Newly released court documents reveal that Rupert Murdoch, the patriarch of Fox News, provided confidential information about Joe Biden’s ads and debate strategy to Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, during Trump’s 2020 campaign. The documents were submitted as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ billion-dollar defamation lawsuit against Fox News. According to the documents, Murdoch gave Kushner a sneak peek of an unreleased Biden ad during the campaign.
A spokesperson for Fox News confirmed that Murdoch shared the Biden ad with Kushner but argued that the video had already been released publicly. The spokesperson’s statement was in response to the Dominion lawsuit, which accuses Fox News of broadcasting lies about electoral fraud by Trump and his allies.
The revelation adds to the growing list of allegations against Fox News, which has long been accused of biased reporting in favor of the Republican Party. The network has also been accused of spreading misinformation and propaganda, particularly during the 2020 election.
While the allegations against Fox News are not new, the revelation that Murdoch himself was involved in sharing confidential information with the Trump campaign raises questions about the network’s impartiality. Murdoch’s actions appear to be a clear violation of journalistic ethics, which require journalists and media outlets to remain neutral and avoid taking sides in political contests.
The revelation is likely to damage Fox News’ credibility even further, particularly as the network faces mounting legal challenges. In addition to the Dominion lawsuit, Fox News is also facing a lawsuit from Smartmatic, another voting technology company, that alleges the network spread false claims about its role in the 2020 election.
The documents suggest that Fox News was actively colluding with the Trump campaign, providing them with confidential information that could have given them an unfair advantage in the election. The revelation is likely to fuel further calls for the network to be held accountable for its actions and for greater transparency and accountability in the media industry as a whole.
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