'That Did Not Occur': Fox News Hosts Acknowledge What They Got Wrong on Election Night

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Posted: Nov 13, 2020 8:45 AM
'That Did Not Occur': Fox News Hosts Acknowledge What They Got Wrong on Election Night

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Fox News’s Bret Baier acknowledged the network was wrong about its election night call that Democrats would gain about five seats in the House of Representatives. 

“Democrats have clinched a majority in the House by reaching 218 seats. There are still a handful of races undecided,” Baier said. “On election night, the Fox News Decision Desk correctly predicted soon after 9:00 Eastern that Democrats would retain control of the House.”

“But they also estimated Democrats would add about five seats to their majority. That did not occur. Republicans have gained six seats with multiple races yet to be decided,” he noted on Wednesday’s “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

Fox News’s Martha MacCallum also pointed out the network was wrong about that House call on election night during her show, “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Wednesday. 

Fox News has faced intense backlash from its regular viewers over its election coverage, including this call. Other recent questionable decisions and attitudes by some Fox hosts, such as cutting away from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's press conference on voter fraud allegations, have contributed to a ratings collapse. 

President Trump retweeted at least 10 comments on Thursday about how people have stopped watching Fox News, fueling speculation that he plans to "wreck" the network.