This is why the Murdoch family hired all of those lawyers.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Coronavirus infections have surged in a number of states, setting the United States on a markedly different pandemic trajectory than other wealthy nations.
There are many reasons our response to the pandemic tied to nearly 120,000 U.S. deaths has faltered, experts say, including the lack of a cohesive federal policy, missteps on testing and tracing, and a national culture emphasizing individualism.
In recent weeks, three studies have focused on conservative media’s role in fostering confusion about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Taken together, they paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect themselves and others.
The end result, according to one of the studies, is that infection and mortality rates are higher in places where one pundit who initially downplayed the severity of the pandemic — Fox News’ Sean Hannity — reaches the largest audiences.
“We are receiving an incredible number of studies and solid data showing that consuming far-right media and social media content was strongly associated with low concern about the virus at the onset of the pandemic,” said Irene Pasquetto, chief editor of the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, which published one of the studies.
What Fox News, and other right wing “news” outlets, did was essentially journalistic malpractice.
Now Fox News does not label itself a news program and instead calls itself “entertainment tv” which has so far shielded them from serious lawsuits.
However, spewing lies about this pandemic may prove to be a step too far even for loyal viewers and Fox may find themselves fending off hundreds of lawsuits.
Which owner Rupert Murdoch seemed to anticipate when he hired a team of attorneys back in early April, as reported by The Daily Beast.
However, if enough cases pile up the Murdochs may find themselves litigated right out of the “news” business.
Which of course would be a godsend for journalism in this country and possibly the end of the Republican party as we now know it.