Some Mr. Trump’s former aides testified that the Fox call shocked him but also weakened his confidence in his chances of winning. Jason Miller, a senior aide to the Trump campaign, said in a video testimony played by the committee that he and others were “disappointed with Fox” for making the call but at the same time “worried that maybe we didn’t have the data or our numbers. Exactly.”
Mr. Miller did not share that concern on election night, when he tweeted that Fox was a “complete outlier” whose call should be ignored by other media. At Mr. At Trump’s urging, he and other aides immediately rushed to Fox officials, producers, and broadcasters seeking clarification. Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law called Mr. and went straight to the top. Murdoch. The scene played a part in the air as Fox Talent commented on the complaints raining down on him from the Trump campaign.
Brett Bayer, the network’s chief political anchor, said at one point, referring to Arnon Mishkin, the man at the decision desk, “Arnon, we’re getting a lot of incoming here, and we need you to answer some questions.” Responsible for analyzing data and making recommendations when Fox issues its calls.
On Monday, Mr. Steerwalt did not describe Mr. Murdoch or Lachlan Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox Corporation, as part of the decision desk process. And network executives have said Murdoch was not involved.
Although Fox News coverage is generally conducive to a conservative, pro-Trump approach, this honor has never been adopted by the decision desk, which is a separate part of the news aggregation operation overseen by Mr. Mishkin, a poll expert who is also a registered Democrat. In the days after the election, Shri. Mishkin was adamant in defending his call as Fox Anchors pressed him. Once, Mr. Martha McCallum as the host. Mishkin with a series of “What if” scenes that Mr. Chances of Trump winning, Mr. Mishkin replied sarcastically, “What if the frog has wings?” (Mr. Mishkin is a paid consultant for the network, not an employee, and will run the decision desk for the midterm elections in November.)
The decision desk was created under Roger Isles, former chairman and founder of Fox News, who preferred to draw controversy and ratings rather than care about advancing the Republican Party’s line. His quick calls have offended Republicans on more than one occasion, including 2012, when President Barack Obama made the first project to win Ohio and a second term, and in 2018 when he announced that Republicans would lose the House of Representatives. Voting was still taking place on the West Coast.