/ 17 April 2023

A Fox News blockbuster begins


Get your popcorn ready: an enormous trial involving Fox News and the Murdoch family begins in America today, and it’s tipped to be the nation’s most significant defamation case in decades. Fox is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems in a case that has its origins in the 2020 presidential election. After Trump’s loss, his team said that Dominion voting machines somehow rigged the election in a grand, false conspiracy involving Venezuela and Hugo Chavez – claims that have been proven to be lies. Dominion is suing Fox because they say the TV network amplified the mistruths despite knowing they were false. It’s juicy, and the pre-trial process has already turned up some embarrassing texts from Fox hosts and producers – one host called the election-rigging claims “obviously untrue” and “unbelievably offensive”. Dominion is seeking US$1.6 billion in damages, and the 5-6 week trial could see Rupert Murdoch take the stand as soon as this week.

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