Fox Under Fire

The Fox News Channel is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems Corporation for $1.6 billion. A lawsuit spawned from the lies some people say were broadcast about the 2020 presidential election. Dominion claimed Fox had embraced so-called conspiracy theories about election fraud being the cause for Trump losing the election, an attempt to redeem the trust of thousands of angry Trump supporters who tuned in to other news channels. Fox quickly lost their spot as the most watched news platform and became the third most-watched news channel, losing to other news media agencies such as Newsmax, who didn’t agree with the claims that the election was stolen. The change in viewership altered the foundations of the network that had continuously led in the news for more than 20 years. 

Fox came back strong and with a different approach. They started veering more to the right, attacking Biden and his administration with their news broadcasts. Dominion claims that Fox decided to push the false narrative out to their viewers in an attempt to obtain their viewers back. One reporter from Fox, Jacqui Heinrich tweeted fact checks that agreed there was no evidence that any voting systems were deleted or votes were lost. Tucker Carlson, a famous anchor, messaged a co-worker, Sean Hannity, writing, “Please get her [Heinrich] fired.” Both Carlson and Hannity have shows that air on Fox. If neither Fox nor Dominion can obtain summary judgment, the case will end without a trial. If not, the case will start in mid-April.