Saturday Night Live He went with the biggest media story of the week for his cold open: the revelations of the Dominion Voting Systems bombshell in the defamation lawsuit against Fox News. Watch a clip below.
Again choose setting Fox and friends To confuse the network, hosts Steve Ducey (Mickey Day), Ainsley Earhardt (Heidi Gardner) and Brian Kilmedy (Buen Yang) explain the revelations and why the network didn’t cover the case.
“Rupert Murdoch has admitted that Fox News aired plots to rig the election to get ratings even though everyone at Fox knew they were wrong,” Dai Ducey says.
“Sorry. I wasn’t,” says Kilmeade of Yang.
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Gardner’s Earhart then tells viewers, “You may be wondering, if this is such a big story, why haven’t I heard about it on Fox?”
“I think it’s because they’re suing us for $1.6 billion,” says Kilmeade.
Doocy corrects him. “No, it’s a complete BS. The media takes private scripts from Fox News hosts and presents them completely out of context.”
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In fact, Fox News has in fact confirmed that Dominion, in its court filings, has taken the texts and emails collected in the lawsuit and taken them out of context.
The scheduled Tuesday release of the exhibits in the case should give additional context to some of the texts, emails, and nomination statements Dominion mentioned in its filings. But in SNL comic, f Fox and friends The hosts try to explain the context.
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They point to one text from Sean Hannity: “Rudy Giuliani is crazy.”
“How can you leave the rest?” says Kilmeade. “It’s crazy Rudy Giuliani– too hot.“
The sitcom also featured Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow who is one of the network’s most prolific sponsors – and one of the most prominent conspiracy theorists about the 2020 election.
Before he came, Kilmeade warned him, “Because of this lawsuit, our lawyers have asked you not to say anything crazy about Dominion.”
Lindell replies, “No problem. I’ve been advised. I know the grammar. Every Dominion instrument has a Venezuelan Oompa Loompa in it!”
Then Doocy tries to cut him off.
“You can’t just say, ‘Anything,’ anymore.”
Lindell replies, “Of course, of course. Let me choose my words carefully. Dominion voting machines give three votes to Democrats, illegals, and Mrs. M&M’s who stopped shaving her pits!”
The lawsuit by Dominion singled out Lindell as one of the Fox guests who appeared to amplify false claims that the company was involved in election fraud. Dominion indicated in its filings that Tucker Carlson introduced Lindell as a guest on January 26, 2021, long after Dominion warned the network that its characters were spewing falsehoods about the company. According to Dominion, “Murdoch admitted it was wrong” for Carlson Lindell to host without contesting his claims about the company.
Fox News says its coverage and commentary on allegations of election fraud, made by then-President Donald Trump, are protected by the First Amendment.
Network reporters and reporters shied away from reporting stories on the case. Howard Kurtz, who anchors Weekly MediaBuzzHe said on the Sunday show that he was asked not to cover it, though he disagreed with the decision.
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