Jimmy Kimmel slams Dominion Voting Systems for settling the lawsuit with Fox News over false election claims
Dominion Voting Systems has reached a settlement with Fox News for $787.5 million after suing the network for broadcasting false claims regarding the 2020 presidential election. However, according to reports, Fox won’t have to issue an apology or admit to promoting falsehoods about the voting-machine company rigging the election.
Dominion’s decision to settle has been criticized by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who believes the payout allows Fox to avoid public accountability. Kimmel also took the opportunity to call out Fox anchor Maria Bartiromo, whom he joked could be waiting tables at Planet Hollywood for providing Dominion with so much evidence that Fox had to pay the settlement amount.
The settlement agreement means that high-profile figures at Fox News, such as Rupert Murdoch and Tucker Carlson, will not have to testify under oath about their election coverage, which has already been found to be full of false claims.
In response to Fox’s statement that the settlement “reflects Fox’s continued commitment to the highest journalistic standards,” Kimmel criticized the network for already lying in their statement about lying, stating that it was “shameless.” He also lamented Dominion’s decision to settle, which allowed Fox to continue misleading its viewers without consequence.
Kimmel sarcastically remarked that it would take “a lot of reverse mortgage ads” to pay off the hefty settlement amount. While the settlement ends the legal battle between Dominion and Fox News, whether it will impact the network’s reporting and coverage of future elections remains to be seen.