KURTZ FINALLY ADDRESSES THE DOMINION LAWSUIT
Two weeks after he spluttered that he was being muzzled by his bosses at FOX Nooz on the matter of the Dominion lawsuit against the network, Howard Kurtz finally spoke up.
The four-minute segment came in the middle of his Sunday morning “MediaBuzz” hour in which he dubbed the case a “major test of the First Amendment.”
The FOX lawyers could not have said it any better.
In fact, we would not be surprised to learn that the segment was authored in the lawyers’ office.
“Legally, Dominion must prove Fox acted with malice or reckless disregard for the truth. There was, to be sure, straight reporting by the news division, which also caused some friction…”
“But the fact that some people in the chain of command privately dismissed the fraud claims as nuts or outlandish or insane doesn’t necessarily mean Fox couldn’t cover and comment on the extremely newsworthy spectacle of a president saying an election was stolen. That’s why this case is a major test of the First Amendment,”
Carefully ignored in Kurtz’ commentary is the persistent selling of the fraud claims by the FOX primetime crew – through their choice of guests, their softball questioning, and their outright endorsement of the fraud claims.
EVERY news organization reported on the fraud claims, day in and day out.
But FOX enthusiastically sold the lies as truth during its primetime hours.
If your commentary reflects the arguments the lawyers will be making in court, stormy waters lie ahead