Fox News Faces Lawsuit Over Perpetuated Lies About Election Fraud
On March 8th, a New York state judge said that Smartmatic, a multinational company that builds and implements electronic voting systems, could pursue its $2.7 billion defamation case against Fox News for falsely accusing Smatmatic of rigging the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
The Florida-based company claims that Fox News purposefully and willfully turned Smartmatic into a “Villain” in order to “boost ratings, cater to Trump supporters, and avoid losing viewers to smaller, right-wing networks Newsmax and One America News.”
In their motions to dismiss the case, Fox cited First Amendment protections. However, there is a legal division between Freedom of Speech and defamation.
The state judge specifically talked about statements made by Tucker Carlson, one of the most popular Fox News hosts, who had stated on his show that the allegations against Smartmatic were false. The state judge stated that many of Tucker’s comments were the most “strongly in favor of a possible finding that there is a substantial basis that Fox News acted with actual malice” against Smartmatic, on the basis that indicate that Fox News knew it was perpetuating fake news against the company.
Smartmatic became the second voting company to file a defamation lawsuit around the 2020 election back on February 4th, 2021. Dominion Voting filed a lawsuit against Fox News back in March 2021 for defamation over election conspiracy. A Delaware state judge also denied Fox’s motion to dismiss the case in December.
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