Fox embraced and broadcast “devastating lies” about Dominion in order to keep viewers from fleeing to more conservative news outlets that were giving unwavering support to Trump’s false claims of election fraud, Dominion said in the complaint filed in state court in Delaware.
“Even though the lies about Dominion were inherently implausible and verifiably false when first made, Fox elevated and lent credibility to these lies on the airwaves of Fox, which in turn fueled the recirculation of those lies through digital and social media,” Dominion said in the complaint.
“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,” the company said in an emailed statement.
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‘No Reasonable Person’
It’s the latest defamation suit by Dominion, which has already sued Trump lawyer
Dominion has also raised the possibility of suing Trump himself. In December, it sent a letter to the White House asking that documents be preserved for possible future litigation. It sent similar letters to Fox News and competing conservative media outlets like One America News and
Fox certainly has the deepest pockets of the defendants Dominion has targeted so far -- Fox Corp. had revenue of around $12 billion last year and Chairman
“The disinformation campaign waged against our company has caused us severe damage and undermined trust in American democratic institutions,” Dominion CEO John Poulos said in a statement. “These lies also have threatened the personal safety of our employees and customers.”
Fox News and some of its anchors
Dominion alleges Fox began spreading the voter-fraud lies after incurring Trump’s wrath for being the first network to call the battleground state of Arizona and subsequently the election for
“In the face of intense backlash and viewers beginning to flee to rival networks, Fox understood that it needed to embrace and amplify the lies that had begun to circulate about Dominion,” the complaint says.
The lies were spread by Fox’s on-air personalities
According to Dominion’s complaint, Fox knew the surge in mail-in voting due to the pandemic would likely help Biden and spent “considerable airtime” before the election looking for ways to taint absentee ballots with fraud. Dominion claims Fox undertook the effort because Trump had made it clear that his supporters needed to echo his false claims of voter fraud “or face his wrath.” That effort started even before Dominion became the focus of the claims.
“The tone and tenor was clear: supporters of President Trump -- and President Trump himself -- were looking for a scapegoat,” Dominion said in the lawsuit. “And as the days and weeks that followed made clear, Fox was happy to oblige.”
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