On election night, networks are often very cautious about making final calls on states. So many eyebrows were raised early on Tuesday morning when the Fox News network called the state of Arizona for Joe Biden. While Biden is certainly a favorite in the state, others pollsters want to see more before making that declaration.
The call was not only devastating to Donald Trump’s electoral college hopes, it also stung him that his favorite network would do that to him. The president reportedly called Fox’s Owner, Rupert Murdoch to complain about the decision.
Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reports, “A civil war is raging between Fox News and Donald Trump over Fox’s controversial decision to be the first media outlet to call Arizona for Joe Biden just before 11:30 p.m. last night. According to a source, Trump phoned Fox owner Rupert Murdoch to scream about the call and demand a retraction.”
Sherman continues, “Murdoch refused, and the call stood. Trump and Murdoch have been at odds for months over election coverage. In September, I reported that Trump complained to Murdoch about Fox’s polling. Murdoch has been telling associates for months that Trump would lose the election.”
As of now, the Associated Press and Fox News are the only two sources who have called Arizona for the former Vice President.
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