Critics of Twitter are calling for Australian-born Rupert Murdoch to be stripped of his US citizenship and deported after he undermined American democracy with a recent spate of exposed lies. from Fox News about the 2020 presidential election.
Murdoch, whose media operations are often opposed to immigration, became an American citizen in 1985, enabling him to circumvent a law that prevented foreign nationals from owning more than 20% of a broadcasting license US owned.
(Fox News host Tucker Carlson had an ironic moment on air last year about the damage foreign-born billionaires can do to a nation.)
Despite Murdoch’s lucrative move to citizenship, he appears to be no big fan of US democracy. He and Fox News continued to address Donald Trump’s baseless claims of a fraudulent presidential election that news hosts and executives did not believe, according to a bombshell brief filed earlier this week.
Murdoch broke off an impromptu press conference held by Trump ally Rudy Giuliani and lawyer Sidney Powell after the election loss which strangely claimed that voting machine software had been manipulated in a plot led by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who in the grave for seven years by then. .
“Really crazy stuff. And damaging,” Murdoch wrote in a text message in November 2020, attorneys for Dominion Voting Systems disclosed in a filing Thursday. The company is suing Fox News and its parent Fox Corporation for $1.6 billion for alleged defamation.
Carlson said in a message obtained by Dominion that Powell was “lying” about having proof of his wild claim and called Trump a “demonic force,” according to the brief. Fox executives were so concerned about the danger Trump posed that they refused to allow him on the Lou Dobbs show on January 6, 2021, thinking it would be “irresponsible” to do so.
Despite this, Murdoch’s Fox continued to support Trump and his story of a rigged election to attract the former president’s supporters.
Now, his enemies are raging on Twitter to push him out of the country.
Murdoch could not immediately be reached for comment.