Tucker Carlson made many enemies on the left as he becomes more popular and his influence grows.
Carlson’s enemies celebrated when Fox News and Carlson ended up in court.
And a Playboy Playmate’s lawsuit against Tucker Carlson over this affair just ended.
Former Playboy Playmate of the year Karen McDougal sued Fox News after a 2018 Tucker Carlson monologue where Carlson accused McDougal of extortion after it was revealed Michael Cohen allegedly paid her hush money to keep McDougal from going public with her claims of an affair with Donald Trump.
“Two women approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money. Now that sounds like a classic case of extortion. Yet for whatever reason, Trump caves to it, and he directs Michael Cohen to pay the ransom. Now, more than two years later, Trump is a felon for doing this. It doesn’t seem to make any sense,” Carlson said at the time.
That lawsuit finally ended when U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil dismissed the case agreeing with Fox News Channel’s lawyers’ argument that Carlson was just engaging in hyperbole.
“…Ms. McDougal has not offered a plausible interpretation that the statements Mr. Carlson made, when read in context, are statements of fact. The Court concludes that the statements are rhetorical hyperbole and opinion commentary intended to frame a political debate, and, as such, are not actionable as defamation. In addition, as a public figure, Ms. McDougal must raise a plausible inference of actual malice to sustain her defamation claim. She has failed to do so,” Judge Vyskocil wrote.
Back in 2018, there was a point in time when the fake news media thought that McDougal and Stormy Daniels’ accusations that they received hush money in the 2016 campaign would end Trump’s presidency and land Trump in jail.
But like so many of the other supposed “scandals” the media cooked up, this one fell flat.
When McDougal shifted her focus to Fox News and filer her lawsuit after Carlson’s comments, the left took bringing down Fox News and its top-rated star as an acceptable consolation prize.
That, too, now ended in failure.
Liberal critics seized on the judge’s ruling to claim Fox News Channel admitted in court that Tucker Carlson was not a trusted news source since he engaged in “rhetorical hyperbole”.
But the liberal critics neglected to mention that the judge ruled his comments were also opinion commentary that was not meant to be a statement of fact.
Carlson never pretended he wasn’t an opinion program host.
And as such, Carlson has the right to frame a debate and speak his mind.
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