Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) joined those this week expressing serious concerns about the continued spread of deception from Fox News, which no matter Trump’s antagonism towards the network ostensibly not fawning over him to the extent he wants remains obviously firmly embedded with the Right.
“The only way to stop it is for Dominion to succeed, for it to cost Fox billions, and what’s more, for American companies to decide that as long as Murdoch and Fox are putting these divisive, sociopathic liars on the air, American companies aren’t going to advertise there anymore,” Schiff said in a portion of an interview he highlighted online. “The only way to stop a corporation that has gone completely off the rails and is tearing the country apart is to say, ‘I’m gonna stop paying for that.'”
Among the key drivers of the most recent outrage about Fox’s conduct has been Tucker Carlson’s usage of selected pieces of footage from around the Capitol complex on January 6 to try and downplay the riot inspired by Trump’s lies that took place that day, incredibly trying to insist that isolated instances in which violence wasn’t recorded somehow meaningfully do away with the substance of the circumstances where violence was seen. Carlson also restated some of the deception about the last presidential election that led to the ongoing defamation litigation against Fox from the election technology company Dominion Voting Systems that Schiff referenced. Carlson classed the handling of the 2020 election with what he called criminal activity — a nonsensical assertion dismissed in broad terms by court after court but that could nonetheless help drive further targeting of Dominion and its staff, who’ve faced threats to their safety from evident believers in the lies.
See Schiff’s new interview below:
This is only about the money and the ratings.
For Tucker Carlson. For Rupert Murdoch. And for Fox.
It will only stop when Fox sees financial consequences. And when they don’t have an enabler in the Speaker’s office. pic.twitter.com/yIDApfGvQo
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 9, 2023