Carlson: Legal Mumbo Jumbo…

CNN’s Brian Stelter writes about non-disparagment clauses…specifically FNC’s…

The legal language is meant to protect Fox News from criticism and keep things cordial between ex-employee and ex-employer. It can be enforced through reminder letters from lawyers and, in rare cases, breach of contract lawsuits.

Other TV networks and other types of employers also use non-disparagement clauses. But according to a talent agent, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, there are at least two things that make Fox’s deals especially restrictive.

In at least some cases, the clauses are worded to protect not just Fox, but “senior management,” including Ailes. And “the mere acknowledgment that it exists would violate the terms of it,” the agent said.

So unless the former employees are freed from the legal language, they may be limited in what they can say — to reporters and to lawyers.

“It’s probably fair to say that you can’t get a real, accurate investigation based on the existence of these clauses,” said another industry executive who has seen the legal language in Fox’s contracts.

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