Fox News prematurely called Joe Biden a winner in Arizona angering President Trump and setting off a firestorm of controversy that rattled some of the network’s anchors and guests.
The decision to call the state came from Arnon Mishkin who runs Fox’s decision desk. Mishkin has worked for Fox for decades. “We strongly believe that our call will stand, and that’s why we’re not pulling back the call. We are confident that the data will basically look like the data we’ve noticed throughout the count in Arizona.”
Arizona was officially called by the Associated Press who has been providing election results to various media outlets around the country.
Mishkin’s decision not only angered President Trump but it upset his supporters who showed up at a Phoenix, Arizona vote counting center and began chanting “Fox News sucks!”
According to the New York Times, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner contacted Fox’s owner Rupert Murdoch to express the campaign’s displeasure about the premature call. Vanity Fair reported that the president himself made the call.
The New York Times, CNN, and other organizations had not declared a winner in Arizona by Wednesday afternoon because of absentee ballots that remained to be counted.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Chris Cuomo: I Only Do Ads for Things I Use and Believe In
“Because if I’m using it, then obviously, I’m okay with it.”
NewsNation host Chris Cuomo is venturing to Substack, where listeners can access part of The Chris Cuomo Project on the platform. Cuomo notes the reason for putting his content on Substack is to give his audience an ad-free experience.
Furthermore, the former CNN host confessed to not liking ads and preferring free content. However, he understands that bills must be paid, and the team that helps him with his content needs to earn a living.
“I also have a lot of high regard for the people who team up with us and sponsor us,” Cuomo said recently on The Chris Cuomo Project. “And that’s why I only will do ads and do them gladly for things that I use and believe in. Because if I’m using it, then obviously, I’m okay with it.
“And it’s great that they want to pay because I have a team to do this. I am doing it for free. But there’s a team that I got to support and things I got to pay. And that’s the reality of the news business, right? And that’s the beauty of the ad sponsorships.”
Listeners consuming Cuomo’s podcast on Substack will get a different program. He hopes to give them deep and meaningful access in an attempt to shift from the traditional journalism framework as Cuomo forms a relationship with the audience.
NewsNation Announces Special Programming Before Latest Republican Debate
NewsNation will host the fourth Republican presidential primary debate on December 6.
NewsNation announced on Tuesday that it will have special programming surrounding the fourth Republican presidential primary debate ahead of its inaugural presidential primary debate next month.
Before the debate, NewsNation plans to broadcast programs from the debate location. These programs will include the political panel program The Hill, which NewsNation’s chief Washington correspondent, Blake Burman, will moderate.
Broadcasting from the front of the Frank Moody Music Building, The Hill, will start on Monday, December 6. Meanwhile, on December 5, Connell McShane’s NewsNation Now (weekdays from 3 to 5 PM ET) and Leland Vittert’s On Balance (weeknights at 7 PM ET) will broadcast live from The Quad, which is the center of the University of Alabama campus.
Leland Vittert, NewsNation’s chief Washington anchor, will also broadcast live from the exact location. On the day of the debate, the entire NewsNation lineup will be live from Alabama, including Connell McShane’s NewsNation Now, The Hill, and more.
Chris Cuomo will host Countdown to the Republican Primary Debate, a two-hour news special that NewsNation will air before the debate. Vittert will report live from inside the debate hall.
On December 6 at 8 p.m. ET, the University of Alabama’s Frank Moody Music Building in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will host a debate. NewsNation’s Elizabeth Vargas will co-moderate the event alongside Megyn Kelly, a current SiriusXM Radio personality, and Eliana Johnson, the EIC of The Washington Free Beacon.
The network will air a special post-debate show immediately after the event. Cuomo and Vittert will host the show, and political editor Chris Stirewalt and various NewsNation reporters and contributors will provide additional analysis and commentary.
Finally, the University of Alabama will continue to host the live broadcast of NewsNation Now with Connell McShane, The Hill, and Elizabeth Vargas Reports on Thursday, December 7, the day following the GOP debate.
CNN Adds Barak Ravid as Political and Foreign Policy Analyst
Ravid has covered the Middle East for the last 18 years, mostly focusing on Israel’s foreign policy and relations, and how the United States has influenced its strategy in the region
CNN has announced the addition of Barak Ravid as a political and foreign policy analyst.
Currently, Ravid serves as a politics reporter and Middle East expert for Axios. He also writes for Walla News in Israel.
Ravid has covered the Middle East for the last 18 years, mostly focusing on Israel’s foreign policy and relations, and how the United States has influenced its strategy in the region. He worked in Tel-Aviv before shifting to being basked in Washington, D.C.
In 2021, Ravid released his first book, “Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East”. The book — which was written in Hebrew — details the historic peace deals between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.
A former Israeli soldier, Ravid will continue to be based in Washington, D.C. in his new role with CNN.