Fired Fox News Editor Helps January 6th Committee

( On Monday, former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt testified before the January 6 select committee where he defended his decision to call Arizona for Biden on election night.

Stirewalt was fired from Fox News in January 2021 as part of the cable news channel’s restructuring. After he was fired, Stirewalt wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times claiming he was fired for calling Arizona for Biden. That call was believed to be the first sign that the presidential race was tilting away from Trump toward Biden.

In his testimony on Monday, Stirewalt said the Fox News Decision Desk crushed the competition when it called Arizona for Biden.

He told the committee that former President Trump would have been better off “playing Powerball” than expecting enough states would flip from Biden to him to secure his reelection.

Stirewalt defended the process Fox News had in place, saying those in charge of calling elections were very confident that the Arizona call was the right one. He said the Fox Decision Desk has “a better system and we had a great team.”

When it was clear that it was time to call Arizona, Stirewalt told the committee, his boss Bill Sammon suggested that no call be made until everyone in the room agreed. Stirewalt told the committee that they all knew how consequential calling Arizona would be because it was one of the five states that everyone was watching.

Stirewalt said that the Fox team “already knew” that Donald Trump’s chances for reelection “were smaller and getting smaller based on what we had seen.”

Stirewalt told the committee that in the states Trump was demanding recounts, the margins of Biden’s victory made it virtually impossible for the recounts to sway the races away from Biden to Trump.

What is the purpose of having Chris Stirewalt testify in a hearing about a 3-hour riot at the Capitol on January 6?

Well, it’s simple.

The select committee’s second day of televised testimony was entirely geared toward relitigating Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen. An ironic tactic considering that some members of the select committee are on record claiming the 2016 election was stolen from Hillary Clinton.