“One of the biggest challenges in the Information Age is disinformation,” Smartmatic chief executive Antonio Mugica said in announcing the suit. “Fox is responsible for this disinformation campaign, which has damaged democracy worldwide and irreparably harmed Smartmatic and other stakeholders who contribute to modern elections.”
Fox News personalities Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro were directly named in the suit, along with Fox News guests Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani. They were among commentators who suggested Smartmatic and another voting tech company, Dominion Voting Systems, participated in a conspiracy to steal the election from former president Donald Trump, despite no evidence of such a plot.
In a statement in response to the lawsuit, Fox News Media said it “is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion,” adding, “We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”
Back in December, Smartmatic had put Fox News on notice with a 20-page legal demand letter asking for “a full and complete retraction of all false and defamatory statements and reports published by Fox News.”
In response, Fox aired a short segment on several network shows that aimed to address misinformation about Smartmatic, using an outside expert and a common script to introduce the debunking segment. But, that attempt at debunking appears to have been insufficient.
Powell and Giuliani, who was previously sued by Dominion, did not immediately return The Post’s inquiries.
J. Erik Connolly, an attorney representing Smartmatic, accused Fox of knowingly lying about the company. “Smartmatic seeks to hold them accountable for those lies,” he said.
The lawsuit lays out how the comments made on the Fox networks has damaged its business and caused headwinds for the company around the globe.