Fox hosts Dobbs, Bartiromo strike back in voting fraud suit

first_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest TAGS  Previous articleRemaining Free AgentsNext articleJeanLouis, Junior Joseph carry Iona past Manhattan 85-67 Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusinessUS Newscenter_img Pinterest Fox hosts Dobbs, Bartiromo strike back in voting fraud suit By Digital AIM Web Support – February 12, 2021 Three Fox News hosts — Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro — are seeking the dismissal of claims against them and their employer as part of a $2.7 billion libel lawsuit brought by the voting technology company Smartmatic. Bartiromo, Dobbs and Pirro, as well as Donald Trump lawyers Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell, were sued this month for the eye-popping amount by Smartmatic, which accused them of conspiring to spread false claims that the company was involved in an effort to steal the presidential election from Trump. In its motions, lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis, which is also defending Fox, argue Bartiromo, Dobbs and Pirro were doing their job in covering the biggest story of the day: unprecedented allegations by the president that the integrity of the electoral process was marred by fraud. Smartmatic, in its 285-page complaint filed Feb. 4 in state court in New York, had cited at least 13 reports on Fox News in which guests or personalities falsely stated or implied that the company had somehow helped steal the election through easily tampered technology or in cahoots with Venezuela’s socialist government. The complaint alleged that the “disinformation campaign” continued even after then-Attorney General William Barr said the Department of Justice could find no evidence of widespread voter fraud. “Smartmatic is confident in its case and looks forward to briefing these issues for the Court,” J. Erik Connolly, attorney for Smartmatic, wrote Friday in a statement. The lawsuit is being closely watched as the rise of far-right voices on social media and pro-Trump outlets like Newsmax and One America News challenge long-held assumptions about the limits of free speech. The filings by the Fox personalities note instances in which they questioned Powell and Giuliani for evidence to back their claims, as well as Smartmatic’s own denial of the charges. It also argues that Dobbs’ statements appearing to validate the claims of his guests were constitutionally protected opinions, not statements of fact. “The First Amendment protects the press when it informs the public about judicial proceedings regardless of the accuracy of the underlying allegations,” according to the motion filed on behalf of Dobbs. All three hosts later aired a segment with an expert debunking some of the claims that had been made on its networks against Smartmatic and another voting technology company, Dominion. The Fox Business Network dropped Dobbs’ show Feb. 5, a day after the lawsuit was filed. The network said the move was part of a planned programming shift and not related to the lawsuit. Bartiromo in her motion suggests an alternate motive for what she calls Smartmatic’s “headline-seeking” lawsuit: an attempt by the company to fill its coffers after reporting losses of $17 million on $144 million in revenue in 2019. “This complaint is not just meritless; it is a legal shakedown designed to chill speech and punish reporting on issues that cut to the heart of our democracy,” her lawyers argue. Roy Gutterman, a media law professor at Syracuse University, said Fox in its motion made reasonable arguments about First Amendment rights and its duty to fuel public discourse on important political issues. “Whether the broadcaster is liable for providing a forum for speakers and what responsibility they have for dealing with false factual statements will be central to the court’s decision,” he said. Still, he said, if Fox succeeds in persuading the court to dismiss the case, the individual guests — Giuliani and Powell — could still be liable for potentially false and damaging statements. Smartmatic’s participation in the U.S. election was restricted to a single district, Los Angeles County, which votes heavily Democratic. That limited role notwithstanding, the company and its technology were widely and baselessly blamed by Trump supporters for somehow tilting the race in favor of Joe Biden. The effects of the negative publicity were swift and included death threats against an executive’s 14-year-old son, the loss of business and an enduring stain on its reputation, Smartmatic says. The company fears its entire business, once worth billions as it expanded to countries around the world — from Belgium to the Philippines — could now be valued near zero. Like many conspiracy theories, the alleged campaign against Smartmatic was built on a grain of truth. The company’s founder and CEO is Venezuelan, and Smartmatic’s initial success is partly attributable to major contracts from Hugo Chávez’s government, an early devotee of electronic voting. Dobbs, in his motion to join the Fox request for dismissal, points out that he first covered Smartmatic a decade earlier, in 2006, when employed by CNN. At the time the company was facing scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers concerned about its purchase of an American competitor so shortly after it had helped organize elections in Venezuela that were marred by allegations of fraud. ——— Follow Goodman on Twitter: @APJoshGoodman Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ageism claims could follow anti-bias law

