Entertainment Rachel Maddow Wins Dismissal for One America News' $10 Million Defamation Suit

01:15  23 may  2020
01:15  23 may  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

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One America News sued Rachel Maddow for more than $ 10 million on Monday for defamation after she called the The small, family-owned network based in San Diego is challenging Fox News for conservative cable and The suit names Maddow , Comcast, MSNBC and NBCUniversal Media.

One America News filed the federal defamation suit in San Diego. The small, family-owned network based in San Diego is challenging Fox News for A conservative television network is suing Rachel Maddow for calling it "paid Russian propaganda." One America News seeks $ 10 million in a federal

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A federal judge on Friday dismissed One America News Network's $10 million defamation lawsuit against MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

The lawsuit, filed last September, argued that Maddow defamed the network by saying it was "paid Russian propaganda" after citing a report from the Daily Beast, which found that OAN employed "a Kremlin-paid journalist."

But in Friday's ruling, Judge Cynthia Bashant found that a "reasonable viewer" would take Maddow's statement to be her opinion, given the tone of her commentary.

"Maddow had inserted her own colorful commentary into and throughout the segment, laughing, expressing her dismay (i.e., saying 'I mean, what?') and calling the segment a 'sparkly story' and one we must 'take in stride.' For her to exaggerate the facts and call OAN Russian propaganda was consistent with her tone up to that point, and the Court finds a reasonable viewer would not take the statement as factual given this context," Bashant wrote.

The judge also said that a "reasonable viewer" would "not actually think OAN is paid Russian propaganda."

"Instead, he or she would follow the facts of the Daily Beast article; that OAN and Sputnik share a reporter and both pay this reporter to write articles. Anything beyond this is Maddow's opinion or her exaggeration of the facts," the judge wrote.

A representative for Herring Networks, which owns OAN, did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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