The Most Troubling in Mr. Murdoch’s Deposition

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“Progress in knowledge and ultimately in economic growth and prosperity requires some freedom of speech and some economic freedom; and the more of them, the better. This is not to say that these freedoms only have benefits, but that they have more advantages than drawbacks. The deposition of Rupert Murdoch in the defamation lawsuit of Dominion against his company Fox News may serve to illustrate …. he knew very soon after the November 2020 election that Trump’s claim of decisive fraud, as well as claims that Dominion’s voting machines were complicit, did not make rational sense. … The most troubling fact is that millions of Fox News watchers were not interested in the truth, at best because they were dead sure that they already had found it in their wishful intuitions and the utterances of hero-demagogues; at worst because they are happy to live in a lie.” (03/08/23)