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March 4, 2021
The ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ show on Fox Business Network was cancelled after it emerged that Dobbs and several other hosts are being sued for $2.7 billion by election systems company Smartmatic.
The change was first reported by the Los Angeles Times and was later confirmed by a Fox News spokesman who stated “As we said in October, Fox News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on Fox Business — this is part of those planned changes.” The statement’s intention is clearly to portray the cancellation as something that was in the pipeline long before the billion dollar lawsuit was announced. Dobb’s show will be replaced by ‘Fox Business Tonight’ with the hosts alternating between Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman.
The spokesman also said that “A new 5pm program will be announced in the near future”. Whilst Fox has said that they have not fired him there is no expectation at the minute that he will return to the air – effectively bringing his 10 year stint with the network to an end, before coming to Fox Dobbs had served as managing editor, chief economic correspondent and executive vice president at CNN. The 285-page lawsuit which has been filed in the New York state Supreme Court claims that Dobbs, two other hosts (Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo) and Fox News defamed the company by falsely claiming that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, President Trump’s lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani who appeared as guests on the network are also named as defendants.
The defamation lawsuit mentions 13 individual instances where it believes the hosts or their guests advanced false claims about Smartmatic’s role in the 2020 elections, including claims that it was used to change votes in key battleground areas, it states that Dobbs “took the initiative and contributed additional falsehoods to the narrative” and that the network launched a “disinformation campaign” against the company. Fox has also faced the threat of further lawsuits from Dominion Voting Systems; however they have not taken any further action to date. A Fox spokesman said in a statement on behalf of the network and its hosts that they would “vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court” and that they were “proud” of the way they covered the 2020 election.
ARTICLE: NATHAN REID
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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