Originally posted by no1marauder
From what I read, one of their anchors was shown, on camera, walking off stage try to convince the people in charge of projections to "uncall" Ohio because of some Karl Rove blather.
Okay, since I saw the episode live, I'll be happy to explain to what actually happened.
Ohio had already been called by all the networks, including Fox. But with 77% in, the margin had closed at one point to under 1,000 votes as the Cincinnati suburbs were reported. After that happened, Karl Rove said something to the effect of "Hold on, the margin is only 700 votes with 23% remaining. How is Ohio called already?" and the anchor said "Well, that's what our decision desk says." So Rove says "But maybe Hamilton County is going to continue giving votes to Romney and maybe that can offset the outstanding votes in Cuyahoga. etc."
So the anchor says "Okay, let's go to the decision desk and ask them." So she did. A man in the decision room explained that most of the outstanding vote was from Cuyahoga County and so even if Romney did well in Hamilton (which it turned out that he did not really do), there simply were not enough votes to overcome the votes Obama was going to pick up in Cuyahoga. The anchor asked "How sure are you?" and the guy in the decision room says "99.5%." That was it. The anchor didn't "try to convince the people in charge of projections to "uncall" Ohio." She asked the decision desk to help explain to the viewer why Ohio has been called even though the incoming tally was essentially a tie at that point.
Incidentally, I remember the exact same thing happening in 2006 on CNN. With 55% in Cardin and Steele were in a virtual tie for Maryland Senate but the networks had called the race for Cardin. The anchor went to the decision desk and asked why the race had been called if the incoming results were a tie. So the decision desk guy explained that based on what was coming in thus far, Steele was not pulling in the margins in the GOP-favored counties necessary for a Republican to win in Maryland. the anchor said okay and in fact Cardin won by a comfortable margin.
While Rove was certainly engaging in wishful thinking, not a single other person at Fox indicated anything other than asking questions of the decision desk. These guys are on for 8 straight hours with election coverage (or whatever it is). To break from the analysis to help the reader understand why the decision desk makes the calls that it does and when it not only reasonable, but helpful.
Of course then I turn on MSNBC and Maddow and Matthews spend 10 minutes bashing Fox for denying the obvious and Matthews even went so far as to rip the personnel on Fox personally. Maddow said something about the "talent" on Fox being unwilling to concede Obama's re-election and Matthews says "Talent?? Not talent. Maybe they have that position; they don't have talent." or something equally classless to that effect.
MSNBC is far more biased than is Fox. While Fox certain has right wing fanatics like Krauthammer and Rove, their anchors generally play is pretty close to the vest. Brett Baier, Brit Hume and Chris Wallace all have more class and objectivity than a single political anchor at MSNBC. Fox was once the standard in biased cable news, but MSNBC has long surpassed it.