Judge Rules Rachel Maddow’s ‘Statements Cannot Reasonably Be Interpreted As Fact’

Terry Ballard from Merrick, New York, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

While the liberal media continues to slip in a post-Trump era, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow just got served some brutal honesty. In an effort to stay relevant the liberal host previously claimed conservative network One America News Network was connected to Russia and it wasn’t long before OANN hit Maddow with a massive lawsuit. However, the only way to get her out of shelling out millions was for her lawyers to say of course she was joking because what reasonable person could ever believe she’s dispelling facts.

Well, it worked.

According to The Daily Wire:

A gleeful Maddow reported that a journalist for the conservative One America News Network, Kristian Rouz, also worked as a freelance writer for Russia’s Sputnik News. Maddow said that the revelation — which came in July 2019, shortly after the Mueller Report dispelled notions that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election —  proved that pro-Trump OANN “really, literally is paid Russian propaganda.”

OANN hit Maddow with a $10 million defamation lawsuit, noting that the network does “not receive any money from the Russian government, OAN does not get paid by Russia, and OAN has absolutely no relationship with Russia.” Maddow’s attorneys made a similar argument, which became a part of the official ruling when U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant dismissed OANN’s case.

“Maddow does not keep her political views a secret, and therefore, audiences could expect her to use subjective language that comports with her political opinions,” the ruling held. “A reasonable viewer would not conclude that the contested statement implies an assertion of objective fact.”

Maddow’s “statements cannot reasonably be interpreted as allegations of fact,” decided Bashant, an Obama appointee. (Vyskocil was also a Trump appointee.) She then ordered OANN to pay MSNBC $250,000 in legal fees; OANN has taken the case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.



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Jack Schiht
4 months ago

So it’s official, Bullcow Maddow is not to be believed, according to the law.
I don’t need the law to tell me that.

Michael Ruppert
Michael Ruppert
4 months ago
Reply to  Jack Schiht

Except on Fakebook and Twatter

OldConservativeGuy
OldConservativeGuy
4 months ago

So I can say “Just kidding” like any middle school kid and say anything I want no matter how slanderous. I think the court got paid by Maddox ….. just kidding.

Bob D.
Bob D.
4 months ago

Just another fine example of the double standard hypocrisy when it comes to the libitards!

NancyJ
NancyJ
4 months ago

Kidding or not, you have a point!

Mutzika
Mutzika
4 months ago

Simple, better turn off the cable news and go outside to do something productive like gardening vegetables

Jeminie Cricket
Jeminie Cricket
4 months ago
Reply to  Mutzika

So you stick your head in the sand of your garden? I’m serious. How are you going to help our country come back from this Democratic disaster by not being I n formed and in the fight? I say find a reasonable news outlet, sat OAN or Newsmax and watch just enough to be up on what’s going down and do what you can to help America come back to its senses by seeking forgiveness from God and then do your gardening.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
4 months ago

Once in a while it’s good to be informed on what the other side is spewing out there.
I watch GMA, oh boy, it’s enough to get my blood boiling early in the morning.
By now, they’re so left and not hiding their point of view.

Rod Ming
Rod Ming
4 months ago

Does anyone actually watch this eye-rolling, smirking, ultra-liberal dyke?

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Rod Ming

My coworker. He thinks she preaches tbe truth. He kinda looks like her too.

Crosshairview
Crosshairview
4 months ago
Reply to  Rod Ming

No

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
4 months ago

Just looked up the vageena judge. A progressive from san fran. She still handed it to AON by having them pay legal fees at the tune of a quarter mil. But good mad cow didn’t really win.

john
john
4 months ago

The judge aught to be disbarred. Madcow and MSNBC should have forked out millions.

maxibaby
maxibaby
4 months ago

Bwah hah hah! Rachel Maddow’s facts and truth are “just kidding”? 😄😂🤣
Why am I laughing……the “double standard ” works for the marxist Dems EVEN IN A COURT RULING AGAINST THEM?? 😳💥🤯

anniedawn
4 months ago
Reply to  maxibaby

When the left tried to sue Tucker Carlson his attorney used an almost identical defense as Madcow’s and Tucker won.

