(New York) Conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch has admitted before US justice that his Fox News TV channel repeated the lies of Donald Trump and his supporters who claimed at the end of 2020 that the presidential election had been stolen from them, according to a court. The document .. was revealed on Monday evening.
A defamation lawsuit filed in 2021 in Delaware (NE), part of which is now public, highlights the deteriorating relations between Murdoch, the 91-year-old Australian-American billionaire at the helm of the News Corporation empire, and Trump, 45.H The President of the United States is defeated by Joe Biden on November 7, 2020.
So, from election night until the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, Murdoch and his Fox News executives denounced and ridiculed the Trump clan’s lies about the alleged stolen election, but only in private, never broadcast.
These disclosures in emails and text messages between Fox and News Corporation executives are on file in this television defamation lawsuit brought by the manufacturer of electronic voting machines, Dominion Voting Systems.
And the “Dominion” company, which is seeking compensation of $ 1.6 billion, considers itself defamed by the “Fox” company, which claimed on the air that its devices were going to be used to distort the results of the presidential elections in several places in the United States.
The bulk of the court filing, dating from March 2021 and January 2022, was released ten days ago by the Delaware justice system and new items emerged Monday night.
The affidavit Murdoch made before a Dominion attorney last January shows Mogul admitted that Fox News anchors, including Lou Dobbs, had “approved” of the Trump clan’s on-air lies.
He also confirmed that he had doubts about the fraud accusations made by Trump, who was succeeded by Biden on January 20, 2021.
“In hindsight, I wish we had denounced them more forcefully,” admitted Murdoch, whose relations with Trump began to deteriorate in early November 2020.
At the time, two loyal Trump followers, Rudy Giuliani and Sydney Powell, exposed the alleged scam on a massive scale. Murdoch immediately wrote to Fox News Media chief Susan Scott to denounce “something really crazy” and “harmful to everyone,” according to the exchanges disclosed on February 16.
Meanwhile, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, in private messages, called Giuliani and Powell “fucking liars.”
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