Several major broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and NBC interrupted the broadcasts during the fraud allegations. CNN and Fox News stood their ground but later spoke of a lack of evidence.
While Donald Trump delivered a strong speech from the White House, where he accused that they were “stealing” the presidential election, several of the main TV stations cut the speech in unison of the candidate for considering that its content fostered disinformation, while CNN continued to air but launching criticism and Fox News, the informational reference of the Republican Party, did not confirm the statements.
The mogul had tried to seize the audience at the time that the news shows on the East Coast, after a day in which his advantages in Pennsylvania and Georgia diminished as the scrutiny progressed.
Pending the final results of the elections on Tuesday, Trump said he would win “easily” if “legal votes” were counted, but that if “illegal votes” were included, Democrats could “try to steal the elections from us.” .
At that time and very quickly, the channel MSNBC its live broadcast ceased. “Well here we are again in the unusual position of (having to) not just interrupt to the president of the United States, but also correct to the President of the United States, “said host Brian Williams.
“We have to interrupt here because the president is doing false statements, including the idea that there has been a fraudulent election. There is no proof of it, ” added Lester Holt.
ABC News He also interrupted the transmission that finally did not end up being a press conference, since the president left the desk without answering questions from journalists.
“There just has been no evidence in any of these states that there are illegal votes,” said David Muir, the host of the country’s most followed newscast with 8 million viewers a day.
Norah O’Donnell, de CBS, interrupted and asked correspondent Nancy Cordes to do a fact-check of Trump’s assertion. Cordes responded that there was no indication of a significant number of illegal votes, noting that the statement about a late arrival of votes was “another falsehood.”
CNN -who already had several interdictions with Trump- fully issued the statement live, but its presenter Jake Tapper criticized the president “What a sad night for the United States of America to see its president (…) falsely accuse people of trying to steal the elections, “he exclaimed.
Journalist Anderson Cooper added that Trump was “like an obese turtle flipped over on the ground, wriggling in a blazing sun realizing that your time is up”.
Although CNN kept the president on the air, the plinth above the screen read: “Without presenting evidenceTrump claims they are cheating him. ”
In Fox News, commentators Bill Bennett and Byron York said that just because Trump didn’t flag specific cases of wrongdoing doesn’t mean there haven’t been any. But the president and his lawyers need to present evidence, they said.
“We have not seen anything that constitutes fraud or abuse of the system,” concluded White House correspondent John Roberts.