June 25, 2021

Fox pursues dismissal of Smartmatic lawsuit

In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, a number of individuals in the media and lawyers affiliated with former President Donald Trump pushed claims that voting software companies purposely rigged the election in then-candidate Joe Biden’s favor, which resulted in those companies filing billion-dollar-level lawsuits.

According to the Washington Examiner, Fox News was recently named as a defendant in a $2.7 billion lawsuit filed by Smartmatic, which also named several personalities at Fox News as co-defendants. But on Monday night, it was reported that Fox News’s lawyers are already pushing to have the massive lawsuit dismissed. 

In the aftermath of the election, the right-leaning cable news network dedicated a fair amount of airtime to various pundits and lawyers who claimed that the voting machines were rigged, which the companies behind those machines obviously didn’t appreciate.

But Fox News is now claiming that the lawsuit is a clear violation of the First Amendment, claiming that the suit is meant to “stifle debate and chill vital First Amendment activities.”

“This suit strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Smartmatic’s theory is fundamentally incompatible with the reality of the modern news network and deeply rooted principles of free speech law,” said Kirkland & Ellis partner Paul Clement, an attorney representing Fox News.

A spokesperson for Fox News echoed that sentiment, calling the lawsuit “meritless” and adding that the media outlet shouldn’t be held accountable for  “commenting on competing allegations in a hotly contested and actively litigated election.”

Several high-profile Fox News anchors and hosts were named in the suit, including Judge Jeanine Pirro, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo and Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, whose show was canceled just a few days after the announcement of the lawsuit. Dobbs’ show was the highest-rated on Fox Business.

Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was also named in the suit, which came less than a month after being named in a similar-sized lawsuit filed against him by Dominion Voting Systems, according to the Associated Press.

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92 Responses

    1. and don’t forget our good lib. friend Chris Wallace – he loved to bash our President. I like Juan personally but do wish they’d keep his politically corny comments to a minimum. I know, I know – they have to have token dems – but I do not believe even he believes what he’s saying.
      Now the liberals that they do interview, say on Tucker, are well treated and give thoughtful comments – we appreciate that.

  1. Bring back Lou Dobbs, and get rid of juan williams, Brett Beare, Chris Wallace, Sandra Smith, Neal , and many others. I want Trish Reagan back also. She told it like it is. If this continues, I will never watch Fox again.

    1. Can not forget Cavuto ,Marie Harf , Jessica Tarlov ,and the rest of these elitist, communist, so called journalists, that I refuse to watch ,I stick to the night shift ,it is a matter of time before they come after Tucker ,Hannity ,Ingraham ,Bartiromo and the few remaining patriots they still have at their communist network

      1. Pray for Tucker, Hannity and Laura – for them personally and that they can remain in Fox – otherwise Fox is done. Really done. And so sad. We need truth sayers.

  2. FOX News wants the suit dropped based on 1st Amendment rights, but FOX fired Lou Dobbs for reporting the same news that FOX says is their 1st Amendment right. What about Lou Dobbs FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

    FOX IS GOING DOWN HILL FASTER THAN A SNOWMOBILE ON MT. EVEREST!

  3. Another news network owned by rich scumbags only interested in lining their pockets not about delivering the truth!

  4. I don’t watch Fox except for some of the night shows. And very seldom watch them because I watch newsmax most of the time

  5. Plus this ridiculous impeachment farce – really should talk about the riots STILL taking place in Portland, Seattles, etc. They have absolutely ruined Portland – heart-breaking for sure. We used to love that city.

  6. Dropping Lou Dobbs is a very big mistake!! I did watch FBN every night, I will still view Kennedy and later FNC. Kudlow will not be a good replacement!!!

  7. It seems that Fox is slowly getting rid of conservative news people. Any more and there will be no Fox news. We already have enough liberal crap on TV as it is.

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