World Accused of relaying conspiracy theories, the Fox News channel could have to pay a very large bill

03:10  05 february  2021
03:10  05 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Accusée de relayer des thèses complotistes, la chaîne Fox News pourrait devoir régler une très grosse facture © Sopa Images / Getty Images Accused of relaying conspiratorial theses, the Fox News channel could have to pay a very large bill The channel and several supporters of Donald Trump are being sued by the computer company Smartmatic, which is claiming $ 2.7 billion.

The consequences of the last stormy elections in the United States continue to be felt. The Smartmatic company, accused of having been the instrument of massive electoral fraud, is turning to justice. She is demanding $ 2.7 billion from the Fox News channel as well as from supporters of Donald Trump, accused of relaying conspiracy theses which made him the instrument of massive electoral fraud. After the officialization of the victory of Joe Biden, several close to the Trump camp affirmed that the American presidential election had been manipulated, in particular thanks to the active role of vote counting software.

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Lawyer Sidney Powell, once a member of Donald Trump's legal team, argued that the specialist providers Dominion and Smartmatic, whose services were used during the election, were instruments of an international conspiracy to deprive re-election the outgoing president. None of these claims could ever be corroborated. In addition, Smartmatic only provided its services to Los Angeles County during the presidential election and could not have materially intervened in key states in the election.

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"Their story was a lie"

In the viewfinder of Smartmatic, Fox News, accused of having "proposed to his million viewers and its readers one story: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris did not win the election. Smartmatic stole it for them. " Also accused, Sidney Powell, but also Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as well as three presenters, Jeanine Pirro of Fox News, but also Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs of sister channel Fox Business. "Their story was a lie," continues the document filed in a New York civil court. "The whole story. And they knew it. But she was selling."

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"We are proud of our coverage of the 2020 election and we will defend ourselves forcefully in court against this baseless action," a spokesperson for the channel told Agence France-Presse. Smartmatic says its "reputation" has been "permanently tarnished". Worried by the fanciful accusations against her, her clients "began to panic", according to the summons document. Several executives and employees of the company have even received death threats, according to the group, which is demanding, in addition to $ 2.7 billion for defamation and denigration, the complete retraction of the charges. Beyond that, this conspiracy theory "undermined people's confidence in democracy," and led to the invasion of Congress by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6, Smartmatic argues.

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