Lawsuit highlight's Paul Ryan's powerful role at Fox News

 March 1, 2023

According to Breitbart, Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News last Friday over its coverage of the 2020 presidential election.

In what may come off as being a dirty secret to many conservatives, the lawsuit exposes how former House Speaker Paul Ryan plays a major role at the network. 

Fox News accused of promoting "manufactured storyline about election fraud"

Dominion's complaint asserts that Fox News promoted the idea that the company manipulated vote counts to defeat former President Donald Trump.

"Fox, one of the most powerful media companies in the United States, give life to a manufactured storyline about election fraud that cast a then-libel known voting machine company called Dominion as the villain," it reads.

"Fox endorsed, repeated, and broadcast a series of verifiably false yet devastating lies about Dominion," Dominion's complaint continues.

The Associated Press reported that for its part, Fox News has already filed four motions to dismiss lawsuits in response to its election coverage.

Fox News says it is "proud" of election coverage

"Fox News Media is proud of our 2020 election coverage, which stands in the highest tradition of American journalism, and we will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court," a statement from Fox News was quoted as saying.

Breitbart noted that one section of the lawsuit which may be of interest to conservatives is titled "Concern About Fox’s Election Coverage and Fallout Rises to the Board Level."

It details statements made by former Speaker Ryan, a Fox News board member who is widely known for his anti-Trump feelings.

"On November 10-12, FC held an in-person Board meeting in Los Angeles. Scott flew out for it. Former Speaker of the House and FC Board Member Paul Ryan confirmed that all Board members and business unit leaders attended," the complaint asserts.

Ryan won't attend GOP convention if Trump is the nominee

"Ryan testified that it wouldn’t surprise me if they discussed the topic of FNN coverage of the election," it goes on to claim.

"When asked whether the topic of Donald Trump spreading baseless election conspiracy theories came up, Ryan responded: "This is November 11th, so it would surprise me if we were not talking about the news today,'" the former speaker was quoted as saying. "And when asked whether the topic of FNN covering these conspiracies arose, Ryan testified: 'Not that I can recall but it’s not implausible at all.'"

During an interview last week, Ryan said he will not attend the 2024 Republican National Convention should Trump be his party's nominee.

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