In the wake of his dismissal from Fox News last year, a former political editor who called Arizona for Joe Biden on election night 2020, confirmed Friday that he will go before a House select committee on Monday to testify about last year’s pro-Trump protests at the Capitol.
Chris Stirewalt, a political editor of the NewsNation cable network, made the announcement refusing to say what the subject of the testimony will be.
Stirewalt’s announcement came the day after the committee’s first public hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021, insurgency, in which the committee continues to push the narrative that hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump broke down doors and windows to storm the Capitol and prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
The next hearing is set for Monday at 10 a.m. ET, with five more sessions planned after that. The hearing was not televised live on Fox News on Thursday night, as it was on other news and broadcast networks. Instead, Fox broadcasted two hours of commercial-free programming from right-wing commentators Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, who called the hearing “propaganda.”
While the hearing was shown live on Fox News, Carlson and others shouted over it, and the camera frequently focused on the audience rather than the footage of the Capitol attack. The committee showed messages from Hannity to then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany laying out a post-riot “playbook” for Trump during the hearing.
After the Fox News political bureau was the first to declare Arizona for Biden in November 2020, Stirewalt was chastised by Trump and his fans. Because the state has recently voted for Republican presidential candidates, the decision startled the political world and all but assured Trump’s loss in 2020.
In January 2021, Stirewalt was sacked. Stirewalt’s removal “had nothing to do with the correct Arizona call by the Fox decision desk,” according to Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News’ parent business.
Stirewalt stated media “hype men” helped spread the false narrative that Trump’s election was stolen after Fox dismissed him, without identifying Fox News.
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, he said, “The populist right’s revolt over the 2020 election results was partly a cynical, knowing effort by political operators and their hype men in the media to steal an election or at least earn rich trying to steal an election.” “However, it was also a tragic result of the nation’s severe information malnourishment.”