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Fox Hosts' Texts To White House Official Contradict Coverage Of Jan. 6 Capitol Siege

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Fox Hosts' Texts To White House Official Contradict Coverage Of Jan. 6 Capitol Siege

A political display is posted on the outside of the Fox News headquarters on 6th Avenue in New York July 21, 2020. - A female former producer at Fox News and another woman who appeared frequently as an on-air commentator on the network filed a civil lawsuit on July 20, 2020 accusing former longtime anchor Ed Henry of rape, sexual misconduct and harassment. Prominent Fox News commentators Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Howard Kurtz are also named as defendants in the suit and are accused of sexual misconduct. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

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On Jan. 6, three Fox News hosts desperately urged former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to get the president to tell supporters to stop attacking the Capitol building.

The texts, which were made public this week as the House of Representatives voted to hold Meadows in contempt, reveal a starkly different message than the one those same Fox hosts delivered to their audiences about the insurrection.

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik and investigative correspondent Tom Dreisbach discuss the gap between Fox's messaging behind closed doors and in front of the camera.

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