TPS
TPS
4 months ago

So, according to the judge, nothing maddow can/should be viewed as factual, just biased opinion. I guess we should thank the judge for setting that straight.

Hawk
Hawk
4 months ago
Reply to  TPS

Which is exactly the same thing Tucker Carlson and Alex Jones lawyers said under oath about their clients also.

Pearl
Pearl
4 months ago

Maddow is an ugly lying idiot moron with the brain the size of an English pea who has to wear a pork chop around it’s neck to get the dog to come to it…who thinks it is relevant. Oh…Just kidding.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
4 months ago
Reply to  Pearl

I thought for a minute there you were going to say the pork chop was hanging somewhere else?
Just kidding, Haha

Bob D.
Bob D.
4 months ago

lol

Dnav
Dnav
4 months ago

Way to twist it around. This is why Conservatives are losing the battle. This case did NOT destroy Maddow, it gave her a carte blanc license to spew forth any lie she wants and to disseminate disinformation to the easily deceived with impunity because now 95% of all sheeple in the country will still believe her lies to be true!

OANN lost their ass!

Bobert
4 months ago
Reply to  Dnav

That’s the way I read it. If I was ordered to pay 1/4 million dollars, I’m pretty sure I’d feel that I lost!!

maria
4 months ago
Reply to  Dnav

Thanks for clarifying!

I had to read several times to see who really won according to the headlines, oh Lord!

anniedawn
4 months ago
Reply to  Dnav

I doubt that. Haven’t you been keeping up with the major loss of the Fake News? Most of them have lost over 50% of their audience. Fox News has more than double their audience.

Wayne D. Peterkin
Wayne D. Peterkin
4 months ago

So she gets away with slander because any reasonable person should know she’s a liar. Interesting. Lousy judicial decision, but interesting. Taking it to the next step, it means that the media can claim anything they wish spreading lies and propaganda without recourse by those they slander. One wonders if the ruling would have been the same if the slander was by a conservative network against a liberal favorite like Obama.

anniedawn
4 months ago

She is losing her audience. She is still a head of most of them but Fox is way ahead of her.

glenn edward davis
glenn edward davis
4 months ago

That is what being a liberal is all about. Proud and happy to have been called a liar by a court. Most other persuasions would feel a sense of shame.

Carol
Carol
4 months ago

Another Liberal Liar

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
4 months ago
Reply to  Carol

Aren’t they all?

Laxmom
Laxmom
4 months ago

The ninth circuit?? They mean the ninth circus…OANN will have to appeal this to the Supreme Court to have any chance of prevailing.

anniedawn
4 months ago
Reply to  Laxmom

I am from California and everyone knows it was a leftwing activist joke. Trump put some Constitutional judges on the bench and it is getting better slowly. Used to be the Supreme Court overturned 42% of their rulings.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP….RACHEL MADDOX Needs to PUT Her MONEY Where Her MOUTH is. SOME REPORTERS Need to Do a BETTER JOB of FACT CHECKING. THEY Do a DISSERVICE to the REPORTERS Who were KILLED By TERRORISTS. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Michael Ruppert
Michael Ruppert
4 months ago

Maybe Maddow is a Russian Agent.

7George
4 months ago

“WHY” anybody would tune in to watch her “show” is beyond me! Maybe it’s the LBG& “whatevers” who find her “entertaining”.THIS IS A NEWS CHANNEL? SO NBC, CBS, ABC, & “cable” run by these “dudes” is only “milking it” to make $$$.HOW DUMB do “they” really “think” people are? ABC is Disney, CBS is N.Y. Times, NBC is the Comcast people AND “the’re” ALL DEM contributors! What about Facebook & Twitter?=SAME THING! Ben Rhoades (Obama’s chief of staff) has his brother who’s in charge of CBS News.Guess you can “figure out” where the “leaks” came from. It’s up to “US” to connect the dots& “figure out” that AMERICA is being duped by “people” with LOTS OF MONEY! Hollywood feeds us “smut”, the four letter “F” word, drugs, violence, anti-cop , sex (any way) & I’m waiting for “beastiality” sInce these perverts will stop at nothing! IT’S TIME TO “CUT THE CORD”! DON’T go to DISNEY anything. Walt Disney did not envision THS for his empire! Hollywood has always “used” women to “sell” their movies from the 1930’s.Watch the Turner movie channel. “RAP” & “music” is the same. “TWERKING”? is nothing more than animals doing “it” on the farm for “reproduction”.America has SUNK SO LOW.

