FILE – In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
UPDATED 4:00 PM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020
Fox News found itself in hot water after Rudy Giuliani accused one of the network’s senior specialists of “spreading lies.” On Thursday, Giuliani tweeted, “I challenge Bryan Murphy to a debate on Fox on the lies he is spreading.”
Murphy is a political affairs specialist on the network’s research team. He recently wrote an internal memo titled “Ukraine Disinformation and the Trump Administration,” in which he questioned the credibility of some of the network’s top commentators and contributors. The memo was then leaked to the public, which prompted backlash.
Murphy accused Giuliani of having “high susceptibility to Ukrainian disinformation.” The former mayor responded by saying, “Fox owes us an opportunity to respond to this attack.”
“I can prove what I’m saying, can he?” asked Giuliani.
The memo went on to target network correspondent and investigative journalist John Solomon. Murphy said Solomon “uses unreliable sources, focuses on stories (that are) part of the disinformation campaign and also misrepresents his sources.”
The final two victims, couple Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova, are attorneys who frequently guest star on the network as commentators. Murphy argued they have ulterior financial motives related to their non-disclosure agreements.
Giuliani said if he gets the opportunity to debate, he may bring Toensing and DiGenova to support him. He added, “All facts are backed up by witnesses, documents and tapes.”