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117 times Fox’s “straight news” anchor

pushed right-wing narratives


over seven weeks

August 21 - October 14, 2020


Martha MacCallum, Fox News executive
editor and anchor of The Story with
Martha MacCallum, pushes right-wing
narratives, pro-Trump talking points,
and Republican spin during her on air
appearances on Fox News. Part of the
so-called “straight news” division,
MacCallum has featured heavily
in the network’s election coverage
alongside anchor Bret Baier.
Network executives have relied on the “straight news”
operation to deflect criticism of the extreme racism and
propaganda spewed nightly by opinion hosts like Tucker
Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham in an effort to
deter advertisers from fleeing their toxic programming. In
many instances, MacCallum has shown herself to have more
in common with the prime-time hosts than in discord.
1. MacCallum attacked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for the impasse
in COVID-19 stimulus negotiations that has been caused by Republicans.

2. Even though Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) investigation into Hunter and
Joe Biden turned up nothing, MacCallum said questions for the former
vice president about his son are “completely fair game” and said Joe
Biden has “gotten off very lightly on all of this.”

3. On the same day Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is a “known conduit
for Russian disinformation,” pushed a bogus smear story in a Murdoch-
owned newspaper about the Biden family, MacCallum expressed
sympathy for disgraced Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, suggested Hunter Biden
should register as a foreign agent, and quoted Amy Coney Barrett to
back up her false assertions.

4. MacCallum criticized Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for participating in Amy


Coney Barrett’s nomination hearing remotely for the second day in a
row.

5. MacCallum misled viewers about the stakes of California v. Texas, saying


only a “narrow” piece of the law is being questioned in the courts when
in fact the case considers whether the entire Affordable Care Act can
continue to be law without the individual mandate.

6. MacCallum criticized Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for participating


in Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination hearing
remotely.

7. MacCallum echoed Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)’s baseless claim that when
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) merely mentioned Griswold v. Connecticut —
regarding contraception — during the hearings for Judge Amy Coney
Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, he was attacking her
religion.

8. MacCallum criticized guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control


stating that schoolchildren must stay home for 14 days if they are
exposed to COVID-19 after a guest noted if Trump was a student he
wouldn’t be able to return to school as soon as he held his first rally
post-COVID diagnosis.
9. MacCallum defended the Trump administration’s disastrous response
to the COVID-19 pandemic and said there isn’t much that former Vice
President Joe Biden, were he president, “could have or would have done
differently.”

10. MacCallum asked Sen.Ron Johnson (R-WI) about his COVID-19 diagnosis
but did not ask him about his repeatedly stated opposition to wearing a
mask.

11. Following the conclusion of the vice presidential debate, MacCallum


and Baier immediately declared Mike Pence the better debater from the
night.

12. After White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany exposed reporters
to the coronavirus by speaking to them without a mask in the days
following revelations of a White House coronavirus outbreak, she told
MacCallum, “I wore the mask diligently,” and MacCallum did not push
back.

13. MacCallum said there is too much focus on the coronavirus in the
presidential election, saying, “Coronavirus will end eventually, and the
president who is elected will be the president for four more years, so
people really do need to focus on the policies” because “this virus will
be in the rearview mirror, probably sooner rather than later, after this
person takes office in January, and so it really is the underlying issues
that will be more important.”

14. MacCallum and senior political analyst Brit Hume downplayed the threat
of the coronavirus.

15. MacCallum defended Donald Trump’s disastrous coronavirus response.

16. MacCallum played footage of Trump supporters holding mass


gatherings without social distancing or masks without commenting
on the event’s potential to spread the coronavirus, instead asking
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) if this reckless display may be “indicative of
something bigger than these [polling] numbers are picking up.”

17. After noting Trump’s reckless directive that Americans should not be
“afraid of COVID,” MacCallum asked Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) whether
his experience with the disease may “change the way the president talks
about it, you know, more empathetically perhaps, and does he use his
own experience or is he sort of making it more clear to others that he
understands more now about what they are going through.”

18. MacCallum said it’s a “good sign” Trump was “itching to get out of the
hospital because it means [he’s] getting better so that’s obviously really
good news.”

19. MacCallum said work is what Trump “likes to do the most.”

20. MacCallum said, “There are a lot of things that haven’t been allowed
that a lot of us feel should be allowed and the lockdowns should end in a
more forceful way.”

