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Actual malice.

Reckless disregard for the truth.

And, no, Fox, you can’t just claim that you were simply reporting on Trump’s “stolen election” claims.

And, no, Murdoch, you can’t say that Fox did not endorse and promote this proven falsehood, and that it was only individual Fox anchors who embraced and advanced The Big Lie. You’re the boss, Rupert. Your anchors are the face of your operation. Your anchors ARE Fox. You knew they were lying. And you did not intervene. You did not put a stop to it, although you made statements in your deposition that you knew you should have. You knowingly permitted your anchors to go rogue. That makes their willful untruths the “official” position of Fox News. That’s not only professional negligence, it’s the biggest and most damaging act of corporate treason in American history.  You lit the country on fire. You fanned the flames. Like deranged arsonists, you then gleefully stood by and watched as your handiwork burned our institutions to the ground. You literally fueled and supported an attempt to overturn a free and fair election and overthrow the government of the United States. It was nothing short of that.

That’s the “t-word.”

Forget Dominion’s defamation suit. That’s a wrap.

Under American media law, the bar to win a defamation case is set higher than a Chinese spy balloon. But in this case, it has been cleared with plenty of head room

Let’s go through the checklist. In order to win a defamation suit, plaintiff has to prove that defendants:

  • Lied.  Check
  • Knew they were lying. Check.
  • Persisted in lying, even after they knew they were lying. Check.
  • Failed to retract the lies. Check.
  • Inflicted actual damage to plaintiff. Check.
  • Acted with actual malice. Check.


This suit is a layup. And media defamation suits are virtually never layups.

This ought to make you as angry as anything you have seen in our country in your lifetime, regardless of your age.

But the Cultist Sheep who most need to learn this painful lesson will never even enter the classroom. They will continue their cowardly, insulated allegiance to Fox, to the exclusion of facts. And Fox will continue to lie. Because lying is at the core of Fox’s “business model,” and will be as long as Fox is in business. (Hey, a boy can dream, can’t he?)

Here’s the Fox version of “The dog ate my homework,” alibi.

“Our viewers made us lie. They forced us to lie. If we didn’t lie and keep lying, we’d have lost the farm to Newsmax. What the hell were we supposed to do?”

You were supposed to tell the truth. Because you knew the truth. And you never stopped lying. They lied to you. And now they’re blaming you. That ought to piss you off.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.