Demonstrations around the globe over the weekend drew larger crowds than expected and galvanized anger over the Donald Trump presidency, but Frank Scheck writes in The Hollywood Reporter’s Critic’s Notebook that Fox News didn’t pay much attention.
More than 3 million people around the world reportedly participated in the event Saturday, with the centerpiece being the Women’s March on Washington. But Scheck notes that all three of the major cable news outlets started the day with coverage of a visit by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to a prayer service at the National Cathedral.
“During the service, if you wanted to see coverage of the Women’s March, you had to turn to C-SPAN,” Scheck notes. “When it was finally over, CNN and MSNBC began their daylong coverage of the protests, which already were exceeding expectations in terms of attendance. If you kept watching Fox News, however, you would barely have known they were happening.”
Scheck’s column adds: “Even while hundreds of thousands of people were peaceably marching in Washington, D.C., and other cities, Fox pretended that nothing special was going on. … And when Fox did finally report on the historic march, it was often in a smug, dismissive tone. Bill Hemmer rhetorically asked, ‘What does it say about Democrats, about liberals, that they refuse to accept reality?’ His co-host, Shannon Bream, cast doubt on the accuracy of the numbers of protesters being reported by the media, which was understandable if she was only watching her own network’s coverage.”
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