The Daily Beast reports:
Included in the explosive brief that Dominion’s lawyers recently filed in its defamation lawsuit against Fox News is the revelation that the network’s stars conspired to get one of their own colleagues fired. Why? Because she had the temerity to fact-check then-President Donald Trump’s election fraud lies.
Days after Trump lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden, Fox News correspondent Jacqui Heinrich correctly refuted a Trump tweet about Dominion that specifically mentioned Sean Hannity’s show.
According to messages obtained by Dominion, Tucker Carlson told Hannity: “Please get her fired. Seriously….What the fuck? I’m actually shocked…It needs to stop immediately, like tonight.”
More from the filing:
In their group text thread, Carlson pointed Hannity to a tweet by Fox reporter Jacqui Heinrich. Heinrich was “fact checking” a tweet by Trump that mentioned Dominion—and specifically mentioned Hannity’s and Dobbs’ broadcasts that evening discussing Dominion.
Heinrich correctly fact-checked the tweet, pointing out that “top election infrastructure officials” said that “‘There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.’”
Carlson told Hannity: “Please get her fired. Seriously….What the fuck? I’m actually shocked…It needs to stop immediately, like tonight. It’s measurably hurting the company. The stock price is down. Not a joke.” Tucker added: “I just went crazy on Meade over it.”
Hannity said he had “already sent to Suzanne with a really?” He then added: “I’m 3 strikes. Wallace shit debate[.] Election night a disaster[.] Now this BS? Nope. Not gonna fly. Did I mention Cavuto?”
Hannity indeed had discussed with Scott. Hannity texted his team: “I just dropped a bomb.” Suzanne Scott received the message.
She told Jay Wallace and Fox News’ SVP for Corporate Communications Irena Briganti: “Sean texted me—he’s standing down on responding but not happy about this and doesn’t understand how this is allowed to happen from anyone in news. She [Heinrich] has serious nerve doing this and if this gets picked up, viewers are going to be further disgusted.”
By the next morning, Heinrich had deleted her fact-checking tweet.
Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson conspired behind the scenes to get reporter Jacqui Heinrich fired for fact-checking Trump’s 2020 election lies, new court documents reveal.https://t.co/9mhX8vG0kv
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 17, 2023