Here’s a hot take from Slate: sure Fox News could be sued over Tucker Carlson’s “anti-vaccine commentary.” Anyone can file suit against Fox News anytime they want. The question is if Fox News is legally liable if Carlson’s commentary was found to have caused people to die.
Fox News is liable for Tucker Carlson’s anti-vaccine commentary. https://t.co/7Xh8eHQ4Zg
— Slate (@Slate) July 23, 2021
John Culhane writes:
A constellation of reasons can be cited for ongoing vaccine hesitancy, but one key factor is the prevalence of quack “experts” willing to misinterpret data, lie about statistics, and just plain make stuff up. Leading the misinformation charge has been Fox News—and particularly Tucker Carlson. Night after night, Carlson has provided a platform for sowing fear and confusion among his viewers about the efficacy of the vaccine and its side effects. Although the network has recently sounded a more responsible note, that turnabout has by no means been across the entire network and it comes too late for an untold number of people who have been newly sickened or died from the disease, and who might have been saved through immunization. There may actually be some legal remedy, though, for the damage wrought by the network. COVID victims who were taken in by Carlson’s vaccination misinformation, or their estates, may be able to sue Fox News under the ancient common law theory of fraud. They would have a reasonably good chance of success, too.
So it’s a fraud case?
— FloridaMan1905 (@FloridaMan1905) July 23, 2021
— Will (@BillEShirey) July 24, 2021
— Allen Garvin (@allengarvin) July 23, 2021
— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) July 23, 2021
— Mycal (@AirMikee99) July 23, 2021
Bad as ever, @Slate.
— 😷Karmageddon😷 (@TinaMcGugan) July 23, 2021
This is genuinely embarassing wishcasting.
— Leland J. Unruh III (@LJU3) July 24, 2021
— Kai 很笨 (@TheMaShiKai) July 23, 2021
That would just mean that every outlet pushing it could be held liable for any adverse reactions
— Rdirenna (@Rdirenna1) July 24, 2021
Can and will be sued, then it will be dismissed as protected speech
— Link01 (@Link01T) July 23, 2021
Does Slate not have single lawyer on staff that could’ve taken a peak at this article before it got posted?
— Mike DeWitt (@mdewitt215) July 24, 2021
Slate is hot garbage.
— Rusty Millio (@MillioRusty) July 24, 2021
If we applied these rules to Slate. Slate would no longer exist.
— the camopapa who laughs … (@camopapa0410) July 24, 2021
Come on y’all. This is extremely not true.
— Chris Bennett (@chriswbennett) July 23, 2021
— Cosmic Whale (Coffee Buddy of Ziltoid) (@anceldelambert) July 23, 2021
Can someone please link the clip where Tucker told people not to take the vaccine? I’ll wait…..
— d1kfart (@FiorettiDaniel) July 24, 2021
Oh my. Honey, no.
— BillInAChinaSchlep (@InSchlep) July 23, 2021
Democrats started the “don’t trust a vaccine” talk in late 2020, should they be sued?
— slathmon1984 (@slathmon1984) July 23, 2021
If Fox can be sued for airing COVID views Slate dislikes, can Slate be sued for this March, 2020 article arguing the dangers of COVID were being wildly overstated, that far fewer people than claimed are likely to die, and it's "benign" for young people?https://t.co/su18NAcUH2
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 23, 2021
They wouldn't be the only one. pic.twitter.com/WEPepoC8Pv
— . (@lmaobasedposter) July 23, 2021
— Randy Ren (@RandyRen4) July 23, 2021
This column is legally illiterate.
— Robert Brookman (@RBrookman34) July 24, 2021
— 🇱🇷 Johngout Ferguson 🇱🇷 (@USAoldestGr8est) July 23, 2021
Not gonna give you the click, but with cr*p like this, it looks like you’re desperate for them.
— cr_clark (@cr_clark) July 23, 2021
— Tony (@clonecone) July 23, 2021
— Burgerface Mc Circle Back ahhh umm (@Burgerfacemcta1) July 24, 2021
And yet the pharmaceutical companies have been exempted from any damage or death caused by the vaccine. Interesting.
— @stkboo 🇺🇸 (@stkboo) July 23, 2021
Nope, keep the bad takes coming.
— CUNY likes Marxism (@genrei_ginrei) July 24, 2021
I was going to read further, but then I saw it was by @Slate. So I laughed and moved on.
— DawnOf1984 (@dawn_of1984) July 23, 2021
CNN’s Brian Stelter outs Tucker Carlson for using one email from one of 4,000 ‘staffers’ about the vaccine being the carrot on the stick https://t.co/EkjqqKuH0U
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 22, 2021