Fox News won a court case by 'persuasively' arguing that no 'reasonable viewer' takes Tucker Carlson

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  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    Fox News won a court case by 'persuasively' arguing that no 'reasonable viewer' takes Tucker Carlson seriously

    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against Fox News after lawyers for the network argued that no "reasonable viewer" takes the primetime host Tucker Carlson seriously, a new court filing said.

    The case was brought by the former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said Carlson defamed her on his show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight," by saying she extorted President Donald Trump "out of approximately $150,000 in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair," the filing said.

    Fox News asked the judge to toss out McDougal's case by arguing that "Carlson's statements were not statements of fact and that she failed adequately to allege actual malice."

    McDougal said two of Carlson's statements during the episode on December 10, 2018, were defamatory:

    • Carlson's claim that McDougal "approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn't give them money."
    • Carlson's claim that McDougal's actions amounted to "a classic case of extortion."
    But Fox News argued that Carlson "cannot be understood to have been stating facts, but instead that he was delivering an opinion using hyperbole for effect," the ruling said.

    It added that Fox News "submits that the use of that word or an accusation of extortion, absent more, is simply 'loose, figurative, or hyperbolic language' that does not give rise to a defamation claim."

    US District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil agreed with Fox's premise, adding that the network "persuasively argues" that "given Mr. Carlson's reputation, any reasonable viewer 'arrive with an appropriate amount of skepticism' about the statements he makes."
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  2. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    Not the first time Fox has won in court with this claim.
  3. Recusant

    Recusant Member

    Carlson is only one example of the mendacious opinion-leader in that world. The Fox News/"conservative" talk radio sphere is dominated by people who lie outright on a daily basis to promote a skewed narrative of current events. They've enabled a mindset that requires "alternative facts" for its very existence. The real world shows the lies for what they are, but those who have eyes only for Bullshit Mountain are insulated from that by the false stories they're told.

    I agree with you JoeNation--Fox News has said before that the Carlsons, the Hannitys, etc. should not be held to any standard of truth and accuracy because no reasonable person expects them to tell the truth. Rather, reasonable people expect them to lie, according to the Fox News lawyers. Fox News's lawyers are implicitly accusing the Fox News viewers who believe what Carlson and Hannity tell them of lacking an adequate capacity for reason. A Trump-appointed judge agrees with this assessment.

    Fox News viewers see this as a resounding victory for Carlson, vindicating his lies. So it goes.

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