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Fox News, On-Air Hosts Slammed With $2.7 Billion Defamation Suit

Fox News, On-Air Hosts Slammed With $2.7 Billion Defamation Suit

Voting machine manufacturer Smartmatic on Thursday slapped a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit on Fox News, on-air personalities Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, Jeannine Pirro and frequent guests Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, citing comments made on the network that suggested the company participated in fraud during the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Filed in the Supreme Court of the State New York, the suit alleges the defendants engaged in defamation and disparagement and fomenting a “disinformation campaign against Smartmatic.” In announcing the lawsuit, the company’s CEO Antonio Mugica said, “One of the biggest challenges in the Information Age is disinformation. Fox is responsible for this disinformation campaign, which has damaged democracy worldwide and irreparably harmed Smartmatic and other stakeholders who contribute to modern elections.

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Smartmatic began to push back against the Fox election conspiracy narrative in December, warning it to cease and desist. The network subsequently aired disclaimers on several shows designed to counteract the disinformation about the company but apparently that was an insufficient response.

The introduction of the lawsuit is a masterful piece of writing:

“The Earth is round. Two plus two equals four. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the 2020 election for President and Vice President of the United States. The election was not stolen, rigged, or fixed. These are facts. They are demonstrable and irrefutable.”

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The defendants, it continues, “knew the election was not stolen. They knew the election was not rigged or fixed. They knew these truths just as they knew the Earth is round and two plus two equals four.¬†Defendants decided to tell people that the election was stolen from President Trump and Vice President Pence. Defendants had an obvious problem with their story. They needed a villain. They needed someone to blame. They needed someone whom they could get others to hate. A story of good versus evil, the type that would incite an angry mob, only works if the storyteller provides the audience with someone who personifies evil. 5. Without any true villain, Defendants invented one. Defendants decided to make Smartmatic the villain in their story.”

Giuliani and Powell each already are facing $1.3 billion defamation lawsuits from Dominion Voting Systems for making false statements about it in connection with the presidential election.

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