Fox News laid off at least 16 staffers at Fox digital, including Chris Stirewalt, the political editor who defended the election-night call of Arizona. While the purge is allegedly a restructuring after the election, insiders told The Daily Beast it’s an ideological purge.
Viewers were infuriated with Stirewalt when he called Arizona while people were waiting in line to vote. Fox refused to call Florida and Texas for Trump when he obviously won.
The Demose of a Never Trumper
Stirewalt was a Never Trumper who told reporters to never attend Trump rallies. He said their presence allows Trump to use them as a “prop.”
In February 2018, he said he admired the CCP’s gun control and their system of social scores.
Chris Stirewalt told Shannon Bream on her show FoxNews@Night in 2018 that “China doesn’t have mass shootings”.
Stirewalt began, “China does a really good job at preventing dissent, China doesn’t have mass shootings like these, and China doesn’t have these problems. You know what else China has?”
Mrs. Bream jumped in, “No freedom!”
Barely batting an eye, Stirewalt continued: “They have something called your social score and your social score reflects all the things you do online, use facial recognition to track you as you go through life and your associations.”
Suddenly realizing we are a free nation, he concluded, “Look everything’s pretty cool over there but in our very messy often chaotic experiment in self-government we still prize liberty in all amendments…uh…first ten amendments to the Constitution.”
The Blood Bath
The layoffs were described as a “blood bath,” perpetrated by Porter Berry, the Sean Hannity ally now in charge of remaking Fox’s digital properties in the image of its right-wing opinion programming.
Some long-time digital editors and reporters, some of whom had been with Fox for a decade or more, were among those laid off. (Additionally, on Monday morning, Fox News senior vice president and D.C. managing editor Bill Sammon, who is in his early 60s, announced he is “retiring at the end of the month.”).
“Porter is at the helm,” declared one current employee of the layoffs, while a recently departed staffer said: “This is all Porter. Both an ideological purge and a purge of people he was threatened by.”
The Flailing Fox
“It’s essentially the final nail in the coffin for digital journalism at Fox,” another recently departed staffer declared.
The network is failing with ratings going down the sinkhole. They either move back to conservative opinion or sell the business. Still, many people see their efforts to hurt Trump as a fatal betrayal, and might never come back.
BREAKING –> Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt was laid off today alongside just under 20 Fox News staffers. Stirewalt sat on the Fox News decision desk, which has come under fire for its early call on Arizona election night. Story forthcoming…
— Sarah Ellison (@sarahellison) January 19, 2021