Conservative superstar Milo Yiannopoulos has announced over Instagram that he is suing the New York Observer for libel. The Observer ran a headline based on his response to a media request where he joked about “vigilante squads gunning down journalists” that made it seem as though he was encouraging violence, specifically causing Thursday’s shooting in Maryland that left five dead.
Milo spoke exclusively to Big League Politics explaining his reasoning for the lawsuit.
“The New York Observer and its reporter Davis Richardson knowingly and maliciously cooked up a hysterical frenzy, presenting a dumb private remark as a ‘threat’ or ‘incitement,'” Milo stated. “The only people making a fuss about hurting journalists this week were other journalists, and they did so knowing they were spreading dangerous falsehoods. The Observer and their reporter are directly responsible for the 250,000 tweets today accusing me of complicity in the deaths of five people, and they are going to pay for their malicious libel.”
Milo sent the message to Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer, who was requesting comment on a story relating to him joining the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP). The message was clearly sent as a joke, which from Milo isn’t a stranger to. Despite this, the article was run making it seem as though he was making a call to violence.
Sommer is well known for attacking conservatives, and runs a weekly newsletter which does just that on a regular basis. Milo not taking his request seriously shouldn’t have been much of a surprise, and his response could have been easily ignored, or at least reported in context.
After reports of the shooting in Maryland, which was targeted at the Capital Gazette, thousands of Tweets referencing the Observer’s article came out blaming Milo for the shooting. As it turns out, the shooting was not motivated by Milo, or any political figure, but rather a lawsuit the shooter lost in 2015 against the paper.
In his Instagram post showing a text message to the reporter who covered his story, Milo states that he is spending money he was initially going to spend to sue publisher Simon & Schuster, who dropped a settled book deal with him a year ago. Milo appears to pledge to spend $3 million on the lawsuit.
Big League Politics will keep you updated on this ongoing story.
Riots Turn Deadly in Detroit as 19-Year-Old Man is Gunned Down at Violent Friday Night Protest
The senseless destruction has turned deadly.
A 19-year-old man was killed on Friday night after he was shot while attending a Detroit, Mich. rally related to the death of George Floyd following an encounter with a Minneapolis police officer.
He was shot and killed at 11:30 p.m. according to Detroit law enforcement in a drive-by shooting by an individual reportedly driving a Dodge Durango. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
Some video of the Detroit protests can be seen here:
downtown detroit protests pic.twitter.com/oOnQl865bf
— Ꮰ. (@jennihenniii) May 29, 2020
— shawna (@shawnaspiffy) May 30, 2020
— former child (@nelsthethird) May 30, 2020
#DetroitProtest officers just surged and tackled a woman to the ground, you can hear her screams as they push their knees into her backside. Her face appears bloodied as she's led by the cameras. pic.twitter.com/xBoMdebjf9
— Jessica Petrowitsch (@TheModLibrarian) May 30, 2020
The situation may get even worse if the police officer is ultimately exonerated, which may be the case after a medical examiner determined that the alleged choking did not likely cause Floyd’s death:
A medical examiner who examined the body of George Floyd, who was killed during an encounter with police earlier this month, has determined that there are “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”
“Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death,” the Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined in their report.
Floyd’s family has called for an independent autopsy of his body by a medical examiner to build the case against former Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin, the officer who appeared to hold his knee against the throat of Floyd during an encounter shortly before his death.
“We’ve just spoken recently with district attorney. We’re going to take custody back of George Floyd’s body, and we’re bringing in Dr. Michael Baden to perform an independent autopsy because we saw in the Eric Garner case and so many other cases where they have these people who work with the city come up with things that are such an illusion,” said family attorney Benjamin Crump, a prominent attorney known to take cases with racial implications.
“They’re going to have their own autopsy,” Crump said of Floyd’s relatives. “We’re not going to rely on this DA or this city to tell us the truth. We already saw the truth.”
Crump is inferring a possible conspiracy between law enforcement and the medical examiner in the hopes of getting Chauvin off from his criminal charges.
“We don’t want to begin to speculate about what their narrative is,” he said, cautioning it could be something like, “You didn’t know he had a heart condition?” or, “Oh, he had asthma.”
America embraced diversity and multiculturalism, and the chickens are coming home to roost as a result.
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