Tucker Carlson has called Trump the “undisputed world champion” of destroying things, according to new court filings.
Carlson texted producers after the 2020 election saying Trump could “easily destroy” FOX News “if we do it the wrong way.”
Carlson’s text came after Fox News ignited Trump’s ire by calling Arizona first for Biden.
Two days after Election Day 2020, Fox News host Tucker Carlson told producers that Fox News’ decision to nominate Joe Biden in Arizona on election night could spell doom for the network. I sent you a text message warning you.
The document is a 200-page summary judgment motion. Dominion Voting Systems defamation lawsuit against Fox NewsIt featured excerpts and texts from multiple deposits from top Fox News figures, including Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Rupert Murdoch.
Fox was the first cable news network to report Biden’s victory in Arizona, and was inundated with angry calls and texts from people in the Trump campaign.
According to the filing, Carlson told producer Alex Pfeiffer on November 5, 2020, “We worked really hard to build what we have.” I am furious.”
Carlson spoke with Primetime commentators Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity minutes ago, adding that they were “very angry.”
“At this point, we are hurting no matter what,” he wrote.
Pfeiffer replied, “Many on ‘our side’ are now reckless demagogues.”
“Of course it is,” writes Carlson. “We’re not going to follow them.” He continued, Trump “is good at destroying things. He’s the undisputed world champion of that. If we play wrong, He can easily destroy us.”
At another point on the same day, Carlson texted, “You have to be very careful right now. You could get hurt.” It is unknown who the recipient of the message is.
The Dominion became the focus of Trump World’s election-related conspiracy theories shortly after Election Day 2020. “By Nov. 11, Sean Hannity realized the key role the Dominion scam narrative plays in winning back viewers,” the filing said Thursday.
“In one week and one debate, they destroyed a brand that took 25 years to build. The damage is immense,” Hannity said on Nov. 12, a week after the call in Arizona. Told Carlson and Ingraham.
“This is vandalism,” Carlson replied, according to the filing.
Tommy Firth, one of Ingraham’s producers, struck a more candid tone.
“This Dominion shit is gonna give me a fucking aneurysm. How many times have I told Laura it’s BS. She sees shit posters and Trump tweeting about it. Filing According to the partially redacted text featured in.
“This is the Bill Gates/Microchip angle to voter fraud,” Mitchell replied. Later that day he came back with Firth and said, ‘How are you doing? [with] cock? ”
A Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to the document: “There will be a lot of commotion and confusion by Dominion and its opportunistic private equity owners. At the heart of this lawsuit is freedom of the press and freedom of speech, fundamental rights conferred by the Constitution and protected by The New York Times v. Sullivan.”
Dominion sued Fox News A March 2021 defamation claim that the network promoted conspiracy theories about the company in an attempt to win back disgruntled viewers after Trump lost the election.
Sussman Godfrey’s attorney Justin Nelson said, “This was a conscious and knowing business decision to support, repeat and broadcast these lies in order to retain an audience. ‘ said. told the Associated Press at the time.
“Fox took a small flame and turned it into a wildfire,” the Dominion lawsuit said.
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