$787M Judgement is FNC’s Price of Doing Business

Record libel award won’t stop right-wing network from polluting the airwaves

Manny Otiko
4 min readApr 20, 2023
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The much-anticipated FOX “News” Channel (FNC)-Dominion Voting Systems libel trial ended with a dull thud on Tuesday when the network settled for the grand total of $787 million. Although the public was denied seeing the dirty inner workings of FNC, the conservative so-called news network still walks away with a damaged reputation. The settlement was the largest media libel judgment in American history, which is quite appropriate for one of the worst networks in history.

Revelations from the lawsuit left FNC bloodied. The lawsuit showed FNC cared more about ratings than the truth and lied to its audience to stay on top. The Dominion revelations should have destroyed what little legitimacy FNC has. It’s a network that mocks and despises its own viewers, regularly features hosts who say the complete opposite of what they believe and backed a president they despised and knew was unqualified and out of control. Of course, to regular media watchers, none of this was surprising. The revelations from the Dominion lawsuit only confirmed what we had long suspected about FNC.

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Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.