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Feb 21, 2023

“You can’t handle the truth!” That’s the famous line spoken from the witness stand by Jack Nicholson in his portrayal of Colonel Nathan Jessup in the 1992 hit movie, “A Few Good Men.”  That was thirty years ago, in a make-believe story of a governmental cover up, and long before the line became so true for a big chunk of Americans.

In fact, Fox News, the most watched cable “news” network in the country, believes that telling the truth to its viewers is just too big a risk to their bottom line to consider actually doing it. That became clear last week through discovery in the Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox.

Internal communications show that the channel’s biggest personalities and its owner, Rupert Murdoch, knew the now infamous “big lie” about election fraud in 2020 was not true. But within a week of the election the channel also knew its viewers didn’t want to hear the truth about it and have since spent more than two years energetically perpetuating that lie.  

Mike Pence knows that the voters he needs are the same people Fox News fears. What really is the difference between voters, constituents and customers anyway? In Pence’s case, that question isn’t even sarcastic. 

When the former Indiana governor became the vice president in 2017, he was far from wealthy. In June of 2021, he purchased a $1.93 million home in Carmel. He also signed a book deal reportedly worth between $3 million and $4 million. Being the VP has blessed Pence with a profitable platform, albeit, one with a rather troubling need. 

Pence’s book buying customers apparently need to be lied to. And in grand fashion. And in the midst of facts and truths that engulf them. At least that’s what Pence appears to think. 

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