Karl Rove was incredulous. His colleagues at the Fox News decision desk had called Ohio — and the election — for President Obama, a move he insisted just a few minutes earlier would be premature.
“We’ve got to be careful about calling this when we have 991 votes separating the candidates,” he scolded them. “I’d be very cautious about intruding into this process.”
Silence settled over the set.
“That’s awkward,” Megyn Kelly quipped. And she and her co-anchor, Bret Baier, offered to broker something of a compromise. They would interview the decision desk about why it made its call.
And so ensued the most bizarre on-air encounter of election night: a network anchor putting her colleagues on the spot, forcing them to defend their news judgment.