Tucker Carlson comments could hurt Fox News in election defamation lawsuit, judge says
Fox News star Tucker Carlson's comments could cement voting machine company Smartmatic's defamation lawsuit against the network, a judge said this week.Why it matters: Carlson had denounced conspiracy theories perpetuated by Sidney Powell, who accused Smartmatic of rigging the 2020 election, on his show even though other Fox News hosts aired those claims. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Smartmatic brought the suit against Fox News, its hosts Jeanine Pirnews.yahoo.com
Fox News Contributor Throws Cold Water on Fox’s Latest Hillary Clinton Fantasy
Fox NewsViewers tuning into Fox News over the past two days may have come away with the belief that defeated 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is absolutely ramping up a 2024 White House run.But finally, on Thursday, that reality-free bubble was busted a bit on-air when Fox News contributor Richard Fowler tossed cold water on the fantasy, calling it “ridiculous” and saying it “made no sense.”Citing a farcical Wall Street Journal op-ed written by two Trump-supporting politicalnews.yahoo.com
Israeli police hail fast response of security forces in Jerusalem attack
TO COMPLETE VIDI9T37RN_EN AND VIDI9T37HU_EN Israeli police commander Doron Turjeman hails the "sharp" reaction of the Jerusalem district police after a gunman opened fire in the Old City of Jerusalem, killing one person and wounding three others.news.yahoo.com
SNL’s Colin Jost Drags Matt Gaetz’s Kyle Rittenhouse Offer
NBCFollowing a cold open wherein Cecily Strong’s Jeanine Pirro celebrated the Kyle Rittenhouse’s not guilty verdict with his chummy judge, Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” gave their two cents.“On Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty in the murder of two men during a Black Lives Matter protest. So, hopefully he got all that shooting out of his system before he becomes a cop,” joked Che. SNL’s Jeanine Pirro Celebrates Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict With His Judge“Protests are being heldnews.yahoo.com
Candidates for Virginia governor use national issues to appeal to voters
Democrat and former Governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are neck-and-neck in the polls and each trying to appeal to voters on national issues. Senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joined CBSN to discuss this closely watched race.news.yahoo.com
Election Day arrives for high-stakes Virginia governor's race
Election Day is the final day for Virginians to cast a vote for governor for either former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe or first-time candidate Republican Glenn Youngkin. More than 1.1 million Virginians have cast early ballots. Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, breaks down the latest.news.yahoo.com
Seth Meyers Mocks Fox News Host Judge Jeanine Pirro for Accidentally Calling Trump a Criminal
clipAs a “judge,” you would think Fox News host Jeanine Pirro would know the difference between a “kingmaker” and a “kingpin,” but during an interview with former President Donald Trump over the weekend, she mixed them up. Neither she nor Trump seemed to notice.But Seth Meyers did, sharing the clip with his viewers during Monday night’s “A Closer Look” segment on Late Night. After Pirro asked Trump if he sees himself as a “kingpin for elections going forward,” he replied, “If I endorse somebody,news.yahoo.com
Lara Trump urges Americans living near to the southern border to 'arm up, get guns' and prepare to 'take matters into their own hands' against migrants
Lara Trump suggested that Americans living in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas should "take matters into their own hands" against migrants.news.yahoo.com
Fox hosts Dobbs, Bartiromo strike back in voting fraud suit
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Three Fox News hosts — Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro — are seeking the dismissal of claims against them and their employer as part of a $2.7 billion libel lawsuit brought by the voting technology company Smartmatic. It also argues that Dobbs' statements appearing to validate the claims of his guests were constitutionally protected opinions, not statements of fact. AdAll three hosts later aired a segment with an expert debunking some of the claims that had been made on its networks against Smartmatic and another voting technology company, Dominion. The Fox Business Network dropped Dobbs’ show Feb. 5, a day after the lawsuit was filed. Dobbs, in his motion to join the Fox request for dismissal, points out that he first covered Smartmatic a decade earlier, in 2006, when employed by CNN.
