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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:52 PM

Rove's War with Fox's Nerds: The Backstory

The best moment on television Election Night was when Karl Rove picked a fight with the usually nameless and faceless Fox News guys who crunch the numbers and call the winners—and lost. Why'd he do that? New York's Gabriel Sherman reports that Fox chief Roger Ailes told the election coverage team to keep it together if the night didn't go their way, but Rove couldn't play by those rules. When Bret Baier called Ohio, and the presidency, for President Obama, "Fox phones lit up with angry phone calls and e-mails from the Romney campaign, who believed that the call was premature, since tallies in several Republican-leaning Southern counties hadn't been been fully tabulated," Sherman reports. Rove had been in touch with Romney's team, and he aired their complaints live.

Behind the scenes, the Decision Desk wouldn't budge, but neither would Rove. At first the network considered bringing the nerds up to explain the numbers. But then they had another idea, which made for amazing TV, and which The Atlantic Wire recapped in GIFs.



With neither side backing down, senior producers had to find a way to split the difference. One idea was for two members of the decision team, Mishkin and Fox's digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, to go on camera with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier to squelch the doubts over the call. But then it was decided that Kelly would walk through the office and interview the decision team in the conference room. “This is Fox News,” an insider said, “so anytime there’s a chance to show off Megyn Kelly’s legs they’ll go for it.” The decision desk were given a three-minute warning that Kelly would be showing up.


They explained they were 99.95 percent sure in calling Ohio for Obama. Rove never apologized.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/11/roves-war-foxs-nerds-backstory/58804/

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SubgeniusHasSlack Nov 2012 #1
tosh Nov 2012 #2
deutsey Nov 2012 #5
COLGATE4 Nov 2012 #3
msongs Nov 2012 #4
slampoet Nov 2012 #6

Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:03 PM

1. hamrove on phone: "What do you mean, you couldn't flip enough votes?!?!?!"

 

hamrove is going to have an "accident" courtesy of his oligarch overlords.

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Response to SubgeniusHasSlack (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:11 PM

2. That is s pleasant thought.

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Response to SubgeniusHasSlack (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:31 PM

5. Yeah, be careful to avoid any plane rides for a while, Rovie n/t

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:12 PM

3. Something about this whole Rove schtick smells to me.

When Kelly was prancing down the hall to the Decision Team's room, she made a comment to the TV crew something like "this is how we practiced it". Why would they have 'practiced' this unless it was a stunt already programmed. I don't pretend to understand what the purpose of the stunt may have been, but Kelly let slip that it was already scripted in advance.

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:28 PM

4. rove had to look like he went down fighting - since he lost all that $$ nt

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:50 PM

6. A real Backstory would mention Rove's conflict of interest in this.

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