Fox News feared losing viewers by airing truth about election, documents show

February 18, 2023

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)In the weeks after the 2020 election, Fox News faced an existential crisis. Concern came from the very top: “Everything at stake here,” Rupert Murdoch messaged Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott. Newly released messages show Fox executives fretting that month over an uncomfortable revelation: that if they told their audience the truth about the election, it could destroy their business model. “Getting creamed by CNN!” Murdoch wrote to Scott on Nov. 8, a day after most news organizations declared that Biden had won. As Trump refused to let up on his election fraud claims, Murdoch suggested that Fox might have the clout to push back.