Donald Trump continued to be furious with Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday after releasing stunning internal messages in the Dominion lawsuit — saying the billionaire’s longtime reporter should step down from the company and defend primetime hosts who broadcast election-rigging conspiracies in their slots .
The new attack follows the release of an explosive statement and internal Fox News emails as part of the ongoing lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems, including one expressing Murdoch’s thoughts to a corporate executive about reducing Trump after his supporters had attacked the Capitol on January 6.
“We want to make Trump a non-person,” Murdoch wrote.
That came amid a series of posts released as part of court documents that showed top executives at Fox and on-air talent criticizing and even denouncing some of the baseless theories of election fraud being aired by Trump allies. made fun of.
In another email, Murdoch called Trump’s election fraud claims “bulls*** and harmful.”
He said in the statement that on-air presenters approved of “stolen election lies.”
Former President Donald Trump denounced Fox Corporation co-chairman Rupert Murdoch, whom he has known for decades, saying he and “MAGA Hating Globalist RINOS should get out of the news business”
Trump, now seeking to reclaim the White House, continues to stand by the claims despite a series of courts ruling against election challenges by him and his allies.
“If Rupert Murdoch honestly believes that the 2020 presidential election, despite massive amounts of evidence to the contrary, was not Rigged & Stollen, then he and his group of MAGA Hating Globalist RINOS should get out of the news business ASAP. because they aid and promote the DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA with FAKE NEWS,” Trump wrote.
Then Trump defended the unnamed “patriotic” Fox hosts, who brought in guests including attorney Sidney Powell to promote election conspiracies while other prime-time hosts said they thought she was crazy.
Certain BOLD & PATRIOTIC FoxNews hosts, whom he despises and ridicules, were right. He was wrong. THEY SHOULD BE CLAIMED & PRAISEED, NOT STRANGED & Abandoned!!!” Trump wrote on his Truth Social site.
Into a new one submit legally in Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox, Murdoch said some of his hosts aired the “false idea” of a stolen election, but generally defended the company.
‘Not Fox, no. Not Fox. But maybe Lou Dobbs, maybe Maria [Bariromo]as commentators.’
When asked about host Jeanine Pirro, Murdoch replied, “I think so.”
When asked about Dobbs, he replied, “Oh, a lot.” And he said Hannity did “a little bit.”
Murdoch also said he “suggested or urged” Dobbs to be fired for being “an extremist,” though internal emails show top executives were concerned about losing viewers amid Trump’s attacks and following his decision to calling Arizona for Joe Biden — a move that infuriated Trump. supporters.
“I wish we had been stronger in exposing it in hindsight,” Murdoch said of the fraud claims the top-rated cable network aired repeatedly.
Murdoch in a statement as part of a Dominion lawsuit named hosts including Jeanine Pirro who broadcast the false idea of a stolen election
Murdoch called fired host Lou Dobbs an ‘extremist’
In another email, Murdoch told former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who sits on Fox’s board of directors, that host Sean Hannity had been “privately disgusted with Trump for weeks, but was afraid of losing viewers.”
Murdoch also wouldn’t say host Tucker Carlson condoned election fraud, though he said it was “wrong” of Carlson to have My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell on the show on Jan. 26, 2021, to make false allegations against Dominion without them reduce. .
Dominion is seeking damages in a defamation suit for claims about its voting machines broadcast on the network.
Fox has said in court that it aired allegations of fraud filed by a political figure – the president – and that the coverage is protected by the First Amendment.
In a statement to DailyMail.com Tuesday, a Fox spokeswoman said, “Dominion’s lawsuit has always been more about what will make headlines than what can withstand legal and factual scrutiny, as evidenced by the fact that they are now being forced to use their imaginative to reduce the compensation claim by more. than half a billion dollars after their own expert debunked his implausible claims.
Their decision for interim measures took an extreme, unsupported position on the defamation law that would deter journalists from doing basic reporting and their attempts to publicly defame FOX for covering and commenting on allegations by a sitting president of the United States, must be recognized for what it is: a flagrant violation of the First Amendment.”