Fox News, which has held the top of the mountain in the ratings game for the vast majority of its existence, seems to come under attack more often than not these days, given its right-leaning, conservative-friendly daily programming.
According to Breitbart, the cable news giant will now have to shift resources to fight an enormous, $1.6 billion lawsuit filed against the network by Dominion Voting Systems, a company that claims Fox News let its on-air personalities and guests on the network float a popular conspiracy theory that Dominion voting machines were rigged to steal the 2020 election from former President Donald Trump.
Though Dominion has filed similar lawsuits against certain individuals who they believe helped push the baseless conspiracy claims, the lawsuit against Fox News marks their first attempt to sue a media outlet.
The lawsuit filing made clear that Dominion believes Fox News bears a heavy responsibility for virtually destroying the voting machine company’s reputation, saying Fox “sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process.”
“If this case does not rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does,” the lawsuit added.
The lawsuit likely never would have come to fruition had any of the claims made by high-profile attorneys and supporters of the 45th president gained any traction in the court of law. Unfortunately for them, virtually every single one of the dozens of lawsuits filed by lawyers like Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood were either dismissed or, in some cases, ridiculed and practically thrown out of court.
Attorneys for Dominino argue that, unlike other media outlets, Fox News allegedly used the conspiracy claims — some of which involved claims that Dominion’s machines were created in Venezuela and loaded with nefarious algorithms — to boost ratings, as the topic was smoking hot at the time after Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden.
“This was a conscious, knowing business decision to endorse and repeat and broadcast these lies in order to keep its viewership,” said attorney Justin Nelson, who represents the company.
Only time will tell if Dominion is able to have any success against the media giant in the courtroom, but lawyers for the company also hinted that depending on how things go, certain on-air individuals at Fox News could be the next target of similar defamation suits.