Fox News Network filed a motion to dismiss the defamation suit brought by Dominion Voting Systems against the network, according to Law and Crime.
The network’s attorneys are depending heavily on the First Amendment to defend their coverage of the controversies that lead up to the hotly contested 2020 presidential election.
The hefty $1.6 billion defamation suit comes as one of several legal actions the voting software company is attempting against multiple networks and public figures.
Fox claims in their request to dismiss that they were “responsible journalists” who “covered both sides” of the questions about the claims the software might have assisted with election fraud.
The network also defended their opinion hosts saying that they provided commentary which “a reasonable viewer” would consider “hyperbole speculating” about what really happened with the election — “rather than [as] factual assertions.”
The leading cable news network is pushing back against a lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in State of Delaware which claims the multi-national conglomerate is guilty of defamation in their 139-page argument.
“A free press must be able to report both sides of a story involving claims striking at the core of our democracy—especially when those claims prompt numerous lawsuits, government investigations, and election recounts,” says a statement filed by the Fox News Network as part of its motion to dismiss.
“When a sitting President of the United States and his legal team challenge a presidential election in litigation throughout the nation, the media can truthfully report and comment on those allegations under the First Amendment without fear of liability.
“Plaintiffs’ defamation lawsuit against Fox News threatens to stifle the media’s free-speech right to inform the public about newsworthy allegations of paramount public concern.”