Leftists, liberals and Hollywood types have, in recent years, freely handed out unsubstantiated claims about conservative media across America. They’re “haters,” they’re propaganda, they’re bigoted.
Now one group is throwing the fight right back at leftists, with a new legal claim of defamation filed against MSNBC talk show entertainer Rachel Maddow.
Law and Crime reports the actual complaint, in federal court in Southern California, seeks damages in excess of $10 million.
The announcement by the organization listed Herring Networks, an independent, family-owned, national cable-TV-program company based in San Diego, and One America News Network, as plaintiffs.
Defendants, besides Maddow, include Comcast Corporation, NBC Universal Media, LLC, and MSNBC Cable LLC.
Herring owns and runs OAN, a channel that provides “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,” it said.
The complaint explains OAN’s president, Charles Herring, had “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’s complaint explains, however, “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.”
Spokesman Skip Miller said, “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.”
According to Law and Crime, “The lawsuit further alleges that Maddow’s xenophobic broadside against OANN was intended to damage the conservative network’s business and reputation. Additionally, the lawsuit claims that Maddow targeted the competing network for retaliation over their allegations that Comcast was acting in an anti-competitive manner.”
The lawsuit was filed Monday morning.
The report said a response from Maddow was not yet available.
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