Fox News is once again facing a defamation lawsuit, this time from Nina Jankowicz, a former executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board. Jankowicz claims that Fox News began a “malicious campaign of destruction” against her over the course of eight months in 2022, with the network mentioning her name more than 300 times across its broadcast and online publications.
She alleges that Fox News falsely claimed that she was trying to censor Americans’ speech, that she was fired from her position at the federal government and that she wanted to give verified Twitter users including herself the power to edit others’ tweets.
Fox News is facing another defamation lawsuit, this time from a former executive director of a Department of Homeland Security division who claims the network intentionally distorted the truth.
Jankowicz also claims that Fox News became “obsessed” with her when she was appointed at the executive director of DHS’s Disinformation Governance Board, which was set up to coordinate between federal agencies and officials who track and respond to disinformation that poses a national security threat. Despite the fact that the working group had no operating authority or capability, Fox News allegedly portrayed Jankowicz as a threat to Americans’ freedom of speech. Jankowicz’s lawsuit cites a number of current and former network personalities, including Jesse Watters, Tucker Carlson, Maria Bartiromo, Dan Bongino and Harris Faulkner.
The lawsuit also draws parallels between the Jankowicz case and the recent Dominion Voting Systems case, in which Fox News agreed to pay $787.5 million to settle a defamation suit. According to Jankowicz’s suit, both cases involve Fox News refusing to diverge from a chosen narrative, even when faced with contradictory information.
Jankowicz’s lawsuit argues that Fox News’ coverage of her was “cheap, easy entertainment untethered from the facts, designed to make consumers believe that Jankowicz could and would suppress their speech.” She alleges that Fox News intentionally distorted the facts to capitalize on what it saw as a ratings opportunity and that it disparaged her when she complained about the violent threats she received as a result of the network’s coverage.
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The Jankowicz case is just the latest in a string of defamation suits against Fox News. The network has faced criticism for its coverage of the 2020 presidential election and for its role in spreading disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. While Fox News has not yet commented on the Jankowicz case, the network’s track record suggests that it will vigorously defend itself in court.