It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
This week’s winner is unabated media bullshit, with a nod to Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson.For those of you who don’t know who Tucker Carlson is, he’s an American television news personality and political commentator who hosts a nightly political talk show on the Fox News channel.
This past week, a U.S. District Court judge in New York tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Carlson and Fox News brought by the former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who took a $150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with a pre-presidency Donald Trump.
McDougal had alleged in the suit filed late last year that Fox News host Tucker Carlson slandered her by calling the payout “a classic case of extortion.” But the judge ruled that McDougal failed to prove that Carlson was accusing her of an actual crime in a way that would back up a defamation claim. The judge said that lawyers for Fox News “persuasively” argued that “any reasonable viewer ‘arrives with an appropriate amount of skepticism’ about the statements” Carlson makes.
In other words, even Fox News’ own lawyers contended that no “reasonable viewer” would take most of what Tucker Carlson says seriously. I think the same thing could be said about all of the Fox News on-air personalities.
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?