“Liars behave differently,” he declared, without a hint of self-awareness. “Liars are touchy, sometimes to the point of hysteria. They’re hiding something. That’s the whole point of lying. And they’re worried you’re gonna find out what it is. Liars are fragile because over time, lying makes you weak and afraid.”

Carlson sent a text on Nov. 17, 2020, to a redacted recipient in which he shared a link to a column by David Cole, a white nationalist Holocaust denier. The column, published on a website known for hosting white supremacist writers, argued that Republicans should do more to demonize immigrants and accuse them of degrading America.

Numerous exchanges point to a massive internal schism between Fox’s opinion and news divisions, with the network’s top talent seeking to silence reporting that doesn’t reinforce their own false narratives (even those they know to be false, like the lie that the 2020 election was rigged).

“Please get [Heinrich] fired,” he texted Ingraham and Hannity, according to the documents. “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.”

At the instruction of Murdoch and his son Lachlan, who also leads the network, Fox News’ CEO effectively banned certain Democrats from appearing “in the news hours” for two months after the 2020 election.

“Audiences don’t want to see too much of the Mayor Pete’s and [Sen. Chris] Coons etc in the news hours,” Scott told Fox News President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace in an email on Nov. 8, 2020. “Need to be careful about bookings next 2 months – especially in news hours.”