In a shocking move, Fox News has canceled Fox Business Network’s top-rated show, Lou Dobbs Tonight. The network said in a statement that the move has been under consideration since October and is part of a regular post-election lineup change. Still, the move raised many eyebrows throughout media and journalism circles.
Dobbs began working at Fox Business Network in 2011. Before Fox Business, Dobbs spent nearly 30 years at CNN hosting various financial programs such as Moneyline and later Lou Dobbs Tonight. He left CNN in 2009 amid accusations from network executives that he was politically biased. Before his work with CNN, he was an award-winning journalist and television anchor. Dobbs won a Peabody Award for his coverage of the 1987 stock market crash.
Dobbs was recently named in a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit brought by Smartmatics, maker of the Dominion voting machines. Dobbs along with two other Fox News personalities, Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo were named in the lawsuit that alleges that they perpetuated lies and disinformation about Smartmatic’s role in the outcome of the 2020 election. Persons close to the decision to end Dobbs’ show say that the decision was already under consideration before the lawsuit and even before the election on November 3rd, 2020. Fox News also stands by its coverage of the 2020 election and has said that they will defend it vigorously in court.