Fox News Hosts Hit Back Against Massive Lawsuit

( Three Fox News anchors are hitting back at Smartmatic, the company that recently announced a flurry of defamation lawsuits following accusations that their equipment improperly counted votes in the 2020 presidential election.

Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro, and Maria Bartiromo are moving to dismiss the claims against them in a new $2.7 billion libel lawsuit from the voting machine and software company.

The three news anchors are not the only targets of the massive punishment suit. Lawyers that previously represented former President Donald Trump, Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, were also accused of making false claims about the company when they argued that the 2020 election was compromised by foreign actors.

Attorneys from Kirkland and Ellis, which is also defending Fox News, filed motions dismissing the claims by arguing that Dobbs, Pirro, and Bartiromo were all simply doing their jobs when they covered allegations by former President Donald Trump about the integrity of the 2020 election.

However, Smartmatic alleged in a February 4 complaint that there were 13 instances on Fox News in which guests and on-air personalities implied or stated that the company played a part in handing an election victory to Joe Biden. Smartmatic claimed that Fox’s coverage constituted a “disinformation campaign,” and complained that it continued even after former Attorney General William Barr said that the Department of Justice had not found any evidence of widespread fraud.

The allegations, however, were much more wide-ranging and did not focus entirely on Smartmatic or Dominion voting machines. Instead, much of the evidence surrounding fraud in the November election centered on illegal votes cast by individuals using false addresses, and ballot watchers being denied an opportunity to observe the counting of mail-in votes.

Smartmatic released a statement on Friday saying they are “confident” in the case and are looking forward to “briefing these issues for the Court.”

The filings from the Fox personalities implicated in the suit make reference to several instances in which they asked guests Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell to provide evidence to back up claims they made about election fraud. They also say that statements made by Lou Dobbs, which appeared to defend claims of voter fraud, were opinions protection by the constitution and not statements of facts.

A motion filed on behalf of Lou Dobbs explained how the “First Amendment protects the press when it informs the public about judicial proceedings regardless of the accuracy of the underlying allegations.”

Dobbs was dropped by the Fox Business Network on February 5, though the network claims that it was part of a planned shift in programming and not related to the lawsuit.

But…the viewers probably don’t believe that.