Margaret Russell was interviewed by Courthouse News about a lawsuit over how Fox News has downplayed the Covid-19 pandemic. The lawsuit invokes the Consumer Protection Act to allege that Fox News is selling a dangerous product.
“It will be difficult to apply the CPA to a network that has a different set of hosts with nuanced differences in their opinions,” Russell said. “Plus, their product is speech and they are not selling it in a traditional sense. They’re just offering opinions.”
“If the standards of intentional infliction of emotional distress were applied to news organizations and public figures, there would be no end to lawsuits,” Russell said.