Fox News Media cancelled Lou Dobbs’ show, its highest-rated show facing a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit over false claims about the 2020 election.
The move comes just one day after Fox and Dobbs were named in the $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit brought by Smartmatic, a voting software company that was the subject of several false claims made on Fox News and Fox Business.
In a statement, a Fox News spokesperson said the move was planned prior to the lawsuit. (Sure, Jan.)
“As we said in October, Fox News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on Fox Business — this is part of those planned changes.”
The Smartmatic lawsuit suit alleges that Fox News, three of its hosts — Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro — and Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell defamed the company by falsely claiming that Smartmatic was used to rig the 2020 election.
According to NBC News,
In at least 13 different instances, those hosts or guests advanced demonstrably false claims about Smartmatic and its role in the 2020 election, including claims that it was being used to change the outcome in battleground districts.
(In fact, Smartmatic software was only used in Los Angeles County, and there is no evidence of election fraud.)
Dobbs’ show, Lou Dobbs Tonight, will be replaced by Fox Business Tonight with rotating hosts Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman.
The Fox News spokesperson said,
“A new 5PM program will be announced in the near future.”
The cancellation ends Dobbs’ 10 year run on the network, where he was a staunch advocate for Trump and many of his most conspiratorial views.
If Fox News were forced to pay the $2.7 billion in damages, it would effectively wipe out nearly all of the division’s profit for 2019.
I noticed Fox News included a word in their statement that will surely come up in court; “Opinion”… saying they were
“committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion.
We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”
Really? “Proud”? Tell it to the judge.
Well, Dobbs was previously a host on CNN. Somehow I don’t think they’ll take him back. CNN’s Chris Cuomo got Mark Cuban’s take on Dobbs’ cancellation (it comes at the 2:50 mark…)
(Photo, Youtube; via NBC News)