21. MacCallum made the unsubstantiated claim that “there is a lot of


interesting indications that the lockdowns were overdone in a number of
ways.”

22. After Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, MacCallum said, “A lot of
people really respect the way that the president has forged ahead and
had rallies.”

23. MacCallum did not push back when her guest made the baseless
claim that Trump is “not somebody that’s got the severe high viral
load symptoms. He’s somebody that’s got probably the low viral load
symptoms.”

24. MacCallum asked if the president getting a deadly virus “works in some
way to his advantage, which sounds very crass to say.”

25. MacCallum downplayed the significance of Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis


and said his refusal to wear a mask against the recommendations of
public health officials is an example of “his attitude toward this has been
to kind of, you know, run at it like a bull and he’s been criticized for that.”

26. On The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, MacCallum did not mention the
lack of precautions taken by the White House to prevent the spread
of coronavirus, only saying that prior to the revelation Trump “seemed
impenetrable to this disease” but “that all ended last night.”
27. MacCallum described Trump lying and downplaying the virus from the
very beginning of the crisis as “he has very much wanted to move the
script forward.”

28. In the same appearance, she described Trump as “bold” for holding
rallies during a pandemic.

29. MacCallum played down Trump’s failure to condemn the Proud


Boys, calling them a “fairly small” group who “say they’re not white
supremacist” even though “there’s also some indications that they
have cohorted with some of these neo-Nazi groups.” Then she said that
when “you hear what the president has said about it, he says, ‘I have
condemned them, I’ve been clear about it,’ but, you know, some are
finding his answers on it not convincing.”

30. When Democratic strategist Richard Goodstein said “not every Trump
voter was a racist, but every racist was a Trump voter” in the 2016
election, MacCallum responded by saying, “Oh come on, give me a
break,” then shook her head and laughed and said Goodstein needed a
“mute button.”

31. MacCallum downplayed the significance of the revelation that Judge


Amy Coney Barrett signed an ad calling for the end to the “barbaric
legacy” of Roe v. Wade, saying that “it’s not like it’s a big surprise she
believes that abortion is a problem.” She nevertheless followed this
statement up by arguing that this belief is “separate from the way [she]
would rule on cases with regard to Roe v. Wade and other issues.”

32. MacCallum reserved all of her criticism in her opening remarks the day
after the debate for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and she did not
mention Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacy.

33. She then hosted Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) for a softball interview in
which she criticized proposed efforts to balance the court. When
Hawley made the outrageous suggestion that Democratic vice
presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris “take a pledge” that she’s “not
going to continue to engage in the kind of religious bigotry that we have
seen from her towards past court nominees,” MacCallum responded
by saying Democrats are “shying away from” commenting on Barrett’s
religion, even though Harris’ comments on Barrett’s nomination
criticized on her judicial record, not her personal background.

34. In an interview with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) leading up to the


presidential debate, MacCallum uncritically repeated Trump’s talking
points criticizing Biden’s campaign then asked, “So what’s the president
going to do to sort of reveal what he feels the media has not?”

35. MacCallum made a false equivalence between the Supreme Court


nominations of Merrick Garland and Amy Coney Barrett, saying, “I know
a lot of them were very upset when Republicans did that with Merrick
Garland, so how do two wrongs make a right here?”

36. MacCallum pushed a baseless conspiracy theory suggesting The New


York Times coordinated with the Biden campaign.

37. MacCallum said Trump’s conspiracy theories about Biden involving


secret earpieces and drugs are “part of the narrative” of the first
presidential debate.

38. MacCallum framed an increase in homicides this past summer as a


direct result of activists demanding an end to police brutality. Social
scientists have not identified a direct, primary causality between these
two factors -- instead identifying “depolicing” as a possible contributing
factor among many others. MacCallum’s oversimplification echoes
sensationalized fearmongering on the right about “law and order.”

39. MacCallum asked White House pPress secretary Kayleigh McEnany


about The New York Times bombshell about the president’s taxes, but
she presented it only as something the Biden campaign was attacking
him for, and led her question with Trump’s claim that it is “fake news”
and denials by his personal lawyer.

40. In an interview with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), MacCallum adopted


the Republican line on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, saying,
“We have seen these sorts of processes take place in the time frame
that we do have.” She then drew the unsubstantiated conclusion that
Democratic senators protesting her nomination “don’t seem to have any
questions” for the nominee.

