Former Fox Business host Dobbs on Dominion settlement: Issues of the 2020 election remain unresolved

Fox News and Dominion reached a settlement Tuesday in which the network reportedly agree to pay $787.5 million

Published: April 18, 2023 6:23pm

Updated: April 19, 2023 12:46pm

Political commentator and former Fox News Business host Lou Dobbs said Tuesday evening that he was surprised to see the cable news network earlier this day settle a $1.6 billion lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems. 

"My reaction is, I was surprised to see them settle and to make agreements on a number of things," Dobbs told the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "But this is the course of settlements."

Fox News and Dominion reached a settlement Tuesday in which the network reportedly agree to pay $787.5 million.

Dominion argued that Fox defamed the company by knowingly allowing guests on their shows to peddle false accusations that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and that Dominion's voting machines were involved. Fox had contended that it was protected by the First Amendment and that the allegations against the company were newsworthy.

Dominion sued anchors anchors Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro, Fox Corporation, Sidney Powell and Rudolph Giuliani based on claims they made about the 2020 election being rigged. 

"I think it's good in one way to get this behind for Fox," Dobbs also said. "It is good for Dominion. ... And you know, we're now at least at a resolution. It was a tough time for the country."

Dobbs argued that it still had to be acknowledged that all the issues in 2020 were not settled. 

"The suggestion that these issues are settled is to ignore the reality," he said. "And the reality is that three states with a total of 42,000 votes decided who the President was. Some of those states at this very moment are still very much in question by millions of people."

He said that there would be many questions about the 2020 election for years to come. 

"It was, I think, the most tragic election in the country's history," stated Dobbs. "There will be many questions asked for a very, very long period of time. Unfortunately, the answer should have already been before the American people, but the federal government failed them. The court system failed them and that's my opinion."

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