Fox's Jeanine Pirro Show Runs Similar Fact-Check on Election Conspiracies 1 Day After Lou Dobbs

Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine on Saturday aired a segment that fact-checked and refuted the program's own claims about the voting technology company, Smartmatic. Host Jeanine Pirro herself did not introduce the segment. Instead, a guest host to led a nearly identical fact-check as Fox Business host Lou Dobbs did one day earlier.

The Fox News and Fox Business move comes after Smartmatic attorneys sent a letter to multiple news media networks, including conservative outlets Newsmax and OAN, which demanded they retract numerous conspiratorial claims about the software company. Threatening defamation litigation, the London-based electronic voting system company specifically demanded the networks rebuke their hosts' own claims that tied them to billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Dobbs and Pirro had also initially echoed many of President Donald Trump's baseless conspiratorial claims about election voting software being "rigged." On Fox's Sunday Morning Futures, Maria Bartiromo's program, aired the same fact-check up against her own previously false claims about Smartmatic. Bartiromo is at least the third Fox News or Fox Business figure who has walked back comments about the electronic voting company.

Guest host Lisa Boothe, who filled in for Pirro Saturday night, introduced OSET Institute tech development director Eddie Perez to offer his expert opinion on how Smartmatic is not actually involved in any efforts to hide or discredit Republican Party votes.

"Welcome back to Justice," Boothe said in Saturday's final segment, as the chyron "Closer Look at Claims About Smartmatic' appeared in the bottom of the screen. "In our weeks long look into election integrity, we have heard concerns about both voting machines and voting software, specifically a company called Smartmatic. We reached out to Eddie Perez for his insight."

An unseen interviewer asked Perez in a clip: "Have you seen any evidence that Smartmatic software was used to flip votes anywhere in the U.S. in this election?"

"I have not seen any evidence that Smarmatic software was used to delete, change, alter, anything related to vote tabulation," Perez said.

He added that he doesn't believe the company was used anywhere in the U.S. outside of Los Angeles County. He also said that he is only aware that one executive at Smarmatic had perhaps a single affiliation with a George Soros foundation.

On Friday evening, Fox Business host Dobbs ran a nearly identical fact-checking segment that debunked his program's apparently false claims about the election software company.

"Lots of opinions about the integrity of the election, the irregularities of mail-in voting, of election voting machines and voting software," Dobbs said during the Friday segment on Lou Dobbs Tonight. "One of the companies is Smartmatic, and we reached out to one of the leading authorities on open source software for elections, Eddie Perez, for his insight and views."

Newsweek reached out to both Fox outlets as well as Smartmatic Sunday morning for additional remarks.

Updated 12:57 PM ET, with an update to include Maria Bartiromo's TV program.

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Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine on Saturday aired a segment which fact-checked and refuted the program's own claims about the voting technology company, Smartmatic. Screenshot: Fox news | YouTube