Fox News leader signs new contract, no ‘pivot’ planned
This 2018 image released by Fox News Channel shows CEO of Fox News Media Suzanne Scott, who has extended her contract with the news organization. Scott, who joined Fox News Channel as a programming assistant when the network launched in 1996, has been CEO of Fox News Media since 2018. (Fox News Channel via AP)NEW YORK – Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott signed a new contract Tuesday and the company said it will continue its “center right” programming mix despite a recent ratings slump and legal fight against its flagship Fox News Channel. Scott, who joined Fox News Channel as a programming assistant when the network launched in 1996, has been CEO of Fox News Media since 2018. The Fox Business Network dropped Dobbs' show on Friday, a day after the lawsuit was filed.
Voting company sues Fox, Giuliani over election fraud claims
A voting technology company is suing Fox News, three of its top hosts, Giuliani and Sidney Powell for $2.7 billion, charging that the defendants conspired to spread false claims that the company helped steal the U.S. presidential election away from former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)MIAMI – A voting technology company is suing Fox News, three of its hosts and two former lawyers for former President Donald Trump — Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell — for $2.7 billion, charging that the defendants conspired to spread false claims that the company helped “steal” the U.S. presidential election. On Jan. 25, a rival election-technology company — Dominion Voting Systems, which was also ensnared in Trump's baseless effort to overturn the election — sued Guiliani and Powell for $1.3 billion. Fox "is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion,” the company said in a written statement. Death threats, including against an executive’s 14-year-old son, poured in as Internet searches for the company surged, Smartmatic claims.
Trump's pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters
Trump is expected to pardon Bannon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency action that appears to be still in flux in the last hours of his presidency. For instance, joining Cunningham on the pardon list was Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist. The pardon nullified the prosecution of Bannon while the trial was still months away, eliminating the prospect for any punishment for him. He pleaded guilty last fall to acting as an unregistered lobbyist and was awaiting sentencing at the time of his pardon. In the final minutes of his term, Trump pardoned Al Pirro, the ex-husband of Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro, in a tax evasion case.
Trump issues last-second pardon to Fox News host Jeanine Pirro's tax cheat ex-husband Al
Albert Pirro and his wife, Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, leave court at the end of the day in White Plains, N.Y., in this June 19, 2000 file photo. Al Pirro did not immediately respond to a request for comment left at his office. Trump on Wednesday morning issued a full pardon to Al Pirro Jr., the ex-husband of one of Trump's most slavishly loyal supporters in the media, Jeanine Pirro, host of Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine." Al Pirro had been hit by a paternity lawsuit while serving his prison sentence for the tax case conviction. "This fraud will continue and America will be doomed for the next 20 years," Jeanine Pirro said.cnbc.com
Fox, Newsmax shoot down their own aired claims on election
Many Republican voters in Georgia are angry; certain that widespread voter fraud claims of which are baseless cost President Donald Trump the election. The companies deny several statements made about them, and there is no evidence any voting system switched or deleted votes in the 2020 election. That came days after Smartmatic sent a letter threatening legal action to Fox and two other networks popular with Trump supporters, Newsmax and One America News Network. A statement aired by Newsmax anchors on Monday, and also printed on the company website, was much broader and concerned both Smartmatic and Dominion. “No evidence has been offered that Dominion or Smartmatic used software or reprogrammed software that manipulated votes in the 2020 election,” Newsmax said.
Fox News runs fact check in response to defamation charges by voting software firm
In an unusual move, Fox News is airing a segment to counter previous remarks made by its conservative hosts and pro-Trump guests that voting software firm Smartmatic was involved in election fraud. “Newsmax has found no evidence either Dominion or Smartmatic owns the other, or has any business association with each other. We have no evidence Dominion uses Smartmatic’s software or vice versa. The legal salvo from Smartmatic may be a precursor to a defamation suit against Fox News, Newsmax and One America News. He says he has seen no evidence that Smartmatic software was used to delete, alter or change the vote tabulation.latimes.com
Trump books will continue after Trump leaves office
NEW YORK – One of publishing's most thriving genres of the past four years, books about President Donald Trump, is not going to end when he leaves office. In 2021 and beyond, look for waves of releases about the Trump administration and about the president's loss to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. “But there are tens of millions of Americans who look to the Trump presidency as an important time and are fans of his administration. Center Street, a Hachette Book Group imprint, has published Donald Trump Jr., Newt Gingrich and Judge Jeanine Pirro among others. Any publisher signing with Trump or a top administration official might face the anger not just of Trump critics among the general public, but from within the industry.