Newly released documents from the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit against Fox News reveal that the network’s hosts and executives did not believe the 2020 election was truly stolen, which they were reporting.
Dominion machines seeks $1.6 billion
Furthermore, the lawsuit accuses Fox News and its parent company Fox Corp of spreading “lies” that the Dominion machines were used to rig the 2020 election results against Trump. In return, they are seeking $1.6 billion in damages.
According to one executive, Fox News entered an “existential crisis” after Trump lost the 2020 election. The newly released document also reveals that just two days before January 6, Fox host Tucker Carlson texted someone about Trump’s time as president.
“We’re all pretending we’ve got a lot to show for it, because admitting what a disaster it’s been is too tough to digest,” he said. “But come on. There really isn’t an upside to Trump. We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait,” the text read, adding, “I hate him passionately.”
Murdoch allowed Fox News to continue “stolen election” reporting
In a previously released excerpt of his deposition, owner Rupert Murdoch said he knew the information Fox News was spreading was not truthful.
The new documents include more of his deposition, in which he rejected all of the conspiracies and admitted that he had “never seen” any effort by Dominion to rig the election against Trump. However, Murdoch allowed his news hosts to continue to report on a “stolen election.”
Maria Bartiromo, another Fox host, doubled down on her belief that the election was fraudulent and refused to refer to Joe Biden as “president-elect.” She texted a former Trump advisor Steve Bannon saying that she wanted to see “massive fraud exposed” and that her team was not allowed to say “pres elect” on air.
Fox News has repeatedly claimed their post2020 election coverage was newsworthy and protected by the First Amendment. Furthermore, the news network has accused Dominion of “distortions and misinformation in their PR campaign to smear Fox News and trample on free speech and freedom of the press.”