#USA Fox News stars Sean Hannity and Tucker deposed as part of $1.6bn Dominion voter fraud lawsuit #USNews
Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro and Lou Dobbs have all been deposed over allegations they perpetuated election fraud lies and broken the popularity of Dominion Voting by internet hosting buddies and advocates of Donald Trump on-air.
Dominion filed a lawsuit in opposition to Fox News in March final yr, alleging the community intentionally unfold a false narrative that its machines and counting methods have been rigged in favor of President Joe Biden.
It was a narrative that each information outlet on the earth lined, however Dominion claims that Fox gave a very sympathetic ear to Trump’s claims.
Carlson and Pirro have been deposed final week whereas Dobbs was deposed yesterday. Hannity is because of be questioned at present, and Maria Bartiromo will probably be questioned subsequent week.
Dominion’s attorneys declare that even when they did not push the narrative themselves that the election was rigged, they gave option to the thought by permitting Sidney Powell, Trump’s lawyer, and Rudy Giuliani, his long-time advisor, on-air to speak about it.
Fox is preventing the lawsuit and has repeatedly tried to have it thrown out, claiming the journalists have been simply doing their jobs and protecting the election fraud claims like some other information shops.
Tucker Carlson was deposed final week over internet hosting friends together with Mike Lindell on his present final yr in January 2021. The lawsuit claims he and different Fox hosts pushed Trump’s
Jeanine Pirro interviewing Trump lawyer Sidney Powell. She can be being sued by Dominion in a separate lawsuit. They are pictured on November 14, 2020
Lou Dobbs interviewing Rudy Giuliani in regards to the election fraud claims on his present on November 12, 2020
Giuliani on Sean Hannity’s present on November 19, 2020, discussing the claims once more
Prior to the examples laid out by Dominion, Fox’s hosts had been skeptical of Trump’s election claims and vital of his refusal to just accept the election consequence.
Maria Bartiromo will probably be deposed subsequent week over her protection of the election fraud claims
Dominion’s attorneys say that it turned pro-Trump viewers off.
In what they describe as a deliberate U-turn of the protection to win these viewers again, Dominion says present hosts began sympathetically protecting the election fraud claims.
Dominion’s attorneys additionally say they’ve proof that the hosts knew it wasn’t true. That proof is in emails and texts they are saying reveals the journalists and producers discussing it off-air with much more skepticism than they ever did on-air.
Fox insists to DailyMail.com that these emails and texts have been taken out of context.
‘Pirro’s protection of these issues of public concern and widespread significance lies on the coronary heart of the First Amendment,’ they stated.
None of the person hosts are named as defendants within the swimsuit, which asks for $1.6billion to revive Dominion’s popularity.
In a response to a unique lawsuit filed by Smartmatic, whose software program is used within the Dominion machines, Pirro’s attorneys stated she should not be held responsible for ‘doing what she does finest’.
The voting firm claims it’s going to by no means be capable of recuperate from the tarnish of Trump’s repeated claims that its machines have been rigged to rely votes for him as votes for Biden.
‘Fox gave life to a manufactured storyline about election fraud that solid a then little-known voting machine firm referred to as Dominion as the villain.
‘After the November 3, 2020, Presidential Election, viewers started fleeing Fox in favor of media shops endorsing the lie that huge fraud brought on President Trump to lose the election.
‘They noticed Fox as insufficiently supportive of President Trump, together with as a result of Fox was the primary community to declare that Trump misplaced Arizona.
‘Fox got down to lure viewers again – together with President Trump himself – by deliberately and falsely blaming Dominion for President Trump’s loss by rigging the election.’
The lawsuit filed in opposition to Fox News Network by Dominion Voting Systems in Delaware final March. The Colorado firm is asking for $1.6billion
Dominion Voting machines that have been used within the November 2020 election. Trump claimed the machines have been rigged to rely extra votes for Biden
Fox News instructed DailyMail.com in an announcement: ‘We are assured we are going to prevail as freedom of the press is foundational to our democracy and have to be protected, along with the damages claims being outrageous, unsupported and not rooted in sound monetary evaluation, serving as nothing greater than a flagrant try to discourage our journalists from doing their jobs.”’
The lawsuit factors to a number of reveals in November 2020 the place pro-Trump friends have been interviewed.
Dobbs hosted Trump lawyer Sidney Powell repeatedly, as did Jeanine Pirro.
Rudy Giuliani was interviewed, as was Mike Tindall – the CEO of MyPillow and a die-hard Trump fan and donor.
The lawsuit claims they ‘repeatedly revealed defamatory falsehoods about Dominion together with by broadcasting and rebroadcasting the defamatory falsehoods of its on-air personalities Maria Bartiromo, Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, and their chosen friends’.
Fox is not the one community being sued by Dominion.
The Colorado-based firm has additionally taken authorized motion in opposition to OAN (One America Network) and Newsmax, together with people together with Giuliani, Mike Lindell and Sidney Powell.
A trial date has been set for subsequent April for the case to proceed.
Fox has employed scorching shot trial lawyer Dan Webb, who efficiently prosecuted actor Jussie Smollett for mendacity to police about being the sufferer of a race hate assault.
He instructed The Washington Post: ‘There are only a few occasions within the final 50 years on this nation that I feel are extra newsworthy than our president alleging that our whole Democratic system was placed on its head by a voting machine firm stealing votes.’