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Fox News host Lou Dobbs told his viewers that the Dominion scandal appeared to be “the endgame to a four-and-a-half yearlong effort to overthrow the president of the United States.”
Fox News host Lou Dobbs told his viewers that the Dominion scandal appeared to be “the endgame to a four-and-a-half yearlong effort to overthrow the president of the United States.” Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images
Dylan Byers
April 14, 2023

On the morning of November 16, 2020, a Fox News producer named Anne McCarton sent an email to Lou Dobbs, the then-Fox Business primetime anchor and host of what had long been the most-watched business show in America. For several days, Dobbs had been focusing his attention on White House allegations of a voter fraud scandal involving Dominion Voting Systems, an election technology company that Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell said could be traced back to pro-Chavez Venezuelans who had built the software to alter voting results. (In fact, Dominion was built by a Canadian electrical engineer.) A few nights earlier, Dobbs had told his viewers that the Dominion scandal appeared to be “the endgame to a four-and-a-half yearlong effort to overthrow the president of the United States.”

Dobbs intended to keep beating the Dominion drum that night; McCarton was emailing to inform him that he would need to do so without Ed Rollins, a Fox News political analyst and veteran G.O.P. strategist, and then-chairman of the pro-Trump Great America PAC. McCarton had tried to book Rollins for the show; Rollins had responded with a defiant rejection of the voter fraud conspiracy, which McCarton forwarded to Dobbs: “Let me state what I believe,” Rollins wrote. “Biden won the election. I have seen or heard of no evidence of fraud. The conspiracy theories put forth by Rudy and Sidney are all bullshit.”