Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox News for spreading electoral conspiracy theories

Dominion says it cannot rule out suing Donald Trump himself.

Dominion Voting Systems has filed another defamation lawsuit, this time against Fox News.

According to Business Insider, Dominion has accused Fox of making and spreading unfounded allegations about the company’s involvement in the 2020 general election.

Dominion offers voting machines as well as on-site machine operators. During the 2020 presidential election, many pro-Trump organizations and individuals accused the company of covertly supporting a Biden victory.

When former President Donald Trump was found to have lost the election, conspiracy theories about Dominion surfaced.

One of the most popular right-wing conspiracy theories accused Dominion of converting votes for Trump into votes for Joe Biden.

Dominion, according to conspiracy theorists, has already perfected a flip-and-switch system in collaboration with the regime of the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

Interestingly, this theory depends on Dominion owning another voting technology, Smartmatic.

A 2016 picture of a Dropbox ballot box in Boulder County, Colorado. Image via Wikimedia Commons via Flickr / User: pasa47. (CCA-BY-2.0).

However, Smartmatic does not own a Dominion.

During and after the election, Fox News gave hosts and guests airtime that further propagated the conspiracy theory. In his lawsuit, Dominion accuses Fox of being “ruthless.” [disregarding] the truth ”in its efforts to collect views and encourage conservative outrage.

Dominion notes that as Fox and his allies continued to spread rumors, company executives and employees received death threats from Trump supporters.

“The truth is important. Lies have consequences, ”Dominion attorneys wrote in court documents. “Fox sold a false story of electoral fraud for its own commercial purposes, seriously injuring Dominion in the process.”

“If this case does not lead to defamation by a broadcaster, it will not do anything,” the lawsuit said.

Fox has historically countered all allegations that its anchors and hosts defamed election companies – including Dominion and Smartmatic, the latter of which have filed their own lawsuit against Fox News.

In response to Smartmatic’s claim, Fox enforced the constitutional rights of its broadcasters.

“This lawsuit is at the heart of the news media’s First Amendment mission to raise awareness on matters of public concern,” Fox attorneys wrote.

In a press release, Fox claimed it is “proud of our 2020 election coverage, which is in the highest tradition of American journalism and will vigorously defend itself against this unsubstantiated lawsuit in court.”

Tom Clare, a Dominion attorney, told Axios the company was still considering separate lawsuits against Fox personalities. Axios notes that the first lawsuit against Fox identified Fox hosts Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanne Pirro as defendants.

Clare also suggested that Dominion could bring a lawsuit against Donald Trump itself.

“We haven’t excluded anyone,” Clare told Axios.

“If the evidence leads us to believe we have strong claims,” ​​he added, “we’ll look into that.”

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