Fox News libels an anti-Trump Republican


Nevada law defines libel this way [emphasis added]:

A libel is a malicious defamation, expressed by printing, writing, signs, pictures or the like, tending to blacken the memory of the dead, or to impeach the honesty, integrity, virtue, or reputation, or to publish the natural defects of a living person or persons, or community of persons, or association of persons, and thereby to expose them to public hatred, contempt or ridicule.

Bearing that in mind, consider the following from the Guardian:

Fox News has falsely implicated the protester who was beaten up at a Donald Trump rally in a case of voter fraud involving absentee ballots issued in the name of his “dead” grandmother.

Austyn Crites, a Republican protester who was assaulted at a Trump rally in Nevada, was stunned to see a TV report associating him with fraudulent voting connected to a grandmother Fox News claimed died in 2002.

However, the Guardian met Wilda Austin, 90, in her living room in suburban Reno late on Monday. She was alive and well, although somewhat baffled that she was having to prove her identity to correct a TV broadcast that reported that she died 14 years ago.

“Please correct the record,” she said, arms crossed.

She declined to appear on camera, in part because the family has been subjected to a torrent of abuse and threats since Crites, 33, an inventor, was ejected from the Trump rally for holding a sign that read “Republicans against Trump.”

He was punched, kicked, wrestled to the ground and held in a chokehold by Trump supporters at the rally. The incident led to a security scare after someone in the crowd shouted that he was armed, sparking panic through the auditorium and prompting security service agents to rush the nominee from the stage.

How does that not “impeach the honesty, integrity, virtue, or reputation, or to publish the natural defects of a living person or persons, or community of persons, or association of persons, and thereby to expose them to public hatred, contempt or ridicule”?

And remember, Crites has already been beaten by Trump supporters.

And given that the Guardian easily verified that Crites’s grandmother is alive, well, and a voter not constitute reckless disregard of the truth.

Inquiring minds want to know. . .

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