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Smartmatic, Fox Corp. Earn Separate Wins in Legal Dispute

Each won in their separate legal disputes in a New York court this week.

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This week, Smartmatic, a voting technology company, and Fox Corp., the parent company of Fox News Media, each won in their separate legal disputes in a New York court.

Smartmatic has received the green light from New York Supreme Court Judge David B. Cohen to move forward with its $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox Corp. However, the judge has rejected Smartmatic’s request to dismiss Fox’s countersuit. It appears there will likely be a trial next year.

In a defamation lawsuit filed in 2021 in a New York State court, Smartmatic accused Fox News of deliberately spreading falsehoods about the company’s role in the 2020 presidential election. 

Smartmatic asserts that Fox News, through former host Lou Dobbs and current hosts Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo, as well as former President Donald Trump’s attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, knowingly misled the public into believing that Smartmatic manipulated election results against Trump. 

Additionally, Smartmatic asserts that this untrue story has significantly harmed its reputation. It’s crucial to understand that Smartmatic’s voting machines and software were only used in one U.S. district in 2020, specifically in Los Angeles County.

Fox argues in its counterclaim that the voting tech company’s lawsuit is an attempt to chill free speech. Fox News Media asserts that its coverage of individuals and events related to the 2020 presidential election was newsworthy and not defamatory towards Smartmatic.

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Greg Gutfeld Moves to Top of Cable News Ratings in February

In the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.

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Greg Gutfeld has long billed himself as the King of Late-Night. Now, he can bill himself as the king of cable news after his showing in the February ratings.

Gutfeld! — the Fox News late-night program — finished as the highest-rated program in all of cable news in the second month of 2024, averaging 2.2 million viewers for the month, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, in the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.

Fox News garnered the top 13 slots in the demo, with The Five, Jesse Watters Primetime, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle rounding out the top five.

In the late-night ratings, Gutfeld! narrowly defeated The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which averaged 2.1 million viewers. Also, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon finished with 1.45 and 1.3 million viewers on average, during the month.

It is also worth noting that the Fox News program hosted by Greg Gutfeld now airs at 10 PM ET after the network’s shuffle following the high-profile departure of Tucker Carlson last year. The other late-night programs it is measured against all begin at 11:35 PM ET.

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CPAC Poll Shows Newsmax Most Trusted Cable News Outlet Among Attendees

Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America.”

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The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held last week, and McLaughlin & Associates conducted a poll asking attendees which cable news channel they trusted most. Newsmax was the victor by a wide margin.

Of the nearly 1,500 attendees surveyed, 49% said Newsmax was the outlet they “trust the most.” 15% said Fox News was their most trusted channel. 29% of those in attendance said they did not trust a cable news outlet, with CNN and MSNBC each receiving 1% of support.

Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America”, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg compiling 55% of the vote.

In total, 1,478 conservative attendees were polled, with the company utilizing a PIN system to ensure there were no multiple votes or outside voting to impact the results of the survey.

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Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House

“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”

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After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.

“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.

Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.

The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.

On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.

Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.

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