It’s time to Break It Down!
Really short post today. Not a whole lot to say. The conservative spin machine will tell you Fox didn’t settle, Fox didn’t lose, Fox didn’t admit any wrongdoing, and a host of other less than creative untruths, all in an effort to gaslight you, and retain some semblance of ability and reason to feel good about themselves. Don’t fall for the okie doke.
Here’s the official statement from Fox Corporation on the matter of its settlement with Dominion Voting Systems Corporation:
“Fox Corp. just released a statement: “We are pleased to have reached a settlement of our dispute with Dominion Voting Systems. We acknowledge the court’s rulings finding certain claims about Dominion to be false. This settlement reflects Fox’s continued commitment to the highest journalistic standards.”
On the face of it, that’s a paragraph filled with gobbledygook. But, amid the blarney, are 13 words that tell a compelling and succinct story. Those words?
‘We acknowledge the court’s rulings finding certain claims about Dominion to be false.’
Yes, if you fell off a turnip truck, of just landed from another planet, or have been Rip Van Winkling for the past 20 years, you might have no idea what any of that meant.
But, if you’ve lived in the United States of America for the past 3 years, and you have been at all tuned into the Big Lie…The 2020 Election was stolen from Donald Trump by dark forces aiding Joe Biden, let by the villainous Dominion Voting Systems, and machines designed to turn Trump votes into Biden votes…you know exactly what it means.
It means the court determined Fox and Company were complicit in defaming the voting company, and Fox acknowledged…the court was right.
Mic drop: case closed!
One more thing. Some folks will not be satisfied with this result. They believe it did not go far enough. They would have preferred to have seen Dominion force the issue, go to trial and demand individuals, e.g., the Murdochs, Carlson, Hannity, Ingraham, Pirro, etc., take the stand and admit, under oath, that they knowingly and with malice, defamed Dominion. Even though several members of Team Fox had admitted in inter-office communications, they knew Trump’s claims were bogus, and Rupert Murdoch acknowledged in earlier court proceedings he knew this, but didn’t opt to stop it, the burden of proof was high, probably too high, to be confident they could meet that standard to the satisfaction of 12 jurors. Conversely, Fox Corp. was likely averse to parading its a-list staff to the stand, where they’d have to admit many truths that Fox fandom has established it does not want to be forced to hear. Six weeks of that would probably have cost them more than the $787.7 settlement. Meanwhile, Dominion will have to find some solace in being gifted three-quarters of a $billion. Woe is them, I guess. “787.5 Million Reasons Fox Lost: Don’t Expect Them To Admit It!”
I’m done; holla back!
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