Former Fox News producer Jason Donner has filed a lawsuit against the network, claiming he was fired for challenging its coverage of the 2020 election, the Capitol attack, and vaccines.
The lawsuit sheds light on the network’s operations, alleging internal backlash for disputing Rudy Giuliani’s voter fraud claims and describing pressure to conform to a pro-Trump tone.
Donner also criticized Fox’s coverage of the Capitol attack and Tucker Carlson’s “Patriot Purge” special.
🚨NEWS: In a bombshell lawsuit, ex-Fox News producer Jason Donner alleges he was fired for resisting false narratives about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Donner claims he was part of a targeted "purge" for refusing to toe the line to "appease" Trump and his election-denying base.… pic.twitter.com/4aZBn9bfV3
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The lawsuit additionally highlights Fox’s prioritization of audience loyalty over truth, particularly in its pursuit of extracting higher fees from cable companies.
Donner describes what it was like being at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 while Fox News personalities are accused of downplaying the attack.
Media Matters has documented the Fox News coverage that day, writing: “When Donner heard Fox News’ false reporting of the insurrection at the Capitol, he called the Fox News’ control room and stated, ‘I’m your Capitol Hill Producer inside the Capitol where tear gas is going off on the second floor in the Ohio clock corridor, rioters are storming the building, reports of shots fired outside the House Chamber.”
“I don’t want to hear any of this f—– s— on our air ever again because you’re gonna get us all killed.’”
Chilling footage of the January 6 "Insurrection"… pic.twitter.com/i4X470klfR
— AnalyzingAmerica (@AnalyzAmerica) November 21, 2023
Jason Donner, A former Fox News Capitol Hill reporter, filed a lawsuit against the network for allegedly firing him in retaliation for speaking out against its “false” coverage of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Donner claimed the trouble began when he was reporting from inside… pic.twitter.com/1ffymfGNnq
— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) November 14, 2023