“Diana Falzone, who often covered the entertainment industry, had obtained proof that Trump had engaged in a sexual relationship in 2006 with a pornographic film actress calling herself Stormy Daniels,” writes Mayers. She says the former Fox News reporter even confirmed it with Gina Rodriguez, Daniels’ manager at the time, and Daniels’ former husband, Mike Moz. Falzone had collected emails that detailed a proposed cash settlement between the actress’s attorney and Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen as well as a nondisclosure agreement. “Falzone had even seen the contract,” Mayer writes.
But Fox never ran Falzone’s story. After “one noncommittal answer after another from her editors,” Falzone was reportedly contacted by Ken LaCorte, head of FoxNews.com at the time, who reportedly told her: “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert [Murdoch] wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.” However, Mayer acknowledges that “LaCorte denies telling Falzone this, but one of Falzone’s colleagues confirms having heard her account at the time.”
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