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Trump doubles down on attacks on Rupert Murdoch and tells him to ‘get out of the news business’ over Fox News Dominion testimony

Former president claims media mogul is ‘aiding and abetting the destruction of America with fake news’

Gustaf Kilander
Washington, DC
Wednesday 01 March 2023 16:52 GMT
Related video: Fox anchor says network is blocking him from reporting on Dominion texts

Donald Trump has doubled down on his attacks on media mogul Rupert Murdoch, telling him to “get out of the news business” in a rant over Mr Murdoch’s testimony in a lawsuit against Fox News from Dominion Voting Systems.

The former president took to Truth Social on Wednesday to once again push his baseless and debunked claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him as he bashed the Fox Corporation chairman.

“If Rupert Murdoch honestly believes that the Presidential Election of 2020, despite MASSIVE amounts of proof to the contrary, was not Rigged & Stollen [sic], then he & his group of MAGA Hating Globalist RINOS should get out of the News Business as soon as possible, because they are aiding & abetting the DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA with FAKE NEWS,” Mr Trump ranted.

“Certain BRAVE & PATRIOTIC FoxNews Hosts, who he scorns and ridicules, got it right. He got it wrong. THEY SHOULD BE ADMIRED & PRAISED, NOT REBUKED & FORSAKEN!!!” he added.

Mr Murdoch has admitted during a sworn deposition that Fox News hosts pushed the fact-free narrative that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Mr Trump, a recent filing in the voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems’s billion-dollar lawsuit against Fox shows.

The Fox News chair said hosts such as Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro “endorsed at times this false notion of a stolen election”.

“I would have liked us to be stronger in denouncing it in hindsight,” he added, according to legal filings related to the defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems.

Mr Trump also attacked Mr Murdoch earlier this week.

“There was so much Voter Fraud & Irregularities in the 2020 Presidential Election that it amazes me how weak and ineffective Fox News is at portraying itself in the lawsuit against them,” Mr Trump wrote on Tuesday. “They look too scared and frightened to reveal the massive amounts of voter fraud & Irregularities already found, and it would actually help them in the lawsuit. Instead Fox News wants to silence its anchors and reporters, the reason so many of their viewers fled. The Election was that of a Third World Country!”

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (2nd R) leaves with Australian born media magnate Rupert Murdoch (C) after a tour of his International Golf Links course north of Aberdeen on the east coast of Scotland on June 25, 2016 (AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) is embraced by Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp, during a dinner to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea during WWII onboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum May 4, 2017 in New York (AFP via Getty Images)

“Why is Rupert Murdoch throwing his anchors under the table, which also happens to be killing his case and infuriating his viewers, who will again be leaving in droves - they already are,” the former president said. “There is MASSIVE evidence of voter fraud & irregularities in the 2020 Presidential Election. Just look at the documentary ‘2000 MULES’ and you will see large scale ballot stuffing caught on government cameras, or votes cast without Legislatures approval, or just recently, the FBI/Twitter Files Scandal. RIGGED!!!”

Dominion Voting System filed a 192-page document in the $1.6bn defamation lawsuit, in which they outlined testimony and messages sent by Fox News staff that reveal that the network aired bogus claims about voting “irregularities” which they privately said were “nonsense” and “bull****”.

The latest court filing in the case shows that Mr Murdoch and the leaders at Fox News gathered just days after the 2020 election and discussed worries that there was “mounting viewer backlash to Fox” after the outlet accurately projected that President Joe Biden would win the state of Arizona.

They agreed that they would include “wild claims” on air that the election had been stolen from Mr Trump because “positive impressions of Fox News among our viewers dropped precipitously after Election Day to the lowest levels we’ve ever seen”, according to the documents.

The top anchors said in private that they didn’t believe the claims put forward by Mr Trump and his allies but still allowed them to appear on the network to push that false narrative, legal filings reveal.

Mr Murdoch at one point said Fox Vice President Bill Simmons should be removed from his role “right away” because of the Arizona projection to send “a big message with Trump people”.

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