Fox Cancels Lou Dobbs

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Fox Cancels Lou Dobbs

Postby toucana on February 6th, 2021, 4:01 pm 

In the best traditions of fulminating panic when confronted with a $2.7 billion law suit, Fox has cancelled its business network's “Lou Dobbs Tonight" and will air the program's final show on Friday night.

https://www.axios.com/fox-news-cancels-lou-dobbs-show-6fb97b27-cc72-48d7-8f53-727c95ee249c.html

Dobbs, former President Trump’s favourite TV host, helped promote the baseless assertions of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

The cancellation comes after Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, some of the network's hosts — including Dobbs — and members of Trump's entourage for launching a "disinformation campaign" against the company.

'Lou Dobbs Tonight' was actually the show with the highest viewer ratings on the Fox Business network, but it had recently been generating low rates of advertising income because advertisers shied away from the toxic dishonesty of its content.

Instead of Dobbs' show at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST on the Fox Business Network, the slots will be filled starting Monday with "Fox Business Tonight," which will be hosted by Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman on a rotating basis.

Lou Dobbs 75 remains under contract at Fox News and won't be moving to another network in the near future.
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Re: Fox Cancels Lou Dobbs

Postby Serpent on April 5th, 2021, 10:29 pm 

You think maybe the loss of revenue plus the threat of expensive lawsuits will induce FOX to moderate its content and recruit more responsibly? It's had a good run as a mainstream network catering to the lowest. commonest denomination --- maybe it's time to move on up?
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Re: Fox Cancels Lou Dobbs

Postby charon on April 6th, 2021, 2:07 am 

I know the wheels of the law turn slowly but when are all all these lawsuits going to get resolved? - the one above, the Dominion one, all the ones against Trump, etc, etc.

All I hear is talk about them... I want to see some action!
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Re: Fox Cancels Lou Dobbs

Postby Serpent on April 6th, 2021, 10:25 am 

Civil lawsuits typically take one to three years to resolve. It can be much longer; if one of the parties wants to delay a foreseeable outcome, their lawyers can resort to delay tactics, such as lengthy discovery procedures, outside auditing of documents, calling and deposing numerous witnesses, countersuit on minor related matters, motions to dismiss and/or to change venue. These are expensive and chancy moves; they can backfire.
I wouldn't expect to see any fast results.
Given that the defendant is very likely to lose and has a big enough legal team for an extended rearguard action, and given the backlog in the courts due to an avalanche of Trump actions on top of a pandemic, these suits can go on for five years or more. But it seems to me more likely that they'll settle. They may be required to issue a public retraction and apology - at least, that would be my only non-negotiable demand if I were the plaintiff.
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Re: Fox Cancels Lou Dobbs

Postby toucana on April 6th, 2021, 11:09 am 

Google have just won a court case against Oracle that took 10 years to resolve. The case was fought all the way up to the US Supreme Court, which overturned the verdicts of appellate courts that had previously ruled in favour of Oracle.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56639088

In a 6-2 majority, the SCOTUS ruled that Google’s use of Java API calls was permissible under copyright’s fair use doctrine. Had the verdict gone the other way, then Oracle would have had a lien on the entire Android universe, an operating system that accounts for around 70% of all smartphones in use around the world. The damages alone would have been worth billions.

The case dates back to the creation of the Android platform in the mid-2000s. Google decided to base Android on Sun's Java programming language, enabling existing Java programmers to easily develop for the platform. Google independently implemented the Java API methods, but to ensure compatibility, it copied Java's method names, argument types, and the class and package hierarchy.

A few years later, Oracle acquired Sun and soon afterward sued Google, arguing that Google's copying had infringed Sun's copyrights. Over a decade of litigation, Google won twice at the trial court level, but each time, the ruling was overruled by the Federal Circuit appeals court. The case finally reached the Supreme Court last year.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/04/supreme-court-sides-with-google-in-api-copyright-battle-with-oracle/

The bottom line is that when billions of $$ are on the table, the wheels of justice can grind very slowly indeed.
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Re: Fox Cancels Lou Dobbs

Postby charon on April 6th, 2021, 12:02 pm 

Thanks for your replies. I'm sure it'll all come out in the wash.
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Re: Fox Cancels Lou Dobbs

Postby Serpent on April 6th, 2021, 12:42 pm 

Maybe it's petty, but I do feel a certain satisfaction is FOX getting its comeuppance.
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