Paul Ryan was grilled for being on the Fox panel when voter fraud was revealed


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Last week, former House Speaker Paul Ryan was questioned about his decision to remain on the board of Fox News’ parent company, after court documents showed the right-wing network knowingly peddled election lies to its audience.

In an interview conducted by conservative commentator Charlie Sykes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and published Tuesday on The Bulwark Podcast, Ryan was asked how he could engage with a company that “pumps out toxic sludge, racism, misinformation and attacks on democracy. »

“Do you have any responsibility?” Sykes asked.

“I will. I have an obligation to offer my opinion and my point of view, and I do that, but I’m not going to go on TV and do that, okay. So I often offer my perspective, my opinion,” Ryan replied. “I’ll leave it at that.”

Sykes continued to pressure Ryan.

Is there a red line for you when you say “I can’t associate with a company that does this”?

Ryan declined to answer the question directly. Instead, Ryan said, “I want to see the conservative movement at this point. I think Fox is a big part of the constellation of the conservative movement.

“Is it a solution or a problem?” Sykes asked.

Ryan said he believes Fox News “has to be part of the solution if we’re going to solve a problem in the conservative movement.”

“Because there’s no bigger platform in America,” Ryan said. “So I think the conservative movement is going through a lot of turmoil and a lot of turmoil, and I don’t like where it is right now.”

Ryan and other Fox executives have come under intense scrutiny for not doing enough to prevent Fox News executives from knowingly influencing lies about the 2020 election. to millions of online viewers.

Dominion Voting Systems’ latest legal filing on Monday revealed that Ryan pleaded behind the scenes with Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son, Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch, to stop spreading false claims about Trump’s election. Fox News has an audience of millions. Ryan said Fox News should “get away from Donald Trump” and “stop telling election lies,” according to records found in the case.

But Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, a distinguished professor and senior associate dean for leadership studies at the Yale School of Management, told CNN that Ryan’s actions were not enough.

Clarification: This story has been updated to note that the podcast was live on Tuesday but was recorded last week.

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