Fox settles Dominion defamation lawsuit for $787.5 million, avoids testifying under oath, but $2.7 billion Smartmatic lawsuit, looms
Fox News, withheld true nature of Murdoch's role as an officer of Fox News
Judge, Eric M Davis, addressing an attorney for Fox News, stated that '... its been represented more than once to me that Murdoch was not an officer of Fox News, when in fact, Murdoch is an officer, not just of the parent company Fox Corporation, but is actually an officer of Fox News.
And Fox news deliberately withheld that fact, which would have affected his decision-making regarding a recent ruling that narrowed the scope of the case. It is obvious that the Fox News lie, was designed to limit access by the plaintiff's to communications between Murdoch and Fox News presenters and executives to which they, and the court, are entitled. This latest revelation comes on the heels of that narrow ruling, made by the court.
This rather shameless obstruction of the proceedings and lying to the court will have enormous consequences for those who misled the court, intentionally. _ _ _
... chilling ruling against Fox News & Fox Corporation in Dominion defamation case
In a ruling Friday, 31 March, Delaware Superior Court Judge, Eric J Davis, denied all the claims by Fox News and Fox Corporation, which argued that Dominion failed to prove they should be held liable for the falsehoods. In reaching that decision, Judge Davis wrote that Fox News did not conduct 'good-faith, disinterested reporting' about Dominion.
At the same time, Judge Davis ruled that the overtly right-wing media organization made false statements about the election technology company related to the 2020 presidential contest.
As a result the judge granted Dominion Voting Systems a partial victory in its mammoth defamation lawsuit against Fox News. 'The evidence developed in this civil proceeding demonstrates', Davis wrote, 'that is - crystal - clear that none of the of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true.'
Hannity's interview and campaign fund raiser for Trump, 30 March, with Lindsey Graham, it appears that Hannity, and his Fox News colleagues, have learned nothing about good-faith and disinterested reporting.
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... the propagation of the idea that the People of the United States of America, had lost their greatness, is the fundamental lie, upon which all the other lies rest, and to that idea, there is not one shred of truth, whatsoever
... communications between executives and presenters at the top of the Fox corporation and news organizations, show that they had information to the contrary, and disagreed with former President Trump's claims of election fraud, and yet, they continued and routinely had guests on their shows to bolster the false claims of election fraud
_ _ _ Murdoch, Hannity, Ingraham & Carlson, knew the stolen election story was a lie, and yet, to keep their audience, the Trump crowd, the irrational lunatic fringe that they had corralled, and not to lose them, nor advertising revenue to Newsmax, and others, the Murdoch empire of lies, continued to champion the Trump myth, stolen election lie story, enthusiastically.
AT&T, a target of the Christmas Day bomber, is now severing its ties to Newsmax, in a pathetic attempt to distance itself from fomenting insurrectionist political violence.
The image of Murdoch and Musk together at the Super Bowl, portends a plan to replace the big lie, with an even bigger lie, in an effort to keep the revenue flowing. Musk, whose Twitter-hate-speech and bullied-teenage-suicide platform, is hemorrhaging money, and whose Tesla cars are subject to a recall of over 320,000 vehicles, due to the risk of autopilot failure, a fault that has led to over a dozen deaths. All of which makes Musk an all too willing participant in the next Murdoch make money from hate speech and division gendering schemes.
Musk has just unleashed a Murdoch-style racist rank on his hate-speech platform.
Those who cannot connect the affinity of Fox News, Carlson, and the right-wing leader of Hungary, it must be remembered that it was a Murdoch newspaper, spewing anti-immigrant and anti-Romani hate speech that help bring its illiberal leader to power.
To make paying to use Twitter more palatable, Instagram has also announced its intention to get in on the pay for subscription verification service fee revenue model.
However, no matter what Twitter or Instagram call their new fee structure, the fee, in fact and in law, is a charge for advertising (promotion) on their sites, and brings their sites squarely under the rules and regulations governing truth in advertising.
The fee structure revenue model, will therefore, accomplish something a legislature, whose members are heavily vetted in Twitter shares and stocks, have been unwilling, or unable to do.
Not long after the meeting with Murdoch, Musk unleashed a vile racist rant, right out of Murdoch's playbook — there is money in hate speech, a lot of money
... Fox News dropped its 'fair and balanced' motto, after a staffer researched the definitions and meaning of the words fair and balanced, the Fox tagline then morphed to 'Real News, Real Honest Opinion'.
The phrase 'real honest opinion, however, does not make sense. It is akin to proclaiming a 'real or true fact'. A fact is always going to be real or true.
The combination of the words real and honest as modifiers of the word opinion, is simply a case of perplexing absurdity, but is not ultimately meaningful. _ _ _
Murdoch admits Fox hosts endorsed false election claims
... in private, Murdoch, Hannity, Ingraham & Carlson called the election fraud claims a - Trump myth, while they continued to promote the false claims through their print and broadcast media outlets
Court filings show that in private the mostly illiberal presenters at Fox News mocked Trump and his legal team's claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Tucker Carlson, for example, texted Laura Ingraham stating that, 'Sidney Powell is lying by the way. I caught her. It’s insane.'
Ingraham replied in a text, 'Sidney is a complete nut. No one will work with her. Ditto with Rudy.' And yet, Fox News continued to invite both Powell and Giuliani and interview them on air about the Trump stolen election claims they were purportedly investigating.
In an email Rupert Murdoch sent to his son Lachlan Murdoch, the CEO of Fox Corporation, and Paul Ryan, a board member at Fox Corporation, dated 12 January 2021 — six days after the Capitol riot, Murdoch wrote that in private Fox News host Sean Hannity was — disgusted — with then-President Donald Trump and his claims that the election had been stolen from him, but Hannity was much more concerned about keeping his viewership up.
During the exchange of email exchange, Ryan, a former Republican speaker of the House, writing both Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, expressed his understanding that after the 2020 election — some high percentage of Americans — thought the election was stolen from Trump, because of the substance of right-wing media coverage of the election results.
Rupert Murdoch responded 'Thanks Paul. Wake-up call for Hannity, who has been privately disgusted by Trump for weeks, but was scared to lose viewers.'
Ryan wrote back that in his opinion, Fox and its hosts should try to — put down the echoes of falsehood from our side. Ryan went on to state — I truly hope our contributors, along with Tucker, Laura, and Sean get that and execute.
Murdoch responded to Ryan stating that he thought — everyone was disgusted -- with the falsehoods surrounding voter fraud — particularly after the January 6 riot.