Don’t Buy the Debunked Dominion Voting Machine Conspiracy Theory
One of the more bizarre moments of this endlessly weird election season happened yesterday on Fox News, as the cable news network’s hosts and anchors appeared to be operating in completely different versions of reality.
First, Maria Bartiromo dedicated nearly her entire hour-long program to spreading a wild conspiracy theory—born in the fever swamps of a right-wing message board and tweeted by President Donald Trump on Saturday night—that some electronic voting machines had “switched” or “deleted” votes cast for the president.
Rudy Giuliani, who was appointed over the weekend to oversee Trump’s legal efforts contesting the election results, told Bartiromo that he had “proof that I can’t disclose yet” about “corrupt machines.” Separately, Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell joined Bartiromo to proclaim that “Trump won by not just hundreds of thousands of votes, but by millions of votes that were shifted by this software that was designed expressly for that purpose.” There is so much evidence of this fraud, she claimed that “I feel like it is coming in through a fire hose.” Notably, however, neither Powell nor Giuliani offered much of the supposedly readily available evidence.
But the really weird part happened after Bartiromo’s show ended and Fox News anchor Eric Shawn took the helm. After playing a clip of Philadelphia Commissioner Al Schmidt, the highest-ranking Republican in the city government, declaring that he had seen no evidence of widespread fraud in the city this year, Shawn took aim at the Dominion conspiracy. “As of today, there is no evidence of any widespread fraud affecting the outcome of the presidential election,” Shawn concluded. “Our precious democracy was not tampered with.”
The Trump years have created some obvious tensions between the opinionated hosts of Fox News’ programs and the network’s team of reporters and anchors who are tasked with delivering facts. But the divide has never seemed as stark as in the days since the election. The Sean Hannitys and Maria Bartiromos of the Fox News universe have raced to promote increasingly outrageous theories about the results
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