Dominion reveals excerpts from Rupert Murdoch’s testimony

Rupert Murdoch and Paul Ryan

The testimonies of Rupert Murdoch and Paul Ryan play an important role in Dominion’s recent court filing. (Photo by Murdoch via AP’s Mary Altaffer; Ryan via Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via AP)

News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch testified in a statement that any Fox News executive who knowingly allows lies to be spread should be “reprimanded” or fired, according to a new court filing.

“They should be reprimanded — they should be reprimanded, perhaps eliminated,” Murdoch said during a two-day testimony earlier this year.

Dominion Voting Systems, which has filed a $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox News, claims unsealed communications show the network executives are doing just that. The network did this to discourage viewers of former President Donald Trump’s election lies from flocking to other right-wing networks like Newsmax and One America News, the lawsuit says.

In his testimony, Murdoch acknowledged that Trump’s vote-fraud allegations were “wild” – but added that, according to the filing, it would be “stupid” to upset the former president.

“He had a very large following and they were probably mostly Fox viewers so it would have been stupid,” Murdoch was quoted as saying of Trump.

Murdoch defended the network’s editorial decisions after the 2020 election.

“We cover the news and we have dozens of people on the channels every day talking about the news. And that was big news,” Murdoch said. “The President of the United States has made wild claims, but this is news.”

Dominion portrayed Murdoch as unapologetic about the network’s decisions to cover the aftermath of the election, although he acknowledged that “in hindsight he would have done things differently.”

“To this day, Rupert Murdoch and Fox refuse to apologize or retract for the lies Fox News spread about Dominion, although he admits that ‘I wish we had denounced it more in hindsight’ and that Fox presenters ‘endorsed’. the “misconception of a stolen election,” reads the conclusion of the glowing, 194-page executive summary. “Whether Fox’s misconduct and recalcitrance deserve punitive damages is a matter for the jury.”

Murdoch said he wished Trump would go in a different direction.

“I thought the election was real and it would be bad advice to promote it [Trump] being a bad loser,” he is quoted as saying. Dominion reveals excerpts from Rupert Murdoch’s testimony

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