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'It's just dangerous': Conservative media is enabling Trump's election lies and denial

Numerous hosts and guests on Fox News are backing up the president's baseless claims about mass voter fraud. Oliver Darcy says they are "enabling and encouraging the president's worst impulses." Evan Osnos says Biden's team is responding to Trump's denialism by conveying a "sense of inevitability."

Posted: Nov 9, 2020 4:31 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2020 4:31 PM

Some conservative news outlets are stuck in the web of President Donald Trump's lies while most media outlets are covering Joe Biden's win and White House transition team.

"There is still this right-wing media machine that is promoting voter fraud lies, suggesting that this is going to go to the Supreme Court, and that Trump is going to win a second term," said CNN's Chief Media Correspondent Brian on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. He called it an "alternative reality." Stelter also said it was "outlandish, unproven and dangerous to democracy."

On Sunday afternoon, the main headline on the Fox News website was "Trump team vows more lawsuits in key states this week, as top Republicans mum on Biden win." And conservative news outlet Newsmax still has not called the election for Joe Biden.

Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden before other news outlets made projections. Now, its anchors and correspondents are questioning their own network's decision, and Trump is not happy.

Newsmax Media CEO Chris Ruddy told Stelter that Trump is "very disappointed in Fox News" per a recent conversation he had with the president.

"The data coming out of Fox was not good at all," Rudy said. In response, Stelter said, "The Fox polls were scientific. They were trying their best."

However, the conservative network's overall tone has mostly remained steadfast in support of Trump.

The network's leaders are allowing their biggest stars — Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham — to go on air and undermine the integrity of the US election system with dishonesty.

Even the network's so-called "straight news" division has treated the baseless allegations lobbed by the President against the electoral system with softer gloves than other networks and news organizations.

While Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted that there is no real evidence of widespread voter fraud, he and his colleague Martha MacCallum repeatedly brought up the legal challenges to the election that Trump has promised to bring, despite the fact that most legal experts have dismissed them as having little or no merit.

"You don't see any of the hosts pushing back," CNN's senior media reporter Oliver Darcy said Sunday. "If you watch it, you understand that it is just dangerous stuff."

Fox anchors and other staffers were instructed to not call Biden "President-elect" when the network called the race, according to two memos obtained by CNN Friday. And on Saturday, after the race was called by several news networks, prominent conservative personalities, such as Tomi Lahren and Mark Levin, baselessly suggested on Twitter that the election had been stolen from Trump.

Trump has been spewing misinformation about voter fraud and he's been very vocal about taking legal action. But the people who are closest to him -- including his wife Melania and his son-in-law Jared Kushner -- are trying to push him to concede and move on, CNN has learned.

-- CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Kate Bennett, Jeremy Diamond and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 293542

Reported Deaths: 6638
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19560229
Hinds18674385
Harrison16512276
Rankin12595262
Jackson12451217
Lee9663160
Madison9400195
Jones7891145
Forrest7140136
Lauderdale6784225
Lowndes6008137
Lamar584480
Lafayette5707113
Washington5159128
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Oktibbeha439991
Panola426892
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Warren4114113
Pontotoc407368
Marshall399492
Monroe3980126
Union392873
Neshoba3767166
Lincoln3464100
Hancock339973
Leflore3358118
Sunflower317185
Tate300874
Pike298393
Scott292567
Alcorn290360
Itawamba288871
Yazoo283862
Tippah275665
Copiah274557
Coahoma272766
Simpson271778
Prentiss268658
Leake251770
Wayne251340
Marion250778
Covington247878
Grenada245876
Adams233277
George230645
Newton224751
Winston220275
Jasper211844
Tishomingo211765
Attala206269
Chickasaw200650
Holmes181670
Clay178149
Stone171429
Tallahatchie169839
Clarke168671
Calhoun156428
Smith151831
Yalobusha142936
Greene126833
Walthall123540
Noxubee122729
Perry121434
Montgomery121237
Lawrence119321
Carroll117623
Amite110832
Webster109929
Jefferson Davis100531
Tunica98623
Claiborne97729
Benton93124
Humphreys91626
Kemper89522
Quitman77014
Franklin75519
Choctaw69516
Wilkinson62226
Jefferson61427
Sharkey48817
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 491110

Reported Deaths: 9831
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson706291356
Mobile35894721
Madison32255442
Tuscaloosa23996409
Montgomery22462494
Shelby21820215
Baldwin19670274
Lee14900150
Morgan13599249
Calhoun13175285
Etowah13143319
Marshall11226206
Houston10048259
Elmore9337183
Limestone9335134
Cullman8869179
St. Clair8783220
Lauderdale8581210
DeKalb8429174
Talladega7481163
Walker6504251
Jackson6477102
Autauga620389
Blount6086125
Colbert5978118
Coffee5230102
Dale4621106
Russell401831
Franklin397876
Covington3956106
Chilton384298
Escambia377172
Tallapoosa3572141
Clarke342949
Dallas3397141
Chambers3392108
Pike293071
Lawrence281384
Marion280894
Winston246166
Bibb244260
Geneva238670
Marengo233354
Pickens223954
Barbour209951
Hale208868
Fayette199756
Butler195165
Henry182041
Cherokee176438
Monroe165938
Randolph163140
Washington156634
Crenshaw143554
Clay143354
Macon140943
Cleburne136839
Lamar131732
Lowndes130648
Wilcox120825
Bullock116336
Conecuh106523
Perry105327
Sumter98431
Coosa87823
Greene87032
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