A number of Fox News’ top anchors, including Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, have been asked to testify in a significant defamation lawsuit Dominion Voting Systems has filed against the network.
The case centers on how the network spread rumors and conspiracies about the 2020 election, notably the idea that Dominion’s voting machines were purposefully hacked in a variety of improbable ways to rig the election in favor of Joe Biden.
According to The New York Times, Mr. Carlson, Mr. Hannity, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy, and several producers are among those who have been ordered to appear in the case.
Dominion is suing Fox for $1.6 billion, claiming that the network “decided to support the narrative of former President Trump after Trump’s criticism of Fox hurt its stock and viewership.”
According to Chris Stirewalt, a former political editor at the network, calling Arizona for Joe Biden on election night angered Mr. Trump and his supporters to the point where his position there became untenable. This choice put the network ahead of any other major opponent.
The then-president started complaining that Fox News was proving to be too loyal after the call, which came as Mr. Trump was just starting his efforts to push the false claim that the election was stolen, and suggested his supporters turn their TVs to less popular, more zealously pro-Trump networks like OAN and Newsmax.
Dominion is suing numerous people associated with Donald Trump for their allegations made during the election, including that they used technology created dishonestly under Hugo Chavez’s Venezuelan government (who died in 2013).
Sidney Powell, who promoted the Venezuela narrative in her barrage of unsuccessful “Kraken” cases filed in courts around the US, and Rudy Giuliani, who the business claims ran “a viral disinformation campaign” against it, are among others named in other lawsuits.
Numerous lawsuits involving misinformation have been brought against Fox News in recent years. The most well-known case included a claim made by the parents of Seth Rich, a DNC employee who was killed in Washington, DC, in 2016 and whose passing contributed to a Clinton-related theory that Fox News promoted on some of its most popular programs.
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