Breaking news erupting in alerts on all my devices early this Tuesday evening indicate a settlement has been reached in the Dominion v. Fox defamation case.
It’s a bit disappointing for those who were hoping this case would wage on and stand sturdily on some idealistic principals of truth in journalism. Truth matters. $787.5 million matters more.
Originally set to begin on Monday, the trial was postponed until today. It reportedly went dead following the lunch break.
Perhaps the worst hit of this revelation is the news that Fox (and its top anchors) will NOT have to acknowledge on air to their viewers that they lied about the election as a term of the settlement. Though Fox has acknowledged broadcasting falsehoods in its statement.
Eyes should now turn to the second defamation case: Smartmatic USA Corp., et al v. Fox Corp., et al. Smartmatic also sells electronic voting tech and also claims Fox News aired false reports claiming they had rigged the 2020 election for Biden.
Counsel for Smartmatic is quoted in a Business Insider article stating, “Dominion’s litigation exposed some of the misconduct and damage caused by Fox’s disinformation campaign, Smartmatic will expose the rest.”
Smartmatic is seeking $2.7 billion in damages (Dominion originally sought only $1.6 billion).
Background: Fox ‘News’: Where Money Talks and Ethics Walk