Fox News’ lies are exposed. Will that matter to its viewers? | In Focus

We must stop trusting people who lie to stay in power.

“I hate him passionately. I blew up at Peter Navarro today in frustration. I actually like Peter. But I can’t handle much more of this…. That’s the last four years. We’re all pretending we’ve got a lot to show for it, because admitting what a disaster it’s been is too tough to digest. But come on. There isn’t really an upside to Trump.” — Fox News host Tucker Carlson on former President Trump

These quotes come from testimony in the Dominion Voting Systems versus Fox News and Fox Corporation lawsuit. Dominion is suing Fox for libeling Dominion by its continuous lies about them. Fox News falsely claimed that the 2020 election was stolen in part by Dominion tampering with their machines in a conspiracy to win the election for Biden.

Here is Rupert Murdoch’s comment to Paul Ryan, former Republican speaker of the House and Fox News Corporation Board member, about Trump and his lying after losing the 2020 election:

“Thanks Paul. Wake-up call for Hannity, who has been privately disgusted by Trump for weeks, but was scared to lose viewers.”

The trial shows that virtually everyone who worked for Fox News knew they were lying on the air to their viewers while privately showing their disgust for Trump and his lies of a stolen election.

Why did these Fox News commentators knowingly lie? The answer is “Follow the money.” Lying made enormous profits for Fox. Telling the truth about Trump’s false claims of election fraud would have meant fewer viewers, and therefore less profits for Murdoch and his corporations. Murdoch chose profits over telling hardcore Trump supporters the truth.

The question I have for those of you who still support Donald Trump and still watch Fox News is this: If you have read the statements by Rupert Murdoch and virtually every Fox commentator who has admitted privately that they were lying and knew it, why in the world are you still watching?

In my life when I found out someone lied to me not just once, but over and over again, I would cease to trust that person or organization.

There was a political cartoon in March 10, 2023 “The Week” which showed a boy with a bat in his hand a broken window and glass and the baseball on the floor. His father is watching Tucker Carlson on Fox News. The father looks at his son, and the broken window behind him and asks: “Why’d you tell me you DIDN’T break the window?!” The boy replies: “Cuz you like being lied to…”

Some of you fit this story. Some of you are just ignorant and don’t know the truth. Others of you can’t admit or believe the emails and court testimony written by Murdoch, Carlson, Hannity, and others, openly admitting that they lied.

Recently, I was in a restaurant, having breakfast with a friend. I had mentioned the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. A woman in a nearby booth heard my comment, and told us as she was leaving, that the Jan. 6 event was peaceful until Antifa took over and caused the damage. I didn’t answer her, being stunned that someone actually believed the lies. I also didn’t want to get into a useless argument where her source of information was likely Fox News.

As another friend commented to me, we should be grateful that Dominion sued Murdoch, Fox, Sidney Powell (Trump’s lawyer), and others for billions of dollars. If they hadn’t, all these private comments from Fox commentators who knew Trump was lying, yet passed these falsehoods on to Trump viewers, would likely not have come to light.

The question remains for those of you who still loyally watch Fox News. You’ve been loyal to them, but they took advantage of you. Isn’t it time for you Trump supporters to admit that you were duped? Isn’t it time to find better, more accurate news sources? Isn’t it time for you to consider changing your news sources to those that tell you the truth?