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In a bombshell story that could have huge implications for the future of Fox News, a newly released text message shows the network banned President Donald Trump's legal team from appearing on its airwaves in December 2020.
The text message, sent by Fox News' top legal executive to the network's general counsel, was obtained exclusively by CNN. It was dated December 15, 2020, just days before the Electoral College voted to confirm Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election.
The text message reads: “I just want to make sure that our people know that we should not be booking any of Trump's attorneys on our air.”
The message was sent by Fox News' General Counsel Lily Fu Claffee to the network's top legal executive, Viet D. Dinh. Dinh was a member of Trump's legal team during the 2020 election and was a frequent guest on Fox News.
The text message appears to be in response to a Fox News opinion piece published on December 14 titled “Trump's legal team is failing him,” which argued that the president's lawyers were not doing enough to support his claims of voter fraud.
The text message indicates that Fox News was already taking steps to distance itself from Trump's legal team even before the Electoral College vote. This is surprising considering that Fox News had been a vocal supporter of the president's claims of voter fraud.
It's unclear if the ban was ever lifted, but it appears that Fox News was trying to distance itself from Trump's legal team before the election was officially certified.
The text message could have significant implications for Fox News, which has long been seen as a pro-Trump outlet. It could also be used as evidence in ongoing lawsuits by the Trump legal team, who have accused the network of bias against the president.
Only time will tell how this story will shape the future of Fox News.