On Monday, lawyers for Fox News must submit court filings addressing how the network mishandled a story about the unsolved killing of a young Democratic Party staffer named Seth Rich.
Assuming Fox answers those questions in any detail, it would be the first time the network has done so publicly.
Fox News was compelled to retract the story, which involved presidential politics, international intrigue and a man’s murder.
When a story of this scale crumbles, most news organizations feel obligated to explain what happened and why.
Not so far at Fox, which stands apart journalistically from its competitors in many ways. Unlike the other networks or major newspapers, for example, Fox has no office or executive dedicated to standards and practices. That falls within the larger portfolio of the network’s general counsel, Dianne Brandi.