Once Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman agreed to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, Conservative knives came out. Shortly after the announcement, there was a controversial Ingraham Angle segment where a panelist questioned the decorated officer’s allegiance to the United States.
On Tuesday nights show, Tucker Carlson claimed that the Ukraine has repeatedly asked Vindman to take over their entire military. The military officer has now hired a law firm, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, and that firm is asking that Fox News retract its stories.
Lt. Col. Vindman’s lawyer, David Pressman, noted that that officer and his family fear for their safety. “As a result, LTC Vindman and his family have been forced to examine options, including potentially moving onto a military base, in order to ensure their physical security in the face of threats rooted in the falsehood that Fox News originated,” Pressman wrote.
The lawyer also noted that Fox has a responsibility to correct the record:
As a lawyer, it can be tempting to ask ourselves what the law says we must do. And the law here is clear: Fox News is liable, including for punitive damages, for the false and defamatory Allegations it published about LTC Vindman, knowing they were false. But putting aside legal arguments you may advance about whether Fox News can invade liability for its misconduct, we ask you to consider what Fox news should do as their self-described “most watched, most trusted” news network, Fox News has a great responsibility to the truth. The Segment was not true. It has now been repeated by some of the most powerful people in the world. It is causing great pain. We ask you to retract the coverage, correct the record, and publish the truth.
Fox has yet to respond to the letter.
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