Sunday, March 28, 2021

Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit against Fox News raises a peculiar question, in my mind at least

 

Pro-Trump rally right after the 2020 election

Dominion Voting Systems has sued Fox News for making claims of potential election fraud, for $1.6 billion.  The Dominion attorneys say that Fox showed a “reckless disregard for the truth”.  Jazmin Goodwin reports for CNN.

Now consider a distant issue, YouTube’s ban on showing news coverage claiming the supposed 2020 election “steal” even when uttered by a protester who expresses the view in a demonstration, at least without counterveiling views.

If a protester uttered something “defamatory” and a news journalist aired it on a video, could the journalist (owning the YouTube channel) somehow be found liable for “defamation”?  I wonder.  (If journalists edited out possible defamation they wouldn’t be reporting the news accurately.  But YouTube seems to accept this kind of contradiction -- or else the question is, who gets to call themself a "journalist"?)

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