Dominion, the tech company accused of rigging the results of the 2020 presidential elections won court support to include Fox News owners in defamation lawsuit. Fox News had spread and amplified false theories voiced by Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell; alleging how Dominion made it possible for Joe Biden to “steal the election” from ex-president Donald Trump.
According to Dominion, the ruling is important in moving forward in naming Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and CEO Lachlan Murdoch, accountable for the actions of its Fox News channel. Fox News aired and promoted the false news to avoid losing Trump supporters who have been defecting to rival conservative channels One America News and Newsmax. Still, these same channels also face defamation charges filed by Dominion and another voting machine company Smartmatic.
What was the Basis of Dominion’s Defamation Lawsuit vs Fox News
The false theories floated around by Trump’s lawyers claimed that Dominion used the algorithms that were originally created and used to rig the Venezuelan election that unseated former president Hugo Chavez.
Judge Eric Davis of the Delaware Superior Court rueld that the allegations conveyed by Fox News are “reasonable” inferences that shows the Murdochs as owners of Fox Corp also acted with malice, which gave rise to Dominion’s claim for defamation damages.