MSNBC fake news proponent Rachel Maddow has been slapped with a defamation lawsuit of $10 million by the One America News Network (OAN) after she said the network was “paid Russian propaganda” without providing any real evidence for her wild claim.
OAN filed the lawsuit in San Diego, CA, and it will be considered by the courts in the weeks to come. The upstart news agency loved by President Donald Trump feels that Maddow’s comment came as a response to OAN President Charles Herring’s accusation of censorship against MSNBC’s parent company, Comcast.
Herring claimed that Comcast refused to carry OAN because it “counters the liberal politics of Comcast’s own news channel, MSNBC.” Maddow made the comment about OAN being Russian propaganda in July after an article published by the Daily Beast alleged that an employee of OAN also worked for Sputnik News, which is funded by Russia.
“In this case, the most obsequiously pro-Trump right-wing news outlet in America really literally is paid Russian propaganda,” Maddow said during an edition of her titular show.
“Their on-air U.S. politics reporter is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government,” Maddow added.
OAN contends in the lawsuit that Kristian Rouz, whose work was highlighted by Maddow’s conspiracy theory, is only a freelancer with Sputnik News, and his work there is completely unrelated to anything he does while working with OAN.
“I have never written propaganda, disinformation, or unverified information,” Rouz said in a statement about the many articles he has written for Sputnik News.
Skip Miller, an attorney representing OAN, believes that there is a legitimate case here against Maddow, Comcast, MSNBC and NBCUniversal Media for defamation, as the fake news has stoked fear with evidence-free conjecture about Russia endlessly for years.
“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,” Miller said in a statement.
MSNBC and their parent company refuse to take any responsibility for their malicious behavior. They are denying that Maddow committed any wrongdoing and refuse to back down from their xenophobic and irresponsible reporting about Russia.
Amy Wolf, a lawyer for the NBCUniversal News Group, said OAN “publishes content collected or created by a journalist who is also paid by the Russian government for writing over a thousand articles” in an Aug. 6 letter addressed to OAN’s lawyer.
“Ms. Maddow’s recounting of this arrangement is substantially true and therefore not actionable,” Wolf concluded.
The courts will ultimately decide if that is or is not the case. If a jury rebukes Maddow for her deceitful reporting and she is forced to pay dearly in the court of law, that may finally silence the Russophobic noise machine that has caused irreparable damage to the American democracy since Trump won the presidency.
FAKE NEWS DEBUNKED: ‘Zip Tie Guy’ at Capitol Protest Merely Picked up the Restraints From a Table
It was a mostly-peaceful protest by ANTIFA/BLM standards.
One insidious piece of fake news that circulated widely after the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol is that there was a protester with zip ties who was among the individuals who dared to enter the holy grounds on that fateful day.
This was used by dishonest left-wing pundits and lying government officials to claim that the Trump supporters were engaged in an insurrection and a coup on Jan. 6.
Larry Brock, the retired Air Force officer who stormed the Senate chamber with zip ties, intended to "take hostages," a prosecutor said.
"He means to kidnap, restrain, perhaps try, perhaps execute members of the U.S. government." https://t.co/3fxCibQ6WA
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 15, 2021
JUST IN: Photos from search warrant show what federal agents say they found inside Nashville home of Eric Munchel, known as “Zip Tie Guy,” who is charged, along with his mother, in connection with U.S. Capitol riots. pic.twitter.com/jp064r64Bq
— Josh Breslow (@JoshBreslowWKRN) January 21, 2021
A retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week carried plastic zip-tie handcuffs because he intended “to take hostages,” prosecutor says in a Texas court. https://t.co/Iy0E7jnsrm
— ABC News (@ABC) January 16, 2021
However, it has since come out that there was not any individual who brought zip ties to the U.S. Capitol protest to kidnap federal officials.
After deceiving the public for weeks, prosecutors were forced to admit in court that a man seen with the alleged zip ties had actually taken plastic handcuffs from police. While this may be a crime, it shows that there was no harmful intent from the protesters, most of whom demonstrated peacefully in and around the U.S. Capitol.
Eric Munchel, a U.S. Capitol protester who has been maligned falsely as the ‘Zip Tie Guy,’ reportedly grabbed the handcuffs off from a table. The new court filing explains what occurred.
“At one point, MUNCHEL spots plastic handcuffs on a table inside a hallway in the Capitol. MUNCHEL exclaims, ‘zipties. I need to get me some of them motherf—ers,” and grabs several white plastic handcuffs from on top of a cabinet,” the filing states, adding: “As MUNCHEL and [his mother, Lisa Eisenhart,] are attempting to leave, Eisenhart says words to the effect of, ‘Don’t carry the zip ties, just get ’em out of their hand.'”
It appears that Munchel and his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, were simply trying to prevent the plastic handcuffs from being used to detain patriots at the scene. As the case is heard in court, more details about the case will be heard, and the full truth can be determined.
Big League Politics has attempted to debunk a lot of the spin, which is coming from liberals and conservatives alike, surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol siege:
Less than a week after the infamous U.S. Capitol siege took place, many conservative talking heads – perhaps in an attempt to protect President Donald Trump from the nuclear fall-out – are claiming that ANTIFA terrorists were responsible for the mayhem that ultimately resulted in five people dead…
However, investigative work by Big League Politics shows that there is no real evidence showing that this event was promulgated or set up by ANTIFA and the political establishment.
In fact, there is more evidence showing that this was a spontaneous uprising of angry patriots who have been pushed past the breaking point.
As a reporter who was embedded in the thick of the chaotic scene, I personally witnessed protesters singing “God Bless America” and “I’m Proud to be an American” while they were being tear gassed and flash banged by authorities.
Protesters were risking life and limb to climb up scaffolding to wave the American flag and boldly display their patriotism. Chants included “USA! USA!” and “We the People,” with constitutional iconography being found everywhere…
Does this seem like the optics of an ANTIFA rally, or a pro-American uprising? Big Tech entities are scrambling to censor footage of the rally so that they can control the narrative about what actually took place, so people cannot understand this was a pro-freedom revival in the vein of the Founding Fathers.
Additionally, much of the “evidence” showing that prominent protesters seen inside the Capitol were ANTIFA has already been debunked.
While the Capitol siege may have been seen as destructive and drastic, what is really destructive and drastic is the behavior committed by Congress selling ordinary Americans out for decades. The Capitol demonstrators ought to be punished as harshly as the ANTIFA thugs who attacked Trump’s inauguration in 2017 for their mostly peaceful protest.
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