Opinion | The Fox ‘Lies Masquerading as Truth’

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To the Editor:

Re “Fox and Dominion Abruptly Settle for $787.5 Million” (front page, April 19):

It is gratifying to see Fox News finally having to answer for the entertainment in the guise of news that it has delivered to gullible viewers since 1996.

If the network believed that it had any chance of winning the defamation suit filed against it by Dominion Voting Systems, it surely would not have agreed to cough up a whopping $787.5 million to settle it.

I imagine that it would also have been embarrassing for Fox hosts to have had to own up in court to the exposure of their true feelings about Donald Trump and his entourage of crackpot conspiracy theorists, as has been revealed in internal correspondence that those involved surely thought would never become public.

Lies masquerading as truth have had a significant negative impact on our nation, shattering many lives, causing many to live in fear, and Fox has been in the vanguard. There are news networks with a liberal bias, of course, but none have become so detached from legitimate reporting as to adopt the credo of “give the viewers what they want, even if we have to make it up along the way.”

Will the network learn any lesson from having to suffer the stiff consequences of its actions?

Oren Spiegler
Peters Township, Pa.

To the Editor:

If the Dominion lawsuit settlement against Fox News is only financial, it is unsatisfactory. For the good of the nation, we need to see the hosts, on the air, telling their audiences that they reported things as fact that were not. And they must admit, on the air, that they knew they were lies at the time.

If their core viewers do not hear it from the lips of on-air pundits, those pundits will still weasel around the facts of what really happened. It’s their nature.

Stay tuned.

Howard Schmitt
Green Tree, Pa.

To the Editor:

The settlement between Dominion and Fox “News” is unfortunate, if Fox is not required to apologize for its election lies.

The settlement means the following:

1) A small number of people will get rich, no doubt including Dominion’s lawyers.

2) Those who watch Fox “News” or similar sources of disinformation will not learn about Fox’s lies about the 2020 election.

3) American democracy will continue on its current downward spiral, as election disinformation from these sources will continue unabated.

This result is enough to make one cynical about the legal profession, and very worried about the future of democracy in the U.S.

John Crusius

To the Editor:

The Dominion v. Fox settlement reminds me of the moment in Martin Scorsese’s movie “Raging Bull” when a badly battered Jake LaMotta taunts the winner by decision, Sugar Ray Robinson, by boasting, “You never got me down, Ray.”

So maybe we’ll never get a public apology from Fox News for defaming a private company in its efforts to knowingly deceive viewers about the 2020 presidential election results. But paying out $787.5 million amounts to lots of regret any way you look at it.

Anthony Nannetti

To the Editor:

It’s 9:30 p.m. in Los Angeles on the evening of the Fox-Dominion defamation settlement.

Here is the lead story on some major media websites:

NYTimes.com: “Fox Will Pay $787.5 Million to Settle Defamation Suit.”

CNN.com: “Fox News agrees to pay $787.5 million to Dominion for spreading election lies.”

BBC.com: “Fox settles Dominion defamation case for $787.5m.”

WashingtonPost.com: “Fox News, Dominion settle defamation lawsuit for $787.5 million.”

FoxNews.com: “Elon Musk reveals to Tucker Carlson whether he’s seen evidence of alien life.”

William Goldman
Los Angeles

Migrant Child Labor

To the Editor:

Re “Migrant Children Worked as U.S. Ignored Warnings” (front page, April 18):

As an occupational physician who has worked widely around the world, I have seen child labor in countries outside the United States. We know that in this country normal rules do not apply to farm families and that even young children have been asked by parents to drive tractors.

However, the findings of unaccompanied children and the work they are being forced to do in many fields where regulations do exist is disheartening. Shame on the current administration for not being more vigilant and for seemingly getting upset with those who bring forward unwanted information.

Here in the United States we really should be doing better about protecting all children, no matter where they come from.

Arthur L. Frank
Media, Pa.

Term Limits for an Aging Congress

To the Editor:

Re “Senators Are Ailing, and the Senate Is Crawling” (front page, April 14):

This article about setbacks in the Senate due to the absence of Mitch McConnell and Dianne Feinstein should be a catalyst for both the Senate and the House to start discussions on term limits, including a maximum age restriction.

The amount of work that needs to be done by our governing bodies is tremendous and the pace can be relentless, taxing to any age group. Slowdowns and stoppages due to the inevitable infirmities of age should not be a cause of further delays in government.

With all due respect to older people (I myself am over 65), there is a time to step aside, if only for the purpose of not getting in the way.

Ruth Crystal
Baldwin, N.Y.

How Koreans Feel About Japan

To the Editor:

Re “I Love the Country I Was Told to Hate, and I’m Not Alone,” by Se-Woong Koo (Opinion guest essay, nytimes.com, April 10):

Casting South Koreans’ rage over Japan’s colonial legacy as “national brainwashing” is deeply offensive.

A majority of South Koreans oppose President Yoon Suk Yeol’s deal with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan to force South Korean companies to compensate the families of forced laborers from World War II.

It’s even more unpopular than the 2015 agreement that former President Park Geun-hye signed with Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister at the time, for Japan to provide compensation over “comfort women.”

This forced reconciliation between Japan and South Korea, which mainly serves to advance the United States’ geopolitical goals to contain China, lacks the key ingredient to help heal wounds from the past: sincerity.

Instead of being genuinely apologetic about its genocidal past, as Germany was of its World War II crimes, Japan has denied coercing women to work as sex slaves, rewritten its textbooks to erase its shameful history, and waged a decades-long global campaign to take down “comfort women” statues that women’s rights groups have erected to give voice to elderly Korean women who have been silenced for too long.

“I’m sorry” shouldn’t come from South Korean companies or the public, but from Japan.

Christine Ahn
The writer is founder and executive director of Women Cross DMZ and coordinator of Korea Peace Now!

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