Fox News Anchor Sandra Smith leaked video which appeared on social media from the Twitter account of Timothy Burke — comes from a rare Saturday episode of Fox News’ midday news program America’s Newsroom, which was on during the weekend due to breaking election news. Guest Cleta Mitchell, a DC-based lawyer argued on behalf of President Donald Trump’s reelection efforts despite his opponent, Joe Biden, having just being projected the winner by Fox News and numerous other media outlets.
Leaked footage shows off-air Fox News host Sandra Smith grimacing, rolling her eyes and asking ‘what is happening?’
“Remember, just because CNN or even Fox News says who’s president doesn’t make them president,” Mitchell noted to co-host Trace Gallagher. “So I think everybody wants to know this was done properly and legally and that we can trust the results. And I think we have to look at every one of these concerns.”
“Yeah,” Gallagher replied, “I think that’s a very good point there.”
But Smith was literally taken aback by Mitchell’s comment. “What?!” she replied, then later adding “What is happening? Trace, we’ve called it.”
There appears to be some confusion about the news media’s long-standing tradition of projecting a presidential winner — which has happened every four years in the modern news era, and the specious claim that the media has “declared” or anointed the new president. They haven’t.
Later on November 13, 2020, Sandra Smith addresses leaked video of her reacting to comments made by Cleta Mitchell, saying she “was pointing out to the producers that we, in addition to other outlets, already called the presidential race.” She adds a screengrab was “not real” and part of a “false narrative”.