Texts from lawsuit show intent of Fox News lies to viewers

Shortly after the 2020 general election, which Joe Biden won by more than 7 million votes, I wrote to The Herald because of the continuation of the lies on Fox “News,” though I intentionally do not call it news. It is not a news organization. It is a propaganda arm of the Republican Party, and honestly, sometimes the Russian government. What I wrote then, was to Fox viewers:

You have been lied to.

You are still being lied to.

You should want better, and you deserve better.

So now, we have proof. Look back just a few weeks to the deposition testimony of Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, who states he knew what his on-air personalities were saying was crazy and incendiary lies. We can now see the text message sent between the prime time hosts who say they knew President Trump’s statements were lies, and that the folks speaking on-air on his behalf were lying too. They were all lying, and the Republican Party was not contradicting them, instead letting Trump “cry it out.”

Fox viewers are being fed a constant stream of propaganda meant specifically to anger them, rile them up, and make them feel aggrieved. This would be bad enough because it shows how Fox has no respect for their viewers, but many of those viewers are armed. Heavily armed. Fox TV is actively creating the atmosphere of violence and domestic terrorism that is playing out on our streets with such regularity that we have already had 71 mass shootings in the first six weeks of 2023.

Anyone still watching Fox may have decided they don’t mind being lied to and intentionally manipulated. Since Fox is not carrying any coverage of the Dominion vs. Fox lawsuit, I’m hoping some of their viewers will read this letter and become curious about what they are seeing every day.

Mary Ellen Hardy


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