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STORY BY CHARLES SYKES

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An open letter to a member of Rupert Murdoch’s board of directors After several pundits on Fox pointed out his disastrous performance in last year’s first presidential debate, Trump blamed Paul Ryan
Published on May 8, 2021 12:19 AM

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 House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., right, tapes an interview with Bill Hemmer, co-anchor of Fox News Channel's
Dear Paul: (opinion)

I'm often asked whether we are still friends. I usually answer: Yes, but we're taking a break and seeing other people.

I'd like to talk to you about some of those other people today, specifically your colleagues at Fox.

You've undoubtedly been following what is happening there. You know how bad it has gotten. Fox hosts continue to push the Big Lie about the election, attempt to whitewash the January 6 attack on the capitol, spread disinformation about the pandemic, and embrace ugly racist narratives.

But unlike most of the rest of us, you are in a position to do something about it. And if you ever hope to have influence on the direction of either the network or the conservative movement, this is the moment to speak up.

When you were first named by the Murdochs to the Fox Corporation's board in 2019, Vanity Fair speculated you might use that influence to counter the increasing Trumpiness of Fox News. "Paul is embarrassed about Trump and now he has the power to do something about it," the magazine quoted one executive saying...