Election tech company Smartmatic is backing up against Fox News, claiming the media spread conspiracy theories and fueled disinformation during the president’s final race.
According to the New York Times, Smartmatic has filed a lawsuit accusing Fox of overstepping the boundaries of journalistic integrity.
In its lawsuit, Smartmatic alleges that Fox’s election coverage has damaged the company’s reputation. Fox, along with several of his newscasters, repeatedly suggested that Smartmatic somehow “fixed” the 2020 presidential election.
Fox hosts, for example, claimed that Smartmatic had worked with the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez to plant ballots – and implemented a similar strategy to secure the victory of then-candidate Joe Biden against former President Donald Trump.
“The first amendment does not provide a card for Fox’s defendants to be released from prison,” Smartmatic attorney Erik Connolly wrote in a court letter. “The Fox defendants have no problem reporting after they are sued.”
The Times reports that Smartmatic’s mandate is following Fox’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.
Dominion, another electoral tech company, has also filed a lawsuit against Fox.
In a statement Monday, Fox said Smartmatic’s mandate was unfounded.
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“The filing only confirms our belief that the lawsuit is unfounded and that Fox News covered the election in the highest tradition of the First Amendment,” said Fox.
Fox, notes the New York Times, has argued that it and its anchors simply did their duty: to report to Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 presidential contest results and Joe Biden’s win in the same race were unfounded.
However, Smartmatic has since said that Fox’s coverage was neither objective nor realistic.
Smartmatic’s court record found that Fox’s coverage was primarily influenced by Trump officials and, in reality, had little to no influence.
“The Fox defendants have solicited and published calculated falsehoods about Smartmatic,” wrote the company’s lawyers. “You have no protection or immunity under the First Amendment or New York law.”
“The Fox defendants married Giuliani and Powell during their programs,” the letter reads. “You can’t distance yourself now.”
In addition to Fox, Smartmatic has also named network anchors Maria Bartiromo, Jeanne Pirro and Lou Dobbs as defendants.
“Before 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’s investigation, ”the lawsuit reads. “The Fox Anchors have added their own defamatory comments to Smartmatic. This was a scripted performance by Fox anchors Giuliani and Powell to defame and belittle Smartmatic for personal gain. “
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Smartmatic says disinformation in Fox News about the election was “no coincidence”.
According to Smartmatic, Fox News should not have protection from journalism in a defamation lawsuit over electoral conspiracy theories