Fox Corporation head Rupert Murdoch knew of and allowed the lies his hosts were telling on air after the 2020 election, something that’s been connected to financial ambitions at Fox’s business. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) called out the media mogul on the extraordinary price of greed.
Schiff’s tweet referred to Murdoch’s testimony in the $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit Dominion, a voting machine company, filed. Per The New York Times. Fox’s chairman acknowledged that some at Fox “endorsed” false narratives after the 2020 election, adding:
‘I would have liked us to be stronger in denouncing it, in hindsight.’
Murdoch condemned himself when admitting that he could have stopped his talk show hosts from airing lies from Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell:
‘I could have. But I didn’t.’
Representative Schiff added a powerful punch to the Fox corporation owner. The California Democrat quoted a Bible verse, perhaps to reach some of Trump’s core followers:
‘What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?’
In other comments, Murdoch also admitted to Trump’s lies and the big lie, calling them “bulls**t and damaging”:
‘The man is on every night. Pays us a lot of money… At first you think it’s comic, and then you get bored and irritated.’
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan sits on the Fox Corporation board. He evidently told both the elder Murdoch and his son, Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch, to stop promoting “conspiracy theories.” Ryan added that the network should “move on from Donald Trump and stop spouting election lies,” saying elsewhere that people believed the big lie because “they got a diet of information telling them the election was stolen from what they believe were credible sources.”
Then, Ryan called for the Fox owner to “put down the echoes of falsehoods” but to no avail:
‘[T]he sooner we can put down the echoes of falsehoods from our side, the faster we can get onto principled loyal opposition. I truly hope our contributors, along with Tucker, Laura, and Sean get that and execute.’
Rebecca Tushnet, who’s the Frank Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law at Harvard Law School, said the voting machine company challenging Fox had “very strong” evidence, CNN reported:
‘[Dominion] clearly lays out the difference between what Fox was saying publicly and what top people at Fox were privately admitting.’
Tushnet added Trump was “very good” at what he does best:
‘I don’t recall anything comparable to this. Donald Trump seems to be very good at generating unprecedented situations.’
Under oath, Murdoch admitted he knew there was no fraud in the 2020 election:
‘we thought everything was on the up-and-up. I think that was shown when we announced Arizona.’
Check out Schiff’s tweet:
‘Murdoch knew his hosts were using the biggest megaphone to broadcast the biggest lies about our election. He could have stopped them but he didn’t. All in the name of profit. But what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?’
Stay tuned for more Murdoch drama.
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