(HorizonPost.com) – Tucker Carlson may have been fired because he asked Americans to pray for their country, according to the ex-fiancée of Fox owner Rupert Murdoch. Carlson delivered a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation days before he was fired where he spoke about the battle between good and evil and said Americans should remember the power of prayer.
Ann Lesley Smith, the former fiancée of the media tycoon, said, “That stuff freaks Rupert out. He doesn’t like all the spiritual talk.”
Speculation surrounding the popular host’s departure from the network has been rife. Some suggest he was fired for his part in the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit that proved extremely expensive for Fox. The network settled a defamation claim by Dominion for $787 million.
Dominion sued Fox in relation to its coverage of President Trump’s claim that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen, in part via the utilization of Dominion products.
Others suggest Carlson’s departure resulted from a raft of other accusations against Fox, including a lawsuit filed by former Tucker Carlson Tonight producer Abby Grossberg. She has alleged misogyny and antisemitism at the network, and said executives told her to lie while providing her deposition in the Dominion case.
Smartmatic, also a voting systems company, has filed a lawsuit for $2.7 billion. The company alleges it too was defamed by the Fox coverage of the 2020 election.
The Smartmatic case has not received the same level of media attention, but some speculate that it could be even more damaging to Fox. The Smartmatic suit highlights an interview conducted with two former Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani. During the interview, Powell and Giuliani alleged that the company had “flipped” votes from Trump to Biden.
Smartmatic’s lawyers said, “The Earth is round. Two plus two equals four. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the 2020 election.”
Fox insists it is willing to defend its coverage and is constitutionally protected by the First Amendment.
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