Thursday, May 23, 2024

Murdoch Fox News, News Corp Resignation Comes After $787 Million Lawsuit, And Another Pending for $2.7 Billion


Rupert Murdoch is leaving his role as head of News Corp and Fox News just as the company is suffering staggering legal blows.

Already this year Dominion Voting has won $787 million from Murdoch in a libel case about voter fraud. The jury decision is devastating even if insurance pays part of it.

Fox News and News Corp still face a second and bigger libel suit from Smartmatic, another voting machine company alleging libel in the 2020 election.

Lies are told on Fox News on a daily basis. At the New York Post, the printed lies and insults can’t be taken back. For example, several years ago the Post printed pictures on their front page of the men they said were the bombers at the Boston Marathon. They were completely wrong.

During Rupert’s recent years, Fox News has also had to make payouts to many women who claimed sexual harassment. The network has also let go of two of its biggest stars, Bill O’Reilly and Tucker Carlson, for respectively sexual misconduct and dangerous lunacy.

How will a post-Murdoch world deal with Smartmatic and other pressures? Will the Post — which loses millions every year and has no pay wall — survive? Everything changes now as Lachlan Murdoch becomes a relatively young press baron.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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