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Absolutely. If any supposed "news organization" FAILS to do the basic due diligence of their reporting, especially when it appears to be deliberate, as in this case, they should be held accountable for their slander and libel and be made to pay significant restitution for their clear and despicable attempts at character assassination.
Righties have no honor.
Is anyone going to give any actual evidence that Fox had any role in this, and acted any differently than any other news station? Or do people just like to feel ideologically superior by trying to prove that people who disagree with them "have no honor", whatever the actual facts say?
I would imagine Fox can't be sued. I would think initially they would have said, "Breitbart reported this clip:" If anyone is to be sued, it would be breitbart. I doubt that she would have much of a case though. Of course, a lot of times it's cheaper to settle like O'Reilly did with Andrea Makris.
Originally Posted by Jerry
There is no libel case against Fox News that I can tell, but there may be a case against Breitbart.
Key to a libel case is the status of the person being defamed. If Sherrod is a "public figure" (like a celebrity or a politician), then the burden of proof is on her to show actual malice (that BigGovernment specifically intended to defame her).
However, Sherrod is more likely a "private figure." She was speaking at a private event to a small crowd and works a behind-the-scenes government job. If she's deemed a private figure, then she only has to show damages and lack of due diligence on BigGovernment's part. If Breitbart's news crew went to press without taking the basic steps of fair journalism, and if that apathetic reporting caused her harm, then she might just a win a case against them.
A few things have to be shown, though.
Did BigGovernment attempt to contact her for comment? Did they contact the NAACP? Did they attempt to obtain the full context of the speech? Was there a pressing public need for the story?
Just to clarify, libel is a civil suit. Bad journalism is not a crime, but it is a crying shame. Just from an outsider's perspective, Breitbart deserves very low marks.