41. Later in the same interview, MacCallum pushed two contradictory


defenses of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in the same
breath: She said it would be “very unusual” for Trump to consider how
Barrett would rule on the Affordable Care Act in weighing whether she
should be confirmed to the Supreme Court, but then said her judicial
background suggests she would uphold the law.

42. On The Five, MacCallum suggested that Trump attack Biden for an
unproven allegation about his son Hunter without indicating the lack of
evidence for the claim. She then said the New York Times report about
Trump’s taxes raise “red flags … for anybody here who’s in journalism
school” because the report outlined questions about the president’s
past and finances that the findings did not further elucidate.

43. That same hour, MacCallum said Amy Coney Barrett is “facing brutal
attacks on her faith” because of crude comments made by Bill Maher
and said the nomination will be a test for the country on “discrimination
on the basis of religion,” misleadingly comparing her nomination to the
decades-long career of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a champion
of women’s rights. Later in the segment, when Fox political analyst
Juan Williams pointed out that leaders of the Democratic Party are not,
in fact, attacking Barrett for her religion and are criticizing her for her
record, MacCallum said, “I think they’ve decided that’s the safer route.”

44. After Trump campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley made the baseless
suggestion that the Biden campaign coordinated with The New York
Times in timing the release of its story about Trump’s taxes, neither
anchor Bret Baier nor MacCallum pushed back.

45. MacCallum managed to spin scrutiny of Barrett, who is nominated for a


lifetime appointment with the power to decide over matters of pressing
national importance, as social media victimization, saying, “It is striking
how conservative women seem to draw this kind of ire on social media
without anybody batting an eyelash.”

46. While criticizing Biden for making gaffes, MacCallum said Biden “gets a
pass on” his gaffes “all over the place” from members of the media.

47. During a preview of the presidential debate, MacCallum brought


up conspiracy theories about Biden’s health by couching them as
something Trump “is going to go after” during the debates. When Fox
correspondent Donna Brazile responded that Biden should “laugh
it off” and go after Trump’s taxes, MacCallum interrupted her to
mention Trump’s denial that he paid $750 in taxes the year he became
president and to say that The New York Times does not “have the actual
documents.”

48. Following the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case, MacCallum
opened her September 24 show by analyzing footage from conservative
blogs, including Breitbart and the Daily Caller, showing protesters yelling
at cops in the street rather than focusing on the substance of the issue:
Black people repeatedly losing their lives to police brutality and rarely, if
ever, getting justice.

49. MacCallum blamed protests in Louisville, not systemic racism in the


criminal justice system that sparked them, for an “infusion of chaos” in
cities around the country and then played more footage of protesters in
St. Petersburg, Florida, disrupting two people eating dinner outside.

50. MacCallum pushed a right-wing conspiracy theory about a rented U-Haul


truck present at the protests in Louisville following the Breonna Taylor
grand jury decision.

51. She discussed Trump’s remarks that “virtually nobody” young died from
the coronavirus without noting that they were false.

52. MacCallum covered up the threat of Trump refusing to commit to a


peaceful transition of power during a press briefing by failing to cover
the remarks in the hour immediately following.

53. MacCallum criticized protesters for confronting Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in
Washington, D.C.

54. She framed Trump’s remarks that “virtually nobody” young died from
COVID-19 as a both sides issue, asking Adm. Brett Giroir, “Where do you
stand on that divide?” “It’s not where I stand; it’s what the evidence
shows,” he responded.

55. In the interview immediately following her conversation with Tillis,


this one with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), a member in the minority of the
Senate Judiciary Committee, MacCallum’s tone markedly changed. She
asked Coons to imagine a “shoe on the other foot” hypothetical situation
in which Hillary Clinton is president and the Senate has the opportunity
to fill a seat on the Supreme Court on the same timeline. When Coons
hedged, MacCallum pushed him with a follow-up, which had she failed
to do when interviewing a Republican senator about the very much
nonhypothetical reality facing the Senate minutes earlier.

56. MacCallum described the president’s remarks that the election is a


“scam that the Democrats are pulling” as “interesting” and said that “the
ground is being softened for all kinds of interpretations of what happens
on that day on both sides.”

