Fox News has successfully argued in court that "any reasonable viewer" would conclude that host Tucker Carlson is not "stating actual facts," but the conservative broadcaster may successfully block the host's performance reviews from being handed over in a billion dollar defamation case.
"The judge in Dominion Voting Systems Inc.'s $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox News balked at ordering the network to turn over performance reviews of Tucker Carlson and other hosts who aired false election-fraud claims," Bloomberg News reports. "Reviews are 'about as personal as it gets,' Judge Eric Davis said at a discovery hearing Tuesday in Delaware state court. The request is 'too intrusive' without further explanation on why the reviews might help Dominion's case, he said."
The lawsuit originated from Fox News pushing Donald Trump's "Big Lie" of election fraud.
"According to Dominion, the reviews would bolster its claim that Fox maliciously booked former President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani and former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell to appear on its top-rated shows, where they spread false claims that the company rigged the 2020 presidential election," Bloomberg reported.
In March, Carlson was widely criticized for pushing vaccine skepticism.
In April, the Anti-Defamation League demanded Fox News fire Carlson for pushing the white nationalist "great replacement" conspiracy theory, but he remained at the network.
And CNN's Jim Acosta has labeled Carlson a "human manure spreader," the network's "chief white power correspondent," "Fox's Ayatollah of Paranoia," and referred to Carlson as the "Bullsh*t Factory Employee of the Month."
Bloomberg reports Dominion is also seeking performance reviews of Sean Hannity, Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro and Lou Dobbs.
The parties were ordered to meet in an attempt to narrow other areas of dispute in the discovery process before returning to the questions of the performance reviews, Bloomberg reported.
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