Fox News Defamation Lawsuit

By Tara Thompson

Dominion, an election technology company, recently brought its lawsuit against Fox News and Fox Business in March 2021. They argued Fox’s hosts pushed false claims that Dominion’s voting machines were rigged in the 2020 presidential election. 

Fox has denied the claims made by Dominion and said it is protected by the First Amendment, and has opposed the amount of the damages that Dominion is seeking. The Delaware judge overseeing the case ruled the trial was necessary, and recently said it would be up to a jury to decide the matter. 

Neither side has shown signs of wanting to settle the case so far and the two parties have only met at a court-ordered meeting once. According to CNBC, the biggest potential consequence for Fox would be a financial hit, they will have to pay to defend themselves against the claims and, if they lose, possible damages to Dominion with upwards of $1.6 billion.

Recent news shows that Fox News’ company settled Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation lawsuit for $787.5 million. “FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” the company said in a statement. “We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.” The news of Carlson’s departure came on the same day that CNN anchor Don Lemon said he had been fired from the network and one day after NBCUniversal announced that CEO Jeff Shell was “dismissed” for having an inappropriate relationship with an employee. 

It’s safe to say that Fox News’ will be losing a large percentage of their viewers due to Carlson and Shell leaving, as well as losing a very large sum of money for production costs. 

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