57. Without mentioning that Biden is consistently ahead in national polls or


citing any individual, MacCallum said that “Democrats are concerned”
about “Joe Biden’s inability or decision not be out there and to be
showing himself to these voters day in, day out, in one way or another,
social distancing, you know, understood, may be hurting him.”

58. MacCallum said that Trump’s remarks from a rally the day before — in
which he said “I like Putin, he likes me, you know, we get along” — fuel
“conspiracy theories” about Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin
getting along.

59. MacCallum said jurists who are not “textualists” are “making laws
based on current events,” implying that they lack a valid framework of
jurisprudence.

60. She later downplayed the role of the president in selecting a Supreme
Court justice and advocated for a swift appointment, saying, “You don’t
stop being president, you know, before the last month or day of your
presidency, and it is incumbent on the president to choose someone.”

61. Days before Amy Coney Barrett was even nominated, MacCallum took up
the Republican Party’s line suggesting that Democrats are anti-Catholic.

62. MacCallum blamed unrest in Minneapolis not on the injustice of George


Floyd’s death and persistent police brutality against Black people but
on civilians who “vilified all police in a way that was destructive to the
safety and sanctity of these cities”
63. MacCallum referenced the racist narrative of “black on black crime” to
deflect from widespread demands for the end of police brutality.

64. MacCallum agreed with former professional football player Jack Brewer
that the reason for crime is fatherlessness.

65. MacCallum defended Attorney General Bill Barr’s comparison of COVID


lockdowns to slavery.

66. MacCallum hosted Scott Atlas, Trump’s coronavirus “adviser” who


pushes dangerous and unsubstantiated theories about the pandemic,
despite reports that “senior staff” at the network “view him as lacking
credibility.”

67. MacCallum framed the proven efficacy of masks as a matter of opinion


in a question to Atlas. She then did not push back when Scott Atlas said
Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield’s comments that
masks are more effective than a vaccine can be attributed to the idea
that “we all make missteps when we speak.”

68. In her opening, MacCallum sensationalized protests in cities by playing


nearly four-month-old footage of property damage and fires.

69. MacCallum offered a softball question to Vice President Mike Pence


on the Trump administration’s move to undermine expert guidance on
mask wearing to combat the spread of COVID-19, then did not follow up
when Pence pivoted to attacking Biden and Harris. After Pence said that
“Trump will always put the health of America first,” despite mountains
of evidence that he’s leveraging political pressure onto apolitical
public health agencies to boost his own reelection chances, MacCallum
responded, “Good to hear.”

70. MacCallum defended Trump when her guest, Biden surrogate Pete
Buttigieg, correctly pointed out Trump’s pattern of political interference
in the vaccine development process, and then she incorrectly blamed
the Biden-Harris ticket for rising vaccine hesitancy because of their
refusal to blindly trust Trump on this topic.

71. MacCallum defended Trump for holding indoor rallies during the
pandemic.
72. She defended CNBC’s Jim Cramer after he called Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “crazy Nancy.”

73. On Bill Hemmer Reports, MacCallum and Bill Hemmer praised Barr’s
harshly criticized remarks about voting and the election.

74. MacCallum shilled for Trump’s so-called “Abraham Accords,” calling


them “an agreement that nobody really saw coming and one that has
been called a huge achievement even by those who are not fans of
this administration.” The Washington Post described the accords as a
“mirage” which are “not the victories for ‘peace’ that Trump claims they
are.”

75. MacCallum hosted Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to discuss “Cuties,” a French film
that was the subject of a right-wing campaign that NBC News described
as a “cynical ploy in the culture war” and that connects to the QAnon and
other conspiracy theories.

76. MacCallum incorrectly stated that Democrats blocked Sen. Tim Scott’s
(R-SC) police reform bill only because “they didn’t want a solution.
They didn’t want actual change to happen in police reform and tactics,
you know, to take away this issue.” According to CNN, there were
“key differences in the proposals that have created sticking points,”
including the GOP plan’s lack of a national ban on chokeholds in policing.

77. When MacCallum opened her September 14 show with a story about two
police officers shot at close range in Los Angeles, she spent more time
castigating the social media postings of supposed eyewitnesses and
people gathered outside the hospital where the officers were taken than
on explaining the facts of the case.

