After Dominion case, GOP debate gives Fox News chance to burnish image

August 22, 2023

The Washington Post

Months after a blockbuster defamation lawsuit raised questions about Fox News’s dedication to accuracy and fraught relationship with Donald Trump, two of its star anchors will have a chance to bolster the network’s image Wednesday night when they moderate the first Republican debate of the 2024 presidential cycle.

Anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum spoke of the debate as business as usual for them in interviews with The Washington Post, citing their lengthy careers in Fox’s news division — rather than the conservative-leaning opinion wing, some of whose hosts were cited in the case that Fox settled with an election technology company for $787.5 million in April...

George Washington University’s Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief, called Baier and MacCallum “the dream team.”

“They have the credibility and the heft, and they know the audience and they know the facts,” he said.

Had the Dominion case gone to trial, Sesno would have been called to testify by the voting technology company. After Fox News settled the case, he said the network should recommit to providing factual news and information to its “huge and dedicated audience.”

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