Fox News is debunking election fraud claims made by its own anchors in response to a legal threat
Rudy Giuliani in Lou Dobbs' Show in Fox Business. Fox Business / YouTube
For weeks, Fox News presenters have been spreading allegations of widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 election, an unsubstantiated claim first made by President Donald Trump.
Election software company Smartmatic sent Fox News a legal threat demanding a "complete withdrawal" of these falsehoods and inaccuracies.
In response, Fox News created and broadcast a segment devoted to exposing various inaccuracies and falsehoods related to the 2020 election results.
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Over the weekend, Fox News aired a segment that exposed some of the election fraud claims made by its own hosts and anchors.
The network put together a news package that included various shows from Fox News and Fox Business Network, starting with Lou Dobbs' show on Friday night. Fox created the segment in response to a legal threat from voting software company Smartmatic.
On December 10th, Smartmatic Fox hit with a 20-page inquiry letter from Business Insider asking for "a complete and complete withdrawal of all false and defamatory statements and reports" about the 2020 election.
Fox News participated in "a concerted campaign of disinformation against Smartmatic" by "continually and repeatedly posting known false information and defamatory statements," said the letter to Fox News Executive Vice President and General Counsel Lily Fu Claffee , was directed.
"Fox News announced to its millions of viewers and readers that Smartmatic was founded by Hugo Chavez, that its software was designed to fix elections, and that Smartmatic has partnered with others to defraud the American people and the 2020 US election by changing, repairing inflation and correcting, erasing votes, "the letter said.
After the election for Joe Biden was scheduled, Dobbs and other Fox hosts vigorously defended President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud. Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, one of the people responsible for dozens of fraud cases, appeared on Fox News to cast doubt on the election results. Sidney Powell, another attorney Trump hired to challenge the election, also appeared on the network.
In his letter to the network, Smartmatic said Fox should not have offered any of them a platform to spread unsubstantiated claims to millions of people across the country.
"Fox News used its anchors and on-air guests, including Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, to spread lies about a company that had absolutely nothing to do with the voting that was taking place in areas that are the focus of the post-US - 2020 elections, "the letter says.
Fox's segment in response to the letter exposed electoral fraud claims by both Giuliani and Powell and other Trump supporters.
In the segment's original broadcast on Friday night's evening primetime show, Dobbs introduced the package by telling viewers that "there are many opinions about the integrity of the elections". He then brought in Edward Perez, who works with the Open Source Election Technology Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to evaluating electoral technology.
"I haven't seen any evidence that Smartmatic software was used to delete, change, change anything to do with voting tabulation," said Perez, speaking on what appeared to be a recorded segment.
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A Fox News spokesman confirmed to Business Insider that the segment aired on Lou Dobbs Tonight on Friday, Justice with Judge Jeanine on Saturday and Sunday Morning Futures on Sunday.
SmartMatic sent letters with similar claims to other conservative networks, including Newsmax and One America News, a spokesman for the voting software company told Business Insider. Newsmax and One America News did not immediately return requests for comments.
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