The Fox News story, should it ever make its way into a courtroom, has the makings of history. It could help define the acceptable limits of journalistic expression at a time when many newsrooms are losing their way and social media is expanding its influence while breaking long established rules of the road. Of course, it has also been argued that defining those limits might be injurious to a free press, which enjoys living with fewer guidelines. The issue in any case would have been aired, discussed and better understood. A trial could also help educate millions on the gross failings of Fox News and the advantages of a truly “fair and balanced” presentation of the news. And perhaps it could open the door to a possible change in our national dialogue about what’s good and bad for this troubled land.
Kalb, Marvin. "Fox still prevails, for now." Brookings FixGov, April 25, 2023.