Conservative network One America News Network filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow and MSNBC in California today.
Washington Examiner reported that the complaint alleges that the dispute began a week after after Charles Herring, the OAN president “called out and objected to Comcast’s anti-competitive censorship in an email to Comcast’s President of Content Acquisition.” It then alleges that shortly after that Maddow opened her show by saying OAN “really, literally is paid Russian propaganda.”
While it’s not entirely clear exactly what segment OAN is taking exception with, they allege that Maddow and MSNBC “knew this statement was false and that they acted maliciously and recklessly in making it.” The network also added that the goal of this was to damage the reputation of the network.
Back in July, Rachel Maddow ran a story by The Daily Beast which alleged Kristian Rouz, who is a reporter for OAN, has also been writing stories for Sputnik. Sputnik is a news-outlet that is closely tied to Russia’s Kremlin.
“The actual news that this super right-wing news outlet that the president has repeatedly endorsed as a preferable alternative to Fox News, because he thinks Fox is insufficiently pro-Trump, so now he like this is other outlet better,” Maddow said.
She then added about OAN “shares staff with the Kremlin. What? It’s an easy thing to throw out like an epitaph in the Trump era; ‘Hey that looks like Russian propaganda.'”
Regarding the lawsuit, OAN’s lawyer 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.”
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