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Murdoch: news vs the truth

Murdoch: news vs the truth


What happened inside Fox News in those critical weeks following Donald Trump’s election defeat in 2020?

Why this story?

Rupert Murdoch means different things to different people. 

Some people see him as one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, someone who’s built a media empire across three continents. Others see him as the arch manipulator. A man who has used his power to ruthlessly control presidents and prime ministers for decades. 

The mythology is clear: Rupert Murdoch looms large over his newsrooms and editors, calling the shots and shaping the coverage. Even after all these years he still describes himself as a ‘journalist at heart’. But now, thanks to hundreds of pages of court documents, we know what went on at Fox News, one of Rupert Murdoch’s most prized assets, in the frantic days following Donald Trump’s election in defeat in 2020. 

Dominion Voting Systems, a voting-machine manufacturer, is suing Fox for $1.6 billion alleging that Fox knowingly aired false allegations about their devices. And Rupert Murdoch was caught right in the middle of a battle between Fox’s ratings and the truth. Jasper Corbett, Editor

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