Episode 44

About Ron DeSantis and Fox News v. Dominion


March 2nd, 2023

1 hr 8 mins 27 secs

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gained power over Reedy Creek Improvement District, where Walt Disney World is located. Disney has controlled it since the 1960s. DeSantis targeted the district when Disney opposed a bill he supported, known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The bill's core is the appointment of a five-person state board to oversee municipal services, such as fire protection and road maintenance, where Disney World operates. The board can raise revenue to fund services and pay off Disney's debts. DeSantis stressed that under the new structure, Disney would still be responsible for its municipal debts, and local governments would not raise taxes. Is this corporatism reigned in or government tyranny?

Also... voting machine manufacturer Dominion is suing Fox News for $1.6 billion over allegedly false reporting on its software. Recent testimony from Rupert Murdoch, founder of the conservative news network, revealed that Fox hosts like Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro "endorsed" the claim that the 2020 election was stolen. In text messages between Fox News employees, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham insulted and mocked Trump advisers Sidney Powell and Rudolph W. Giuliani. The messages suggest that even Rupert Murdoch, Fox Corporation's chairman, thought Trump's voter fraud claims were "really crazy stuff." Will Fox have to pay?