Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims

Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
File photo, a Dominion Voting Systems voting machine is seen in Atlanta. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: On Friday, Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing news network falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 presidential election.

It is the first defamation suit filed against a media organization by the voting company, which was a target of false, bizarre and misleading claims spread by Donald Trump and his allies in the aftermath of Trump’s election loss to Joe Biden, a Democrat. Those claims helped spur on rioters who stormed the United States Capitol on January 6 in a violent siege that left 5 people dead, including a Capitol police officer. The siege led to Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment.

Dominion Voting Systems argues that Fox News, which amplified inaccurate assertions that Dominion altered votes, “sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process,” AP reported citing to a copy of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit said: “The truth matters. Lies have consequences.”

It added that Fox sold a false story of voter fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion Voting in the process. If this case doesn’t rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does, the voting company said in the lawsuit.

Some Fox News on-air reporting segments have debunked some of the claims targeting the voting company.

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