Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott is deeply concerned that journalists in her network fact-checking unfounded election fraud claim that the 2020 election is “bad for business” and must be “stopped immediately.” ”
A slide show used by lawyers for Dominion Voting Systems in the company’s defamation lawsuit against Fox News on Tuesday. Includes several emails from Scott that were previously redacted in previous filings. These statements further revealed that network chiefs were extremely sensitive about Fox’s slump in ratings following the early election of Arizona President Joe Biden for the channel.
Dominion accused the network of knowingly broadcasting the election. “Rigged” is in an effort to win over disgruntled MAGA viewers who have abandoned Fox to right-wing contenders willing to peddle former President Donald Trump’s bizarre fraud claims.
In a November 11, 2020, email exchange with Fox’s top leader, Irena Briganti, Scott took issue with Fox News anchors Sandra Smith and Neil Cavuto, both of whom were targeted by the far-right media pushing for the 2020 campaign. The Trump team’s unproven claims about widespread voter fraud.
“Our talent needs to stop disrespecting audiences,” Scott demanded. “What she did and what Neil did was even worse. Neil doesn’t think American audiences are smart (enough) to make their own decisions about watching the press conference? Poor. If they don’t understand It wouldn’t make sense for our platform size to reduce our audience.”
Two days earlier, Cavuto withdrew from a news conference hosted by then-White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany. After she began to baselessly accuse Democrats of election theft. that same day A raw footage of Smith narrating her co-host, Trace Gallagher, for her pro-Trump lawyer’s vehement rejection of the election denial. leaked online.
In an email exchange with Briganti and Fox News Chairman Jay Wallace on Nov. 19, Scott appeared angry that White House correspondent Kristin Fisher promptly fact-checked a news conference held by Trump’s lawyers. Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell
“I was greatly influenced by her editorial at the height of Dana right now, and her indifferent and indifferent tone to her audience,” says Scott. I saw that you just hit Cavuto. I hope you don’t regret it twice. I can’t protect these journalists who don’t understand our audience and how to deal with stories.”
The head of Fox News then bemoaned how the network’s conclusions were affected by the election. “The audience felt that we were insulting (them) and that we had destroyed their trust and belief in us. WE LOST 25,000 FOX NATION SUBSCRIBERS WE CAN FIX IT But we can no longer smile at the audience,” added Scott.
Fisher, who left Fox News for CNN in 2021, testified that she felt that her superiors were “punished” for her coverage of Giuliani’s media, claiming that she was denied the opportunity to “condemn her.” Host and report assignments.
Finally, in a Dec. 2 email to Primetime’s Executive Vice President Meade Cooper, Scott made it clear that Erik’s habit of newscasters Shawn on refuting false claims from Trump And sometimes his own colleagues go too far.
“I’ll be speaking to you, Jay, and (News Editor-in-Chief Tom) Lowell tomorrow,” she wrote.
Scott concluded: “The audience was furious. And we just feed them the content. Not good for business.”
A Fox News spokesperson responded to the recent public releases in the Dominion case with the following statement: “These documents demonstrate once again that Dominion continues to rely on carefully selected quotes without context to generate headlines for distract from the facts of the case The fundamental rights of a free press are at stake. And we will continue to actively advocate for the First Amendment to defend the role of news organizations in news reporting.”
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