Murdoch admits: “Fox hosts endorsed lies about Trump victory”

The words of the tycoon owner of Fox News in a deposition under oath, the documents disclosed by the New York Times and Washington Post

Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, admitted under oath that several of the station’s hosts endorsed Donald Trump’s false claim that he had been robbed of victory in the 2020 election. This is what emerges from documents recently disclosed and cited by various American media.

The US tycoon’s admission came during a deposition in the $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed against the network by Dominion Voting Systems, which makes and sells electronic voting hardware and software. The company accused Fox News and the Fox Corporation of defaming its reputation. In his deposition, Murdoch acknowledged that hosts Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro “endorsed” the false narrative promoted by Trump.

“In hindsight – Murdoch said in his deposition, according to reports from the New York Times – I would have liked us to have been stronger in denouncing the thing”. Murdoch would also have quantified the degree of adherence of the various conductors to the false electoral narrative: “When asked if Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro approved the statements, Murdoch replied: ‘I think so'”, reconstructs the Washington Post. Former anchor Lou Dobbs reportedly did it “a lot” and primetime anchor Sean Hannity “a little.”