Just as Fox News was emerging from the proverbial dog house in the eyes of some of its viewers — specifically, fans of former President Donald Trump — the network faced backlash over the weekend for running what appeared to be a disclaimer while Trump delivered a speech.
According to Mediaite, the former president spoke at the Dallas, Texas-based Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday. As Trump began talking about the 2020 election, Fox News placed a chyron at the bottom of the screen that read, “The voting system companies have denied the various allegations made by President Trump and his counsel regarding the 2020 election.”
To many on social media, the Fox News chyron felt a lot like the incessant fact-check disclaimers attached to Trump’s Facebook and Twitter posts before he was ultimately censored off of the social networks.
Give credit to Fox News for airing President Trump’s entire CPAC speech. But this chyron is bogus. We all know there was fraud. pic.twitter.com/zG0tulo4JS
— Jim Kent (@kent_j23) July 11, 2021
Trump’s critics, on the other hand, seemed pleased with Fox News’ attempt to make sure any unproven claims about the 2020 election were debunked in real-time.
The chyron appeared as the former president talked to the CPAC audience about vote totals in the 2020 election, and as Mediaite reported, it appeared at the bottom of the screen for roughly 38 seconds, though for much of that time, Trump had already moved on to a different subject.
While Fox News hasn’t clarified, as of this writing, why they ran the chyron, it’s more than likely due to the fact that the cable news behemoth still faces two enormous, multi-billion-dollar defamation lawsuits filed by Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, both of which are companies that supplied voting machines in various states for the 2020 election.
“Trump’s CPAC Speech Was So Full Of Lies Fox News Had To Run A “Disclaimer Chyron” So They Wouldn’t Get Sued,” one Twitter user wrote.
Call it a hunch, but something tells us that the former president will more than likely have something to say about Fox News in the coming days.