A lot of people were disappointed yesterday when Fox settled with Dominion. It looked like the trial was a go. It looked like Fox entertainers were going to have to testify. Fox haters could smell blood in the water. Then the settlement happened. Can you really blame Dominion. They had a sure $787.5 million in their pockets. If this had gone to trial, all it would have taken was one juror to rule against them. No money. Even if Dominion had won, appeals could have lasted years. Dominion did make a smart business decision by taking a boatload of money. They also did get an admission from Fox.
“We acknowledge the Court’s rulings finding certain claims about Dominion to be false. This settlement reflects FOX’s continued commitment to the highest journalistic standards
I watched commentators on other cable news networks snicker when they read the last part of the statement. Fox has lost credibility in the real world. Fox did pay an enormous sum. They did it because their viewers are in an alternative reality. They watch Fox and nothing else. Fox did make that statement, on their air, in the afternoon. They do not have to apologize They do not have to make retractions. Their prime time entertainers do not have to say a word about it.
It is not over for Fox, though, not by a longshot. Smartmatic, another voting machine company, is in the early stages of a $2.7 billion lawsuit with Fox. Dominion has done a favour for Smartmatic by showing that legal hurdles can be cleared and processes can take placing ensuring a trial. Fox is also facing a defamation lawsuit from former Fox Producer Abby Grossberg. She had initially been deposed on Fox’s behalf during the Dominion deposition stage. Bill O’Reilly, a former Fox superstar entertainer had the following to say on his website,
“Big energy in liberal media corridors as Fox News is punished for foolish coverage of the 2020 election. This is what happens when money becomes more important than honest information. Since I left FNC (Fox News Corp), the template changed from ‘Fair and Balanced’ to ‘tell the audience what it wants to hear.’”
Think of it this way, Fox is enduring a death through a thousand cuts.
As for Dominion, they are not done yet. They still have lawsuits against two more far right news organizations, those being Newsmax and OAN. These two organizations do not have the kind of financial resources that Fox has. They are probably sweating right now. But who is even sweating more are three other people that Dominion is also suing. Those being Rudy, Sydney Powell and Mike Lindell, the MyPillow guy. These three were constantly on Fox and the other two right wing networks. There are texts by the Fox entertainers, as released through the Dominion discovery process, showing that they though Rudy, Powell and Lindell were liars and nuts. This could ruin them financially.
Finally, we have Donald Trump. His stolen election lies are getting whittled way. The payout made by Fox yesterday is basically an admission that Fox knew that Trump’s lies were lies. All in all, it was a good day.