Fox News host Howard Kurtz admitted his network had a ‘difficult week’ in court after a judge fined his legal team for allegedly withholding evidence in a defamation case brought by Dominion Voting Systems.
During his Media buzz On Sunday, Kurtz reported that Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis was considering appointing a special master in the case due to deception by Fox News attorneys.
“I can assure you that I will provide fair and average coverage of this $1.6 billion lawsuit regarding coverage of false allegations of voter fraud in 2020, despite the fact that I work here,” Kurtz promised. “And with that, it’s been a very tough week for Fox.”
“In other pretrial rulings, Judge Davis undermined part of Fox’s defense,” the host reported. “Judge said Fox News could not say it contained false allegations of voter fraud by Trump allies because they were newsworthy. Judge Davis said that’s not because someone is newsworthy that you can defame someone.”
The host provided insight into Davis’ decision before reading a statement prepared by Fox News.
“Dominion’s lawsuit is a political crusade in search of a financial windfall, but the real cost would be cherished First Amendment rights,” the statement said. “And a verdict for Dominion and its private equity owners would have serious consequences for the entire journalism profession.”
Kurtz noted that the case “may well hinge on the opinion of the jury as to whether Fox acted with actual malice, generally a very high bar for plaintiffs thus far.”
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