Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner baffled many on Friday with her criticism of Time magazine’s satirical cover depicting President Joe Biden standing in a trashed Oval Office that he inherited from former President Donald Trump.
“The Faulkner Focus” host pointed out the obvious by declaring artist Tim O’Brien’s illustration, below, was “not real.”
— TIME (@TIME) January 21, 2021
“If you saw that on the opposite with a conservative president and it was, you know, all over the place, mainstream media would be on fire about it. But with Joe Biden it’s OK to do this?” Faulkner asked.
“I mean, that’s not real. That picture isn’t real,” the anchor continued. “Don’t we care? I thought we were a nation who cared about the facts.”
“Let’s see if others in the mainstream media have the gumption to call out the fact that that’s just a complete lie,” she added.
Some people on social media suggested Faulkner was angered by the fact that the Oval Office was not literally trashed on President Joe Biden’s arrival, but many were simply puzzled about what point she was trying to make regarding the visual metaphor:
Harris Faulkner appears to be unfamiliar with the concept of satire pic.twitter.com/8cXBUDrM0B
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 22, 2021
The whole segment was ridiculous!
At the end of the segment, Harris Faulkner was so fired up about the cover that she sanctimoniously declared:
"Let’s see if others in the mainstream media have the gumption to call it out that it is a complete lie!" pic.twitter.com/sC62RKOUke
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 22, 2021
Hold the phone, are you telling me that Trump never actually melted? pic.twitter.com/JTDcv94NKN
— Fernando Perez (@perushka) January 22, 2021
Faux Outrage = Fox News
— Les LeMieux, Sr (@leslsenior) January 22, 2021