(NewsReady.com) – In the wake of the 2020 election, various news organizations reported allegations that Dominion voting machines changed votes for then-President Donald Trump to candidate Joe Biden. The rumors proved false. The company then sued the conservative media outlets and hosts. Now, Fox News is countersuing.
On Thursday, February 16, Fox News filed a counterclaim in Delaware Superior Court against Dominion Voting Systems. The conservative media giant argued there isn’t any evidence to support claims the voting company suffered $1.6 billion in damages.
Reuters reported that Fox’s lawyers claimed Dominion’s claims of damages aren’t connected to its value “or any supposed injury it suffered.” The countersuit also alleges Dominion is still a financially solvent company with nearly $100 million in revenue, despite the claims it suffered severe losses after the debunked election-rigging reports.
Fox News told a judge that Dominion Voting Systems has no evidence to support its 'staggering' $1.6 billion damages claim in a defamation lawsuit over the network's coverage of election-rigging conspiracy theories https://t.co/06XaVUzYdZ pic.twitter.com/xrXPVa50fs
— Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) February 16, 2023
Fox argues the reports against Dominion were covered by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
The same day as the countersuit was filed, Dominion submitted a legal filing to the court that included explosive text messages from Fox hosts. Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and others reportedly made fun of people connected to former President Donald Trump who claimed voter fraud changed the outcome of the election.
The New York Times printed some of the messages, including one from Carlson stating, “Sidney Powell is lying by the way. I caught her. It’s insane.” Powell represented Trump in the election fraud suits. Carlson also said the network’s “viewers [were] good people,” but made it clear they believed the allegations.
In other texts, Fox hosts complained a reporter from the news division should be fired for fact-checking the former president.
It’s too early to tell what will happen with either of the lawsuits, but if these filings are any indication, there are going to be fireworks. Dominion did not comment on the countersuit.
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