Smartmatic sues Fox News for $ 2.7 billion

The manufacturer of KOIBs (ballot processing complexes), Smartmatic, is being tried for libel on Fox News. The firm is demanding $ 2.7 billion from offenders in compensation for damage to its business reputation.

Fox News anchors Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Janine Pirro, as well as two of Donald Trump’s lawyers, Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, are specifically named as defendants.

On January 25, rival company Dominion Voting Systems filed claims against Giuliani and Powell for $ 1.3 billion.

No sooner had Smartmatic sued, when The Los Angeles Times announced the closure of Dobbs’ show, whose survival, in truth, had long been in question. Fox News reporters for the most part did not share Trump’s belief that Smartmatic stole the victory from him by manipulating software, but the aforementioned hosts, according to the statement of claim, openly played up to the conspiracy theorists Paeull and Giuliani, portraying them as authoritative experts and at the same time ignoring information that contradicted their speculations …

According to the plaintiffs, the defendants lumped together Smartmatic, which in the last election served only sites in the Greater Los Angeles area, and a company of the same profile, Dominion Voting Systems, which really played a prominent role in the chronicle of the 2020 presidential battle. They signed both of them to serve as former dictator Hugo Chávez’s servants, helping him stay in power by rigging the vote in Venezuela; The same fraudulent software was allegedly used in America to take votes from Trump in key states and transfer them to Biden.

Plaintiffs refer to a statement made by the Department of Homeland Security 9 days after the election: “We have no evidence that KOIBs removed someone’s votes or passed votes for one candidate to his opponent.” Audits and recalculations carried out in a number of states have confirmed the accuracy of the calculations provided by the Dominion machines and the Smartmatic software on which they allegedly worked. As a result, Trump’s Attorney General William Barr came to the same conclusion: “There was no fraud on a scale capable of overturning the election results … The statements about tricked KOIBs are crazy delirium.” Dobbs, meanwhile, say the plaintiffs, in every possible way contributed to Giuliani’s fictions that Dominion and Smartmatic were hiding the traces of their crime by hiding election data on servers in foreign countries.

Likewise, Janine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo, in their shows, fostered the inventions of Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, expressing the hope that the Attorney General’s Office would investigate the election interference of “Venezuela and possibly Cuba” who had real-time access to voting data and the ability to change them thanks to the loopholes left by Smartmatic in its software. The defendants did not receive any evidence of the alleged crime from their sources, but nevertheless did not take back the false charges. Their disregard for the norms of objective journalism was blatant and, most importantly, from the point of view of legal proceedings – deliberate; in other words, they knew what they were doing. Smartmatic contrasts Dobbs, Bartiromo and Pirro with their colleague Tucker Carlson, who was extremely embarrassed by Powell’s lack of information to support her insinuations, which he openly shared with listeners.

The plaintiff admits that on December 14, as part of the Dobbs, Bartiromo and Pirro show, Fox News and Fox Business aired a sort of rebuttal to the three presenters’ fabrications about Smartmatic’s harmful role in the 2020 elections; this was done after the firm threatened the channel with a lawsuit. An episode was embedded in the program, in which expert Eddie Peretz, in particular, stated that Smartmatic and Dominion are independent structures, that the votes of American voters were counted at home, not abroad, and that Smartmatic software was not rejected by the state as unreliable. However, the plaintiff further notes, this was just a single refutation, and it was given with a delay. The employees of Smartmatic managed to receive physical threats, the company was forced to spend money on their personal protection, as well as on protecting their computers from hacker attacks. The expected shortfall in revenues over the next 5 years will amount to an estimated $ 767.4 million. All this must be reimbursed. Plus, of course, penalties. As a result, the reckoning for the insult will cost Fox the above $ 2.7 billion. The TV channel says it does not intend to pay and is looking forward to the start of the proceedings.

Smartmatic ends with the following words: “The earth is round. Two plus two equals four. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win the 2020 election. The elections were not stolen or rigged. These are the facts. Clear and immutable. ” Let us add on our own: it is not clear whether the legal complaint can be dismissed due to the ignorance of the plaintiff, who equated empirical realities with an abstract logical identity. The mathematical statement 2 + 2 = 4 is not a fact, it is only a consequence that follows from the generally accepted axioms of arithmetic.

Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 8 of February 12, 2021

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