A news briefing by President Donald Trump's legal team outlining details of his challenges to the Nov. 3 election was summarily dismissed Thursday by Fox News, whose reporter ostensibly called lawyer Rudy Giuliani a liar.
Without any independent verification, Fox News' White House correspondent Kristin Fisher claimed Giuliani's statements were "light on facts," "baseless," or "simply not true."
"That was certainly a colorful news conference from Rudy Giuliani, but it was light on facts," Fisher said in her report. "So much of what he said was simply not true or has already been thrown out in court."
Trump lawyers Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis outlined the president's legal challenge to the election results at a press briefing Thursday.
The allegations ranged from complaints Republican observers were not allowed to observe vote-counting in Philadelphia and Detroit to a claim by Powell that U.S. voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems Inc. had ties to Venezuela.
"What I'm describing to you is a massive fraud," Giuliani told reporters.
"What emerged very quickly is there is not a single voter fraud in one state," he continued. "This pattern repeats itself in a number of states, almost exactly the same pattern. Which, to any experienced investigator, prosecutor, would suggest that there was a plan from a centralized place to execute these various acts of voter fraud, specifically focused on big cities. And, as you can imagine, big cities controlled by Democrats. And particularly focused on big cities that have a long history of corruption."
Fox News' Fisher rejected Giuliani's statements and claims as "baseless."
"Giuliani, he opened by making this really bold and baseless claim that a lot of this alleged nationwide voter fraud that he's referring to all come from one centralized place," she said afterward. "He called it a nationwide conspiracy. And, yet, he failed to provide any hard evidence to back up that one specific claim, especially when you're really dealing with a claim that cuts to the core of our Democratic process."
The press briefing got heated when one reporter suggested the legal team was losing and dropping cases.
"It's not our case, ma'am; don't lie to people," Giuliani shot back, saying his team has only has three lawsuits running. "You're lying.
"Our lawsuits have not been dropped all over the place."
Twitter was abuzz with another Fox News rejection of Trump's legal challenge in the contested election they called for Biden early this month.
Joseph Flynn, the brother of Gen. Michael Flynn tweeted:
"Turn off @FoxNews Forever!"
Conservative radio host Todd Starnes tweeted:
"Is Fox News White House correspondent Kristin Fisher a reporter or a commentator? It's hard to tell the difference."
A Philadelphia Inquirer writer tweeted:
"Fox News airing a report from @KristinFisher while at the same time promoting the opinion hosts that will undermine and attack it later tonight."
"I know you keep reporting, falsely, that we have no evidence – that we have no specifics acts of fraud," Giuliani scolded reporters. "That's because the coverage of this is almost as dishonest as the scheme itself.
"The American people are entitled to know this. You don't have a right to keep it from them. You don't have a right to lie about it. And you are."
Giuliani reminded the media he cannot turn over the signed affidavits under the penalty of perjury from witnesses for fears of retaliation against them, publicly or professionally.
"We've lost lawyers in this case, because they've been threatened," he said. "We have lawyers who need protection. What's going on in this country is horrible, and the censorship that you're imposing is making it worse."
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