Despised by colleagues, defended by fans, Lake says God patiently waited

Despised by colleagues, defended by fans, Lake says God patiently waited

Despised by colleagues, defended by fans, Lake says God patiently waited

Kari Lake is wowing Arizona voters with her campaign speeches and media-shaming press conferences, but behind the take-no-prisoners demeanor is a gubernatorial candidate who says hard times and a mob of critics drove her back to God.

In an interview with Glenn Beck for The Blaze, Lake recalled opening the pages of the Bible after years of ignoring her Christian faith in the demanding career of TV journalism.   

“Let me tell you: reading the Bible in middle age – my age at the time was, I think, 51 or 52 – is so much different than reading it when you're going through confirmation or you're in your 20s,” she said.

At the time, Lake witnessed a mob attempt to get her “cancelled” at Phoenix news station Fox 10 after a “hot mic” incident got her in trouble. The anchor had used an expletive on Facebook Live, before the news segment had gone live, and a blogger who was unhappy with her conservative views publicized it. Other news outlets reported on the incident, too, and soon Lake was punished temporarily for the incident.

She told Beck the public support that poured in on her behalf got her thinking more about God because she was thanking God for such kindness and support.

Lake had worked at Fox 10 for 22 years when she announced in March 2021 she was stepping down. That decision came after a string of controversies and punishment from station management revolving around her right-leaning views on Donald Trump, COVID-19, and social media censorship. All of that controversy, she said, sent her back to church where she says Jesus was ready for her to return.

“I had a moment where I was looking at my news scripts that were sitting on my desk and I had a Bible open,” Lake told Beck. “And I was saying, The news is a lie. In the Bible is the truth.” 

Arizona is famously a purplish swing state. Voters chose Trump over Hillary Clinton 49%-45% in 2016, but the state’s media outlets are filled with left-wing reporters whose own news stories about Lake are filled with groupthink, left-wing bias. It was a newspaper, The Phoenix News Times, that Lake was mocking in that “hot mic” incident in which she called the Times a “rag" staffed with "20-year-old dopes." 

Now those left-wing media outlets are reading poll numbers predicting Arizona’s next governor could be the news anchor they despised and the Trump-endorsed gubernatorial candidate they mocked.