Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims

Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims”

Still, some Fox News employees elevated false charges that Dominion had changed votes through algorithms in its voting machines that had been created in Venezuela to rig elections for the late dictator Hugo Chavez.

All three guests have appeared on Fox News, which has nationwide reach, to repeat the baseless claims of election fraud and spread false information about the integrity of Dominion machines. Those claims helped spur rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, which left five people dead and led to Trump's historic second impeachment.

Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox News on Friday, the Associated Press reported.

The network did not immediately respond to NPR's request for comment on the lawsuit.

Dominion earlier filed election-related defamation lawsuits against Trump affiliated attorneys Sydney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, as well as MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell. The cable news outlet, the suit alleges, falsely claimed that Dominion rigged the 2020 presidential election.

"So Fox set out to lure viewers back - including President Trump himself - by intentionally and falsely blaming Dominion for President Trump's loss by rigging the election".

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Concerning the lawsuit, Fox News said in a statement: "Fox News Media is proud of our 2020 election coverage, which stands in the highest tradition of American journalism, and will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court".

"Fox endorsed, repeated, and broadcast a series of verifiably false yet devastating lies about Dominion", the complaint states, including claims that the company's software manipulated the results of the 2020 vote. And the company has suffered "enormous and irreparable economic harm", lawyers said.

In apparent response to the growing number of defamation cases, conservative USA news outlets have begun to rely on prepared disclaimers or additional prerecorded programming to repudiate pro-Trump conspiracy theories spouted by guests and hosts.

Dominion also claims that Fox ratings and viewership were dropping at the time, so this provided them a scapegoat. To be clear, there was never any evidence to support any such claims, as Fox News and other right-wing media companies have belatedly been forced to acknowledge. The day after Smartmatic sued on February 4, Fox canceled the weekday program "Lou Dobbs Tonight". Unlike Dominion, Smartmatic's participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County.

"Dominion's contracts and prospects have come under increased pressure in a number of significant markets", Stephen Shackelford, partner at Susman Godfrey and one of Dominion's attorneys on the case against Fox News, told Insider in a Friday press conference. With Fox's global platform, an audience of hundreds of millions, and the inevitable and extensive republication and dissemination of the falsehoods through social media, these lies deeply damaged Dominion's once-thriving business. After the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election, viewers began fleeing Fox in favor of media outlets endorsing the lie that massive fraud caused President Trump to lose the election.

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