Fox producer calling President Trump a “wannabe dictator” in a chyron during former president Donald Trump’s discussion of his criminal indictment on Tuesday night prompted a response from the White House.
The incident was described as “wrong” by press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during Wednesday’s daily briefing. “So, there are probably about 787 million things that I can say about this, that was wrong about what we saw last night, but I don’t think I’m gonna get into it,” she said.
Fox News said they addressed the issue internally and removed the chyron immediately.
Fox News released a statement to the media in response to questions about the network’s decision to broadcast a split-screen of Mr. Biden at a White House Juneteenth event and the former president’s speech denouncing his criminal indictment on Tuesday night.
“The chyron was taken down immediately and was addressed,” read the short statement in full. The answer arrived nearly as long after the initial outpouring of shock and contempt, or more than 12 hours after the incident itself.
“This country is completely unprepared for a full-time propaganda network,” KTLA reporter David Lazarus wrote.
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— David Lazarus (@Davidlaz) June 14, 2023
As Mr. Trump railed against being indicted on 37 charges for the theft of presidential records, including sensitive materials, from the White House in January 2021, the chyron scrolled across the screen.
After months of resistance from the former president’s legal team, the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago last year to seize the documents.
Some of the president’s supporters have made the baseless claim that Joe Biden is using his influence at the Justice Department to pursue a personal political vengeance against the president.
The president has not provided any comment on the probe and has said merely that he will not accept any briefings that compromise the agency’s independence.
However, not all of Mr. Trump’s Republican Party supporters have unanimously agreed with his claims of a politically motivated investigation and prosecution.
Even though some of the president’s staunchest supporters in Congress, like Lindsey Graham and Kevin McCarthy, have caved, other Republicans, like Mitt Romney, Mike Pompeo, and Chris Christie, have mocked their defenses and defended the legitimacy of the Justice Department’s investigation and the gravity of the charges against the president.
Even after Tucker Carlson’s ouster as Fox’s primetime programming chief and the cable giant’s massive settlement with Dominion Voting Systems for spreading falsehoods and conspiracies about the 2020 election, including Dominion’s machines, loyalty to the former president is still highly prized on the network.
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This was made quite plain by former Trump AG Bill Barr, who spoke on the network earlier this week and predicted that Mr. Trump would be “toast” if the DoJ could establish even half of their charges.
“It’s a very detailed indictment and it’s very, very damning,” he told the network. “And this idea of presenting Trump as a victim here, a victim of a ‘witch hunt,’ is ridiculous.”
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