White House says Biden’s Super Bowl interview with Fox has been canceled
The last attempt to salvage Fox’s interview with President Joe Biden before the Super Bowl failed.
Biden is not expected to participate in the annual Super Bowl presidential interview with Fox, the network that broadcasts the game this year. The Biden administration has tried to work around the issue of avoiding sitting down with Fox News, with which the White House has a controversial relationship. Fox canceled the interview, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a tweet Friday.
Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Instead, Biden aides are working on preparing for an interview with Fox Soul, a live-streaming platform aimed at black Americans owned by FOX Television.
An interview with the Fox Soul network may have allowed the White House an alternative of still engaging in a traditional pre-match conversation with a Fox-affiliated outlet without having to sit down with one of them. Fox News hosts or reporters. That plan, however, was cancelled.
“The President is looking forward to an interview with Fox Soul to discuss the Super Bowl, the State of the Union, and important issues affecting the daily lives of black Americans. We have been informed that Fox Corp has requested to cancel the interview,” Jean-Pierre said in an interview. tweet Friday.
The aborted interview is the latest example of the Democratic president freezing the right-wing channel and refusing requests to sit down with the hosts and hosts.
Biden did not give Fox News an interview during his presidency, despite repeated requests by the network. The channel portrays him and his administration in a negative light, with extremists like Tucker Carlson regularly launching malicious attacks on Biden.
Despite some early discussions about an interview, the White House has never committed to allowing Fox News to sit down. Typically, such interviews are pre-recorded on the Friday before the Super Bowl.
Fox on Thursday had not officially deniedbut “acts as if it didn’t happen,” according to a person familiar with the matter at Fox News, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the interview.
Biden gave two televised interviews earlier in the week, one with PBS NewsHour and another with Telemundo, which makes the incident all the more remarkable.
There is some recent precedent for declining the traditional pre-Super Bowl interview. President Donald Trump, who has belittled the press with lies and smears, refused to sit down with host Lester Holt when NBC hosted the 2018 Super Bowl.
If Biden had done an interview with Fox News on the eve of the Super Bowl, it would have almost certainly been with Bret Baier, a traditionally respected news anchor.
It’s not just the right-wing commentators at Fox News but Biden has a problem. The president even messed with Fox News reporters, calling Peter Doocy, the agency’s White House correspondent last year, a “stupid son of a bitch.” Biden later called Doocy to apologize.