78. In an interview, MacCallum described reports about Secretary of


State Mike Pompeo’s alleged inappropriate use of State Department
resources as “personal blowback,, then asked him to explain “why” it is
“OK.” According to Politico, Pompeo relied on State Department staff
to assist with setting up so-called “Madison dinners,” which ”may have
been designed to burnish Mike Pompeo’s political Rolodex ahead of
future runs for office.” When he denied any wrongdoing, her only follow-
up question was about the use of masks at these dinners.
79. In a segment on the presidential campaign, MacCallum was more critical
of Biden’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 than she was of
Trump’s nearly total lack of precaution.

80. After Fox News contributor Donna Brazile said all Americans wish for an
end to gun violence, MacCallum responded, “The question is sticking up
for these police departments,” not accountability for police murders or
gun safety to restrict the ubiquity of guns in America.

81. MacCallum spun the anniversary of 9/11 into an attack on Democrats


for “efforts to undo the last” election and described the Mueller
investigation as “one of the most divisive things that has happened.”

82. MacCallum and Fox contributor Byron York spun a conversation about
a Washington Post column by Fareed Zakaria expressing legitimate
concerns over whether Trump will respect the outcome of an election in
the case it does not go his way into a conspiracy theory misrepresenting
comments made by Hillary Clinton to imply Democrats will refuse to
accept the results of the election.

83. MacCallum hosted former Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder to praise JP


Morgan’s decision to ask employees to return to the office amid the
coronavirus pandemic. During the segment, MacCallum said the city of
New York “needs it — as a, you know, sort of shot in the arm to get people
out on the streets and moving around — and we hope that it certainly has
that impact.” Days after this interview, reports said that some traders at
JP Morgan were sent home after they contracted the virus.

84. MacCallum framed Trump’s egregious lies about the coronavirus


that were revealed by journalist Bob Woodward through the media’s
“negative headlines,” did not quote what Trump said, and did not engage
on the substance of his comments.

85. MacCallum said, “I think the shutdowns have gone on long enough for
most people; they want to get back to work.”

86. MacCallum attacked Biden for using a teleprompter, something all


politicians and public speakers do, saying “it goes to the issue of how
facile he is, how good on his feet he is.”
87. After Fox contributor Marc Thiessen tied Trump’s chance of reelection
in part to delivering a vaccine before Election Day, MacCallum agreed,
positing that “some people would not want the time frame to be
beneficial to the president.”

88. Without mentioning any risks it might pose to public health, MacCallum
said that “you have to open [businesses] back up” in order for Americans
to be economically secure, rather than offer assistance that other
countries have offered their citizens, then admitted her statement is
“the answer the president would give.” She also said “you’ve got to open
these towns back up or you’re not gonna have that commerce return,”
despite the fact that some areas that have reopened have not not
experienced an immediate bounceback in consumer demand.

89. During an appearance on America’s Newsroom, MacCallumfearmongered


that while “everyone sort of expects, you know, an antifa uprising
now and then in Portland,” demonstrations “in places like Kenosha, in
Rochesher, New York,” have made “people feel it all across the country”
because “this is no longer a problem in someone else’s backyard.”

90. MacCallum downplayed Trump’s acknowledgement that he lied to the


public about the coronavirus in his taped conversation with journalist
Bob Woodward. She said the public already “knew that it was a deadly
disease” at the time and what he said “was not a revelation that the
president was sharing with Bob Woodard, on inside information; that
was something that we knew.”

91. MacCallum intervened on behalf of author Alex Berenson while he was


telling lies about the efficacy of masks, then concluded the segment by
saying that “there is going to be a huge amount of retrospective on all of
the issues that Alex brings up when all of the science is in on what works
and what doesn’t work.”

92. MacCallum baselessly speculated that she may receive two ballots
because she requested to vote absentee.

93. She interrupted and spoke over Fox host Juan Williams when he was
describing the Obama administration’s killing of Osama Bin Laden to
offer what Trump “is going to say to that, he’s going to say, he’s going to
say, ‘But Joe Biden didn’t want to do it. Hhe was at the table and he said
no.’ That’s what he’s going to say.”

94. MacCallum baselessly speculated that Trump’s comments denigrating


veterans reported in The Atlantic (and then by Fox’s Jennifer Griffin)
were the result of “some of the leadership at the Pentagon” disagreeing
with his foreign policy and therefore seeking to undermine him by
“putting out these messages and putting his comments in light that
makes him look terrible.”

