By JESSICA RIVERA and MARK PEREZThe Fox News Channel is facing a backlash over its portrayal of the 2016 presidential election, with many viewers questioning whether the network is being too sympathetic to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
In its first week of live programming, the network has played a “big lie” on national TV by portraying Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign as an “international conspiracy,” as well as a conspiracy involving Russia and the media.
The network said it has “taken steps” to address the “big lies” that it’s seen on the air, including a statement that it will “review all elements” of its coverage of the election.
Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted that he had asked his fellow hosts if the network had a “real question” for him.
“If you can’t answer the big question, why would you ask the question?” he wrote.
“What does the media know?
What does the President know?
How many people do the media really know?
We have to get this right.”
Fox News has been criticized for not reporting on the leaked emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, a move that Hannity called “fake news” in a tweet, and for failing to correct the story after being led to believe that Clinton was behind the emails.
“I’m sick of the fake news at Fox News.
@FoxNews is now a ‘fake news’ organization,” Hannity tweeted on Friday.
“Just tell them I said that.”
On Monday, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly apologized for his recent remarks about the Russia probe.
O’Reilly has come under fire from many viewers for his use of a racial slur, calling Clinton “super racist” and a “bitch” after he said she was “not a natural born citizen” and accused her campaign chairman of being a “globalist communist.”
The network has been forced to apologize for its handling of the story in several places, including on Tuesday, after O’Brien said he would “probably never” repeat the remark in the future.
“The idea that anyone would ever say that about anyone who’s running for president of the United States is just not right,” O’Brian said on Fox News’ “The O’Donnell Show.”
“I would never do it, I just can’t do it.”