The $1.5 billion (yes, billion) defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News has now reached a critical stage, with the parties both filing for summary judgment in advance of trial. So what exactly is “summary judgment?” In plain English, it means a motion to have the judge decide a matter from the bench rather than have it go to trial before a jury. Dominion seeks a knock-out punch on the question of whether Fox News is liable for its false statements about Dominion’s voting machines in connection with the 2020 election, without regard yet to the possible size of the damages. It wants the court to look at the case and rule that there are no “genuine issues of material fact” in dispute—for example, that there’s no doubt about what was said and done by Fox News leadership and its hosts, and based on that Dominion should prevail.
If only I, as a part of we the people, could have standing to also sue that the actions outlined here harmed not only Dominion's reputation, but also the process of our democracy...so the conspiracy to boost the ratings of Fox News was also a conspiracy to bring down the peaceful transition of power. Seems to me the penalty for that should at least be having their license to operate pulled.
I doubt Dominion actually expects to win at the summary judgment stage although it does seem to have a shot. I suspect that Dominion smartly filed the motion because it allowed it to present all of the great statements it has unearthed in discovery in one public document, which could impact the judge and the public (potential jury pool) down the road.
Ah, FOX, you grand enabler, you co-dependent player on the stage of absurdity....
Let's make some money.
Send in the clowns!
Such a great piece! You’re a national treasure. :)
Wow, what a great post, Jay! It's so valuable to be able to see events from a broader perspective, and my Substack sources, like you, are excellent at giving me the tools to keep my friends and followers on Facebook aware of what's really going on! Thank you!!
Fox so called news is the definition of reckless disregard of the truth. This case will be a test of the US legal system. Personally I’m not optimistic.
Their disregard for truth went far beyond recklessness. It was knowing, deliberate, and intentional.
Outstanding class, Jay. Unfortunately, the standards for cable networks have traditionally and legally been lower for cable media (and lower still for the web) than for broadcast TV. I think broadcast radio stations' "talk radio" programs get around the FCC standards by calling themselves, correctly but misleadingly, "entertainment," and FoxNews makes similar deceptive (in my view) distinctions between its separate news and entertainment programming. Fox's Baier and Cavuto are responsible journalists, unlike the far more influentiol Hannity, Carlson, Ingraham and other blatant propagandists.
I wonder whether this case could help break new ground in putting the news media on notice - especially those that equate propaganda with entertainment, and further blur their boundaries into actual and fact-based news - that such deceptive practices will nk longer be tolerated - unless they're willing to change their business practices or be driven out of business by lawsuits?
I sure hope that Dominion does prevail in the end ... & that Fox "News" has to fork over gobs of $$ !!!
But wait...does this mean that they're the real "fake news"...bwahahahaha
My grandma always told me that when someone points at someone or something accusingly that there are always 3 fingers pointing at the guilty party. And everytime I hear BS this saying pops out in my head.
Thanks Jay 👏 I appreciate your explanation and it sounds pretty convincing in favor of Dominion. If they have the clout to win this then there is no good reason why the DOJ should’ve stalled this long with the information they had on tRump and his minions. He was the catalyst for everything that ensued prior to and on 1/6.
I have never watched Fox News, but I remember reading a while back that Tucker Carlson or someone of the Fox News ilk stated that he is not a journalist/newsman; he is an entertainer. If Fox maintains that position, could that have any influence on the Dominion case?
I bought a baseball cap with the slogan, "Make Lying Wrong Again" a few months ago. Reactions when I wear it in public are interesting.
Does Dominion need a few dollars to pay court/lawyer fees?
Will Fox be forced to admit that they are an entertainment entity and not a news outlet, which is reality?? I dare to dream... Thanks for this insight!!!!
Here in Florida, the Governor wants to make it easier for people and entities to sue the news media. Somebody should ask him about this case.
If the case goes against Fox, are they likely to appeal? Do you think this would have any traction in the current politically motivated Supreme Court?