Devin Nunes is constantly present on Fox News Channel.
That’s why this latest development took viewers by surprise.
And Fox News just turned on Devin Nunes in one surprise courtroom twist.
Devin Nunes filed a defamation suit against left-wing corporate media activist Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazines after Lizza published a story claiming Nunes’s family “secretly” moved their family farm from Nunes’s district in California to Iowa.
Lizza also alleged Nunes hired illegal aliens.
Corporate media liberals like Lizza deemed Nunes public enemy number one because Nunes helped expose the Deep State coup to try and overthrow Donald Trump and undo the results of the free and fair 2016 election.
A judge tossed out Nunes’s initial lawsuit.
But an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel ruled in favor of Nunes’s appeal after Lizza tweeted out a link to the story.
The judges ruled that tweeting out a link, Lizza republished the story after Lizza “knew that the Congressman denied knowledge of undocumented labor on the farm or participation in any conspiracy to hide it.”
A public figure filing a defamation suit’s most difficult threshold to cross is proving someone knowingly published a false story.
The judges ruled that since Lizza knew Nunes sued him for the article he was on alert it was potentially defamatory writing and Nunes “adequately alleges that Lizza intended to reach and actually reached a new audience by publishing a tweet about Nunes and a link to the article.”
“The pleaded facts are suggestive enough to render it plausible that Lizza, at that point, engaged in ‘the purposeful avoidance of the truth,'” the judges added.
Media organizations joined the appeal of this ruling.
One of them was Fox News Channel.
The corporate media outlets argued that merely reposting a hyperlink – without repeating the allegations contained in the story – would place an unfair burden on reporters and would create a chilling effect on disseminating news in the age of social media.
“The panel’s holding that Nunes could state a claim for defamation based on a tweet that hyperlinked to—but did not repeat the substance of—an allegedly defamatory article threatens to upend long-standing legal principles governing the dissemination of news and information in the Internet age,” the corporate media outlets argued.
“Hyperlinks are essential to the dissemination of information today,” the filing added that reporters “use hyperlinks to direct readers to their published work and the published work of others, and to engage with the public about that reporting.”
Fox News Channel may put programming on the air that challenges the left’s political narrative.
But on issues that affect the media, corporate press outlets always stick together and act as one.
In 2017 and 2018, no Republican other than Donald Trump was the subject of more lies, conspiracy theories and fake news than Devin Nunes.
Nunes pulled a page from the Trump playbook and fought back.
And now Fox News Channel is pulling the rug out from under Nunes by siding with the corporate media outlets that tried to smear Nunes.
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