Fox News won a court case by 'persuasively' arguing that no 'reasonable viewer' takes Tucker Carlson seriously
Added 09-25-20 12:14:02am EST - “Tucker Carlson has a long history of making racist and controversial statements during his tenure as a primetime host on Fox News.” - Businessinsider.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Fox News won a court case by 'persuasively' arguing that no 'reasonable viewer' takes Tucker Carlson seriously”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Fox News this week after lawyers for the network argued that no "reasonable viewer" takes the primetime host Tucker Carlson seriously, according to a new court filing.
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" between them.
The Fox News Network in turn asked a federal 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 a December 10, 2018 episode of his show were defamatory, according to Thursday's ruling by US District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil:
Fox News countered McDougal's allegations by arguing 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. "Defendant submits that the use of that word or an accusation of extortion, absente more, is simply 'loose, figurative, or hyperbolic language' that does not give rise to a defamation claim."
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