A media company has found itself in the crosshairs of former President Donald Trump. While this sounds like nothing new in recent years, it is a media company that leans to the conservative side of the political spectrum.
What Happened: Trump won the 2016 presidential election and served as the 45th president of the United States. He lost the 2020 election to President Joe Bidenin an election in which Trump challengedthe resultswith false claims.
An ongoing trial between Dominion Voting Systems and Fox News has uncovered evidence ofhow the media company handled reporting onthe 2020 election.
Fox News, a unit of Fox Corporation FOX FOXA , has been sued by voting machine company Dominion on defamation claims. Dominion said Fox hosts and guests said that Dominion was partly to blame for rigging the election.
New documents show how Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch handled the 2020 election claims.
Murdoch didnt believe the 2020 election was rigged or stolen and did not believe Trump's claims, according to Deadline. Murdoch said there was no evidencethe election was rigged in favor ofBiden,according to the new evidence in the Dominion lawsuit.
The filing shows that Murdoch said Trumps election claims and the anchors who supported them were bulls—and damaging. Murdoch said he would have liked to be stronger in denouncing the election fraud allegations in the deposition.
The latest evidence caused Trump to lash out at Murdoch and Fox News.
Rupert Murdoch should apologize to his viewers and readers for his ridiculous defense of the 2020 Presidential Election. How many forms of cheating and rigging does he have to see? Trump wrote on Truth Social, a social media app that is merging with Digital World Acquisition DWAC .
Trump said Murdoch should get rid of any Fox New anchors who argued against Trump's claims about the election. The former president also said that employees who knew the election was rigged but were afraid to speak up should also be fired. Trump said Murdoch should apologize to the anchors who were willing to speak out against the election on air.
Its time to get rid of Fake News, and call it like it is!
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Why Its Important: Once a focal point of Fox News, Trump has not faced criticism from the network and is said to have received a soft ban.
Trump has lashed out against Fox News for running interviews with Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis, a potential rival inthe upcoming 2024 Republican presidentialprimary for whichTrumphas announced his campaign.
Trump also spoke out on Fox News not showing a poll that showed the former president leading DeSantis in the presidential race. The poll showed Trump with a 15-point lead over DeSantis in a hypothetical GOP primary with the Florida governor.
Trump accused Fox News of promoting DeSantis and barely showing the poll that showed strong Trump support.
Benzinga previously reported on new evidence of many Fox News hosts privately saying they didnt believe the election was rigged, but who wouldnt state this publicly. The hosts feared that speaking out publicly could hurt Trump and his supporters or hurt the ratings of Fox News, according to the evidence.
A Fox News spokesperson provided a statement to Benzinga on the ongoing lawsuit.
There will be a lot of noise and confusion generated by Dominion and their opportunistic private equity owners, but the core of this case remains about freedom of the press and freedom of speech, which are fundamental rights afforded by the Constitution and protected by New York Times v. Sullivan, the spokesperson said.
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