Fox broadcasts are defamation according to one of the accusers
The Fox News Case for False Voting Machines is an Effort to Prevent Election Fraud: The Case of Rupert Murdoch
Conservative TV darlings Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and a slew of other Fox News stars and executives, including the network’s 92-year-old owner Rupert Murdoch, may soon have their days in court in what stands to be the biggest media trial since the 1980s.
The judge has ruled that election- fraud claims Fox broadcast in November and December were false, but that doesn’t mean the attorneys can still prove malice because they failed to prove reckless disregard for the truth.
Dominion alleges that Fox hosts and executives knew that those claims about its voting machines were false – or, at the very least, acted with reckless disregard for the truth – in a bid to rescue the network’s ratings. After being the first network to call the pivotal state of Arizona for Biden on election night, Fox News saw its audience numbers plummet. (Many of its viewers were Trump supporters.)
It’s not known who is responsible for allowing defamatory statements on air at Fox News or Fox Corp. Fox is sure to hammer on both points during the trial.
The First Amendment doesn’t protect broadcasters that recklessly spread lies, according to a statement shared with NPR.
The “actual malice” standard is high. It’s meant to protect media outlets from being punished for reporting critically on powerful figures, including corporations and the government.
Fox News and the 2020 Election: A High-Stakes Defamation Against Donald Trump and his Campaigning for Changes in the Vote
In a pre-trial ruling this month, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis asserted there is no question that the contested statements Fox aired about Dominion were false.
Legal documents reveal that Fox executives and the hosts of shows knew the claims they made on air were false.
Two guests were Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, and Sidney Powell, a Trump ally. There have been no rulings in either of the Dominion lawsuits.
“The whole thing seems insane to me, and Sidney Powell won’t release the evidence. “Which I hate”, was the text Carlson sent to Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity after the election.
Murdoch was asked by a lawyer if or not he could have ordered Scott to stop hosting Powell and Giuliani on Fox.
The network’s attorneys maintained that the election-technology company’s worth isn’t much higher than what was presented to the court.
According to the lawsuit, all 20 statements took place between November 8, 2020, and January 26, 2021, and came in the form of on-air comments from Fox hosts Jeanine Pirro, Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo; interviews with prominent pro-Trump election deniers Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Lindell; and several of Dobbs’ tweets.
Powell said he can’t wait to present all of the evidence he’s collected, starting with the fact that it was created to make altered votes in Venezuela for Hugo Chavez and then shipped internationally to manipulate votes in other countries.
The judge overseeing the defamation trial has already ruled that these allegations were false, saying it is “CRYSTAL clear that none of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true.”
The jury will have to determine if the statements were made with malice or reckless disregard for the truth, which is a high bar. Fox says that the amount of damages asked for is wildly overblown.
A Key False Quotient: The Hacker-Injector, the Cyber Pearl Harbor, and the Clinton-Biden Injector
Key false quote: “The machine ran an algorithm that shaved votes from Trump and awarded them to Biden,” Powell said. They used machines to trash votes that should have been given to President Trump. They used a machine to inject votes for Mr. Biden.
Giuliani said that the machine was created to steal elections and was used in states that are involved.
“If every outlet in the country says there is no evidence, and he is making fraudulent statements, then he is doing something wrong.” No. I have the evidence that supports it. I dare people to put it on. I think it will get out quicker than before because it will be sued by me. Lindell said they don’t want to talk about it.
Some governors and Secretaries of State bought into the company in order to get voting machines that would either help them win the election or cost them their jobs.
Key false quote: “Let me make you an offer, very straightforwardly,” Dobbs said. We will present your evidence that supports your claim that this was a Cyber Pearl Harbor. We have tremendous evidence already … of fraud in this election, but I will be glad to put forward on this broadcast whatever evidence you have, and we’ll be glad to do it immediately.”
It was created for the purpose of altering votes and securing the reelection of Hugo Chavez as well as that of another Latin American leader, Venezuela’s Nicolas Ramos. Powell said that they had used it in Argentina. “There is an American citizen who has exported it to other countries and it is one huge, huge criminal conspiracy that should be investigated by military intelligence for its national security implications.”
Key false quote: “Let me put it this way, there are thousands of people in federal prisons on far less evidence of criminal conduct than we have already against the Smartmatic and Dominion Systems companies,” Powell said.
Key false quote: “I’ve just gotten some stunning evidence from a firsthand witness, a high-ranking military officer, who was present when Smartmatic was designed in a way that – and I’m going to just read to you some of these statements, if you don’t mind, so I get them exactly right,” Powell said.
“Give us your sense of who is driving all of this,” Dobbs asked Phil Waldron, a Trump supporter who worked with Powell and others to spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
Motion Supervisory Control: A Demonstration of the Existence of an Embedded Controller in a Dominion Machine
“We have technical presentations that prove there is an embedded controller in every Dominion machine, that allows an election supervisor to move votes from one candidate to another,” the document stated.