Lou Dobbs Gets His Bottom Spanked
Since he departed CNN for FOX, Lou Dobbs has been a shameless whore for America's right wingnuts. Now Lou is getting an education in comeuppance.
Dobbs has been flogging the conspiracy theory of a rigged election. One of the companies he smeared was Smartmatic, a company involved in the election in Los Angeles county. Surprise, surprise - FOX doesn't like the prospect of getting sued. Instead it has broadcast a retraction setting the record straight on the network's conspiracy mongering, especially by Dobbs.
Specifically, the company charged: “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 [the late Venezuelan President] 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.”
Not only are these claims false, the company said, it played only a relatively minor role in this year’s presidential election, as a contractor for the election process in Los Angeles County, Calif.
In the legal letter, Smartmatic included segments from Dobbs’s prime-time show as examples of “false and defamatory statements/implications,” with some comments coming from Dobbs himself — Dobbs said on Nov. 18 that the company consists of “left-wing radicals” — and others from guests such as Giuliani and onetime Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell.
Fox News confirmed to The Washington Post on Saturday that the fact-checking segment seen on Dobbs’s show Friday night will also air on “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” hosted on Saturday night by Jeanine Pirro and “Sunday Morning Futures,” hosted on Sunday morning by Maria Bartiromo, the shows mentioned in the demand letter. (Smartmatic had demanded that the corrections “must be published on multiple occasions” and must be made during prime-time shows, so as to “match the attention and audience targeted with the original defamatory publications.”)
When CNN granted Dobb's request for an early release from his contract, the network said it had been working to wean Dobbs off the opinion stuff and decided they didn't want to do anything "off mission."