Fox chairman admits that he does not believe 2020 election was stolen

 March 9, 2023

In a move that some critics may regard as a sell-out, Fox Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has admitted that he thinks Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election.   

According to the Associated Press, Murdoch made the admission earlier this year while testifying in a lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against the media company he heads.

The lawsuit alleges that Fox News painted Dominion as an election "villain"

Dominion's complaint asserts that Fox News accused it of manipulating vote counts to defeat former President Donald Trump.

"Fox, one of the most powerful media companies in the United States, gave life to a manufactured storyline about election fraud that cast a then-libel-known voting machine company called Dominion as the villain," it reads.

"Fox endorsed, repeated, and broadcast a series of verifiably false yet devastating lies about Dominion," Dominion's complaint continues.

The complaint also cites a memo from November 16, 2020 in which Murdoch wrote, "We don’t want to antagonize Trump further."

Murdoch says it would have been "stupid" to anger Trump

Murdoch later explained in his deposition that Trump "had a very large following, and they were probably mostly viewers of Fox, so it would have been stupid."

The Associated Press noted that Fox News released a statement on Tuesday in which it accused Dominion of attempting "to twist and even misattribute quotes to the highest levels of our company is truly beyond the pale."

"Dominion has been caught red-handed using more distortions and misinformation in their PR campaign to smear Fox News and trample on free speech and freedom of the press," Fox News added.

Breitbart reported last month that Dominion's lawsuit highlights the prominent role played by former House Speaker Paul Ryan at Fox News.

Paul Ryan attended post-election board meeting

Ryan is widely known for his criticism of former President Trump and recently said that he will not attend the 2024 Republican National Convention if Trump is the party's nominee.

The website pointed to a section of Dominion's lawsuit titled "Concern About Fox’s Election Coverage and Fallout Rises to the Board Level."

"On November 10-12, FC [Fox Corporation] held an in-person Board meeting in Los Angeles. Scott flew out for it. Former Speaker of the House and FC Board Member Paul Ryan confirmed that all Board members and business unit leaders attended," the complaint asserts.

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