This week the billion dollar defamation lawsuit against Fox News by Dominion Voting Systems is schedule to begin. It was delayed for one day with rumors that Fox was pleading to settle, which, at this point, appears unlikely.
Hopefully Dominion will stand firm to make sure that Fox News, its executives and hosts are held accountable for the harm they’ve done to the nation. Most legal analysts agree that Dominion’s case is strong, and there have already been significant pretrial rulings in Dominion’s favor.
In the meantime, Fox News is also getting some legal advice from the primary source of all their legal problems, Donald Trump. In a late-night frenzy, Trump posted a comment to his floundering Twitter ripoff, Truth Social, offering what he thinks would be the best course for Fox News to take in their defense. His 2:39am comment raged that…
“IF FOX WOULD FINALLY ADMIT THAT THERE WAS LARGE SCALE CHEATING & IRREGULARITIES IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, WHICH WOULD BE A GOOD THING FOR THEM, & FOR AMERICA, THE CASE AGAINST THEM, WHICH SHOULD NOT HAVE EXISTED AT ALL, WOULD BE GREATLY WEAKENED. BACK UP THOSE PATRIOTS AT FOX INSTEAD OF THROWING THEM UNDER THE BUS – & THEY ARE RIGHT! THERE IS SOOO MUCH PROOF, LIKE MASS BALLOT STUFFING CAUGHT ON GOVERNMENT CAMERAS, FBI COLLUDING WITH TWITTER & FACEBOOK, STATE LEGISLATURES NOT USED, etc.”
That’s great advice. Fox News should take Trump up on it. After all, what better defense could they have for deliberate and defamatory lying than to lie even harder? Maybe Trump would like to offer to testify on Fox’s behalf and bring along some of that “proof” that he says there is so much of, but which he has failed to produce in more than two and half years.
After getting a couple of hours of nervous sleep, Trump elaborated on his comments the next morning, saying that…
“FOX NEWS IS IN BIG TROUBLE IF THEY DO NOT EXPOSE THE TRUTH ON CHEATING IN THE 2020 ELECTION. THEY SHOULD DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR AMERICA. WHEN RUPERT MURDOCH SAYS THAT THERE WAS NO CHEATING IN LIGHT OF THE MASSIVE PROOF THAT WAS THERE, IT IS RIDICULOUS AND VERY HARMFUL TO THE FOX CASE. PERHAPS HE SHOULD SAY THAT ‘HE JUST DIDN’T KNOW,’ BUT THAT IS HARD TO BELIEVE. RUPERT, JUST TELL THE TRUTH AND GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN. THE ELECTION OF 2020 WAS RIGGED AND STOLLEN…YOU KNOW IT, & SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE!”
Trump is absolutely right in saying that “FOX NEWS IS IN BIG TROUBLE IF THEY DO NOT EXPOSE THE TRUTH.” The problem is that Trump is still peddling the “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was “RIGGED AND STOLLEN” (sic). He doesn’t reveal what “good things will happen” if Murdoch were to dive deeper into Trump’s dishonesty. But this isn’t the first time that he has prevailed on Murdoch to further spread his election fraud lies.
What’s more, Trump’s assertion that everyone knows that the election was “stollen” is in stark contrast to every poll on the subject. A recent poll shows that “nearly two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) think Fox News should be held accountable after … spread[ing] false information about the 2020 presidential election.” And the only people who still buy Fox’s lies are those who are already fully indoctrinated Fox and Trump cult disciples.
To make matters worse for Fox, they just bought a full page ad in the New York Times (Really? The NYT?) claiming that Fox is the “most trusted” news network. That’s rich coming so soon after the Dominion lawsuit revealed them to have been outright lying to their viewers.
However, the ad itself is a lie. It is reporting a YouGov “Profiles” poll, which is not a public opinion survey. It’s a marketing service that caters to businesses seeking information about their own customer base. Note that in an actual, unbiased YouGov survey Fox News came in second to last in trust. Just above Breitbart News. And that tells us all we need to know.
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