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Tucker Carlson Producers Sought in $1.6 Billion Dominion Voting Systems Defamation Case

As part of a sprawling $1.6 billion election defamation lawsuit against Fox News, lawyers representing Dominion Voting Systems are asking producers for Tucker Carlson and former Fox News host Lou Dobbs to sit for depositions.

Dominion is definitely tightening the screws here, asking Justin Wells, Eldad Yaron, Alex Pfeiffer, producers for Tucker Carlson, and John Fawcett, who worked as an associate producer for Dobbs to sit for depositions by the end of September, Insider reports.

Dominion filed the defamation lawsuit against Fox News on March 26, 2021, and is seeking $1.6 billion in damages, asserting that the network prominently covered the election fraud claims to beef up viewership, which dropped when Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election.

The company manufactures and sells electronic voting hardware and software, as well as voting machines, and in the wake of Trump’s loss, it was repeatedly targeted with conspiracy theories in the election fallout.

In the lawsuit, Dominion claims that Fox News “sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process.”

Fox News tried to have the motion dismissed two months later, but by December 2021 a judge had rejected the cable news network’s motion.

But the cable news network remained defiant.

“We are confident we will prevail as freedom of the press is foundational to our democracy and must be protected, in addition to the damages claims being outrageous, unsupported and not rooted in sound financial analysis, serving as nothing more than a flagrant attempt to deter our journalists from doing their jobs,” a spokesperson for Fox News wrote in a statement to Insider.

Well, if it prevented “journalist” Tucker Carlson from promoting weird and unfounded stories about testosterone in men, prevented Jeanine Pirro from acting like a drunken fool on air, and also prevented any of the other talking heads on Fox News from spreading spurious stories, that would be a real victory for freedom of speech.

Because if there’s one thing Fox News does, it’s to keep anyone capable of thinking critically constantly guessing whether the stories are “fair and unbalanced” as it continually suggests.

The case is heading to trial in April 2023, and Dominion plans to use crucial testimonies from the producers to build its case.

Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis, in a June decision, ruled that Dominion’s lawsuit could move forward, even including claims against Fox Corporation, Fox News’s parent company, helmed by Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan Murdoch.

In his ruling, Davis also argues that Fox News’s parent company Fox Corporation can also be found liable for promoting and directing the campaign of seemingly endless lies, especially after Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden and as the network continued to struggle to regain viewers who’d emigrated to right-wing channels like Newsmax and One America News.

In February 2021, Smartmatic, another voting company jumped into the fray, filing a defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, along with current and former hosts. That case is moving forward in New York.

I think it’s very clear that Fox News lied about the election in a clear bid to gain viewers. And this is not about freedom of speech. It’s about gaining more viewers and therefore those extra advertising dollars.

And that’s it.

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