Tucker Carlson put a thin veil on Fox News colleague Neil Cavuto after breaking up with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany as she reiterated Trump's allegations of illegal voting.
Carlson accused the media of censoring coverage it "doesn't like" after several news outlets refused to give the President and his White House staff airtime.
During the opening monologue of his talk show on Monday night, the newscaster criticized the media for rejecting the concerns of "tens of millions of Americans" who no longer "believe our democracy is real."
“In a democracy you cannot ignore honest questions from citizens. That's not allowed, ”Carlson said to his audience.
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Tucker Carlson appeared to be grappling with Neil Cavuto's editorial decision to cancel Kayleigh McEnany's press conference on Monday
“You can't dismiss them as crazy or immoral right away when you ask. You can't just cut off the coverage that you don't like.
“In a free society you have to convince the public of your legitimacy. You have to use common sense to win them over. Democracy is always a voluntary agreement. It is never enough to tell voters to shut up, ”he added.
The abuse appeared to be an altercation with his colleague who, hours earlier, made the editorial decision to cancel McEnany's press conference after accusing Democrats, without evidence, of welcoming "illegal elections".
Cavuto stepped away from the press, telling viewers he couldn't keep showing you unless the White House can back up their statements.
McEnany had started her press conference and insisted that the election "wasn't over" and that Republicans had "only just started getting an accurate, honest number of votes".
She then stepped up on a number of unfounded allegations, including that the Democrats opposed laws on voter identification, signature verification, citizenship, residence and other identifying features, and that they had prevented Republican election observers from counting ballots observe.
Fox News cut off Kayleigh McEnany's press conference Monday afternoon, saying it couldn't go further in showing this when it made a series of baseless claims that Democrats welcomed fraud and illegal elections.
The Conservative network refused to send the entire Trump administration briefing and broke away from the President's press secretary shortly after making a series of allegations – none of which have yet been backed by evidence
"You're not taking these positions because you want an honest choice," said McEnany.
"You take these positions because you welcome fraud and illegal voting."
She went on to say, "We want every legal vote to be counted, and we want every illegal vote -" before Cavuto crossed her.
& # 39; Whoa, whoa, whoa. I just think we have to be very clear: she accuses the other side of welcoming fraud and illegal voting. If she doesn't have more details to back it up, I can't keep showing you this in a good face, ”said Cavuto.
Cavuto said the network would return to the press conference if McEnany provided evidence to support the claims.
“But that's an explosive accusation that the other side is effectively manipulating and cheating. Of course, if she proves it, we'll take you back to the point where she said right at the beginning to welcome fraud, welcome illegal voting, ”Cavuto said.
"Not that fast," he added.
In a clip posted online, America's Newsroom host was angrily asked what happened when DC-based attorney Cleta Mitchell (center left) reiterated Donald Trump's unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud
As Mitchell spoke, Smith, who was not on the air at the time, could be seen rolling his eyes, frowning, and shaking his head.
Fox did not re-broadcast the press conference.
When McEnany was later asked by a reporter for evidence of fraudulent voting, Trump's press secretary was unable to present anything and asked for "patience".
"What we are asking for right now is patience as we investigate these equal protection claims, among other things," said McEnany.
Meanwhile, anchor Sandra Smith was caught frowning for hours, rolling her eyes and asking what happened when a Trump supporter reiterated Trump's allegations of widespread election fraud.
The network's coverage appeared to show its clear stance on the Trump campaign's repeated claims that the elections were "rigged" despite being a long-time close ally of the president.
This is because Rupert Murdoch's media empire is apparently trying to distance itself from Trump, with Fox and some of his other conservative outlets switching their news very much to Trump's anger in the days following the election.
The president launched a series of angry tweets Monday night in which he threw the blame for his election defeat on television networks
Trump stumbled off a spate of tweets on Monday, accusing Fox and several other companies of "disrupting" and "rigging" the elections because their polls were "so far away" in several states.
He highlighted Fox, saying it was "wrong in everything" that contributed to his increasingly fragile relationship with Fox News and Murdoch.
& # 39; @FoxNews, @QuinnipiacPoll, ABC / WaPo, NBC / WSJ were so inaccurate with their polls about me that it really rigged an election. They were so far away in their polls and in their attempt to suppress that they should be called for election interference, "Trump said.
He pointed to states like Wisconsin and Iowa where he said the media projected he would lose to Joe Biden.
& # 39; ABC / WaPo dropped me 17 points the day before the Wisconsin election and I WON! In Iowa, we had 4 points less on the polls and I won 8.2%! Fox News and Quinnipiac were wrong about everything, ”he wrote.
“Worst poll ever, and then in four years they'll be back to do it again. This is much more than the suppression of voter and campaign funding! & # 39;
Cavuto's refusal to spread the unsubstantiated allegations came the same day as footage surfaced online of his colleague mocking a guest on the network who questioned the election result.
In a leaked clip circulating online, Smith – who was not on the air at the time – pulls the comments of DC-based attorney Cleta Mitchell in the face and asks what happens.
"I think everyone wants to know that this was done properly and legally and that we can trust the results," said Cleta Mitchell as she reiterated Trump's allegations of electoral fraud despite the president not providing any evidence.
“And I think we need to address each of these concerns.
It's also the latest move by Rupert Murdoch's media empire to distance itself from Trump, as some of his conservative media outlets appear to have changed their news in the days following the election. Trump and Rupert Murdoch play golf in 2016
"Remember just because CNN says, or even Fox News says, someone's president doesn't make them president," Mitchell told Fox News' Trace Gallagher, who interviewed her.
Smith is caught on camera, rolls his eyes, frowns and shakes his head.
"What?" Smith said, looking up in disbelief, not seeming to know that it was being recorded on a hot microphone.
As Mitchell continues, Smith interjects, in a more angry tone, “What happens? Trace, we named it. "
Mitchell either couldn't hear Smith or decided to ignore her heckling while she continued.
The video was first spread on Twitter by political advisor and former Daily Beast video director Timothy Burke.
Smith, who first joined Fox Business Network as a reporter in October 2007, is a regular slide of White House spokespersons and has a catalog of viral clips showing her encountering members of the Trump administration, including Kellyanne Conway .
Similarly, Cavuto regularly questioned Trump when he proposed to the President in May that they take hydroxychloroquine as a preventative for contracting COVID-19.
Cavuto's refusal to air McEnany's press conference comes after seven television networks including CBS, ABC and NBC were cut off from Trump's White House address on Thursday night to actually check him out with many calling out his "lies".
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