95. MacCallum hosted White House coronavirus “adviser” Scott Atlas to


comment on the vaccine despite reports that Fox News producers do
not regard Atlas as credible.

96. MacCallum did not push back when Scott Atlas said concern over the
open politicization of the vaccine development process is “nonsensical”
and incorrectly claimed that “there is no way to even pressure this
forward.”

97. MacCallum said, “I don’t know how many people” at Black Lives Matter
protests “could truly articulate what it is they are fighting for at this
moment.”

98. MacCallum said that “appeasement does not work” when it comes to
addressing protests and unrest in cities, framing protesters as some
kind of threatening insurgency.

99. MacCallum’s only mention of the biggest story of September 3 on that


day’s show was in the last 30 seconds of the hour, when she said, “Also,
just to draw attention, there’s an Atlantic story that talks about the
president’s views on the military that’s going to get some attention.
We’ll talk about that on the next program, but that’s going to get some
attention tonight, no doubt.”

100. Fox’s Martha MacCallum claimed that “nobody is being supportive” of the
Kenosha shooter one day after Trump defended the Kenosha shooter.

101. In an interview with Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec,


MacCallum boosted a debunked conspiracy theory that started on
Facebook and was touted by Trump about a plane full of anarchists.
She mentioned it to push an unfounded narrative that protesters are
traveling around the country wreaking havoc and are supported by
large-scale national funding.

102. After the Kenosha shooter shot two protesters, MacCallum asked, “Is it
OK for citizens to take it into their own hands?”

103. MacCallum and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested that liberal donors
financed protests at the Republican National Convention.

104. MacCallum criticized Biden for taking precautions against the spread of
COVID-19, saying, “Most Americans are finding ways to get out and about
a lot sooner than he has been doing that.”

105. During an interview with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows
the week of the Republican National Convention, MacCallum did not
push back on a single claim he made, including his mischaracterization
of Biden’s comments on unrest in cities. He claimed that Biden “first
wanted to blame the law enforcement officers, not the rioters or the
looters.”

106. MacCallum defended the Trump campaign against criticism that the
Republican National Convention violated the Hatch Act.

107. MacCallum defended the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19


against Biden’s criticisms, saying the elements of Biden’s plan to fight
the virus are “already in the works.”

108. MacCallum baselessly claimed “the numbers” of COVID-19 deaths may


“have been played with a little bit.”

109. MacCallum defended the Trump campaign against criticism that the
Republican National Convention violated the Hatch Act.

110. MacCallum framed Trump’s relentless attacks on mail-in voting as an


issue that “both sides” must “rise above.”

111. On August 24, when the RealClearPolitics average for national polls
showed Biden nearly eight points up above Trump, MacCallum led her
show by mentioning twice that Trump “may be in better shape” than
polls suggest.
112. MacCallum hosted Trump coronavirus “adviser” Scott Atlas. During
his interview he made multiple false statements contradicting health
experts about COVID-19, including downplaying the virus’s impact on
young people and pushing a premature reopening for the sake of the
economy, and she did not push back on any of them.

113. MacCallum cheered the release of the results of U.S. Attorney John
Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe: “Hopefully
it’s going to come out in the next few weeks, we hope.” The Atlantic
described right-wing media as one of the engines behind the probe,
providing coverage meant “to induce a more general sense that
something must have been rotten in the deep state if people are talking
about it all so much.”

114. MacCallum pushed pro-Trump talking points during an interview with


former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on why he endorsed Biden, suggesting the
Democratic Party’s agenda differs significantly from Flake’s positions
and saying, “I’m just trying to figure out in terms of actual policy what it
is that you really like in Joe Biden.”

115. MacCallum suggested that the Democrats do not recognize “throwing


things through people’s windows and stealing from people who have
been building their business for decades” as “crime.”

116. MacCallum failed to mention that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is


a major donor to Trump, describing him as someone who got the job
because “he has spent 30 years in running three different logistics
companies — that why he was seen as somebody who would help to
make things more efficient,” and referred to concern over Trump’s
sabotage of the Postal Service as “hysteria.”

117. MacCallum said cops are “terrified” they might “show up for the call and
something gets misinterpreted, which does happen in some of these
cases, not in all of them.”