Conservative Network OANN, One America News Network, has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, and MSNBC.
According to Law & Crime:
The owner of right-leaning cable news channel One America News Network (OANN) has filed a defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow and others claiming that the 46-year-old liberal commentator “maliciously and recklessly” smeared the network as a Russian state propaganda outlet.
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.”
Particularly at issue is Maddow’s claim that OANN is “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.”
OANN is claiming that the corporate entities and Maddow knew the statement was false and acted maliciously when issuing the statement.