Ladies and Gentlemen, it has finally happened. Fox News has flat-out admitted that their news is fake.
Why you ask?
Well, it has to do with a lawsuit.
This whole thing started back when the Stormy Daniels payoff revelations were hitting the news. You may remember another ladies name, Karen McDougal , making the rounds as well.
You see, Karen was a Playboy model that had an alleged affair with Donald Trump. There was, much like Stormy Daniels, an alleged payoff and non-disclosure agreement signed to keep Karen from ever talking about the affair.
That brings us back to Fox News. Fox has been a rabid defender of all things Trump no matter what the subject. Turns out that Karen McDougal was no exception to that rule.
On December 10th, 2019, Fox News had one of their talking heads, Tucker Carlson, do a number on Karen McDougal to help detract attention from the Ukraine situation that was unfolding and dominating the news cycle.
Tucker Carlson’s show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, is presented in very much the same way as ABC News Tonight with David Muir. Let’s take a quick look:
Note the Fox News logo right there on the screen. Titles done in the same style as Fox News itself.
So most anybody that tuned in and saw that screen would assume it’s an official news channel stating facts about the goings on of whatever the topic may be.
On that particular night, however, Tucker Carlson said this:
“Remember the facts of the story, these are undisputed: Two women approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money. Now that sounds like a classic case of extortion.”Source
That prompted Karen McDougal to sue Fox News for slander. In her complaint, she states that:
“This statement is completely untrue and was made knowing it was untrue and with reckless disregard for the truth.”Source
So how does Fox News defend this? Well, they admit it was false. They admit it was made up. But they claim that Tucker Carlson is fake news and that everybody knows and understands that it’s fake. Here’s the Fox News lawyer’s argument:
“What we’re talking about here, it’s not the front page of The New York Times. It’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, which is a commentary show.”Source
That flat out says it’s fake. What’s more, it takes Trump’s accusations of the New York Times being fake and throws it under the bus.
The judge then asked the Fox News representative:
“Does somebody in Mr. Carlson’s position have the duty of inquiry?”Source
To which the Fox News counsel replies:
“Not as to an actual malice standard. The Supreme Court could not be clearer. Malice isn’t a negligence standard…failure to investigate the truth of a statement doesn’t suffice.”Source
So in other words, at the bitter end, Fox News statements come down to this:
We are a fake news network. We make things up. We do it all the time. It doesn’t have to be true as it’s only commentary. Our viewers know this which is why they tune in. They watch us to hear the fake news they would like to hear so they can talk about it. It’s entertainment and nothing more so we have no obligation whatsoever to report the truth.Our Commentary on what Fox News actually said.
I remember years ago when I was a kid how some kids would imitate these wrestlers on TV. Even in high school they talked about it. I remember I used to make the argument, “there’s no way that’s real” only to be shouted down by the “true believers” .
Then came Atlantic City. Atlantic City wouldn’t allow wrestling to take place there because they said it wasn’t a sport that it was staged. So, to bypass that law, wrestling admitted it was fake. They admitted the entire “show” was staged and scripted and that it was just for entertainment.
So Atlantic City let them “perform” under an entertainment contract and to my knowledge still do to this day.
That’s essentially exactly what Fox News has just done. You know what the funny part is? Fox viewers won’t care. They’ll keep drinking the cool aid believing every bit of it even though it’s all fake.
Just like those wrestling fans that still believe a 350 pound man can jump off a rope 5 feet in the air bringing his knee down on another man’s throat and nothing really happens to him.
God help us.