David Carr: On Election Night Battle Between News And Partisanship, ‘Fox chose news’

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By Alex Weprin Comments

The New York TimesDavid Carr uses his Monday column to praise the news team at Fox News Channel, for not taking Karl Rove’s bait on election night, and putting journalism ahead of partisanship. Carr spoke to FNC’s senior VP of newsMichael Clemente about the now-infamous moment:

“For a half an hour, there was a missing piece that other networks were skating around — why there had been no talk of concession — and we wanted to explore why that was happening,” he said.

He added that once Fox concluded that the numbers from the decision desk were correct, it went with them.

“I knew that a big chunk of our viewers were going to be disappointed in the outcome,” Mr. Clemente said, “but I work on the news side, and the most important thing was getting it right.”