Fox News Channel turned on Donald Trump.
That much is very clear.
And no one can deny it now that a top name at Fox News supports convicting Trump of this shocking crime.
Dominion Voting Systems released more emails from Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch to network CEO Suzanne Scott on January 20, 2021, which was the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration.
These emails were part of Dominion’s latest filing in a $1.6 billion lawsuit that many see as an assault on the First Amendment as Dominion alleges Fox defamed the company by airing claims from Trump supporters about voting machines changing vote totals in the 2020 election.
Conservatives — as well as First Amendment scholars — point out Fox News has a right to report on claims that later turn out to be false because of their news value and rights protected under freedom of the press.
Dominion is trying to cross the very high hurdle that Fox knowingly broadcast false claims by releasing emails from top stars and executives at Fox News that many see as an attempt to embarrass the network.
The latest batch of emails show Murdoch agreeing with RINO Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s false claim that Donald Trump incited an insurrection on January 6.
“The more I think about McConnell’s remarks or complaint the more I agree,” Murdoch wrote to Scott.
The previous day McConnell blistered Trump in a speech on the Senate floor about the events of January 6.
“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell declared.
“They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government, which they did not like,” McConnell added.
Murdoch wrote to Scott that Trump committed a crime by contesting the election and what happened on January 6 was the end result.
“Trump insisting on the election being stolen and convincing 25% of Americans was a huge disservice to the country. Pretty much a crime. Inevitable it blew up Jan 6th,” Murdoch added.
Murdoch also wrote that Fox News should ban Trump’s name on the airwaves and stay neutral in the Democrats’ forthcoming impeachment witch hunt against Trump over January 6.
The email clearly implied Murdoch hoped that McConnell could run up the GOP votes to convict Trump and banish him from public life.
“Best we don’t mention his name unless essential and certainly don’t support him. We have to respect people of principle and if it comes to the Senate don’t take sides,” Murdoch continued.
Murdoch admitted the Democrats were running a witch hunt against Donald Trump, but Murdoch blamed Trump for what happened.
“I know he is being over demonized, but he brought it on himself,” Murdoch concluded.
Fox News responded to the latest document dump by accusing Dominion of cherry-picking out-of-context emails to attack the First Amendment right to freedom of the press.
“These documents once again demonstrate Dominion’s continued reliance on cherry-picked quotes without context to generate headlines in order to distract from the facts of this case. The foundational right to a free press is at stake and we will continue to fiercely advocate for the First Amendment in protecting the role of news organizations to cover the news,” a statement from Fox News read.
But while Dominion’s case against Fox is weak Murdoch’s emails are the origin of the shift in editorial that’s taken place on Fox over the last several months.
Trump did not appear on Fox from September until the end of March and multiple Fox hosts — as well as Murdoch-owned media entities such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Post — began openly criticizing Trump if they even covered him at all.
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