Headline RoundupFebruary 17th, 2023

Fox News Hosts Did Not Believe 2020 Election Fraud Claims, Court Filing States

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Prominent Fox News (Right Bias) figures such as Tucker Carlson (Right Bias) and Laura Ingraham privately expressed disbelief of former president Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud in the 2020 election, according to a court filing from Dominion Voting Systems.

For Context: Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox in 2021, claiming the outlet purposely aired false claims about the company’s role in the 2020 election.

The Filing: The filing states, "privately, Fox's hosts and executives knew that Donald Trump lost the election and that he needed to concede. But Fox viewers heard a different story — repeatedly," and alleges that Fox intentionally spread misleading information about election results after receiving backlash from viewers and other right-rated media for announcing Joe Biden had won in Arizona. Carlson is quoted telling Sidney Powell, a Trump attorney who repeatedly claimed the election had been stolen from Trump, “you’ve convinced them that Trump will win. If you don’t have conclusive evidence of fraud at that scale, it’s a cruel and reckless thing to keep saying.” Ingraham is quoted as calling Powell “a bit nuts.”

How The Media Covered It: AllSides was unable to find any original reporting on the filing from right-rated outlets. Breitbart News (Right Bias) and Washington Times (Lean Right Bias) reposted coverage from other outlets.

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