Fox News Defends Segment After Matt Drudge's Attack

Fox News - Getty - H 2016
Getty Images

Fox News - Getty - H 2016

"There was absolutely no joking or laughing about the events of this weekend," the network said in part.

Fox News came under criticism from an unusual source Monday, media titan Matt Drudge, who lambasted the network for a segment on the Outnumbered show that dealt with political tribalism in the wake of the attack in Pittsburgh and the mail bombs sent to targets throughout the country.

"A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre," Drudge wrote on Twitter. "Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue? Check your soul in the makeup chair!"

Drudge also shared a screen grab of network personality Lisa Kennedy Montgomery smiling during the segment.

Fox News responded quickly to the criticism from Drudge and denied the crux of his attack. "Kennedy made an unrelated quip at the end of the segment which was focused on unity," the network said. "There was absolutely no joking or laughing about the events of this weekend and a screen grab of of her smiling is hardly indicative of the entire segment."

The network admitted fault, graphically, saying that the chyron — "QUESTIONS ON HOW MAIL-BOMB SCARE, SYNAGOGUE ATTACK COULD IMPACT MIDTERM VOTERS EIGHT DAYS FROM NOW" — was off.

"The lower third should not have been up for the duration of this segment as it was not fully reflective of what the panelists were discussing," Fox News said.

Republican strategist Josh Holmes, who appeared during the segment, did not respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment on the backlash.