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Fox News obviously went out on a limb on election night 2020 when it called Arizona for Joe Biden well before other media outlets and with only an estimated 73 percent vote count.
Both then-Fox commentator Tucker Carlson and chief political anchor Bret Baier were concerned about the early call and how it could damage Fox’s credibility with its largely conservative audience, according to The Daily Beast.
The controversial projection showed Biden winning with 53.2 percent of the vote, compared to Donald Trump’s 45.6 percent.
But as it turned out, Biden took Arizona’s 11 electoral votes by a margin of just three-tenths of a percent or about 10,500 votes.
Text messages involved in the recent Fox settlement with Dominion Voting Systems showed Carlson on election night writing to Fox CEO Suzanne Scott about his concern for the network “getting hammered” for the early call, prompting Trump supporters to go elsewhere.
Scott replied: “We need to continue to be transparent about the call — let the data folks defend their decision.”
“Amen. I strongly agree,” Carlson said. “But if I can help in any way, I hope you’ll let me know,” the Daily Beast reported.
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