One America News Network (OANN) filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit Monday in opposition to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
OANN is suing Maddow, MSNBC, Comcast Corporation and NBC Universal for defamation, alleging Maddow “maliciously and recklessly” went after the community by suggesting it’s a Russian state propaganda outlet, the grievance reads, according to Law and Crime. Maddow mentioned that OANN “really, literally is Russian propaganda” on “The Rachel Maddow Show” in July.
Maddow’s remark was primarily based on The Daily Beast article stating OANN’s Kristian Rouz is a “Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.” OANN demanded retraction from The Daily Beast reporter and Maddow on July 29.
“This is vile, sensationalistic reporting,” OANN’s lawyer, Skip Miller, mentioned based on a earlier press launch. “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.”
Comcast is being sued for refusing to hold OANN as a part of its cable programming as a result of the community might go in opposition to liberal politics of MSNBC, based on the grievance. The lawsuit additionally alleges that Maddow and the opposite defendants knew her remark was false. It suggests the assertion was deliberately made to harm OANN due to the community’s conservative views.