A former reporter for Fox News is suing the network alleging discrimination and retaliation after he was fired for speaking out against Fox’s “false coverage” of the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 riot at the Capitol, the New York Times reported.
Jason Donner, who worked for 12 years as a reporter and producer at Fox, claimed that he was terminated by the network after he repeatedly raised concerns with management about false statements that were made on the air.
Donner initially filed suit on September 27 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. But the lawsuit was transferred to the US District Court for Washington DC last Monday.
Donner, who covered Capitol Hill for the network since 2018, said in his complaint that Fox was attempting to appease Trump supporters when the network aired the false narrative that the 2020 election was rigged, creating a toxic work environment for reporters who were trying to “report truthfully.”
Donner was among the reporters working inside the Capitol when rioters stormed the building on January 6, 2021. According to the complaint, Donner was taking refuge in news booths along with other Capitol Hill reporters during the riot when he heard that Fox reported that the riot was “peaceful.”
He contacted the Fox control room to report that rioters were storming the building, tear gas was being fired, and shots had been reported. He told the control room that Fox’s false reports were “gonna get us all killed,” the complaint said.
According to the lawsuit, Donner complained to his managers about Fox’s “lack of support” following the riot, describing it as “demoralizing” that on-air hosts, including former Fox host Tucker Carlson, were allowed to “gaslight the country with false information.”
Donner alleges in his complaint that he was fired from Fox two days after he called in sick on September 26, 2022. Fox claimed that he was terminated because he was “late for work and did not show up for work.”
The complaint does not specify how much Donner is seeking for damages.