The company alleged that the network “recklessly ignored the truth” and participated in a disinformation campaign against it because “the lies were good for Fox’s business.”
“Fox took a little flame” of misinformation and “turned it into a wildfire,” Dominion said in his lawsuit.
“Truth matters. Lies have consequences,” the Dominion lawsuit added. “Fox sold a false story of voter fraud in order to serve his own business purposes, seriously injuring Dominion in the process. If this case does not rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, nothing will.”
Dominion said that as a result of Fox’s “orchestrated smear campaign”, it had suffered “enormous and irreparable financial damage” and that its employees had been subjected to death threats.
A Fox spokesman said the network was “proud” of its coverage of the 2020 election, describing it as “in the highest tradition of American journalism.” The spokesperson added that Fox “will vigorously defend itself against this unsubstantiated lawsuit in court.”
In its lawsuit, Dominion specifically named hosts Maria Bartiromo, Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro, three of whom were named defendants in the Smartmatic lawsuit. Fox is the only defendant in this lawsuit.