Fox News says in a terse statement that chyron who called Biden the ‘aspiring dictator’ who had his ‘political rival’ arrested was only live for 27 seconds – and was ‘immediately addressed’
- The chyron at the end of Fox News’ 8 p.m. hour read: ‘Aspiring dictator speaks in White House after arresting political rival’
- The prime-time broadcast showed Joe Biden’s speech in Washington DC, side-by-side with Trump’s rally in Bedminster, New Jersey
Fox News released a terse statement after airing a chyron calling Joe Biden a “wedgling dictator” that got his “political rival” arrested.
The chyron at the end of the 8 p.m. hour of Fox News on Tuesday – which aired Trump’s speech following his not guilty plea – read: ‘Aspiring dictator speaks to White House after arresting his political rival.
The primetime broadcast showed Joe Biden’s speech in Washington, DC, side-by-side with Trump’s rally in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Now, a Fox News spokesperson has confirmed the caption was “addressed.”
The show showed Joe Biden’s speech in Washington, DC, side-by-side with Trump’s rally in Bedminster, New Jersey
A spokesperson said: “The chyron was immediately removed and addressed.”
When Sean Hannity started onscreen at 9 p.m., the controversial subtitles disappeared.
But the chyron calling Biden “a budding dictator”, which was live on Fox News for 27 seconds, sparked outrage on social media.
One person said, “Why would a big network news channel like Fox let a disgruntled conspiracy theorist in the back control the chyron.”
Another person, sharing an image from the show, mocked the outlet with the caption: ‘Fair and balanced information’.
A third said: “I expect Fox to go lower than low but talk about fanning the flames.”
Others shed some light on the situation, writing, “Fox took the gloves off.”
Another argued, “Oh my God. It seems Fox has forgotten how much they lost in the Dominion case.
Outrage even reached the White House.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has slammed Fox News for its chyron calling President Joe Biden a “spiritual dictator.”
Karine Jean-Pierre said: ‘There’s probably about 787 million things I can say about it that are wrong, but I’m not going to go into detail,’ during his daily press conference referring to the $787 million that the network information paid Dominion Voting after the company sued him for defamation.
When asked again if she wanted to comment, Jean-Pierre replied, “I just did.”
The chyron came amid Trump’s provocative speech from his New Jersey golf club hours after he pleaded not guilty to the federal charges – calling it “political persecution like something from a fascist or communist nation”.
“I did everything right and they charged me,” he complained as he was surrounded by supporters returning home from his day dealing with the criminal justice system.
Trump delivered snarky remarks where he railed against disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner and former FBI Director James Comey — then skimmed through clashes of classified Bill Clinton administration documents.
Trump began his remarks by lashing out at Joe Biden, but quickly fell into the past by talking about Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“Today we witnessed the most vicious and heinous abuse of power in the history of our country,” Trump told a crowd at his Bedminster club on Wednesday night.
He claimed Biden would go down in history as “the president who, along with a group of his closest thugs, misfits and Marxists, tried to destroy American democracy.”
He pointed to the use of the Espionage Act 1917 to prosecute him for alleged violations of willful possession of national security information, after the indictment said he had information weapons and claimed to have Pentagon attack plans at Mar-a-Lago and the Bedminster club. where he was talking.
Trump called it “one of the most outrageous and vicious legal theories ever advanced by an American court.”