Back in November of 2020, a Fox News producer sent an email to colleagues warning that one of the network’s most recognizable starts should not be allowed back on the air, NPR reports.
The existence of the email was confirmed to NPR, which paraphrased it as reading: “Fox cannot let host Jeanine Pirro back on the air. She is pulling conspiracy theories from dark corners of the Web to justify then-President Donald Trump’s lies that the election had been stolen from him.”
Pirro was far from alone in broadcasting such false claims. In the weeks that followed Election Day 2020, other prominent Fox stars, commentators and their guests heavily promoted them.
A repeat target was Dominion Voting Systems, the election machine and technology company. Trump and his allies alleged on Fox that Dominion was engaged in a conscious effort to throw the 2020 race to Joe Biden. They implied and falsely asserted on Fox programs that Dominion’s machines and software either discarded Trump’s votes or transferred them to Biden. Dominion argues their false claims were frequently egged on by Fox’s own stars.
The email is part of a volume of evidence collected by Dominion Voting Systems’ attorneys as part of its $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox News and its parent company. Dominion accuses the network of roping the complany into claims that the voting tech company was complicit in the alleged “rigging” of the 2020 election — a claim that has been proved as false.
Read the full report over at NPR.