first_img Comments are closed. Employers are likely to face an avalanche of costly claims from aggrieved older workers in the wake of a new EU Anti-discrimination directive.The directive was agreed last week by the EU’s Employment and Social Policy Council and will also make it illegal for employers to discriminate against staff on grounds of sexual orientation, religion or disability. The Government has a deadline of three years to meet the directive’s requirements on religious and sexual orientation and six years to make necessary UK legislative changes on age and disability discrimination.”This directive has come in at lightning speed and has shocked and stunned many of my clients. We all thought the revolution of employment legislation was coming to an end but here it is happening again,” said Russell Brimelow, head of the employment group at Boodle Hatfield. He said it would mean a huge new liability for employers. But the news was welcomed by those companies who are leading the way on promoting and retaining an older workforce. Brian Worthington, HR director for Choice Hotels Europe, said the existing voluntary code of practice on age discrimination lacks teeth and has not achieved enough progress. “I am delighted other employers are going to be forced to fall in line with us now,” he said. Ageism claims could follow anti-bias lawOn 24 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Vulfpeck Welcomes Adam Deitch, Treats Denver To “Dubstep” Double Encore [Videos]

first_imgIt is safe to say that the funk outfit Vulfpeck is taking the scene by storm. After debuting at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, last year as the support for The Motet, the Michigan-born group returned to Denver for a sold-out debut at Denver’s Ogden Theatre on Tuesday. Their spirited performance came ahead of Vulfpeck’s return to Red Rocks supporting Trey Anastasio Band the following night. At last night’s performance at the Ogden, with help of frequent collaborators Joey Dosik, Cory Wong, and Antwaun Stanley and special guest Adam Deitch of Lettuce, Vulfpeck tore up the 1,600-head venue, reiterating why the ensemble and its extended group of friends-cum-collaborators are continuing to earn fans for their diverse and ever-growing fanbase.LivePhish Will Webcast Trey Anastasio Band’s Upcoming Red Rocks Show With VulfpeckThe night started off with opener Joey Dosik (who would return frequently across Vulfpeck’s performance on sax), whose soulful set served as an appropriate warm-up for the already-packed house. Stationed at the keys while laying down crisp vocals, Dosik’s unmistakable musicianship set the tone for the evening. As is only appropriate for a Vulfpeck show, particularly when recognizing that an emphasis on underlying friendship rules Vulfpeck and its extended family of close collaborators, a number of the members of Vulfpeck joined Dosik throughout his performance, adding instrumental depth to the multi-instrumentalist’s expressive songs. Less funk-oriented than the headliners who followed him, Dosik’s performance was a charming way to start the night, priming the audience to pay attention to the expert songwriting across both acts.Vulfpeck took the stage in a dramatic manner to start their set following the short break after the end of Dosik’s performance—with an “Outro” opener, an announcer introduced each member of the group and the additional musicians who would join them during their set. The group wasted no time getting into, with their “Outro” intro moving deftly into “Cory Wong” (predictably featuring Cory Wong on guitar), a song off their latest album The Beautiful Game. The tone of the night was jubilant, to say the least, and during the number, Wong, Jack Stratton, and Joe Dart moved into a coordinate two-step, pumping up the crowd and clearly enjoying themselves.After moving through spirited renditions of “Rango” and “My First Car,” Vulfpeck introduced their first surprise of the night. After noting that the complex drum part of the next song required finesse, the group introduced the drum extraordinaire behind Lettuce and Break Science, none other than Adam Deitch, to join them for “Daddy, He Got A Tesla.” Dosik was featured heavily on sax in the beginning of the number, eventually moving aside and allowing Deitch to take center stage with an authoritative drum breakdown as the other members watched on grinning. Bassist Joe Dart then joined in (and a little bit later Stratton on keys), showing off this powerhouse rhythm section. You can check out a video of this tremendous collaboration below.