Henry initially alleged last yr that journalists at the two outlets—which induced NPR media reporter David Folkenflik, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter and anchor Alisyn Camerota—had “longstanding grudges towards Fox News and/or persons associated with the company” that guided their reporting on his firing.
Precisely, the go well with mentioned Folkenflik’s July 2020 report that leading Fox executives ended up warned in 2017 about advertising and marketing Henry decades in advance of his firing, a story that Stelter and Camerota mentioned on-air. Henry argued the NPR tale was defamatory simply because it instructed he “had a background of sexual misconduct at Fox Information,” which he claimed was bogus.
Final 7 days, as unveiled by Folkenflik on Wednesday, Henry’s lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed “with prejudice,” which means the ex-Fox star can not refile the circumstance in opposition to the parties concerned.
“NPR provides me the guidance & liberty to report independently, even when it really is unpleasant,” Folkenflik tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. “My many thanks to NPR’s leaders, corporate board & attys, for unwavering backing in this circumstance and in an previously case involving another former Fox figure who sued me – similarly unsuccessfully.” Furthermore, he observed that NPR has “not stepped absent from a syllable” of its report and “the story stands.”
In a individual comment to The Each day Beast, Folkenflik mentioned that in the “current local weather, a lot of lawsuits towards journalists and information businesses are pushed a lot more by general public relations technique than a powerful lawful foundation.” He also expressed appreciation for his outlet sticking by him and his reporting.
“In this case, NPR and I felt confident that we would prevail in court on the deserves. Just as critical, we trapped to our guns for the reason that our reporting was seem and related,” the NPR reporter additional. “I admire NPR’s unflagging motivation to offering its audiences with this sort of coverage – and appreciative of the really hard work people do behind the scenes to secure the area to do it.”
Henry, who now will work for fringe channel Real America’s Voice, nevertheless faces a lawsuit from former Fox Company staffer Jennifer Eckhart, who accused Henry of rape and retaliation. A decide ruled very last September that Eckhart’s case can shift ahead.