- Fox News host Maria Bartiromo had Sen. Josh Hawley on her show and the the two talked openly about reportedly being censored.
- “They put Parler out of business, and on top of all the bans, banning President Trump, you still have the Ayatollah Khomeini there on Twitter,” Bartiromo said in shock.
- On January 24, Hawley wrote an op-ed about being “muzzled” in the New York Post, the US’ fourth-largest newspaper.
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Fox News host Maria Bartiromo and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley discussed the “censorship obsession,” and Bartiromo complained about losing more than 100,000 Twitter followers on Tuesday night’s edition of “Fox News Primetime.”
“Yeah, I had—right around the election—one million followers on Twitter,” Bartiromo told Hawley. “Now I have under 900,000. Literally in a couple of weeks. I don’t know what’s going on there!”
Hawley, whose Simon & Schuster book deal was recently cancelled, said he wouldn’t be shut down “by the corporate mob, by the woke mob.”
On January 24, Hawley wrote an op-ed about being “muzzled” in the New York Post, the US’ fourth-largest newspaper.
Bartiromo and Hawley lamented Twitter’s recent suspension of former President Donald Trump’s account and the removal of tens of thousands of Qanon-related accounts from the platform.
Bartiromo also had several tweets flagged for misinformation and tweeted that she left Twitter for Parler.
After that purge, Insider reviewed the Twitter followings of every Republican governor and the entire GOP congressional caucus via Social Blade and found that 94% of accounts have lost followers since January 6. Insider also found that more than 100,000 of Rep. Jim Jordan’s and Sen. Rand Paul’s followers were purged or defected.
Bartiromo and Hawley condemned Birdwatch, a public disinformation reporting tool recently unveiled by Twitter.
“They put Parler out of business, and on top of all the bans, banning President Trump, you still have the Ayatollah Khomeini there on Twitter,” Bartiromo said.
In early January, Fox News announced a re-shuffle of their programming, which saw many daytime and primetime anchors lose coveted spots and move to less-viewed slots.
Solo afternoon anchors like Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer were put together for a rebooted version of “America’s Newsroom.” At the same time, Mediaite reported that the network seeks to shift primetime slots to more right-wing opinion content following a loss in ratings after the November election.
Fox News was one of the first networks to call Arizona for President Joe Biden, and many viewers have flocked to Newsmax for more decidedly pro-Trump content.
Bartiromo is among the Fox News anchors who have repeatedly made baseless claims about the election.