Clay Calvert Comments on Fact Versus Opinion in a Defamation Lawsuit
Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is quoted in media critic Erik Wemple’s column “The Recklessness of Tucker Carlson” published in The Washington Post on June 26.
In the column, Calvert comments on the fact-versus-opinion dichotomy in defamation law as it relates to the defamation lawsuit against Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
According to Calvert, “there’s more than a small dose of irony in arguing in your defense that what you are stating on a news network is not factual.”
He adds that a talk show brimming with “hyperbole, bombast and bluster is less likely to be considered a setting of factual allegations than a newscast.”