The management of Fox “News” has directed the on-air talent, including its claimed “straight news” anchors and reports, to refrain from calling presumptive presidential election winner Democrat Joe Biden “president elect,” even after all the state races are called, CNN Business reports.
According to two internal Fox “News” memos obtained by CNN Business, the management of the Trump-friendly network says that anchors and reporters should refer to Biden as having “enough electoral votes to win the presidency.”
One memo gave the direction that “We will report both sides until there is further guidance,” referring to ongoing legal attempts by the Trump campaign to undermine the vote count in undeclared states as legitimate reason for not accepting Biden’s victory.
The same memo went on to say, “we will not be calling Biden the president elect. Or using any of the whizbang graphics that say so.”
According to CNN, a different email said, “Should former Vice President Biden get to that magic 270 number and Fox News calls the race for him – we should be completely transparent. We should stay away from calling him ‘President-elect’ for the time being.”
An updated CNN report, however, claims Fox “News” may have already backtracked after public blowback from the CNN disclosure.
“After CNN Business reported on the internal guidance, and noted that it was possible that Fox could change the guidance either before or after it calls the race, Fox denied that it was guidance at all, and anchors on Fox referred to Biden as “President-elect” in hypothetical conversations.”