Fox News Boss Says Providing Fact Checks Is Like ‘Crapping’ On Their Audience
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott suggested that providing factual information that contradicts their audience’s beliefs is like “crapping” on them and said those who fact-check false reporting “do not understand what their viewers want.”
The revelation is the latest arising from the Dominion Voting System lawsuit against the right-wing network. As reported by NPR, The filing shows how Scott reacted angrily when reporter Kristin Fischer fact-checked former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s false claims about the 2020 election.
As a “civil war” erupted at Fox News over the election coverage, Scott accused Fischer of “editorializing” in debunking Giuliani’s claims and added that “I can’t keep defending these reporters who don’t understand our viewers and how to handle stories.”
She added that Fox News’ “audience feels like we crapped on [it]” with the Giuliani fact check and “we have damaged their trust and belief in us.”
Other text messages unearthed by Dominion show that Fischer was frustrated by the pushback she got for fact-checking Giuliani.
“I’m being punished for doing my job,” she said. “Literally. That’s it.”
Additional text messages showed that multiple Fox News hosts were furious at their own reporters for purportedly damaging ratings by fact-checking the wild election conspiracy theories being thrown around by Donald Trump and his allies.
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