The defamation suit by Dominion required Fox to release a ton of their internal emails/texts that show that many of the top brass knew that Trump was lying about the election being stolen but chose to promote the lies anyways.
Really weird stuff from many of the main pundits and Murdoch himself.
The revelations, and their consequences, are stunning. They support a core tenet of Dominion’s argument against Fox News, namely that the network allowed conspiracy theories about the election to air despite knowing, in the words of Fox Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, that those theories were “crazy.”
They also demonstrate the gulf between what was said on air by Fox’s top hosts and what they privately believed. While they allowed absurd claims about the election to air to millions of viewers unfettered, and some hosts continue to push those claims today, in private they describe them as insane.
Days after the election, Carlson fumed in texts to his (now former) producer Alex Pfeiffer about the Arizona call. ““We worked really hard to build what we have,” he said. “Those ■■■■■■■ are destroying our credibility. It enrages me.”
“It’s a hard needle to thread, but I really think many on ‘our side’ are being reckless demagogues right now,” Pfeiffer replied.
In response, Carlson conveyed his fear that Trump could “destroy” his hit show if they “play it wrong.”
“Of course they are. We’re not going to follow them,” Carlson said, adding: “What [Trump]’s good at is destroying things. He’s the undisputed world champion of that. He could easily destroy us if we play it wrong.”
On January 6, as the mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Carlson texted Pfeiffer that Trump is “a demonic force, a destroyer. But he’s not going to destroy us.”