Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Tuesday that she planned to sue Fox News after the network repeatedly reported that there were so-called “no-go zones” in the city where Muslims had taken control.
Although French law makes a successful prosecution more likely, here are a few of the times Fox News might have been taken to court in the United States over the years if the U.S had laws like France.
1. Bill O’Reilly demonized abortion Dr. George Tiller before he was killed in 2009
Salon wrote in 2009 that there was “no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly” than Fox News Bill O’Reilly. After years of being attack on air by O’Reilly, Tiller was killed by an anti-abortion activist in 2009.
2. Glenn Beck declared that Obama is ‘a racist’
“This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture,” Fox News host Glenn Beck said in 2000. “I’m saying he has a problem. He has a — this guy is, I believe, a racist.”
3. Fox News calls Mr. Rogers an ‘evil, evil man’
In 2007, the hosts of Fox & Friends claimed that PBS television icon Fred Rogers was an “evil, evil man” who had ruined “a generation of kids.”
4. Megyn Kelly: Santa Claus and Jesus are both white men
Black Santa Claus and black Jesus aren’t known to sue a lot of people, but they really should have taken Fox News host Megyn Kelly to court for insisting that they were both white.
5. Shepard Smith says Robin Williams was “such a coward” for committing suicide
Following the tragic death of Robin Williams, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith concluded that the actor had been “such a coward” for taking his own life. Smith later apologized.
6. Fox News host tells Muslim religious scholar he can’t write about Christianity
BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski suggested that Fox News religion correspondent Lauren Green interview with author Reza Aslan was the “most embarrassing interview Fox News has ever done.” For about 10 cringe-inducing minutes, Green hounded Aslan for being a Muslim and writing a book about Jesus.
7. Keith Ablow: Michelle Obama ‘needs to drop a few’ pounds
Fox News psychiatrist Keith Ablow said that Michelle Obama was overweight and needed to “drop a few.” But the Fox News Medical A-Team member has also called for an “American jihad,” said same-sex marriage meant people would “marry their dog,” and has repeatedly smeared transgender people. Ablow has been condemned by other members of the medical community.
8. Sean Hannity promoted anti-government racist Cliven Bundy
Fox News host Sean Hannity hyped Cliven Bundy as an anti-government hero, and then tried to distance himself from the rancher when he turned out to be a huge racist.
9. Fox News management urged staff not to report on climate change
In 2009, then-Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon advised on-air talent to express skepticism about climate change because of “the controversy over the veracity of climate change data.”