Trump terrorist Anthony Antonio accuses his actions during the Capitol attack of watching Fox News for six months.
Ryan J. Reilly tweeted:
Antonio spoke to his lawyer with the government early on and told them he had seen “death” in the eyes of DC cop Mike Fanone when the mob dragged the cop into the crowd. https://t.co/jbtSEYIYiF pic.twitter.com/SWtGKDVuLz
– Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) May 6, 2021
Defendants in Capitol attack cases have also blamed Trump, claiming they did not understand why they were in trouble because they did not believe they did anything wrong.
While there is evidence that both Trump and Fox News instigated the attack, ultimately those who participated in the attack are ultimately responsible for their own actions.
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Mr. Antonio’s allegations raise an interesting question about the legal liability Fox News may have for its role in the attack on the Capitol. For years Fox has used a legal defense that no sane person should take their prime-time hosts seriously because their programs aren’t news, but there are millions of people who take Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham seriously because of these hosts showcasing theirs Disinformation like news.
At some point, one of these defendants will come to Fox, and that could be a moment of truth for the claim that Fox is a news network.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association