Karl Kronenberger Comments on Paris Mayor’s Intent of Filing Lawsuit Against Fox News| Monday, January 26, 2015
USA Today spoke with Karl Kronenberger regarding a potential lawsuit that Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN she may bring against Fox News for insulting the city with its coverage of “no-go zones”. The friction stems from a series of reports where Fox News reported that some Paris neighborhoods were so heavily populated with Muslims that police would not enter and even reported that terrorists were recruiting members in those areas. In reality, these neighborhoods are merely city zones that are targeted for redevelopment based on resident income levels and employment rates. Fox News has since repeatedly apologized for labeling parts of Paris as “no-go zones”.
Mr. Kronenberger says that Paris would have a difficult case against Fox News in the U.S. since the city would be treated as a public figure. He adds that the city would need to prove that the information published by Fox News was false and that the information was published with actual malice. That said, Fox News’ use of public documents that were obviously merely delineating city zones for redevelopment may have been with reckless disregard of the truth, which could be used to prove actual malice.