Far-left MSNBC and its liberal hosts seem to take special pride in demeaning President Donald Trump, Republicans, and conservative media outlets. One right-leaning media platform, the One America Network, OAN, has had enough. After popular MSNBC host Rachel Maddow referred to the network as a “paid Russian propaganda” outlet, OAN is suing her and MSNBC for $10 million.
According to Breitbart News, OAN filed the federal defamation suit on September 9, 2019 in San Diego. The right-leaning media platform is family-owned and based in the city where the suit was filed. While challenging the more known Fox News for the conservative satellite and cable television audience, the small network has garnered positive reviews from Trump. Breitbart News noted, “The lawsuit contends that Maddow’s comment on her July 22 MSNBC show were retaliation after OAN President Charles Herring accused cable television giant Comcast of censorship. The suit contends that Comcast refused to carry the channel because it ‘counters the liberal politics of Comcast’s own news channel, MSNBC.’”
Breitbart News went on to reveal, “A week after Herring sent an email to a Comcast executive, Maddow opened her MSNBC show by referring to a report in the Daily Beast that said an OAN employee also worked for Sputnik News, which is linked to the Russian government.” On “The Rachel Maddow Show,” the MSNBC host proclaimed, “Their on-air U.S. politics reporter is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government.”
In the lawsuit, OAN maintained that Kristian Rouz worked in a freelance capacity for Sputnik News. According to OAN, Rouz wasn’t a staff employee at Sputnik News and his duties there had no bearing on his work at OAN. In the lawsuit, Rouz included a statement that claimed he had written more than 1,300 articles for Sputnik News over the past four and a half years. In the statement, the OAN employee insisted, “I have never written propaganda, disinformation, or unverified information.”
In a statement, a lawyer representing OAN, Skip Miller, remarked, “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.” Besides Maddow and MSNBC, the suit also names NBCUniversal Media and Comcast. Breitbart News reached out to an MSNBC spokeswoman for a comment, but it wasn’t immediately returned. However, the lawsuit did consist of a letter dated August 6 that was written by Amy Wolf, a lawyer for NBCUniversal to OAN’s attorney. The letter accused OAN of publishing “content collected or created by a journalist who is also paid by the Russian government for writing over a thousand articles. Ms. Maddow’s recounting of this arrangement is substantially true and therefore not actionable.”
Just last week, Fox News media analyst Howie Kurtz called out the mainstream media over another erroneous reporting incident at MSNBC. Recently, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell acknowledged he committed an “error in judgment” after broadcasting an unverified, singularly-sourced report that Trump contained loans co-signed by Russian oligarchs.
During the aftermath, Eric Trump promised that the Trump Organization will seek a legal remedy against both O’Donnell and MSNBC. Kurtz was less than thrilled with the media coverage of the controversy. During Fox Nation’s “Reality Check with David Webb,” Kurtz contended, “I didn’t read anything about ‘major error, reckless error, retracted and apologized for by an MSNBC primetime host’ in the New York Times, in the print edition of the Washington Post indeed much in the media sort of shrugged it off, as if it didn’t happen.”
Kurtz went on to say, “If Fox News had made such a mistake, I think it would have been front page news and dissection and columns everywhere. So I think by and large the media are giving one of their own a pass here. That’s why people like Eric Trump are at least considering legal action.”
It’s incredibly sad how biased the mainstream media is against Trump and conservatism. The lack of objective, factual reporting about the President on most media outlets makes his election victory in 2016 that much more impressive. To win in 2020, he’ll need to again make a connection with voters, even those who may be listening to lies about him on a daily basis.