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Here's How Fox News and Trump Ended Up on Flip Sides of the Free Speech Fight

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After letting its hosts make wildly false claims about how Donald Trump’s political opponents supposedly “stole” the election from him, Fox News is facing potentially catastrophic lawsuits seeking billions in damages from election systems companies Dominion and Smartmatic.

That’s why the former president’s personal propaganda network is now trying to raise the shield of legal protections for the press that Trump has spent years smashing.

“I’m gonna open up the libel laws,” he said in 2016, so that “when they write hit pieces, we can sue them, and they can lose money.” Once elected, he whined that, “Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness.”

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