Commonwealth Policy Center

Fox News agreed to a $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems after they filed a defamation lawsuit over false claims that Dominion’s voting machines rigged the 2020 presidential election. Fox issued a statement acknowledging the court’s finding that some statements made on the network about Dominion were false, and hoped that the settlement will prevent a divisive trial and allow the country to move forward. Communications between Fox hosts were incriminating. Fox executives chose to push false narratives at the expense of the truth, and they feared that if the case went to trial, it would likely cost them much more. The case is a reminder that lying bears a high price, and when news outlets don’t tell the truth, it’s costly.