PUBLISHED: 03:56, Thu, Nov 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 03:56, Thu, Nov 5, 2020
The Associated Press and Fox News both hold that Mr Biden has won the state of Arizona, with AP claiming the Democrat won the state by 50.7 percent of the vote. The state was the first reported to swing from Mr Trump to the former Vice President, with Fox News the first to report it. But reports claim Mr Trump’s campaign was enraged by the decision, with the group putting pressure on Fox News to retract their reports.
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Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman claimed Mr Murdoch and the President are at odds over the decision, with the CEO refusing to back down on the Arizona reports.
Mr Sherman said: “A civil war is raging between Fox News and Donald Trump over Fox’s controversial decision to be the first media outlet to call Arizona for Joe Biden just before 11:30 pm last night.
“According to a source, Trump phoned Fox owner Rupert Murdoch to scream about the call and demand a retraction.”
“Murdoch refused, and the call stood.”
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US Election news: Reports claimed Donald Trump called Rupert Murdoch 'raging' over Fox's Arizona reporting (Image: PA)
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Fox staffers were also enraged by the decision to call Arizona for Mr Biden, with some claiming it was to prevent bias.
An anonymous staffer added to Vanity Fair: “We called it long before MSNBC!
“We were so worried about being seen as pro-Trump that we bent over backwards.”
Sam Nunberg, former Trump adviser, also accused Fox of “news malpractice and voter suppression” over reporting Arizona as won by the Democrats, and added: “There's got to be a change there or there will be major consequences.”