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This is it.

The media defamation trial of the century is on the precipice of kicking off in Wilmington, Delaware, in simply days.

Jury choice in Dominion Voting Systems’ monster $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit passed off all of Thursday, with 300 potential jurors being summoned to court docket. Good progress was made and the presiding choose famous that there have been “more than enough jurors” to begin the trial as scheduled on Monday.

It is there, in Courtroom 7E, the place the largest figures in Murdoch Media, accompanied by a throng of high-powered attorneys, will try to mount their protection after repeatedly failing to persuade a choose to toss the now-historic case.

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It’s, frankly, extraordinary to write down these phrases. When I watched Fox News broadcast election lies within the aftermath of the 2020 election, by no means did I anticipate the community to be held accountable in a significant approach.

I’ve coated Fox News for some time now. I’ve watched hundreds and hundreds of hours of the right-wing channel’s programming. I’ve seen its hosts over time undermine public well being, make gross anti-immigrant remarks, peddle lies and propaganda and push deranged conspiracy theories that have been as soon as reserved for the right-wing’s furthest fringes.

The community has at all times appeared to discover a approach to sail via the controversy, even probably the most hellish storms it has confronted. Sometimes it has emerged even stronger and extra emboldened than earlier than.

But this time is totally different. This time, the conventional tips the community turns to throughout instances of disaster won’t free it from hassle. This time, in a court docket of regulation, the community might want to put ahead an trustworthy, fact-driven argument.

Fox News is about to enter the true No Spin Zone, the place deception is strictly prohibited. Where it isn’t in cost. And the place its prime executives like Rupert Murdoch and Suzanne Scott and hosts like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity can not merely ignore a request for remark and resort to, as a substitute, attacking “the media” on-air.

In this setting, the place lies can’t be casually instructed and reality can’t be distorted past actuality to suit a dishonest narrative, it will likely be fascinating to see how the community fares. If the pre-trial hearings are any indicator, it received’t be fairly. The case hasn’t even began and the presiding choose has already misplaced his persistence with Fox’s authorized workforce and put them on discover.

Perhaps the winds will shift for Fox News when the choose gavels within the trial on Monday. But in the event that they play out like the previous few weeks of court docket have, Fox News is in for a brutal trip.

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