Dinesh D’Souza’s diatribe against Tucker Carlson 'nuked his relationship' with Fox News: journalist
Most of the right-wing pundits who have become persona non grata at Fox News and Fox Business are Never Trump conservatives. But one Republican who may have alienated Fox News and clearly isn’t a Never Trumper is far-right MAGA conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza. According to Daily Beast reporter Justin Baragona, D’Souza may have committed an unpardonable sin — in the minds of Fox News — when he angrily railed against Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
D'Souza is frustrated with Fox News as well as Fox News/Fox Business competitor Newsmax TV for ignoring his new documentary “2000 Mules,” which shamelessly promotes the Big Lie and claims to offer proof that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. But no such proof is really offered, and D’Souza’s critics have been stressing that “2000 Mules” is so sloppy and badly done that even Fox News, Fox Business and Newsmax TV won’t cover it.
“Far-right provocateur Dinesh D’Souza seems to have — at least for the time being — fully nuked his relationship with Fox News,” Baragona explains. “Over the past two weeks, D’Souza has raged against Fox and rival Newsmax for snubbing his election-denying film, ‘2000 Mules,’ which has been shredded by fact-checkers and news outlets over its ‘gaping holes’ and provably false claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election. D’Souza took specific aim at Tucker Carlson for allegedly suppressing mentions of his batty flick, going as far as sharing a series of supposed text messages — which he characterized as ‘highly abusive’ — from the Fox host’s executive producer Justin Wells.”
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It isn’t hard to understand why, from a legal standpoint, Fox News and its sister channel Fox Business would choose to ignore “2000 Mules.” Fox News is facing a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit from Domination Voting Systems for promoting the false and totally debunked claim that Dominion’s voting equipment was used to switch votes from Trump to now-President Joe Biden. And with a jury trial in that case set for April 2023, the last thing Fox News or Fox Business needs to do is promote the Big Lie some more and risk giving Dominion even more ammunition in its lawsuit.
Dominion has also filed defamation lawsuits against Newsmax TV and another far-right cable news outlet that promoted the Big Lie: One America News (OAN).
By slamming Carlson, Baragona observes, D’Souza has attacked someone Fox News views as its “crown jewel.”
“Apparently, throwing bombs at Fox’s prized prime-time host, a right-wing media kingmaker, may have been unwise,” Baragona writes. “After having appeared on longtime friend Laura Ingraham’s nightly Fox News show at least 15 times this year, D’Souza has all but disappeared. His final appearance on Fox airwaves came on April 27, when he beamed into Larry Kudlow’s FBN show to promote the film and get a hearty endorsement from the former Trump economic adviser.”
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