Chirs Stirewalt did not exactly earn Donald Trump’s respect and appreciation during his time at Fox News. Now, he’s preparing to testify publicly about links between the network and the former president.
Even in 2015, during his first presidential campaign, Trump lashed out at Stirewalt, as documented by the Trump Twitter Archive, for his responses to Trump’s debate performance. The then-candidate called Stirwalt a “puppet” of Megyn Kelly, and “one of the dumbest political pundits on television,” and said Stirwalt should check his facts against the polls declaring Trump’s debate win.
Stirewalt was then part of the network’s 2020 election coverage, when Fox was among the first to declare that Joe Biden had won Arizona — something Trump railed about afterward, even encouraging his followers to dump the network in favor of more conservative options.
Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt when asked if he’s still positive on Arizona call for Biden:
"Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. Arizona is doing just what we expect it to do and we remain serene and pristine."pic.twitter.com/JvqNCWikB7
— The Recount (@therecount) November 5, 2020
Now, according to CNBC, Stirewalt, who is now the political editor for NewsNation, plans to testify at the January 6th Committee’s public hearings.
While he hasn’t stated publicly what his testimony will cover, one of the key findings from the January 6th Committee is how closely Fox News personalities were coordinating with Donald Trump, with multiple of them in contact with him before the January 6th attacks, and several reaching out to him during the attack to beg him to make it stop.
Stirewalt has spoken on the links between media figures and Trump’s Big Lie, crediting “media hype men” for promoting the false claim that the election was stolen. He’s also written a book about the reliance on public outrage to drive media success.
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