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Devin Nunes Could Be Sued For Downplaying Dangers Of Coronavirus Outbreak

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Republican Congressman Devin Nunes (Calif.) could be looking at a lawsuit after downplaying the dangers of the coronavirus outbreak, according to Sacramento Bee columnist Gil Duran.

Duran noted that Nunes has been downplaying the dangers of the pandemic every time he has appeared on Fox News, according to the Daily Boulder.

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The network has already been sued by an activist group over misinformation delivered by several of their co-hosts, and according to Duran, Nunes is next.

“Ten people in Tulare County – where I was born and raised – have died from COVID-19 so far. Tulare County is also the home of Rep. Devin Nunes,” Duran wrote. “Yet the Republican congressman continues to downplay the coronavirus threat in his regular Fox News appearances. Now, an activist group is suing Fox for its campaign to mislead viewers about the virus. If people in Fresno and Tulare get sick or die due to misinformation spread by Nunes, could the congressman – who is currently suing seven press organizations – find himself on the receiving end of lawsuits?”

Admitting he has no idea why Nunes is such a skeptic about the coronavirus pandemic, Durn wrote that the lawmaker is “appears to think the pandemic is a joke.”

“No one is laughing at the Redwood Springs Health Care Center, a Visalia nursing home where COVID-19 has now killed three elderly victims. Sixty of Tulare County’s 168 coronavirus cases appear to be connected to the facility, according to the Times-Delta, ” the columnist pointed out. “Nunes hasn’t even bothered to tweet condolences. But he did make time this week to attack Gov. Newsom and blame “dirty rats” in the press for criticizing him, reported Carla Marinucci of Politico,” adding the Republican claimed, “I’m going to have to take them all to court.”

“‘The lawsuit by the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics says ‘defendants acted in bad faith to willfully and maliciously disseminate false information denying and minimizing the danger posed by the spread of the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, which is now recognized as an international pandemic,” he quoted.

“The United States Constitution makes it tough to sue for things some might consider free speech, and members of Congress have special protections. Yet the Fox lawsuit shows the degree to which some feel the misinformation campaign has crossed the line and endangered lives,” he cautioned. “Can COVID-19 victims successfully sue Fox ‘News’ for its consistent stream of misinformation about the coronavirus? Might the infamously litigious Nunes find himself targeted by legal action if the death toll in Fresno and Tulare counties continues to climb? Tragically, we may soon find out.”

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‘I can’t In Good Countenance Continue To Show This’: Fox News Cut Away From Trump’s Press Sec. For Pushing Baseless Claims Of Election Fraud

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Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto on Monday cut away from a press briefing featuring Kayleigh McEnany, who is both the White House press secretary and a Trump campaign spokesperson, as she continued to push Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.

“She’s charging the other side as welcoming fraud and illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue to show you this,” Cavuto said as he cut off the press conference, pushing back on what he described as “explosive” charges from McEnany.

“Not so fast,” Cavuto added.

McEnany suggested, without evidence, that Democrats welcomed “fraud” and “illegal voting” in the 2020 election.

“We want every legal vote to be counted,” McEnany said, echoing President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that votes for President-elect Joe Biden were illegal.

Though multiple major news outlets, including Fox News, have declared Biden the projected winner of the 2020 election, Trump has refused to concede and is rejecting the results, claiming that he won the election.

Meanwhile, a number of world leaders have congratulated Biden on his victory, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Even before the end of voting on November 3, the president repeatedly signaled he would claim the election was “rigged” against him if he lost, but there is no evidence to substantiate such claims.

Watch Nei Cavuto’s segment below:

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