But there was one. Maddox said, “Just so you know, it’s the opposite, the Fox News Channel has the first page for our friends right now.” “As you can see it’s a bit different.” In fact, on top of the fold, Fox kept everything except the number of deaths.
“If you scroll down and scroll down, you’ll finally find – oh yes, 100,000 Americans have died,” Maddox said. “They can finally get it.”
Maddox’s observation was not unique to Fox’s homepage. The network’s on-air programming on Wednesday night was similar. None of its prime-time shows have led to critical news about the death toll. Fox’s Go-To “Straight News” program, hosted by Martha McCallum, began the show with a story about her student’s suspicion of two murders. It took him more than 50 minutes to get the news of the 100,000 dead Americans. He saved it in his last section
Like the president, whose Twitter feed focused on everything except the death toll on Wednesday night, Fox has largely moved away as the death toll exceeds 100,000. If historians had gone back and Fox News reported that 1 million people had died in the country that night, they would have been forgiven if they had not known.
This is all significant. We are living through those widely regarded as the greatest stories of a generation, and the most watched news network in the country is the only news network that puts it in the back burner.