“This Dominion Sh~t Is Going To Give Me A Fuc~ing Aneurism” . . . Fox Producer Tommy Firth*

R.VanWagoner
15 min readFeb 19, 2023
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On November 12, 2020, Fox reporter Jacqui Heinrich ‘fact checked’ a Trump tweet that mentioned Dominion voting machines and specifically referenced Sean Hannity’s and Lou Dobbs’ broadcasts that evening discussing Dominion. In a group text thread, Heinrich pointed out that “top election officials” said “[t]here is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

Tucker Carlson went off. In a text to Hannity, Carlson said:

“Please get her fired. Seriously. . . . What the fuck? I’m actually shocked. . . . It needs to stop immediately, like tonight. It’s measurably hurting the company. The stock price is down. Not a joke.

Dominion Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment at 31 (emphasis in original).

Trump didn’t have to “open up” the libel laws for someone to take on the “fake news” media, a target rich environment among Trump’s favorite “news” platforms and conspiracy theorists. Sandy Hook parents of mass-murdered children recently succeeded in persuading juries in Connecticut and Texas to award them $1.487 billion against Alex Jones and his syndicated program Infowars for defamatory falsehoods Jones published claiming the whole thing was staged.

Problems with taking on Fox, however, include having the right set of facts to satisfy the very specific elements of a claim for defamation and sufficient financial backing not to be overwhelmed by the behemoth.

Dominion Voting Systems is a technology business that developed secure voting machines used by 28 states in the 2020 presidential election, the “most secure in American history.” Dominion has the financial resources to take on Fox, “the most destructive and divisive media force in the country.” The Daily: How A Lawsuit Could Cripple Fox News And Strengthen Democracy.

In its lawsuit, Dominion claims Fox published four categories of defamatory “falsehoods,” allegedly knowing at the time of publication that they were false:

“(1) Dominion committed election fraud by rigging the 2020 Presidential Election (the ‘fraud’ lie).

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R.VanWagoner

Exercising my right not to remain silent. Criminal defense and First Amendment attorney.