AOC criticizes Fox News and Carlson following settlement with Dominion Voting Systems

 April 24, 2023

On MSNBC's "Inside" on Sunday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated that Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson and others on the network are "very clearly" inciting violence.

Psaki said, “This week, Fox News settled their defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million, a lot of money," according to Breitbart News.

"Largest defamation settlement"

"It is now the largest defamation settlement in history. Do you think Dominion’s lawyers made a mistake not requiring Fox to acknowledge on air that it lied to its viewers?”

Ocasio-Cortez said, “This was a corporation suing another corporation for material damages. Their job is to go in and get the most money that they can. I think that they did that.

"They are not lawyers for the American public. I think what is best for the country, what would have been best for the country, would have been to demand that and not settle until we got that, but that is not their role.”

She added, “We have very real issues with what is permissible on air. We saw that with January 6, and we saw that in the lead-up to January 6. How we navigate questions, not just of freedom of speech but also accountability for incitement of violence, this is the line that we have to really explore through law.”

Paski Prompted AOC Further

Psaki asked, “Do you think that media organizations or social media platforms should be accountable for being platforms for incitement?”

Ocasio-Cortez said, “I believe that when it comes to broadcast television, like Fox News, these are subject to federal law, federal regulation in terms of what’s allowed on air and what isn’t."

"When you look at what Tucker Carlson and some of these others folks on Fox do, it is very, very clearly incitement of violence, very clearly incitement of violence. That is the line that I think we have to be willing to contend with.”

Fox and Carlson Have Parted Ways

"FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor," Fox News Media said in an April 24 press release.

"Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named."

The leading cable news network didn't explain what had caused the decision to part company, or whether it was the decision of the company or Carlson, but many have speculated that it was Fox News' decision, due to recent controversial statements the primetime host has made on air, and the fact Carlson didn't offer a final sign off on his Friday show.

However, it appears that the departure applies to all of Fox News affiliates and subsidiaries, considering their clarification at the end of the announcement.

"Currently the number one network in all of cable, FNC has also been the most watched television news channel for more than 21 consecutive years, while FBN ranks among the top business channels on cable. Owned by Fox Corporation, FOX News Media reaches nearly 200 million people each month."

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