Karma hit Fox News for their amplification of lies that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump in the form of an enormous $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems on Friday, which alleges that Fox’s inaccuracies have harmed Dominion’s bottom line and reputation.
According to the Associated Press (AP) the Dominion lawsuit states:
“The truth matters. Lies have consequences. Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process. If this case does not rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does.”
While Fox and some of its most recognizable hosts — Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham — eagerly spread false information about Dominion’s voting machines and election software, no proof was ever provided to support those specious claims, which later resulted in the conservative network having to retract their reports when it became clear that the 2020 election was one of the most secure in U.S. history.
AP notes that even members of Trump’s own administration disagreed with the former president’s constant carping about the 2020 vote:
“There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, a fact that a range of election officials across the country — and even Trump’s attorney general, William Barr — have confirmed. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key battleground states crucial to Biden’s victory, also vouched for the integrity of the elections in their states. Nearly all the legal challenges from Trump and his allies were dismissed by judges, including two tossed by the Supreme Court, which has three Trump-nominated justices.”
Dominion also claims in their court filing that they repeatedly attempted to get Fox to allow them to counter the accusations against them by appearing on the network, but they were ignored.
As a result of Fox’s false reporting, Dominion also claims, its employees were subjected to harassment and some even received death threats. The company also reports that it has suffered “enormous and irreparable economic harm” from Fox’s attacks.
Even though Friday’s filing by Dominion doesn’t include individual Fox personalities, attorneys for the company made clear it they haven’t ruled out such legal action.
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