- Fox News has asked a judge to dismiss a $ 2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against election technology company Smartmatic.
- According to Fox, he “fairly reports and comments on competing claims in an election with sharply controversial and active litigation.”
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Fox News on Monday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Smartmatic, a voting technology company, accusing it of irreparably damaging the company and “damaging democracy worldwide.”
Asking the judge to dismiss a $ 2.7 billion lawsuit against some Fox News hosts and Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani’s election conspiracy theorists – Fox News says it simply offers “indisputably newsworthy information” to the public.
“The logic of Smartmatic’s position would be that the press should censor all debates in the most famous public debates to avoid taking into account actual malice, even if objectively newsworthy third parties have made statements in live television interviews,” Fox’s lawyers argued. .
In a defamation lawsuit, Smartmatic claimed that Fox and other defendants had invented the story that the election was stolen from Donald Trump and made Smartmatic a “villain in their history.”
Fox said it acted to dismiss the Smartmatic lawsuit because it was “uninteresting” and defended its report on the U.S. presidential election.
“If the first amendment means anything, it means that Fox cannot be held accountable for fairly reporting and commenting on competing allegations in a heated and active litigation election,” he said in a statement.
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In his lawsuit, Smartmatic claimed more than $ 2.7 billion in damages and penalties. He also calls on the defendants to withdraw the false allegations.
Fox said he cannot be held responsible for all aspects of a “deep debate of national significance.”
“When a sitting president and his deputies claim to have cheated an election, the public has a right to know what they are saying, ‘stop it completely.’
In the lawsuit, hosts Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro and Lou Dobbs were named as individual defendants. Days after the announcement, the Fox Business Network canceled Dobbs’ program, saying the move was part of a “planned change.”
After the election, Trump and some of his supporters spread false allegations about election fraud, including that Smartmatic manipulated the results.
In December, Smartmatic demanded that Fox News withdraw the allegations made by its employees and guests, but Fox did not comply but broadcast an interview with an external expert in the program of the three presenters who said there was no evidence to support claims against Smartmatic.