that networks thus far are weighing the history of this moment with caution and care.

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CNN Asks Florida Judge to Toss Out Donald Trump’s Defamation Suit

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election.

Eduardo Razo

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Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against CNN in October; now, over a month later, the cable news channel is asking a judge in Florida to toss the case (h/t The Hill).

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election. Trump’s attorneys argued CNN “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source.”

Additionally, Trump’s lawyer says that CNN attempted “to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.”

CNN lawyers have pushed back against Trump’s claims saying that the former president “seeks to silence any criticism of Plaintiff’s debunked claim that the 2020 presidential election was ‘stolen.’”

“Any alleged association resulting therefrom are also ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ and ‘pure opinion’ under well-established principles of defamation law,” CNN’s lawyers added.

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Investor Cautions Over Possible Fox-News Corp. Merger

Irenic Capital, which owns about 2 percent of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger between Fox and News Corp.

Eduardo Razo

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Rumors have swirled over Fox and News Corp. possibly merging into one entity, but Irenic Capital, which owns about 2% of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger.

A merger would produce a more complicated company and turn off investors rather than increase the company’s lagging stock price, Irenic Capital stated in a letter to the News Corp. board.

“And even if such synergies do exist today, they would principally benefit Fox and reside in the News Media segment of News Corp,” Irenic Capital said (h/t Deadline). “For example, Fox Business may benefit from greater integration with The Wall Street Journal and some of Dow Jones’ other properties, but it is highly debatable whether the benefits from such an association flow both ways.

“Combining News Corp with Fox will result in a combined company that is obviously more complex than both companies left separate.” 

Irenic believes a unification would aid Fox far better than News Corp. and cautioned that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to investigate all possible routes to develop value beyond the one suggested by its primary shareholder.

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Fox News Lights All-American Christmas Tree

The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

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Fox News held its annual All-American Tree Lighting at FOX Square in New York, New York Monday during “The Five.” The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

In a release, the network said it partnered with the Police Athletic League (PAL) to host a toy drive benefiting New York City’s youth. The network also honored first responders by selecting representatives of the FDNY and NYPD to light this year’s tree.

Guests included FOX News personalities and their families along with first responders from the NYPD and FDNY, including members of NYPD Precinct 32, who lost Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera this year, and members of EMS Station 49, who lost EMS captain Alison Russo earlier this year.

FOX’s All-American Christmas tree stands at 50 feet tall and is adorned by 12,000 ornaments and 340,000 lights. The tree has 500 branches, a star topper that is over six feet tall and more than four miles of cord wrapped throughout.  Made in America, the tree features a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue decorations.

“After a busy year in America, it’s nice to, let’s just take a step back and celebrate traditions like this and remember how important it is to come together and focus on what truly matters,” said co-host Dana Perino. “This tree is not just for us to enjoy. We want you watching at home to be able to come here and make Christmas memories with your family and friends and of course, your pets, too, of course, as you can imagine.”

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