Rachel Maddow Asks San Diego Judge to Throw Out Defamation Suit of Right-Wing News Outlet

by on October 22, 2019 · 2 comments

in Media, San Diego

By Ken Stone / Times of San Diego / Oct. 21, 2019

Backed by an all-star team of lawyers, Rachel Maddow is asking a San Diego federal judge to throw out the $10 million defamation suit by the owner of One America News Network.

And it could happen as soon as Dec. 16, according to a motion filed Monday that cites California’s anti-SLAPP statute.

MSNBC’s highest-rated host was merely exercising her First Amendment right to express an opinion (“based on undisputed facts”) when she delivered a “single rhetorical flourish” and “colorful rhetorical hyperbole.”

That was her July 22 comment that San Diego-based Herring Networks’ OAN — termed “the most obsequiously pro-Trump right wing news outlet in America” — is “paid Russian propaganda” because it employed a San Diego reporter also working for Sputnik, a Russian state-backed news outlet.

Maddow’s segment was based on a Daily Beast story by Kevin Poulsen headlined “Trump’s New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist.”

In a 43-page motion to strike the complaint, famed lawyer Theodore J. “Ted” Boutrous Jr. said on behalf of Maddow and her employers, including Comcast:

“Plaintiff does not contest the facts reported by The Daily Beast. To the contrary, its Complaint confirms and elaborates on them, conceding that for more than four years, [Kristian Brunovich Rouz] has written approximately 1,300 articles for Sputnik and was paid about $11,500 per year for doing so … and that ‘Sputnik News is affiliated with the Russian government.’”

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Avatar Peter from South O October 22, 2019 at 6:40 pm

I’m about halfway through her new book “Blowout”; reads like a well-written mystery novel, but real and terrifying.
I would not want to go up against her in court.

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Avatar Eric October 23, 2019 at 7:42 am

Very Trumpy tactics, sue truth and reality into submission. The propagandist chose the wrong person to go after. It appears Rachel is armed with facts and bigger pockets.

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