A new court case argues that Fox News anchors cannot hide behind the First Amendment after helping former President Donald Trump and his allies spread election lies.
Election tech company Smartmatic filed a 120-page motion asking a New York State court to deny the Conservative network’s attempt to dismiss a $ 2.7 billion defamation lawsuit, alleging his reporting was a protected speech untrue, reported Law & Crime.
“This is not a game. The first amendment does not offer the Fox defendants a free” Get Out Of Jail “card,” the motion states. “The Fox defendants have no problem with their reporting now that they have been sued.”
Smart lawyer J. Erik Connolly accused Fox News anchors, including Maria Bartiromo, Jeannine Pirro and Lou Dobbs, of inviting Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell to their programs and asking questions about the former president’s allegations Promote electoral fraud.
“The Fox Anchors were not innocent bystanders and the disinformation generated during their interviews was no accident,” the motion reads. “Prior to the interviews, the Fox Anchors decided to team up with Giuliani and Powell to spread disinformation about Smartmatic. The Fox Anchors knew what Giuliani and Powell would say on their shows, asked questions to provoke lies about Smartmatic, and endorsed Giuliani and Powell investigation. The Fox Anchors added their own defamatory comments on Smartmatic. This was a scripting performance by Fox Anchors Giuliani and Powell to defame and belittle Smartmatic for personal gain. “
“The filing only confirms our view that the lawsuit is unfounded, and FOX News reported the election in the highest tradition of the First Amendment,” the spokesman said.