Former President Donald Trump already strained relationship with Fox News has taken another hit after the release of a deposition from Fox Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch. The deposition was part of a defamation suit brought against Fox News by Dominion Voting Systems, which accuses the network of knowingly spreading false claims about fraud in the 2020 election. Murdoch admits in the deposition that hosts on the network aired false claims about the election and that company executives could have intervened to prevent their broadcast. Trump has been attacking Fox News for their coverage of him and the network’s perceived lack of support for his claims of voter fraud.
Murdoch’s Admissions in the Deposition
In response to Murdoch’s admission, Trump took to social media to criticize the network, accusing Murdoch of “throwing his anchors under the table” and claiming that there is “massive evidence” of voter fraud in the 2020 election. He also criticized Fox News for looking “too scared and frightened” to reveal the evidence of fraud and irregularities that they allegedly have.
Trump isn’t happy about Rupert Murdoch’s Dominion deposition. pic.twitter.com/YwKKog1UVs— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) February 28, 2023
Donald Trump Reaction to Murdoch’s Admissions
Trump’s criticism of Fox News has intensified in recent weeks, with the former president taking issue with the network’s coverage of potential 2024 rival Ron DeSantis and accusing the network of downplaying his own popularity with Republican primary voters. Despite the criticism from Trump, Fox News appears to be doubling down on their pro-Trump stance, with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy granting Fox’s Tucker Carlson exclusive access to CCTV footage from the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The decision to grant Carlson access to the footage has drawn criticism from both Republicans and Trump allies, with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell planning to sue for access to the footage. Despite the backlash, Fox News remains the most effective pusher of pro-Trump propaganda, and Trump’s allies in Congress know that the network is still an important ally in their efforts to cling to power.
The fallout between Trump and Fox News is a reflection of the larger divide within the Republican Party between those who continue to support Trump and his false claims of election fraud and those who are trying to move the party beyond the former president. Trump’s continued attacks on Fox News suggest that he remains a powerful force within the party and that he is not going to go quietly into the night.
Internal Criticism from Republicans and Trump Allies
However, Fox News’s willingness to spread falsehoods and misinformation about the election is not just a problem for the Republican Party; it is a problem for democracy itself. When a major news organization like Fox News spreads lies about an election, it undermines the public’s faith in the electoral process and contributes to the erosion of democratic norms.
It is up to all of us, regardless of our political beliefs, to demand honesty and accuracy from the media we consume. When news organizations like Fox News prioritize ratings and partisan politics over the truth, it is our responsibility to call them out and demand better. Only by holding our media to account can we hope to maintain the integrity of our democratic institutions and the legitimacy of our elections.
In the end, the fallout between Trump and Fox News is just one small battle in the larger war for the soul of the Republican Party and for the future of our democracy. As we move forward, it is important to remember that the truth matters and that we all have a responsibility to fight for it.