Former Fox News Host Implies Network a ‘Threat to Democracy’

( – Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson suggested that Fox News was a “threat to democracy” and accused her former employer of spreading lies in an April 19 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

During the interview, Carlson implied that Fox News was a “threat to democracy” because it promoted “misinformation” and said there was a “huge difference” between promoting conservative opinions and “telling lies.” Carlson argued that Fox News had evolved from the former to the latter following Donald Trump’s presidential defeat in 2020.

Carlson — who was previously a co-host of Fox & Friends and host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson — suggested that Fox News decided to settle with Dominion for $787.5 million because the news network saw “the writing on the wall” with Dominion’s $1.6 billion lawsuit and didn’t want its high-profile anchors like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson to become “media fodder” for weeks in court under oath.

Dominion filed its lawsuit against Fox News in March 2021 after several personalities employed by the news network expressed suspicion over Dominion’s voting machines in the 2020 presidential election.

The former Fox News host said, however, that she had not wanted Dominion to settle with the company because she was “vicariously living” through Dominion in its lawsuit against Fox due to her negative feelings about her former employer. Carlson said, however, that she didn’t believe the lawsuit and settlement would change much at Fox News.

Carlson sued Fox News chairman Roger Ailes in 2016, alleging that she had been the victim of sexual harassment during her employment at the network between 2005 and 2016. Fox settled the lawsuit with Carlson for $20 million.

She concluded the interview by telling Cooper that she would like to reach out to Fox News viewers and “get them back into the reality of what’s really going on.”

On March 2, 2023, Carlson joined US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House as Biden signed a law prohibiting forced arbitration for workplace sexual harassment cases.

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