Fox News says graphic calling Biden ‘aspiring dictator’ has been ‘processed’

Fox News drew attention Tuesday night for an on-air graphic that appeared to call President Joe Biden a “wedgling dictator.”

In a statement to NBC News on Wednesday, a network spokesperson said, “The chyron was removed immediately and has been addressed.”

The spokesperson did not respond to an email asking if there would be any consequences for staff members behind the graphic’s text, known as chyron.

Hours after Donald Trump’s impeachment, network night aired split-screen footage of Biden’s remarks at a June 19 White House event and Trump’s speech in New Jersey. The former president addressed supporters at his golf club in Bedminster after pleading not guilty to federal charges of mishandling classified documents.

At around 9 p.m. ET, capitalized text at the bottom of the screen on the network read, “Aspiring dictator speaks in White House after arresting political rival.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre hit back at Fox News when asked about the chyron during Wednesday’s press briefing.

“So there’s probably about 787 million things I can say about that, it was wrong about what we saw last night, but I don’t think I’m going to go into that,” she told reporters.

His comments on “787 million” referred to the April settlement between Dominion Voting Systems and Fox News, in which Fox agreed to pay $787.5 million in a defamation lawsuit.

Trump’s allies rallied to his defense, echoing his grievances that the indictment was a politically charged move.

A federal grand jury indicted the former president last week for allegedly misleading federal investigators in his attempt to withhold sensitive information he knew was still classified. Federal officials accuse Trump of breaking seven laws in mishandling more than 100 classified documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago in August.

The former president faces 37 charges out of the seven counts, including false statements, conspiracy to obstruct and willful withholding of national defense information. Trump’s personal assistant, Walt Nauta, was also charged with six counts, including conspiracy to obstruct and misrepresentation. Nauta has not yet been able to enter a plea and his attorney, Stan Woodward, declined to comment on his charges.

Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the case and called his indictment a political success directed by the Biden administration in an effort to undermine his re-election bid. Biden has remained silent on the matter.

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