Did Murdochs Push Election Fraud Claims? Dominion Sues Fox Corp. To Find Out | #phishing | #scams


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Dominion Voting Systems sued Fox Corporation and Fox Broadcasting for defamation this week in an effort to discover what role Chairman Rupert Murdoch and son Lachlan played in pushing fraud claims about the company’s voting machines, after Fox News allegedly tried to shield the Murdochs from liability when Dominion sued the right-leaning news network earlier this year.

Key Facts

The lawsuit, filed in Delaware state court Monday and first reported Wednesday by Bloomberg, alleges Fox Corporation executives including the Murdochs “exerted direct control over Fox News’ programming decisions” in the aftermath of the election, namely by making false claims tying Dominion’s machines to voter fraud.

Dominion sued Fox News for defamation in March, but alleges that as part of that lawsuit, Fox News has “disclaimed any responsibility” for Fox Corporation and Broadcasting’s actions and refused to turn over documents from them or the Murdochs, necessitating the second lawsuit “to hold them liable.”

Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, who serves as Fox Corporation’s CEO, “[play] a central and public role in the management and oversight of Fox News” and so would have been responsible for any lies about Dominion aired on the network, the lawsuit alleges, also noting Rupert’s reported friendship with former President Donald Trump.

The Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal disavowed the fraud claims even as Fox News pushed them, the lawsuit notes as alleged evidence the Murdochs were aware Fox’s reporting on Dominion was false, and Dominion points out Fox News changed its website after Dominion’s first lawsuit was filed to no longer list the Murdochs as part of the network’s “Executive Staff.”

Dominion alleges Fox made the fraud allegations despite knowing they were false in order to bolster ratings and appeal to its right-wing base, as the network faced competition from Newsmax and One America News Network.

Fox Corporation denied the allegations in a statement to Bloomberg, and Fox News has moved to dismiss the lawsuit against it, claiming its reporting about Dominion is protected under the First Amendment.

Big Number

More than $1.6 billion. That’s approximately how much Dominion is asking for in damages from Fox to compensate for lost profits, security costs and other expenses, along with an unspecified amount in punitive damages.

Crucial Quote

“Fox  Corporation—through  its  employees, officers,  and  directors—exercised  control  over … the decision to publish these defamatory broadcasts and to do so knowing they were false or in reckless disregard of the truth,” the lawsuit alleges.

Chief Critic

“Fox is proud of our 2020 election coverage, which stands in the highest tradition of American journalism, and we will continue to vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court,” Fox Corporation said in a statement, claiming the second lawsuit “changes nothing of substance in this case.”

Key Background

Dominion has now filed eight defamation lawsuits in the aftermath of the 2020 election against right-wing entities who have pushed false claims about the company’s machines, which the company argues has caused it and its employees significant harm. In addition to the two Fox lawsuits, Dominion has also sued Newsmax; OANN and two of its anchors; far-right attorneys Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani; MyPillow and CEO Mike Lindell and former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne. Rival voting company Smartmatic has also sued Fox News and several of its anchors for false fraud claims involving its voting machines, along with Powell, Giuliani, Newsmax and OANN. Fox News has denied all the claims against it, and a motion to dismiss Dominion’s first lawsuit against the network is still pending after a court heard the case in June.

Further Reading

Dominion Voting Sues Fox, Seeking Election Evidence From Murdochs (Bloomberg)

Fox News Wants ‘Blank Check’ to Broadcast Lies, Dominion Tells Judge (Bloomberg)

Fox News Sued By Dominion Voting For Defamation Over Election Conspiracy (Forbes)

After Lawsuits Against Newsmax And OANN, Here’s Who Dominion And Smartmatic Have Sued So Far—And Who Could Be Next (Forbes)



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