Fox News abruptly halted a press conference held by New York Attorney General Letitia James after she announced that the state is suing former President Donald Trump and his adult children for alleged involvement in fraud.
The network covered the press conference live but cut off just as James began to reveal the specific crimes the Trump family is accused of committing.
“Some of it is really within baseball, unless it’s New York tax dollars,” Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner said. “And some may even accuse him of being a politician because we are 48 days before the mid-term elections.” She then added, without explanation, “And both current and past presidents certainly seem to be helping candidates.”
Faulkner is known as one of Fox News’ “live news” presenters rather than as one of its political commentators.
She told viewers that Fox News would “definitely cover” the lawsuit and said that “the big headline in all of this is the New York State lawsuit announced by Letitia James.”
“Let’s move on,” she said, ending the segment.
In total, Fox News showed about 40 seconds of the press conference, while the other major cable news networks — CNN and MSNBC — covered 35 minutes of the press conference and continued to cover the proceedings after it ended.
Despite Faulkner’s assertion that the press conference was “inside baseball” information — implying that it was more detailed and technical information than the average Fox News viewer would need to know — the network has covered much more niche content in the past.
The network gave significant airtime to Hunter Biden’s 2021 laptop story, which included intricate details about the president’s son’s work in Ukraine. According to an analysis by Media Affairs, he devoted three times more air time to this story than to the corona epidemic. Fox News also covered regionally focused parent groups protesting “Critical Race Theory” in elementary schools, and while only appearing on its online streaming platform Fox News Nation – aired the documentary “End of Men’s Testicle Tan” by Tucker Carlson.
As for the lawsuit, James said his office has sent a criminal reference to federal prosecutors in Manhattan and the IRS regarding alleged crimes by the Trump family.
The civil lawsuit demands damages of at least 250 million dollars and prevents Trump and his adult children – minus Tiffany Trump – from serving as a director of a company in New York, and also permanently prohibits the companies named in the lawsuit from operating in the country. Country.
James said the Trumps “repeatedly manipulated property values to get banks to lend money to the Trump Organization on more favorable terms” than they were offered. She claimed they did this to “pay lower taxes” and comply with loan agreements.