A defamation lawsuit is exposing Fox News personalities’ caustic behind-the-scenes thoughts of Donald Trump, including a text message from Tucker Carlson saying, “I hate him passionately.” The former president was praising Carlson on social media almost at the same time that his private text messages were made public in court documents. The records are being made public as Trump runs for re-election and tensions between him and Fox, the media outlet that appeals most to conservatives, have risen. Dominion Voting Systems, a maker of voting machines, is suing Fox News for $1.6 billion, claiming that the network broadcast untrue allegations that the business was behind fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Fox executives and hosts questioned the electoral claims being made by Trump and his friends yet nonetheless broadcast and highlighted them. The interactions include Carlson’s text with an unidentified individual on January 4, 2021, in which the prime-time personality vented her resentment toward Trump. Carlson stated that while he had no doubt that there had been election fraud in the year 2020, Trump and his attorneys had so severely damaged their case that it was “infuriating.” Federal and state officials, courts, comprehensive studies in battleground areas and Trump’s attorney general found no systemic fraud that could have influenced the outcome of the 2020 election.
The most important details in this text are that Tucker Carlson disparaged Trump’s commercial prowess in a text message, and that Rupert Murdoch, the creator of Fox News, has a complicated connection with Donald Trump. In response to the late-Tuesday publication of court exhibits that included quotes from Carlson, Fox stated that Dominion has been caught red handed utilizing further falsehoods and lies in their PR attempt to tarnish Fox News and stomp on free speech and freedom of the press. Security footage from the Capitol incident, which was given to Carlson by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, has continued to be released. Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Senate Republican Party, has criticized the selective distribution of the film in an effort to influence the historical narrative, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer urged Fox to cease disseminating electoral fraud. Murdoch expressed disappointment in Trump’s actions after the president lost the election in November 2020.
Murdoch and Trump have a troubled relationship, with Trump accusing Fox of ignoring their most recent presidential campaign and preferring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a possible GOP candidate. Murdoch admitted during a deposition that he thought the 2020 presidential election was not stolen, and Trump recently criticized Fox on social media after further court documents revealed that some of the network’s executives and personalities felt the allegations of electoral fraud were untrue. Fox had humiliated the previous president, said Trump friend Stephen Bannon, and Bannon predicted that Trump won’t be the next president. Fox Television broadcast the full of Trump’s speech to CPAC on Saturday afternoon.
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