The voting technology firm Smartmatic issued a warning to Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax after the network broadcast what the company claims are ‘false and defamatory” conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
“In a lengthy legal notice sent on to Fox News — and obtained by Mediaite — Smartmatic demanded the retraction of dozens of comments made by hosts Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo, as well as Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, who appeared frequently as guests on the network,” Media ITE reports. “Voting machine manufacturers have been the subject of rampant conspiracy theories since President Donald Trump and his legal team began their half-baked assault on the 2020 election.”
Smartmatic made clear in a statement issued to Fox News that the network was running a “disinformation campaign.”
Fox News has engaged in a concerted disinformation campaign against Smartmatic. Fox News told its millions of viewers and readers that Smartmatic was founded by Hugo Chávez, that its software was designed to fix elections, and that Smartmatic conspired with others to defraud the American people and fix the 2020 U.S. election by changing, inflating, and deleting votes. While Fox News holds itself out as a trusted news source, it has continually and repeatedly published demonstrably false information and defamatory statements about Smartmatic. 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 took place in areas at the heart of the “conspiracies” discussed following the 2020 U.S. election.Smartmatic’s statement to Fox News
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