This is the argument over the claim by Wolff that Rupert Murdoch made the decision to go ahead with the news that Arizona was being called for Biden (“Fuck him”, he growled."[referring to Trump]) versus Stelter’s claim that the decision came from the News Decision Desk? No idea who is right.
Fox News denies the allegations in journalist Michael Wolff’s book.
“This never happened and is completely untrue,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement.
By the news group’s account, Arnon Mishkin, who runs Fox’s decision desk, made the call himself.
“(The book’s) account is completely false,” the spokesperson said. “Arnon Mishkin who leads the FOX News Decision Desk made the Arizona call on election night and FOX News Media President Jay Wallace was then called in the control room. Any other version of the story is wildly inaccurate.”
“sounds like a book!”
In “Landslide,” Wolff recounts several anecdotes that portray an increasingly paranoid and isolated Trump during and after the election.
Notable in Wolff’s book is the fight between the “insiders” led by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who accept that Trump lost the election, and the “outsiders,” led by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other conspiracy theorists who cling to the lie that the election was stolen from Trump.
As Trump was increasingly focused on proving he was cheated out of reelection, the day-to-day matters of leading the country were ignored, according to Wolff.
“All daily briefings were canceled, including national security briefings. All efforts to return his attention to pandemic issues, vaccine rollout, or critical intelligence failed,” Wolff writes.