Dee S
4 months ago

I have never watched Maddow, won’t waste my time.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
4 months ago
Reply to  Dee S

Neither have I, and proud of it.

Jawad
Jawad
4 months ago

With a name like Maddow she indeed might be from Russia. Unless of course the name derives from Mad Cow…..tee hee hee. Just kidding.

Craig
Craig
4 months ago

How did she get destroyed and why did the email claim it was a good thing?

Rick
Rick
4 months ago

Ratchet-Jaw-Madcow, of course she never dispensed the truth, she wouldn’t know of it, if it hit her, and yes she has Always Libeled, slandered, Obfuscated, Lied and Talked pure Unadulterated Trash…. after all what would you expect of a talking head from the Klan Central committee Of The Democrat Socialists Of America

kowfy
kowfy
4 months ago

madcow 250.No one really believes she’s a cow. And the judge? How,& how much?

Tim
Tim
4 months ago

We all knew Maddow was fake news! This is nothing new! Embarrassing for the United States of America!

Alan Doud
Alan Doud
4 months ago

These gross abuses by the judicial system has got to stop. We citizens have little faith in government today. she made the claim OANN was Russia affiliated. Joking or not that is damaging and her audience expects facts from her reporting. The Court order to pay MSNBC is indicative that the judge us either in capable of performing her duties or corrupt.

NancyJ
NancyJ
4 months ago

So sorry for anyone wanting justice from the Ninth Circuit. From what I read there is only one of those judges that are not owned.

tzwksq
tzwksq
4 months ago

Unfortunately, there are MANY uneducated and gullible folks that watch TV… and the most unfortunate part of that is… THEY VOTE! So I find the judges decision totally ludicrous and void of reality!

Jerry Moore
Jerry Moore
4 months ago

Destroy the communist socialist democrat he/she morfadite slob

speedle
speedle
4 months ago

So this is a “victory” for the conservative cause???? Really? I must be reading this wrong. I thought I saw where the judge dismissed the OANN suit against Madcow and ordered they pay her $250,000 in legal fees. WTH? Is anyone actually reading this article?

Lawrence Hurd
Lawrence Hurd
4 months ago

Then one would have to ask why is this cow on the air if she is not reporting new or anything of regality Then the next question what it AT&T going to do about it they own the dam so called News organization The courts allowed to BS and we need to hold the supreme court responsible the made a ruling that it was ok to use propaganda on the American people this needs to be reversed and sad to say maybe state laws against it because the federal government is not capable at this time it is beyond dysfunctional But i digress

Carolyn Goodin
Carolyn Goodin
4 months ago

If the court says that Maddow’s comments are not meant to be believed and no expectation of fact should be considered in some of this woman’s comments, then why the hell is she anchoring a supposed news channel. NO the people of this nation should demand that truth be told on all media outlets and the expectation of truth should be the only reason why these so called anchors should be on the air. No truth? then get the hell off the air waves! Report lies and then say “oh I was just kidding” is absolutely unacceptable!

sly8ball
sly8ball
4 months ago

people still watch madcow?

alicia
3 months ago

Madcow is n jurnalist, shes a marxst hack who only gives HER opinion in line with the channels ageda.! DESPICABLE wo/man

Ben Matthew
Ben Matthew
3 months ago

🤔 So it’s official/judicial…when “mad-cow” Maddow mouth is open, it’s BS that’s coming out, and that’s why it called fake-news❗️

MSG Leo
MSG Leo
3 months ago

Has Rachel Madcow ever spoken a fact?

Cowgirl Diva
Cowgirl Diva
3 months ago

BS..!! Maddow clearly and deliberately defamed OANN..!! This is he same old case of leftist lawyers and judges defending leftist political activists/operatives..!! FACT..!!

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