Headline RoundupApril 19th, 2023

Fox News Settles Dominion Defamation Lawsuit, Agrees to Pay $787.5 Million

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Fox News parent company Fox Corp and Dominion Voting Systems agreed to a $787.5 million settlement shortly before their court battle was set to begin on Tuesday.

Details: Dominion Voting Systems sued Fox Corp, alleging defamation related to claims of voter fraud and election interference made on the cable news network in the lead up to and following the 2020 presidential election. Dominion was seeking $1.6 billion in damages from Fox. In settling the case, Fox Corp agreed to pay $787.5 million to Dominion, roughly half the amount argued in the suit. The news network is still facing another defamation lawsuit relating to the 2020 election, this one from Smartmatic Inc., another voting technology company. 

Key Quotes: Following the settlement announcement, Dominion lawyer Justin Nelson stated, “the truth matters. Lies have consequences. Over two years ago, a torrent of lies swept Dominion and election officials across America into an alternative universe of conspiracy theories causing grievous harm to Dominion and the country.” A statement from Fox Corp read, “we are hopeful that our decision to resolve this dispute with Dominion amicably, instead of the acrimony of a divisive trial, allows the country to move forward from these issues.”

How The Media Covered It: Left-rated outlets heavily covered the settlement announcement and all developments in the case prior. Right-rated outlets covered it mildly. Fox News (Right Bias) coverage of the settlement made no mention of the settlement amount and included no quotes from Dominion.

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