Michael Wolff’s new book Landslide features a scene in which Lachlan Murdoch —the young reactionary currently running OG
Pravda, er, Fox News— got a call from Fox’s election desk saying it was ready to announce Handsome Joe Biden had won the Terrible Sand Kingdom of Arizonastan, which he then took to his old Pa for advice on what to do: “Fuck Trump,” was the response!
The book [says] that the Murdochs—who spearhead a vast right-wing media empire—had “every reason” to delay calling Arizona at the time, given Fox’s steadfast allegiance to Trump and the fact that no other network had made the call yet. “Lachlan got his father on the phone to ask if he wanted to make the early call. His father, with signature grunt, assented, adding, ‘F— him,’” Wolff wrote.
The book [says] that Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer then called Trump’s lead social media strategist, Jason Miller [now of GRIFTTR fame], to let him know the network was going to call Arizona for Biden. “Miller involuntarily rose from his seat. ‘What the f—?’ he said out loud, looking around and seeing the still-merry and untroubled faces in the Map Room”…Wolff wrote. Hemmer reportedly replied: “That’s what they’re doing. That’s what they’re going with.”
“Who?” Miller asked.
“The election desk,” Hemmer said, adding that the network’s decision was going to be aired imminently. The decision to call Arizona for Biden was a pivotal moment on election night, indicating the Democrat was poised to win the traditionally Republican-leaning state and complicating Trump’s ability to declare an early victory in the overall race.
As all things Wolff, there’s speculation that this is made-up, of course, but it is delightful. I love the signature grunt.