“Daddy, He Got A Tesla” with Adam DeitchDeitch then departed from the stage, and it was clear that the group was truly dialed in and the crowd was loving it. After a high-energy rendition of the number “Animal Spirits” carried by Woody Goss‘s cascading keys, the group introduced the powerhouse vocalist Antwaun Stanley, who joined the crew for the massively catchy “1612.” From this point, the extended Vulfpeck lineup was out in full force, with the huge crew then moving through “Aunt Leslie,” “Funky Duck,” and Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful”—the crowd was eating up the music, and looking across the theater, many of the dedicated fans could be seen beaming while singing along to the various numbers. For their final song of this segment, the group laid into “Wait For The Moment,” a favorite for many because of Stanley’s immaculate voice, the fugue-like keys, and the group’s propensity for climactic builds and pauses.Jack Stratton was left solo on the stage after this string of crowd-pleasers, with the bandleader strutting across the stage and giving each of his bandmates a more intimate introduction. The interlude felt almost like a bit from a comedy club, eliciting laughter while simultaneously functioning to build up each member (perhaps the best line was the announcement that Joe Dart is “really good at bass,” with the simplicity and apparent veracity of the statement verging into anti-comedy and earning whoops from the crowd [Editor’s note: Clearly, the best jokes should always be explained.]) The rest of the musicians came back for a “Vulfapella” intro into “Back Pocket,” with Theo Katzman’s impressive and soaring falsetto coasting over the other members tight a capella base before dropping into the full instrumental version of the song.“Back Pocket” (Vulfapella)From there, it was a full-out sprint to the end of the show, with Joe Dart tearing up the bass and more or less engaging in musical witchcraft during his mesmerizing and frenetic feature during “Beastly.” Dart’s solo served as the catalyst to close out the song, accelerating as additional members joined in, with an initially discordant segment toward the song’s close that culminated in a dramatic finish as collectively the group returned to the main theme of “Beastly.” The group closed things out with the song “Christmas in L.A.,” with the enchanting narrative contributed by Katzman providing a perfect set-up for Vulfpeck’s final song of the night. After a quick break, the group returned for an encore of “Dean Town,” which ended with a huge drum solo by Stratton and Katzman sharing the kit.While perhaps Vulfpeck thought they were done for the night after “Dean Town,” they weren’t. Following the first encore, the crowd lingered wanting more, and the group obliged, emerging for a rare second encore. For their true final song, the core group put on a hilarious delivery of the song “It Gets Funkier,” which featured a “dubstep” interlude and absurd antics from Stratton to end the night on a high. You can check out a video of this final song below. The group continues on to Red Rocks tonight in support of Trey Anastasio Band, before continuing this leg of their tour, which runs through the beginning of June.“It Gets Funkier”[Photo: Joseph Fruehwald]Setlist: Vulfpeck | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 5/30/2017Set: Outro, Cory Wong, Rango, My First Car, Daddy He Got A Tesla*, Animal Spirits, 1612, Aunt Leslie, Funky Dunk, Simply Beautiful (Al Green cover), Wait For The Moment, Ritter, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas In L.A.Encore One: Dean TownEncore Two: It Gets Funkier* with Adam Deitchlast_img read more

East concourse of library open after months of construction

first_imgThe renovation of the east concourse in Hesburgh Library has finished after over two months of work. The construction on the concourse started Nov. 20 in anticipation of the establishment of the Scholars Lounge, a new study space across from Au Bon Pain. The new lounge opened Dec. 1. One feature of the concourse’s transformation is the introduction of floor to ceiling glass on the second level of the center concourse; staff spaces on the first and fourth floors were also improved.An open house to showcase both the new Scholars Lounge and the newly opened concourse is being held Thursday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.Tags: concourse, Hesburgh Library, renovationlast_img read more