As the coronavirus spread, so did misinformation about the spread and severity of the virus from Fox News.
Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, among others at the network, not only downplayed the risks of the coronavirus but actively encouraged viewers to protest stay-at-home orders through public protests thereby further spreading the virus.
Fox News has already been sued over its misinformation by a non-profit in the state of Washington.
Now, multiple sources in the legal community exclusively tell MeidasTouch that some of the top Plaintiff’s lawyers in the country are currently in discussions on bringing a massive class action lawsuit against Fox News for the injury and damages Fox News misinformation has caused. The legal eagles tell us that a recent statistical report published by the Becker Friedman Institute out of the University of Chicago provides the type of statistical support which will be key in their case showing direct links between Fox News and COVID deaths.
The Becker Friedman Institute out of the University of Chicago published a 90-page report report this week which concludes, through its statistical models, that greater exposure to Sean Hannity “leads to a greater number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.” More alarmingly, the report concludes, “given the large externalities inherent in a pandemic, misinformation may have harmful effects far beyond those on viewers themselves by affecting disease transmission trajectories in the broader population.” In other words, by endangering his own viewers with misinformation causing them to get sick, Hannity is also endangering the general public since his viewers will invariably interact with the public while not taking appropriate safety precautions and spread the virus.
We are told by the lawyers that additional expert reports showing the links between Fox News and COVID deaths are likely to be developed. The lawyers did not give us a timeline when future lawsuits will be filed, but told us “stay tuned.”
We will keep you updated on the continuing legal battle against Fox News for its coronavirus misinformation.