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Being “Fake News” is bad, but when the Fake News attacks the character and brand of other people that’s when it crosses into the territory of Defamation.
At least, that is according to a new lawsuit filed by OANN’s parent company, Herring Networks, Inc. against Rachel Maddow, NBC and MSNBC seeking $10 million in damages!
Here we go!
It all stems from Maddow’s claim a few months ago that OANN was “paid Russian propaganda.”
OANN demanded a retraction but never got one.
It’s now turning to the Courts for redress.
Here's more, from the Washington Examiner:
One America News Network filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow and MSNBC in California's southern district Monday.
The complaint alleges that the dispute began a week after OAN president Charles Herring "called out and objected to Comcast's anti-competitive censorship in an email to Comcast's President of Content Acquisition," according to a press release from the network. It then alleges that shortly after that Maddow opened her show by saying OAN "really, literally is paid Russian propaganda."
While it's not entirely clear exactly what segment OAN is taking exception with, they allege that Maddow and MSNBC "knew this statement was false and that they acted maliciously and recklessly in making it," adding that it was "meant to damage OAN's business and reputation."
Back in July, Maddow pushed a story published by the Daily Beast that alleged Kristian Rouz, an OAN political reporter, has simultaneously been writing for Sputnik, a Kremlin-owned news outlet that helped Russia interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
"The actual news that this super right-wing news outlet that the president has repeatedly endorsed as a preferable alternative to Fox News, because he thinks Fox is insufficiently pro-Trump, so now he like this is other outlet better," Maddow said on July 22, adding that OAN "shares staff with the Kremlin. What? It’s an easy thing to throw out like an epitaph in the Trump era; 'Hey that looks like Russian propaganda.'"
She went on to say the most "right-wing news outlet in America really literally is paid Russian propaganda. Their on-air U.S. politics reporter is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government."
OAN is represented by Skip Miller, a partner at Miller Barondess, LLP, and he said in regards to the lawsuit, “One America is wholly owned, operated and financed by the Herring family in San Diego. They are as American as apple pie. They are not paid by Russia and have nothing to do with the Russian government. This is a false and malicious libel, and they’re going to answer for it in a court of law.”
Neither MSNBC or Miller responded to immediate requests for comment.
Watch the offensive segment right here:
Here's the OANN official Press Release:
company based in San Diego, California, filed a defamation lawsuit today in the United States District Court, Southern District of California, against Defendants Rachel Maddow, Comcast Corporation, NBC Universal Media, LLC, and MSNBC Cable LLC. The Complaint seeks damages in excess of $10,000,000.
Herring Networks owns and operates One America News Network (“OAN”), a prominent and popular independent television news channel providing Americans with a conservative alternative to the major liberal news outlets. The Complaint alleges that Comcast refused to carry OAN as part of its cable programming because OAN counters the liberal politics of its own channel, MSNBC.
The Complaint further alleges that one week after OAN’s President, Charles Herring, called out and objected to Comcast’s anti-competitive censorship in an email to Comcast’s President of Content Acquisition, MSNBC’s most popular show—The Rachel Maddow Show—opened with the show’s host, Rachel Maddow, telling her audience that OAN “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.”
OAN asserts that, in fact, Defendants knew this statement was false and that they acted maliciously and recklessly in making it. The Complaint alleges that the statement was meant to damage OAN’s business and reputation because OAN, unlike MSNBC, presents a conservative viewpoint; and that OAN was targeted in retaliation for calling out Defendants for their anti-competitive censorship in refusing to carry OAN on its cable system.
OAN is represented by Skip Miller, a partner at Miller Barondess, LLP in Los Angeles. Per Miller, “One America is wholly owned, operated and financed by the Herring family in San Diego. They are as American as apple pie. They are not paid by Russia and have nothing to do with the Russian government. This is a false and malicious libel, and they’re going to answer for it in a court of law.”