Rachel Maddow Sued By One America News Network For $10 Million Defamation

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The California based One America News Network has filed a $10 Million defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, Comcast Corporation and NBC Universal for lies about the network she spread on her TV show. The network states that Maddow “maliciously and recklessly” went after the network by suggesting it is a Russian state propaganda outlet. The lawsuit also tracks a series of other ‘longstanding grievances’ between OANN and Comcast.

Maddow’s comments originated from a Daily Beast article that stated OANN’s Kristian Rouz is a “Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.”

“This is vile, sensationalistic reporting,” OANN’s lawyer, Skip Miller, said according to a previous press release. “These defamatory statements must be retracted immediately. One America News Network has no connection to the Russian government or any other government — no connection whatsoever, financial or otherwise.”

Also, as an aside, counsel for NBC Universal said in a letter that by “literally” Maddow meant “not being literally true.”

Hilarious within itself.

Dan Abram’s LawAndCrime explains:

“In a press release obtained by Law&Crime, attorneys for OANN’s owner Herrring Networks, Inc. said they filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Maddow, Comcast Corporation, NBC Universal and MSNBC in a California federal court.

The lawsuit tracks a series of longstanding grievances between OANN and Comcast.

According to the press release, the complaint alleges that Comcast refused to carry the right-wing network because OANN “counters the liberal politics of its own channel, MSNBC.” One week after that, OANN’s founder Charles Herring sent an open email to Comcast deriding their alleged “anti-competitive censorship.”

Maddow apparently responded in turn, defending her own network’s owners by blasting OANN and telling her own audience the right-wing network “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.” As you can see, the plaintiff claimed that counsel for NBC Universal said in a letter that by “literally” Maddow meant “not being literally true.” This was apparently part of the response to an OANN retraction demand.

OANN’s lawsuit asserts that Maddow–as well as the other named corporate defendants–knew the liberal host’s statement was false and that Maddow acted both maliciously and recklessly when she made it. This language mirrors the legal definition of defamation under California statutory and case law.

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.”

Ratings Freefall

Maddow has seen her ratings take a nose dive in the months since the Mueller Report was released, causing many to see her reporting since Trump took office as a great hoax.

Her show averaged 2,327,000 total viewers in the month of August, with 361,00 coming in the crucial 25-54 age demographics, according to Nielsen Media Research. Those numbers are down from July when Maddow averaged 2,487,000 per night, and 384,000 in the 25-54 demographic.

It was the second straight month that Maddow failed to finish in the top three, something she had previously accomplished every month dating back to October 2018.

She trails all four of Fox News’ evening shows in total viewers.

Rachel Anne Maddow is an American television host and liberal political commentator.

Maddow hosts The Rachel Maddow Show, a nightly television show on MSNBC, and serves as the cable network’s special event co-anchor alongside Brian Williams.

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