(FiveNation.com)- In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott confirmed that the man behind Fox News’ early call of Arizona during the 2020 election will be rehired to head up the network’s decision desk for the 2022 Midterms and the upcoming 2024 presidential election.
Arnon Mishkin, a longtime Democrat pundit who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, set off a firestorm after calling Arizona just minutes after the polls closed on November 3, 2020. Mishkin also held off calling Florida for Donald Trump despite polls closing nearly two hours earlier.
Some political experts, including Democrat operative Dick Morris, believed that Fox’s early call for Arizona was a deliberate attempt to dampen the notion that Trump could still win if recounts in states like Wisconsin and Georgia were successful.
Former President Trump has long attacked Fox’s Arizona call for Biden, believing it to be a watershed moment on election night.
Shortly after the election, President Trump tweeted disappointment in Fox News, whom he accused of forgetting what made them successful. “They forgot the Golden Goose,” Trump said in his tweet.
In its article, the Hollywood Reporter plays up the network’s political shift since the departure of long-time Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. The article with Scott notes that her office is decorated with framed pictures of her posing with Presidents Obama and George W. Bush.
However, at the same time, the Hollywood Reporter portrays Suzanne Scott as being “less an ideologue” than Roger Ailes, and is “more motivated by brand success than political influence.”
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox, has indicated that his son James and his other children will gain control of Fox after the 90-year-old Murdoch dies. The younger Murdochs are famously Left-leaning. James and his wife spent over $20 million to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.
While Fox’s primetime opinion shows continue to be dominated by conservative hosts like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, other pro-Trump hosts like Lou Dobbs and Trish Regan were sent packing after the 2020 election.
News coverage, meanwhile, remains firmly in the hands of “moderates” like Chris Wallace and Bret Baier.
But Fox’s political squishiness doesn’t seem to be impacting its ratings. It has continued to trounce its competitors both in daytime and primetime.