Rupert Murdoch Forced Under Deposition In $1.6B Defamation Lawsuit


Chair of News Corp and Co-Chair of 21st Century Fox Rupert Murdoch is headed to court next week where he will give his deposition in the Dominion Voting System’s lawsuit again Fox News. Dominion is suing the network for $1.6 billion for defamation regarding how it covered the 2020 election.

The billionaire media mogul, 91, will be giving his deposition for election fraud on December 13. And he will be able to give his comments in a videoconference, CNN reported.

CEO of Fox Corporation Lachlan, the son of Rupert Murdoch, gave his deposition Monday in Los Angeles. In addition, some of Fox News’ top talking heads have been deposed, because they were part of the “disinformation campaign” against Dominion’s voting systems:

‘[They] recklessly disregarded the truth [because’ the lies were good for Fox’s business.’

Dominion relies upon its excellent name for its continued business. When that came into question, the company was seriously handicapped. The company claimed that Fox News “defamed the company” with intentional lies regarding election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. The Guardian reported the suit said:

‘[Fox News] sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process.’

At this time, the depositions have remained private, and neither Dominion nor Fox News and its personalities have indicated what was said in those depositions. But earlier Fox News said it was “proud” of its coverage of the 2020 presidential election.

Last August Fox News personality Sean Hannity gave a “seven-hour deposition,” according to The Washington Post. The talking head was specifically queried about a November 2020 show where he said:

‘[Dominion] ran an algorithm that shaved off votes from Trump and awarded them to Biden [and added additional huge quantities of] fake [Biden votes.]’

Hannity has continued to claim that he was not a journalist. However, Fox claims that he is, because:

‘[It is] a journalist’s right to maintain his confidences.’

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Fox News released a statement last August which read, according to The Guardian:

‘We are confident we will prevail as freedom of the press is foundational to our democracy and must be protected, in addition to the damages claims being outrageous, unsupported and not rooted in sound financial analysis.’

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The five-week trial has been scheduled to start in Delaware’s Superior Court in April. However, a settlement was not out of the question:

‘A five-week trial is set to begin in Delaware’s superior court in April unless a settlement is reached before then. The Post reports that the two sides are so far apart that such a deal is not seen as imminent.’

Another election tech corporation, Smartmatic, sued Fox News. The $2.7 billion lawsuit was filed earlier.

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