Fox News continues to learn expensive, hard lessons after firing its legendary top primetime performer, Tucker Carlson, and taking a massive settlement loss in the Dominion lawsuit.
A bombshell Rolling Stone report over the weekend revealed that the former cable news powerhouse is still experiencing fallout from the firing and the recent Dominion lawsuit settlement. The network's latest cost-cutting measure included terminating its investigative team.
"The rank and file journalists are getting let go. Meanwhile, upper management are sitting pretty while they are the execs responsible for the Dominion debacle," one anonymous Fox employee told Rolling Stone, while confirming the investigative unit has been let go. "We are the sacrificial lambs."
Another anonymous Fox staffer told the outlet that "[layoffs] have happened." That person indicated they believe layoffs will continue to happen.
Rolling Stone cited a Fox employee as stating, "The outrage is that Suzanne Scott and Maria Bartiromo keep their jobs," adding, “Meanwhile the journalists get let go. We are in shock."
Scott and Bartirimo were named in the lawsuit and played a significant role in why Dominion initiated the lawsuit in the first place.
Fox News laid off its entire investigative unit of reporters one month after the cable news company settled with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million, a report said. https://t.co/YrAkoIZcYE
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 20, 2023
Notably, the outlet cited a former Fox News "talent" who spilled the beans on what they believe is taking place behind the scenes at the network currently.
"I think producers, management, et cetera [are being laid-off]," the unnamed person said. "They are trying to get money off the books before June 30. They have to save money because of the [Dominion] lawsuit."
Incredibly, the New York Daily News reported that the layoffs, according to its source, is not related to the Dominion lawsuit settlement, which set the network back some $787 million.
The outlet reported:
The latest moves regarding the unit have “nothing to do with Dominion,” a source with knowledge of the situation said, adding that the unit was realigned, not dissolved.
"There were three employees in the seven-person unit impacted, while four employees were offered different positions within the company," a source reportedly the New York Daily News, countering Rolling Stone's sources.
While it's unclear who's lying and who's telling the truth, many social media users noted that Fox News would likely attempt to downplay any behind-the-curtains crises while the network figures out how to pay its legal bills and make up for a drastic viewership drop in the wake of Carlson's firing.
Only time will tell, but it appears as if Fox News could look shockingly different in the near future. And not in a good way.