Fox News Rushes to Dismiss Bob Woodward Revelations on Trump Downplaying Coronavirus - 2020-09-09
As CNN and MSNBC flashed breaking-news banners about new recordings of President Donald Trump admitting to journalist Bob Woodward in his new book Rage that he was actively misleading the American public about the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox News pretended like nothing was going on.
It wasn't until a few moments before White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was set to take the podium that they finally acknowledged the bombshell story.
"We think one of the things that could come up in this press briefing is about a book written by Bob Woodward," host Melissa Francis warned viewers just before the 1 p.m. hour. She laid out the details about Trump's attempts to downplay the virus even though he knew how "deadly" it was in February. At the same time, she stressed that no one at Fox had heard the recordings and the show did not play the tapes for viewers like other networks had already done by that point.