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Chris Stirewalt: Confident in My Team’s Conclusion to Call Arizona for Biden

Former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt told the committee that Donald Trump had no chance of winning the 2020 election after failing to win Arizona and lagging in key purple states.

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Former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt appeared in front of the January 6 committee, which is investigating the Capitol riot, for his testimony. 

Stirewalt, who was fired in 2021, told the panel that former President Donald Trump had practically no chance of winning the 2020 presidential election after failing to win Arizona and lagging in sufficiently key purple states.

The former editor elaborated on the network’s decision to call Arizona for Biden before most other news outlets did, leading to Trump being outraged at Fox News. 

However, Stirewaltelt was confident in his team’s conclusion. Biden would win the state by approximately 11,000 votes out of nearly 3.4 million ballots cast. “We were able to make a call early,” Stirewalt briefed the panel, per Insider. “We were able to beat the competition.”

Stirewaltelt spoke about the extensive importance of Arizona — along with other swing states, including Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. 

“We had gone to pains — and I’m proud of the pains we went to to make sure that we were informing viewers that this was going to happen because the Trump campaign and the president had made it clear that they were going to try to exploit this anomaly,” Stirewalt said. 

“And we knew it was going to be bigger because the percentage of early votes was higher.”

Finally, Stirewalt noted that while a recount could shift hundreds of votes, it would be a stretch for several thousand votes to alter in the contingent of swing states that Trump required to win.

“It’s always possible that you could have a truckload of ballots be found somewhere, I suppose,” Stirewalt said. “Ahead of today I thought about what are the largest margins that could ever be overturned by a recount … in a recount, you’re talking about hundreds of votes.”

“When we think about that margin … you’re talking about 1,000 votes, 1,500 votes … normally you’re talking about hundreds of votes.”

Trump needed thousands of votes to shift the outcome in his favor, which for Stirewalt was never a possibility. “He needed three of these states to change,” the former Fox News editor said. “And in order to do that, I mean, you’re better off to play the Powerball than to have that come in.”

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CNN Asks Florida Judge to Toss Out Donald Trump’s Defamation Suit

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election.

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Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against CNN in October; now, over a month later, the cable news channel is asking a judge in Florida to toss the case (h/t The Hill).

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election. Trump’s attorneys argued CNN “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source.”

Additionally, Trump’s lawyer says that CNN attempted “to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.”

CNN lawyers have pushed back against Trump’s claims saying that the former president “seeks to silence any criticism of Plaintiff’s debunked claim that the 2020 presidential election was ‘stolen.’”

“Any alleged association resulting therefrom are also ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ and ‘pure opinion’ under well-established principles of defamation law,” CNN’s lawyers added.

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Investor Cautions Over Possible Fox-News Corp. Merger

Irenic Capital, which owns about 2 percent of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger between Fox and News Corp.

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Rumors have swirled over Fox and News Corp. possibly merging into one entity, but Irenic Capital, which owns about 2% of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger.

A merger would produce a more complicated company and turn off investors rather than increase the company’s lagging stock price, Irenic Capital stated in a letter to the News Corp. board.

“And even if such synergies do exist today, they would principally benefit Fox and reside in the News Media segment of News Corp,” Irenic Capital said (h/t Deadline). “For example, Fox Business may benefit from greater integration with The Wall Street Journal and some of Dow Jones’ other properties, but it is highly debatable whether the benefits from such an association flow both ways.

“Combining News Corp with Fox will result in a combined company that is obviously more complex than both companies left separate.” 

Irenic believes a unification would aid Fox far better than News Corp. and cautioned that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to investigate all possible routes to develop value beyond the one suggested by its primary shareholder.

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Fox News Lights All-American Christmas Tree

The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

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Fox News held its annual All-American Tree Lighting at FOX Square in New York, New York Monday during “The Five.” The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

In a release, the network said it partnered with the Police Athletic League (PAL) to host a toy drive benefiting New York City’s youth. The network also honored first responders by selecting representatives of the FDNY and NYPD to light this year’s tree.

Guests included FOX News personalities and their families along with first responders from the NYPD and FDNY, including members of NYPD Precinct 32, who lost Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera this year, and members of EMS Station 49, who lost EMS captain Alison Russo earlier this year.

FOX’s All-American Christmas tree stands at 50 feet tall and is adorned by 12,000 ornaments and 340,000 lights. The tree has 500 branches, a star topper that is over six feet tall and more than four miles of cord wrapped throughout.  Made in America, the tree features a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue decorations.

“After a busy year in America, it’s nice to, let’s just take a step back and celebrate traditions like this and remember how important it is to come together and focus on what truly matters,” said co-host Dana Perino. “This tree is not just for us to enjoy. We want you watching at home to be able to come here and make Christmas memories with your family and friends and of course, your pets, too, of course, as you can imagine.”

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