Fake news Fox fiasco: Lying for lucre
Thanks to a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed against Fox News by Dominion Voting Systems, the nation and world are peeling back the covers on the shocking lies perpetrated by Fox’s top commentators. And how ironic is it that these are the very people who baselessly accused other networks of “fake news” for reporting there was no evidence whatsoever that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump?
In a nutshell — and boy did it hold a lot of nuts — Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, the cheerleading outfit for Trump’s circus — all lied through their teeth about the stolen election. And why did they do it? For the most basic of reasons. They did it for the money because they feared if they told Trump supporters the truth, they’d lose their viewing audience.
It’s not a matter of who knew what and when did they know it, it’s straight out lying to millions of people who really wanted Trump to win the presidential election he lost by 8 million votes. While most of the mainstream media knew Fox was reporting “fake news” the network itself was busy accusing the nation’s long-standing media outlets of record of doing exactly that.
Nor, while Trump was busy wrapping himself in the flag, did those oh-so-sincere pundits and their over-the-top support for the losing candidate in public hold the same opinion of the Great Grifter in private.
The Washington Post has perhaps the most extensive coverage of Fox’s perfidy in an article that specifically quotes the texts Fox’s deceptive pundits sent internally.
“I hate him passionately” wrote Tucker Carlson. “We are very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights.”
How’s that for coming from the same guy who then went on air to facetiously support the stolen election lie?
It’s astounding that Carlson and his fellow Fox Fake News pundits knew the truth, but failed to tell their viewers. As one of Carlson’s texts revealed when speaking about their fear of Trump: “What he’s good at is destroying things. He’s the undisputed world champion of that. He could easily destroy us if we play it wrong.” He followed with “He’s a demonic force, a destroyer. But he’s not going to destroy us. I’ve been thinking about this every day for four years.”
George Ochenski is a longtime Helena resident, an environmental activist and Montana’s longest-running columnist.