DOMINION VOTING SUES FOX NEWS FOR $1.6-B OVER 2020 ELECTION CLAIMS
Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News on Friday (Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Manila), arguing the cable news giant, in an effort to boost faltering ratings, falsely claimed that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election, Colleen Long reported for the Associated Press (AP.)
The lawsuit is part of a growing body of legal action filed by the voting company and other targets of misleading, false and bizarre claims spread by President Donald Trump and his allies in the aftermath of Trump’s huge election loss to Joe Biden.
Those claims helped spur on rioters who stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 in a violent siege that left five people dead, including a police officer. The siege led to Trump’s historic second impeachment. Trump claims the riot posed no threat despite the deaths of five people, including a police officer.
Dominion argues that Fox News, which amplified inaccurate assertions that Dominion altered votes, “sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process,” according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by AP. “The truth matters. Lies have consequences,” the lawsuit said.
There was no known 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.