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Robert Reich: The Settlement, ‘Accountability’ Is Simply One other Price Of Doing Enterprise – OpEd

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Fox Information and Dominion Voting Techniques have agreed to settle Dominion’s defamation lawsuit for $787.5 million. (Dominion had sued for $1.6 billion over allegations that Fox defamed the voting firm by knowingly or recklessly airing false claims tying voting machines to a conspiracy to undermine the 2020 presidential election.)

A lawyer for Dominion celebrated the settlement, saying “Cash is accountability.” 

Garbage. The Fox Company has an estimated worth round $17 billion. The settlement quantities to a price of doing enterprise for Fox. 

The settlement additionally signifies that Fox’s main figures — together with Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox Company, and Fox hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Maria Bartiromo — received’t must testify. 

Which in flip means they received’t have to clarify all of the pretrial proof (emails, depositions, and so forth) displaying that they knew Trump lied concerning the 2020 election being “stolen” however they went forward and joined Trump’s lie nonetheless — so as to not lose viewers to Newsmax, One America Information, or some other group to their proper with even fewer scruples — so that they’d protect their income stream.

Fox stated in an announcement that “we acknowledge the courtroom’s rulings discovering sure claims about Dominion to be false.” It added: “We’re hopeful that our resolution to resolve this dispute with Dominion amicably, as an alternative of the acrimony of a divisive trial, permits the nation to maneuver ahead from these points.”

Transfer ahead? 

What about an apology from Fox? From these Fox hosts? A confession of complicity in Trump’s massive lie? A promise to cease mendacity sooner or later? 


Dominion could have protected its trademark however it hasn’t protected American democracy. 

Nothing concerning the lawsuit or its settlement has been aired on Fox Information. Fox viewers proceed to be at midnight about all of it — Trump’s massive lie, Fox’s amplification of the massive lie, the lawsuit, and the emails and pretrial testimony displaying that Fox Information and its hosts knew it was all a giant lie. 

In the meantime, Trump continues to push his massive lie. Presumably, Fox Information will proceed to push it as properly as a result of, hey, it sells to the Trump base that Fox Information helped create. 

And that’s actually what that is all about: Cash. Cash to Trump. Cash to Dominion. Cash to Murdoch. Cash to individuals similar to Carlson and Hannity and Ingraham, and Bartiroma — all of whim way back cashed of their integrity for giant bucks. 

Although their traitorous habits has introduced America to the cusp of civil battle — together with an assault on the U.S. Capitol — they’ll proceed to do no matter is important (in need of defaming a deep-pocketed voting machine firm) to maintain the cash flowing of their path. 

The Grifter-in-Chief introduced the discharge of a second spherical of superhero-style digital buying and selling playing cards with cartoonish pictures of him at $99 apiece. 

Fox’s and Trump’s grift goes on

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