Another filing today in the defamation lawsuit of Dominion Voting Systems against the Fox News Network has revealed more of the machinations behind the construction of the Big Lie that former president Trump won the 2020 presidential election. A previous filing showed that Fox News Channel hosts knew full well that Biden had won and that Trump loyalists saying the election was fraudulent had no evidence. Personalities like Tucker Carlson continued to push the Big Lie, though, apparently out of fear that they would lose their audience to Newsmax and other right-wing outlets that continued to parrot the idea that Trump had won the election.
They admit to their lies. They admit to sabotaging their opponent. How can this not be illegal? And will their hordes of devoted followers actually hear any of that???? Thanks, Professor, for the daily injection of truth in this mess. I’m grateful to you.
When Chris Cuomo a news anchor coordinated with his brother, the former Governor Chris was fired and Andrew had to resign.
When Rupert who likes to think of himself as a newsman gave the Trump campaign inside info on Biden is that not the same thing?
There have to be consequences for unscrupulous actions. Public outrage did it to the Cuomos. Where will the public outrage come from on the Republican side? Clearly not from Paul Ryan who apparently could only ring his hands and take the money he gets for being on the board.
That Kevin McCarthy did what he did to my way of thinking, should be criminal. That FOX Entertainment Network has possession of them should make them subject to deplatforming. This is doubly so in light of Dr Richardson’s revelation about how Putin’s rise to power came about. In light of all we’ve seen and been through since tfg announced his candidacy, the similarities are scary.
"Under such manipulation, usually delivered in a firehose of outrageous and competing stories, people lost the ability to tell what was real and lost faith that they could have any effect on the political system…."
"Meanwhile, the Biden administration continues to try to restore faith in the government."
A short interview in East Palestine, Ohio, with Erin Brockovich recorded at
addresses the problem of lost faith and what can be done to restore it. This master of communication with the people never once mentions either party by name but goes straight for the throat of the issue. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here.
I love the kicker— yes 60 years ago a progressively thinking white male, JFK, understood what quality daycare could mean to women, families and the American economy. And here we are post Covid with a labor shortage of both men and women in no small part because someone has to care for the children. Many children are being brought up by tired grandmothers or aunts or sisters even because mothers have died of Covid or they need to work. I wish I could be optimistic about a plan to revolutionize child care in the USA but it’s never been a truly high priority.
What is revealed in Dominion's lawsuit is not just the false information spread by Fox and other authoritarian loving broadcast channels; what is also revealed is the ineptitude of the FCC in not regulating news. The freedom of press and speech clause in Amendment one of Constitution was not intended to allow outright lies when the author or speaker knew they were outright lies. This has been upheld by State, Federal, Appellate, and Supreme Courts (the current not so supreme court excepted). It is time, and past time, for every honest, respectable politician of any party to loudly and publicly declaim these charlatans. All those treasonous politicians who took part in the conspiracy to overthrow our Government needs to be charged by the Ethics Committees in both houses, stripped of their positions, committees and taxpayer paid incomes. I don't care what 30 million MAGAs think. There are 300 million of us who know, without doubt, that Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., and Kamala Harris won both the popular and electoral college majority votes in 2020, Several million of us watched on television in horror, the treacherous invasion of OUR Congress Building. We saw the attacks on police officers. We saw members of the House of Representatives and Senate running in fear from the insurrectionists. We saw the desecration to OUR Capitol Building. We heard the would be dictator, posing as the President of United States, donald trump(ster) urging those invaders. I'm glad the actual traitors were caught, stood trial, and were convicted (except they should have been convicted of treason). Those who urged these traitors. cheered these traitors, aided and abetted them were REWARDED by being reelected to the very Legislative branch they sought to destroy. I know that we, on Substack, want all the aiders and abetters to be punished also. At the very least they should be charged and fined (or whatever the penalty is) for breaking their sworn oath to uphold the Constitution of The United States. Where are our elected Democrats, Independents, and real Republicans (as opposed to the fascist republicans)? President Biden has spoken against these traitors, now he needs to tell the rest of the true Legislative Branch to take action.
Given that Tucker Carlson is an entertainer, not a journalist, it ought to be entertainer/social commentators like Steven Colbert, Seth Meyers, and John Oliver demanding equal access.
How to kill democracy 101. Thank You, Heather. Today's column should be in every high school history book.
The thing that is so disheartening is that the followers and believers of the liars won't have any knowledge of this. Worse, is that even if they do actually watch or read the truth, they won't believe it. I continue to repost your newsletters on Twitter with the hopes that someone will actually have curiosity that leads to an awakening. Thank you so much HCR.
What damages should Fox News have to pay Dominion Voting Systems? Can the money Fox avoided losing by extending the Big Lie while knowing it was a lie be calculated? be reasonably estimated? Not just Fox's losses for the moment but for the long term by being replaced as the place to go for right wing conspiracies. The Fox required payment should exceed even the long term loss avoided. Fox's penalty should be large enough so that it cannot be shrugged off as a business cost.
I know the wheels of justice can be slow at time, but, looking at all of this from hte land Down Under, I cannot understand how it is that Trump is not in jail. by now
I honestly don’t know how you do it - churning out these notes with detailed important information so frequently
Thank you !
Fox News lies and collusion with GOP
Fox is just plain disgusting….and an ongoing danger to decency and democracy. And so is yelling FIRE in a crowded theater…The Dominion suit is WHY we know just how disgusting Fox has been….think we could use even more litigation by those damaged by FOX or by Jan 6th insurrection….to provide us with the ‘REAL HISTORY’ of these machinations…
Journalists report news and events, research, and are rooted in reality. Rupert Murdoch started out as a journalist, but early on discovered making money was more to his style. “I’m a journalist at heart. I like to be involved in these things.” Being involved in making the news and the lies. What is it that moves the center in the continuum of Truth and Justice? Here’s a high school newspaper lesson: the journalist reports the news as it is. He is not in the story. He knows this is true. And they avoid being in the center of an idiom:
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” Lord Acton. https://www.acton.org/research/lord-acton-quote-archive
In 1963, there was hope in the air. I had hope.
My children are approaching their 30’s and I am witnessing a major shift away from childbearing amongst their age group due to cost. These young adults are more concerned about establishing their careers to afford the high cost of living.
I believe this is the backbone of the whole anti abortion movement. States more concerned about the lack of a future population over any religious concerns for the unborn.