Fox News cancels Lou Dobbs's show

Lou Dobbs Tonight Cancelled Fox News

Fox News has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” the program hosted by one of Donald Trump's most ardent defenders, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Dobbs, 75, praised Trump on a nightly basis, excoriated the former president’s perceived enemies and promoted the false claim that the 2020 election had not been decided fairly by the American people.

Dobbs’s show, which ran twice each weekday night on the Fox Business Network, will be broadcast for the final time on Friday, the Times reported. On Thursday, Fox News, Dobbs and two other hosts — Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro — learned that that they were being sued for $2.7 billion by Smartmatic, a voting machine manufacturer. All three hosts regularly cast doubt on the election results and implied wrongdoing on the part of the company.

Former President Trump released a statement Friday in praise of Dobbs.

“Lou Dobbs is and was great. Nobody loves America more than Lou. He had a large and loyal following that will be watching closely for his next move, and that following includes me,” Trump said in his statement.

In December, Fox News aired an odd segment on Dobbs’s show that seemed designed to shield the company from a possible lawsuit from Smartmatic. It took the form of an interview with Open Source Election Technology Institute director Eddie Perez. Dobbs himself did not conduct the interview, nor did he later embrace the conclusions by Perez that there had been no discernable instances of fraud that could have changed the results of the presidential election.

A spokesperson for Fox News told Yahoo News in a statement that the decision to cancel “Lou Dobbs Tonight” was in the works before the lawsuit brough by Smartmatic.

“As we said in October, FOX News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on FOX Business – this is part of those planned changes. A new 5 p.m. program will be announced in the near future,” the statement said.

The network also said it would contest the lawsuit brought by Smartmatic.

"We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend against this meritless lawsuit in court," the company said in a separate statement.

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Conservative group calls out Republicans by name in scathing new Fox News ad

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A conservative group is calling out members of the Republican Party by name for promoting “lies, violence and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” in a scathing new ad that will air on Fox News during “Hannity” in Washington, D.C. next week.

The spot from the Republican Accountability Project ― part of Defending Democracy Together, a never-Trump conservative group ― praises the members of the party who turned on former President Donald Trump after the violent insurrection carried out by his supporters in the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia speaks as Trump listens at a campaign rally in support of Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue on Jan. 4, 2021. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

But some members of the party still support Trump and they’ve attacked those who’ve stood up to the former president. Others have repeated Trump’s lies about the election.

The ad specifically names representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.):

The Republican Accountability Project maintains a “Hall of Shame” on its website featuring Republican lawmakers who “have made it clear that they cannot be trusted with power.” That list includes Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (“one of Trump’s most loyal enablers”) and Gaetz (“a Trump sycophant for as long as Trump’s been in office”).

The group also keeps a list of “Defenders of Democracy,” or the 10 members of the House who voted to impeach Trump.

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Josh Hawley ‘Created This Situation,’ According To His Mentor

Former Sen. John Danforth, a Republican, has no time for Hawley’s excuses.

Josh Hawley’s former political patron has no patience for the Missouri Republican’s effort to escape accountability for his role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

Hawley has gone on a media tour this week to claim he wasn’t trying to cancel Joe Biden’s voters when he objected to Congress certifying the election result, that he never intended for people to believe Donald Trump could remain president, and that a “liberal mob” is now trying to “muzzle” him just for doing his job.

But that’s all “baloney,” said John Danforth, who represented Missouri in the Senate from 1976 to 1995 and previously helped Hawley advance his career.

Hawley has repeatedly appeared on Fox News and Missouri radio. Danforth has shadowed him on MSNBC and Missouri radio as well.

“He was instrumental by his actions in creating perhaps the darkest day in American history. He brought it about,” the 84-year-old Republican said Thursday on Missouri radio station KMOX. “He said repeatedly that this election is in doubt and it’s going to be decided on this momentous day of Jan. 6, so he created this situation.”

Hawley was the first Senate Republican to say he would object to the certification, and in the days leading up to Jan. 6 said it was time to “stand up” and that the day’s events would determine the next president.

Two days before the riot, Hawley said Donald Trump’s fate “depends on what happens on Wednesday.”

As law enforcement continues to arrest suspects and investigate the ransacking of the Capitol, and the Senate weighs whether to convict Trump after the House impeached him for inciting the mob, Hawley is now the Republican most brazenly denying he had anything to do with it.

In his own interview on KMOX this week, Hawley said that it’s a “lie” from the “liberal mob” that he wanted to overturn the election. Host Mark Reardon, seemingly exasperated by Hawley’s refusal to acknowledge his role, at one point asked if Hawley at least agreed that the attack on the Capitol had not been a false flag attack by the supposedly fearsome anti-fascist group known as antifa, as some far-right lawmakers have claimed.

“And by the way, it wasn’t antifa, OK? Can we agree with that? It wasn’t antifa, was it?”

“I don’t know ― I don’t have any evidence that it was antifa,” Hawley said. “I think the criminal rioters ought to go to jail and be punished to the fullest extent of the law, just like the rioters in cities across this country all summer long.”

He then told Reardon, a conservative libertarian, “I would caution you, fight for the First Amendment here, don’t be part of the lie!”

“What am I lying about?” Reardon asked, seeming taken aback.

Another Missouri radio host this week, Pete Mundo of KCMO, practically begged Hawley to acknowledge that he’d hyped Jan. 6 as an opportunity to keep Trump in office.

“We had people every day calling up and saying, ‘Hey, Donald Trump’s still going to be president,’ and your name would obviously come up, doing this show in Kansas City,” Mundo said. “Do you look back on that time and regret misleading people in some way?”

“No. I didn’t mislead anybody. I was very careful ― very explicit about what I was doing,” Hawley said, going on to explain that all he wanted to do was get Congress to launch an investigation into election fraud before certifying the election result.

Here’s how that investigation would have played out: Once a special commission’s 10-day audit of the election had been completed, according to a summary of the proposed scheme from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), “individual states would evaluate the commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.”

In other words, the plan explicitly contemplated changing the result of the election ― but Hawley won’t admit it, no matter how obvious it is, no matter what he said before.

Almost immediately after the riot, Danforth said he regretted mentoring Hawley, which he reiterated this week.

“That sounds like a throwaway thing ― ‘You know last night I had the best dinner of my life,’ that kind of thing,” Danforth told KMOX. “But just thinking about it, it was the biggest mistake because it was the most consequential.”

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