Rupert Murdoch Says Fox News Hosts Endorsed 2020 Election Fraud Claims
In a new court filing from the ongoing defamation lawsuit against Fox News (Right Bias), Fox Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch states that certain Fox hosts endorsed unproven fraud claims following the 2020 election, and that Fox News allowed MyPillow founder Mike Lindell to appear on Fox programs in part because of his advertising contributions to the network.
For Context: Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox News for defamation, claiming the media network reported unproven information linking Dominion technology to unproven allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Fox News denies the allegations, claiming they fairly reported on existing theories and calling the lawsuit a violation of the First Amendment.
Details: “It is not red or blue, it is green,” Murdoch is quoted stating when asked why Lindell appeared on Tucker Carlson (Right Bias)’s program and made unsubstantiated claims of fraud. Murdoch states that it was “wrong” to have Lindell on the network, but adds that he “pays us a lot of money.” Murdoch called some of the election fraud allegations “bulls**t and damaging” and stated that “some of our commentators were endorsing it.” Last month, another court filing revealed private text messages from Fox News hosts casting doubts on the unproven fraud allegations featured on their programs. Responding to Murdoch’s statements, former president Donald Trump called Murdoch a “MAGA Hating Globalist RINO.”
How The Media Covered It: The filing was almost entirely ignored by right-rated outlets, following a trend previously reported by AllSides.
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